December 13th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/13/13).
- Climate Progress reports, “Canadian Oil Producers May Have A Lot More Riding On The Keystone XL Pipeline Than Transcanada.”
- Greentech Media lists “7 Trends in Home Energy in 2013 and What They Mean for 2014.”
- Yale’s Environment 360 reports, “Although coal has dominated the South African electricity sector for decades, the country’s abundant solar and wind resources offer a promising renewable energy alternative. But entrenched political interests connected to the ruling party are fighting to expand coal’s role in the national economy.”
- Renewable Energy World has predictions for cleantech in 2014.
- Climate Progress reports, “Twelve clean energy businesses in the U.S. will receive a total of $150 million in tax credits for domestic manufacturing equipment under a federal program that is set to expire in 2014, the Obama administration announced Thursday.”
December 12th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/12/13).
- The Guardian reports, “Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study.”
- According to Greentech Media, “the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation — another sign of the growing interest in such products.”
- Venture Beat reports: “American Efficient wants to help everyone in the U.S. switch to renewable power suppliers and products through its energy-efficient-focused marketplaces. The startup launched today with $2.5 million in funding from Clean Pacific Ventures.”
- Renewable Energy World has a “Postcard from the Future,” namely that in Denmark, “wind power has produced 30 percent of gross power consumption to date in 2013,” including “over 90 hours where wind produced more than all of Denmark’s electricity needs, peaking at 122 percent on October 28, at 2:00 a.m.”
- NRDC President Frances Beinecke writes on the Switchboard blog: “America doesn’t need to trash the Arctic Ocean. We don’t need to make climate change worse with more dirty fuels. We have safer, cleaner ways to power our economy. And we have the wisdom to recognize that some places are too special to drill.”
December 11th, 2013
We’re all well aware of the adverse health and environmental consequences stemming from fossil fuel extraction, transportation and consumption. On Monday, for instance, we highlighted a report by Raw Story entitled, “The 10 most toxic ingredients used by fossil fuel industries.” To put it mildly, it’s not a pretty picture.
Now, a new report by CRED (Conversations for Responsible Economic Development) examines yet another negative consequence stemming from fossil fuels – namely, their adverse impact on property values. Specifically, this study looks at the potential real estate risk from a $5.4 billion proposal by Kinder Morgan Canada to build a new 890,000-barrels-per-day pipeline alongside its existing 1,150-kilometer Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia. A few key points from the study make clear that this is yet another strong reason why we should move off of fossil fuels and towards clean energy as quickly as possible.
- Pipeline spills (shown via a number of case studies, in MD, TX, OH, the Gulf of Mexico region, etc.) – or even the possibility of pipeline spills – has been shown time and again to adversely impact property values. “In several documented cases, directly impacted properties lost 10-40% of their value.”
- “The reputational impacts alone are significant - properties nearby spills will usually see a 5-8% reduction in value”
- “Groundwater contamination will lead to more permanent value losses, particularly where homes rely on well water”
- “Even if houses aren’t directly damaged, the stigma and perception that the next incident could affect them is significant. Another analysis from Western Washington University notes that a home’s value ‘is negatively and significantly affected by proximity to a petroleum pipeline.’”
December 11th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/11/13).
- Climate Progress reports, “According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists — updated from 2012 numbers — as much as 17 percent of coal-fired power in the United States is already uncompetitive, just compared to natural gas and using mid-range estimates.”
- According to the Price of Oil: a new paper, “entitled, “Un-burnable oil: An examination of oil resource utilisation in a decarbonised energy system”, will be published by the journal Energy Policy in January. You can view a copy here.”
- DesmogBlog reports: “Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that ‘on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.’”
- According to Bloomberg, “Solar Boom Boosts South African Salaries With 25% Jobless.”
- Politico reports, “In news sure to deflate the hopes of climate activists, green energy advocate John Podesta will recuse himself from issues related to the Keystone XL oil pipeline when he begins working as a special adviser to President Barack Obama, a White House aide confirmed to POLITICO late Tuesday.”
December 10th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/10/13).
- Todd Woody of The Atlantic writes about “The Carbon Time Bomb in Your Retirement Account.”
- Climate Progress lists “4 Reasons The Supreme Court Might Want To Uphold The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.”
- InsideClimate News reports: “In Pennsylvania, concerns about these [natural gas] pipelines are growing because many of them are being built in the state’s 16 million acres of forest, which include some of the largest contiguous blocks of forestland east of the Mississippi River. Nearly 700,000 acres of forestland already have been leased for drilling, allowing companies to cut paths through pristine stretches of trees, fragment forests, decrease biodiversity and introduce invasive species.”
- According to Greentech Media: “The U.S. installed 930 megawatts of photovoltaics (PV) in Q3, 2013, up 20 percent over Q2 2013 and 35 percent over Q3 2012. This represents the second-largest quarter in the history of the U.S. market and the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations. Even more importantly, 2013 is likely to be the first time in more than fifteen years that the U.S. installs more solar capacity than world leader Germany, according to GTM Research forecasts.”
- The Guardian reports: “Neil Young has announced four benefit concerts in aid of a Native Canadian group that are battling oil companies over Albertan tar sands. Accompanied by jazz singer Diana Krall, Young will raise funds toward the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal challenge to Shell Canada’s Jackpine Mine expansion.”