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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/27/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 27th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/27/15).

  1. The Hill reports, “The Department of Energy announced a $32 million funding program to support jobs and research in the solar energy sector on Tuesday.”
  2. According to the NRDC Switchboard blog: “China’s drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world’s largest utility. The reforms were wide-ranging and introduced a number of different topics, including improving efficiency in the power sector, assisting efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and removing conflicting incentives in power generation, all changes that NRDC has been advocating for years.”
  3. InsideClimate News reports, “As coal-fired power plants in the state continue to close, Kentucky closes in on reaching federal clean-air standards it resists.”
  4. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration: “In the AEO2015 Reference case, which does not include the proposed Clean Power Plan rule, EIA projects power sector CO2 emissions to hover near their 2013 level, and remain below 2005 levels through 2040. In the Base Policy case that includes the proposed rule, power sector CO2 emissions are 25% below 2005 levels in 2020 and 34% below 2005 levels in 2030.”
  5. DeSmogBlog reports, “Mexico’s Pemex Plagued By Deadly Offshore Explosions and Major Pipeline Spills.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/26/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 26th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/26/15).

  1. An article at CleanTechnica explains how “The IMF Just Destroyed The Main Argument Against Clean Energy.”
  2. Giles Parkinson writes at The Guardian: “The benefits of solar do outweigh its costs. Some have a hard time accepting it.”
  3. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Green power success stories take the wind out of [Australian Prime Minister] Tony Abbott.”
  4. According to The Guardian, “Bosses at the world’s big five oil companies have been showered with bonus payouts linked to a $1tn (£650bn) crescendo of spending on fossil fuel exploration and extraction over nine years, according to Guardian analysis of company reports.”
  5. 350.0rg lists “The best takedowns of TransCanada’s very dumb tweet.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/21/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 21st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/21/15).

  1. NRDC’s Switchboard blog writes, “The most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for our nation’s oil infrastructure as well as risks associated with industry plans to expand tar sands infrastructure in the West Coast.”
  2. According to David Roberts of Vox, “Nevada’s big utility is about to strangle the state’s rooftop solar program.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “Exposure to oil and dispersants from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to develop lesions and die, according to a new study.”
  4. The New York Times editorial board argues, “There is no good reason for governments to sustain outdated and unnecessary subsidies that cause millions of deaths every year, not to mention the havoc that they are wreaking on the environment.”
  5. YubaNet.com reports: “At the California Democratic Party convention this weekend, state party officials voted to adopt an official resolution endorsing fossil fuel divestment. Citing the growing threat posed by climate change, the resolution urges the state’s public universities and pension funds to divest their financial holdings from the top 200 fossil fuel companies as part of a comprehensive solution to the climate crisis.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/20/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/19/15).

  1. The L.A. Times reports, “A ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday, some of which flowed into the ocean and left a thick coat of black tar along the county’s pristine shores, authorities said.”
  2. The U.S. Department of Energy releases a new report which “shows how the next generation of wind turbines could make reliable, cost-effective wind power a reality in all 50 states.”
  3. Media Matters asks, “Why Is The New York Times Providing A Platform For Industry Groups To Baselessly Attack The EPA?”
  4. Power for the People VA argues, “If the power grid goes down, blame the war on solar.”
  5. The Guardian writes about “The rise and rise of the fossil fuel divestment movement.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/19/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 19th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/19/15).

  1. According to InsideClimate News, “Coal’s future as a major energy source is being undermined by market forces, government regulations and moral arguments.”
  2. Chris Mooney of the Washington Post explains “Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on energy waste.”
  3. According to the Financial Review, “Solar panel makers globally are preparing for their best year since 2011, when US-backed Solyndra went bust, as China and Japan take advantage of falling prices to shift more of their energy production to clean power.”
  4. In the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson argues: “Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-April on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “China’s battle against pollution is threatening the recovery of coal prices from the lowest level in almost nine years.”
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