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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/11/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 11th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/11/14).

  1. The Guardian reports: “An umbrella group of churches, which represents over half a billion Christians worldwide, has decided to pull its investments out of fossil fuel companies. The move by the World Council of Churches, which has 345 member churches including the Church of England but not the Catholic church, was welcomed as a “major victory” by climate campaigners who have been calling on companies and institutions such as pension funds, universities and local governments to divest from coal, oil and gas.”
  2. Bill McKibben writes at the Huffington Post about the “New York Times, which for a while last Friday had at the very top of its website a strange story excoriating an investor named Tom Steyer, who more than a year ago divested his holdings in fossil fuel companies, and when he couldn’t and when he knew he couldn’t square his new personal beliefs with the investment mandate of the firm he’d founded, he quit his job.”
  3. Gigaom reports, “Solar startup Sungevity is pulling in as much data as it can to help convince potential solar customers to buy solar panels for their rooftops — including data from frickin’ laser beams from the sky.”
  4. The National Wildlife Federation is out with a new report about how “strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to coastal states right when we need it most, bringing down energy costs and local pollution.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “The company responsible for letting 10,000 gallons of a mysterious chemical seep into West Virginia’s drinking water supply this past January was fined $11,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday, just two days before the six-month anniversary of the historic spill.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/10/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 10th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/10/14).

  1. Gigaom reports, “While solar companies descend on San Francisco this week, it’s the batteries that everyone’s talking about.”
  2. According to the Washington Post, “The Nebraska Supreme Court will announce as soon as Thursday that it will hear oral arguments in the case over the Keystone XL pipeline’s route in early September, effectively postponing any final federal decision on the controversial project until after the midterm elections.”
  3. The Price of Oil reports: “A new report by Oil Change International, Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama, demonstrates the huge and growing amount of subsidies going to the fossil fuel industry in the U.S. every year. In 2013, the U.S. federal and state governments gave away $21.6 billion in subsidies for oil, gas, and coal exploration and production.”
  4. According to the Coal Tattoo, “Here in West Virginia, we’re putting a mountaintop removal mine next to a public forest that many residents of Charleston and the surrounding area consider a jewel — the sort of thing that makes the region a better place to live and raise a family, or to visit and spend tourism dollars.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “Using census data, ForestEthics estimates that more than 25 million Americans live within a one mile zone that must be evacuated in case of an oil train fire — what the group calls the ‘blast zone.’”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/9/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 9th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/9/14).

  1. Renewable Energy World lists “7 Reasons Thin Film Is Alive and Set to Win in Solar.”
  2. According to GigaOm: ”Apple is planning on significantly boosting the number of solar panels being used to power its data center in North Carolina. According to a local news report, Apple is planning on building another 100-acre, 17.5 MW solar panel farm in the nearby city of Claremont, North Carolina. An Apple representative confirmed that the report is accurate.”
  3. Climate Progress reports: “One of the largest oil companies in the world has been forced in court to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about one of the key environmental impacts of developing oil shale in the arid West. Namely, it will consume an enormous amount of water in a region where drought and climate change are already stressing available water supplies.”
  4. DeSmogBlog “is publishing the first documents ever obtained from the Wisconsin government revealing routes for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale basin.”
  5. Inside Climate News reports, “A Texas waste hauling company that is already facing civil charges for a March accident that spread toxic drilling waste along a rural road could also be facing criminal charges.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/8/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 8th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/8/14).

  1. BloombergBusinessweek reports, “Deutsche Bank AG plans to lend about $1 billion for Japan solar projects, joining Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in funding cleaner energy as the government struggles to restart nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster.”
  2. Grist explains “Why Tom Steyer is not a hypocrite.” For starters, “If the loudest people criticizing an environmental activist for not being pure enough are fossil fuel–loving Republicans, that’s a sign it’s not a legitimate criticism.”
  3. The Wall Street Journal reports: “In North Dakota’s Bakken Shale oil field, nobody installed the necessary equipment. The result is that the second-fastest growing source of crude in the U.S. is producing oil that pipelines often would reject as too dangerous to transport. Now the decision not to build the equipment is coming back to haunt the oil industry as the federal government seeks to prevent fiery accidents of trains laden with North Dakota oil.”
  4. RenewEconomy writes: “Japan needs very large-scale, carbon-free energy supply that breaks reliance on fossil fuels. Australia intends to develop our north as an energy hub for Asia.For Japanese-Australian energy trade, what could be a better fit than solar hydrogen production in the Pilbara, for export on a major industrial scale?”
  5. Greentech Media lists “the factors that are shaping the residential solar market this year.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/7/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 7th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/7/14).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday announced that it is issuing a loan guarantee program of up to $4 billion to support innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.”
  2. According to The Guardian: “As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over.”
  3. Greentech Media reports, “Siva Power’s Thin Film Cost Target of 28 Cents per Watt Is Very Ambitious, But Not Impossible.”
  4. Grist believes that “[o]ne judge’s smackdown of a Colorado coal mine could help fight carbon projects everywhere.”
  5. The International Business Times reports: “The long and bitterly contested attempt to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico just received another setback. A certificate allowing TransCanada Corp. (TSE:TRP-C) to construct the pipeline through South Dakota lapsed over the weekend, meaning the company will have to reapply for permitting.”
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