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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/8/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on December 8th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/8/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year.”
  2. According to the NRDC Switchboard blog, “Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June.”
  3. The Washington Post reports, “Oil, gas and coal interests that spent millions to help elect Republicans this year are moving to take advantage of expanded GOP power in Washington and state capitals to thwart Obama administration environmental rules.”
  4. Tina Casey writes at CleanTechnica, “As Coal Crashes, US Governors Push Wind Energy.”
  5. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “A team from the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (PV) at the University of NSW has achieved 40.4 per cent “conversion efficiency” by using commercially available solar cells combined with a mirror and filters that reduce wasted energy.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/5/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on December 5th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/5/14).

  1. The Guardian reports, “The Church of England has challenged BP and Shell, two of the world’s biggest oil companies, to take responsibility for their carbon footprints and limit their contribution to global warming.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog, “It has been 35 years since the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last performed an environmental review of its coal leasing program.”
  3. Joe Romm of Climate Progress discusses “The Strange Thing About Google’s Decision To Stop Renewable Energy Research.”
  4. RenewEconomy asks, “Is Bjørn Lomborg writing Australia’s climate and energy policies?”
  5. Bloomberg reports: “‘The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose’ comes from systems that include storage, said Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Snowmass, Colorado-based energy consultant. ‘That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.’”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/4/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on December 4th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/4/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “on Wednesday, [German] Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said it was redoubling its efforts, proposing new measures to help it reach the emissions-reduction target for 2020 it set seven years ago when it undertook an aggressive effort to combat climate change.”
  2. Mother Jones argues, “The Fracking Boom Could End Way Sooner Than Obama Thinks.”
  3. The Denver Post reports, “A federal tax break for wind power — a boon for the industry in blustery states such as Colorado — likely will stay on the books for another year despite opposition from conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity and Heritage Action.”
  4. At Renewable Energy World, Rhone Resch of SEIA argues that solar power is “Uniquely Positioned to Help States Meet New Regulations.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Plunging prices for crude oil will have little impact on the solar industry, said the chief executive officer of the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer SunPower Corp. (SPWR)
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/3/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on December 3rd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/3/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “A growing minority of investors and regulators are probing the possibility that untapped deposits of oil, gas and coal — valued at trillions of dollars globally — could become stranded assets as governments adopt stricter climate change policies.”
  2. The New York Times asks “The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?”
  3. Media Matters reports: “Newspapers across the country have been publishing misleading op-eds attacking the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy without disclosing the authors’ oil-industry funding. The op-eds, which attack the wind energy policy as ‘corporate welfare’ and ‘government handouts,’ ignore the fact that the oil and gas industry currently receives far greater government subsidies and that the PTC brings great economic benefits.”
  4. According to Climate Progress, “This week, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) found that the population of beluga whales in Quebec’s St. Lawrence River should be considered endangered, prompting TransCanada to halt its studies on a key export terminal in Quebec.”
  5. Bloomberg reports: “Bond investors who helped finance America’s shale boom are facing potential losses of $11.6 billion as oil prices plummet by the most since the credit crisis. The $90 billion of debt issued by junk-rated energy producers in the past three years has fallen almost 13 percent since crude oil peaked in June.”
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As Climate Negotiations Kick Off in Peru, Polls Show Americans Want to Limit Greenhouse Gases

Posted By Lowell F. on December 2nd, 2014

As international climate negotiations kick off in Peru, the Washington Post reminds us of the broad support among the American public for moving to a clean energy economy.

  • 75% of Hispanic/Latino Americans say the federal government should limit greenhouse gases in order to reduce global warming. 69% of African Americans and 68% of whites also agree the government should limit carbon pollution.
  • 70% of Hispanic/Latino Americans say that the federal government should limit greenhouse gases, even if it raises their personal utility bills by $20 per month. 61% of whites agree with that, as do 51% of African Americans.
  • 71% of African Americans, 69% of Hispanic/Latino Americans and 50% of whites say climate change is a very serious problem facing the country.

This certainly isn’t the first survey to find results like these.  For instance, back in January, the LA Times reported that Latinos “overwhelmingly favor government action to fight climate change, voicing a level of support exceeded only in their views on immigration reform.” And a September report found overwhelming support for clean energy across racial and ethnic groups. Finally, a brand new poll by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance company, finds that 83% of Americans believe climate change is occurring, with 71% supporting “greater use of alternative-energy sources” to help deal with it.  Bottom line: Americans want climate action and they want clean energy. Are you listening, politicians?

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