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  • Dead-Bird ‘Steamers’ at a California Solar Plant: 28,000 birds incinerated at Obama's favorite plant

    08/20/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    California’s massive Ivanpah solar power plant can produce enough electricity for 140,000 households — but the environmental cost is nothing less than an avian slaughter. The plant’s 350,000 mirrors bounce sizzling sunlight to the tops of three 40-story boiler towers, heating steam for turbine electricity generators. Temperatures near the towers can reach up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, heat certainly sufficient to fry a fowl. “Workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — ‘streamers,’ for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in...
  • State (MS) Gave $69 Million Loan to Green Energy Company on Verge of Bankruptcy

    08/18/2014 3:33:12 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Wilson
    Biofuel manufacturer KiOR’s financial struggles might leave Mississippi holding the title to another failed green energy project. According to the company’s quarterly report, without additional financing KiOR won’t be able to meet its financial obligations past Sept. 30. One of its biggest creditors is the state of Mississippi. The company owes the state $69.275 million on a no-interest loan to build a first-of-its kind plant to convert wood pulp into gasoline, fuel oil and diesel fuel in Columbus, Miss. It missed its most recent semi-annual payment of $1.875 million to the state, which granted forbearance June 3. But that ends...
  • New Solar Power Plants are Incinerating Birds

    08/18/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by No One Special · 62 replies
    weather.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Zerkel
    Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity. At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers...
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Sue And Settle Another Way For Greens To Halt Progress

    07/22/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    investors.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you've never heard of the litigation technique "sue and settle," it's the hottest new strategy for extreme environmentalists to make millions of acres of prime land for ranching, farming, oil and gas drilling, and mining of natural resources off limits for development. Sue and settle involves a stealth partnership between anti-development Obama administration regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department and litigious green groups — including Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club — who want to halt fossil fuel development and other projects on federal and even private lands.
  • Obama Continues his Attack on U.S. Energy

    06/30/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | June 30 2014 | Alan Caruba
    The delay of the Keystone XL pipeline is a perfect example of the way President Obama and his administration has engaged in, not just a war on coal, but on all forms of energy the nation has and needs. Even his State Department admits there is no reason to refuse its construction and, as turmoil affects the Middle East, there is an increased need to tap our own oil and welcome Canada’s. The latest news, however, is that Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil—to Asia. The pure evil of the...
  • Obama-Style Climate and Energy Programs Have Failed Everywhere They’ve Been Tried

    06/28/2014 7:33:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/28/2014 | DR. TIM BALL AND TOM HARRIS
    President Obama’s recently announced energy and environment policies have been tried in many countries, always with the same result: abject failure. Yet when critics point this out, explaining that “the U.S. economy will lose millions of jobs and billions of dollars in growth,” Obama simply waves their objections away: “Let’s face it,” the president answers. “That’s what [critics] always say. … Every time… the warnings of the cynics have been wrong.” Other leaders, especially those in Europe who are further down the green path than is America, know better.The deputy leader of the German Green Party in the Bundestag, Oliver...
  • VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors

    06/27/2014 11:27:55 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | By Tori Richards [Watchdog.org]
    Veterans Administration hospitals have spent at least $420 million on solar panels and windmills while vets wait months — or even lay dying — to see a doctor. In total, VA hospitals reported 23 deaths due to 76 instances of delayed care, an April 2014 VA fact sheet said. Then on June 5, Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed that at least 18 Phoenix patients died while waiting for treatment on a secret list kept off the books. It is not clear if that number is in addition to the 23 deaths reported earlier. During the past month, the...
  • Ohio Eliminates In-state Renewable Energy Mandate

    06/27/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed legislation that ends Ohio’s in-state wind energy mandate and also signed a measure to keep wind turbines farther away from neighboring property. Gov. Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 on June 13. Wind plants in Ohio, unlike in Michigan, will now have to try to compete with cheaper wind generated electricity from states where wind power is produced more efficiently. In addition, the legislation freezes the state’s overall renewable energy mandate for two years, while lawmakers re-evaluate it. Michigan still has an in-state wind mandate and the state Legislature has not made any serious effort...
  • Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

    06/26/2014 11:33:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A few years ago, Vice President Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in Saginaw one of the top "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America." In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded Merrill Technologies Group a $22 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit that then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office said was used to buy advanced manufacturing equipment needed to create wind turbine components in a facility in Saginaw. The Recovery Act also gave Merrill Technologies another $3 million. The former governor trumpeted the facility as the future of Michigan's economy that would help create 89,918 clean energy...
  • Moore’s Law: CO2 Good; Climate Change Bunk; Greens Follow Religious Fundamentalism

