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New Poll: U.S. Public Overwhelmingly Wants to Move Off of Fossil Fuels, Towards Clean Energy

Posted By Lowell F. on January 30th, 2015

Check out the latest polling by Stanford University, which demonstrates that, in spite of the untold millions the fossil fuel industry has spent on its propaganda, the U.S. public overwhelmingly wants to move off of fossil fuels and into clean energy. A few key findings include:

  • 78% of U.S. adults believe global warming is very (44%) or somewhat (34%) serious. Just 10% say it’s “not serious at all.”
  • 83% of U.S. adults say that if nothing is done to reduce global warming, it will be a “very serious” problem (57%) or “somewhat serious” problem (26%). Just 9% say it won’t be a serious problem at all.
  • Overwhelming majorities of Democrats and Independents see global warming as a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, as does a majority (54%) of Republicans.
  • Only 30% of U.S. adults give the incorrect response that dealing with global warming would hurt the U.S. economy, while 42% give the correct response, which is that dealing with global warming by measures like switching from dirty to clean energy will actually help the economy.
  • By a 66%-12% margin, U.S. adults agree: “Now is the time for us to be using new forms of energy that are made in America and will be renewable forever. We can manufacture better cars that use less gasoline and build better appliances that use less electricity. We need to transform the outdated ways of generating energy into new ones that create jobs and entire industries, and stop the damage we’ve been doing to the environment.”
  • The overwhelming support for a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is seen across party lines, with Democrats by an 81%-15% margin, Independents by a 66%-12% margin, and Republicans by a 48%-24% margin all saying they’d be more likely to vote for candidates who wants to move from dirty to clean energy.

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/30/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 30th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/30/15).

  1. Computer World reports, “The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels in many parts of the world, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).”
  2. Ben Adler of Grist argues, “If you’re thinking of investing in solar energy companies, now might be a good time to buy.”
  3. The AP reports, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf “plans to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by his predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep below Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests, his office said Wednesday.”
  4. Steve Propper of Greentech Media explains, “The Shift Toward a Decentralized, Distributed Electric Grid Is Already Underway.”
  5. Reuters reports, “[India's] state-run utility NTPC has restricted the building of three new solar power projects to domestic manufacturers, even as India pushes for overseas companies to lead fresh investments into a renewable energy drive.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/29/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 29th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/29/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “Federal Coal Program Costing Taxpayers And States More Than $1 Billion Per Year In Lost Royalties.”
  2. Greentech Media charts “Hawaii’s Spectacular Solar Growth.”
  3. RenewEconomy argues that “Big Oil needs a Plan B,” but that it “hasn’t got one.”
  4. Chris Mooney of the Washington  Post discusses “The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels.”
  5. The Guardian reports, “Adam Sieminski, who heads the [United States] Energy Information Administration, said oil was not in head-on competition with renewables when it came to electricity generation – and that government policies would help shield the clean energy industries.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/28/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 28th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/28/15).

  1. Grist reports, “Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy.”
  2. Joe Romm of Climate Progress wonders, “Can Koch Brothers Lock In Fatal Climate Delay For $889 Million In 2016 Election?”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “The Obama administration proposed opening to offshore drilling an area from Virginia to Georgia in a policy shift sought by energy companies but opposed by environmentalists worried about resorts such as the Outer Banks or Myrtle Beach.”
  4. Michael Liebreich of Bloomberg New Energy Finance has “10 Predictions for Clean Energy in 2015.”
  5. Reuters reports, “Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp slashed its quarterly dividend as it strives to rein in costs amid tepid demand, due to expectations that prices of natural gas, a cheaper alternative to steam coal, would remain weak in 2015.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/27/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 27th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/27/15).

  1. Tina Casey of Clean Technica reports, “Wind Beats Keystone XL In Race For Federal Approval.”
  2. David Roberts of Grist presents 19 fascinating “tweets that explain how we’re stifling electricity innovation.”
  3. According to Media Matters: “CNN and Fox News repeatedly reported on the Keystone XL pipeline without connecting it to a major oil spill near the pipeline’s proposed route. By contrast, MSNBC and others in the media have reported on the spill, which occurred in the Yellowstone River in Montana, in the context of concerns about Keystone XL’s environmental risks.”
  4. The Wall Street Journal reports, “India expects the U.S. to withdraw its complaint at the World Trade Organization against local purchasing rules in its federal solar program, as the growth of the south Asian nation’s solar sector will likely mean more business opportunities for American companies, a senior government official said Tuesday.”
  5. Katie Fehrenbacher writes at GigaOm: “When the huge solar farm just outside of Las Vegas called Ivanpah opened up in early 2014, many lamented that this type of solar plant, called solar thermal, could soon become a dinosaur. Late last weekanother of these large solar thermal farms was officially turned on, and it truly could be one of the last of this size built in the U.S., thanks to a one-two punch of changing incentives and economics.”
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