    06/23/2014 11:33:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    “Climate change” is a theory for which there is “no scientific proof at all” says the co-founder of Greenpeace. And the green movement has become a “combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one.” Patrick Moore, a Canadian environmentalist who helped found Greenpeace in the Seventies but subsequently left in protest at its increasingly extreme, anti-scientific, anti-capitalist stance, argues that the green position on climate change fails the most basic principles of the scientific method. “The certainty among many scientists that humans are the main cause of climate change, including global warming, is not based on the...
  • EDITORIAL: Strange priorities at the VA - sick wait while solar panels and windmills move to the fro

    06/20/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2014 | Editorial
    ".........The green office isn’t merely a desk and telephone tucked away in the dark corner of a nondescript government building. It’s a substantial undertaking, with all the luxury, bells and whistles of a bureaucracy that means business. Eric K. Shinseki, who resigned as secretary in the wake of the VA scandal of the sin of omission, traveled the country to boast of the green initiative. In one instance, he traveled to Massachusetts to flick the switch at a half-million-dollar windmill project at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. “Nationally,” he said, “VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy...
  • "About 30% of the films in Hollywood are funded through the Middle East" -Josh Tickell

    05/31/2014 5:37:25 PM PDT · by wtd · 6 replies
    SunNews' Brian Lilley follows up with Josh Tickell, filmmaker. The ultimate highlight is at 03:49 as it is revealed directly from the horses mouth: "The truth is that about 30% of the films in Hollywood are funded through the Middle East"video link via VladTepesBlog
  • James O’Keefe Punks Hollywood Greens

    05/22/2014 5:53:58 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 20 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5/21/2014 | John Hinderaker
    But the content is eye-opening. O’Keefe’s crew pose as a Middle Eastern potentate named “Muhammad” and his American ad executive. They approach the Tickells with an offer of $9 million to finance an anti-fracking film. “Muhammad’s” motives are clearly expressed: he wants to keep the U.S. dependent on Middle Eastern oil, and to that end he wants to stamp out fracking. The Tickells have no problem with this at all. They discuss the need to keep the film’s source of funding secret, and talk about how they can create a false impression as to who paid for it. You hear...
  • Reid Statement on Nevada’s April Employment Report($5.5 billion! "Nevada's clean energy economy.")

    05/19/2014 2:54:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | May 16, 2014 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on Nevada’s April employment report. According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, the Nevada unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent. “Today’s report continues to show encouraging job growth and declining unemployment in Nevada. Over 3,000 jobs were added to the Nevada economy in April—dropping the unemployment rate to 8 percent–but despite this reassuring upward trend, there are still too many Nevadans out of work.“This week the Senate worked to pass the tax extenders legislation that would help continue Nevada’s economic growth by creating jobs, strengthening...
  • Oh, noes: 80% of biofuels producers have cut back production due to federal-mandate uncertainty

    05/15/2014 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Well, who woulda’ thunk it? The Environmental Protection Agency finally decided to acknowledge the incompatibility of the Renewable Fuel Standard with both America’s declining gasoline consumption and the environmental degradation caused by the production of corn ethanol, thereby obliterating the entirely government-imposed “market” for biofuels — and what do you suppose happens? Via The Hill: Almost eight in 10 biodiesel producers in the United States have cut back production this year due to uncertainty over federal policies that encourage making the fuels, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said.The report released Wednesday was based on a survey the NBB conducted. In...
  • Obama Devotes $2 Bil to Make Federal Buildings Energy Efficient

    05/16/2014 12:05:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 16, 2014
    It’s bad enough that American taxpayers have been repeatedly fleeced by President Obama’s many failed “green” projects, now the commander-in-chief is dedicating an extra $2 billion—on top of $2 billion already dispersed in 2011—to make federal buildings in the United States energy efficient. It’s a necessary expense to protect the planet, according to the global warming movement spearheaded—and largely funded—by the U.S. government and much of the international community. This particular investment will cut carbon pollution by more than 380 million metric tons, according to a White House announcement. That’s equivalent to removing 80 million cars from roads for a...
  • UN environment program aims to boost influence in the push for a global green economy

    05/14/2014 11:41:54 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2014 | George Russell
    The United Nations Environment Program aims to dramatically increase its role in running the world according to nebulous environmental principles, according to a strategic plan that will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly this fall. The principal objective of the plan is to “catalyze a transition” to a radical new global green economy, based on “low-carbon, low-emission, resource-efficient and equitable development”—a theme that will dominate the opening of the General Assembly in September, and culminate in yet another U.N.-sponsored summit of world leaders a year later, to endorse what the organization calls its “post-2015 development agenda.”
  • Downsizing Australia’s Government and Repealing Green Laws

    05/09/2014 7:23:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    canada free press ^ | 5/9/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Try to imagine a commission of the U.S. government recommending that it get rid of the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, countless agencies, and, for good measure, restructure Medicare so it doesn’t go broke. There are few Americans who will argue that our federal government isn’t big enough and many who trace our present problems to Big Government. That is why what has been occurring in Australia caught my attention because its voters rid themselves of a political party that imposed both a carbon tax and renewable energy tax on them. The purpose of the...
  • STILL A MESS: No Cleanup In Site For Hazardous Waste At Abound Solar

    05/08/2014 7:47:37 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | May 8, 2014 | ColoradoPeakPolitics
    For the all the praise solar power gets for being “cleaner” than traditional energy resources, there sure are a lot of hazardous materials involved in the process. When a solar panel manufacturer goes out of business – like the bankrupt Abound Solar in northern Colorado – a costly cleanup of toxic materials must ensue. So what happens when no one jumps to cleanup all that cancer-causing cadmium? Environmental protests? Rep. Jared Polis funded ballot initiatives banning solar plants from Colorado? Actually, none of the above. Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway and Rep. Cory Gardner seem to be the only voices...
  • This is why wind energy can neither have nor produce nice things

    05/08/2014 7:44:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/7/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The wind lobby has yet to give up on their quest to renew the egregiously generous production tax credit that essentially keeps the wind industry afloat by providing 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of energy output during the first ten years of a given project’s operation; that lucrative subsidy expired on January 1st of this year, but it wouldn’t be the first time — or the second, or the third – that Congress has belatedly bestowed a retroactive extension. Most recently, the wind industry was awarded a one-year extension of the credit at the start of 2013, with the new...
  • Feds give Chinese-backed firm $47 million to build wind farm N.J. doesn’t want

    05/08/2014 7:10:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    New Jersey regulators rejected a Chinese-backed windmill project twice, but that didn’t stop the Department of Energy. The federal government has awarded $47 million to sweeten the deal for a $188 million project the Garden State has deemed too risky for ratepayers. ... The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities concluded in April that the Chinese company did not demonstrate financial integrity.
  • Report: Pentagon Paid $150 Per Gallon for Green Jet Fuel

    05/07/2014 6:34:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    The Washinton Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Defense (DOD) paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel made from algae, more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels, according to a report released on Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in its report that a Pentagon official reported paying “about $150 per gallon for 1,500 gallons of alternative jet fuel derived from algal oil.” GAO’s report examined the financial challenges facing increased purchases and use of alternative jet fuels by federal agencies. “Currently, the price for alternative jet fuels exceeds that of conventional jet fuel,” the report noted. The...
  • Obama's Phony Ambivalence on Keystone

    05/06/2014 1:55:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Don't trouble yourself trying to figure out whether President Obama is more political than ideological. He's an expert at straddling both and getting his way without compromise. Analysts have long debated whether partisan Obama would prevail over ideological Obama in his decision to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline, but in the end, it may be a false choice, as both could win under the overarching dominance of Saul Alinsky-Obama. Keystone XL is intended to carry crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmentalists have long opposed construction of the pipeline, arguing it would do...
  • 'Green' Power Line On Track As Obama Blocks Keystone (Unbelievable, interferes with White Sands)

    05/05/2014 4:58:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    Only a few weeks after President Obama's controversial decision to delay the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Obama administration is expected in the next several weeks to approve a 500-mile green energy transmission line project running through Arizona and New Mexico that his own Defense Department says may pose "an unacceptable risk to national security." The multibillion-dollar electric power line project, financed by a group called SunZia, would connect wind power facilities in eastern New Mexico to the electric grid and supply power to Arizona and California. About 45 miles of the transmission lines would be located in...
  • 'Green' Power Line On Track As Obama Blocks Keystone

    05/05/2014 6:39:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    investors.com ^ | 5/5/2014 | STEPHEN MOORE
    Only a few weeks after President Obama's controversial decision to delay the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Obama administration is expected in the next several weeks to approve a 500-mile green energy transmission line project running through Arizona and New Mexico that his own Defense Department says may pose "an unacceptable risk to national security." The multibillion-dollar electric power line project, financed by a group called SunZia, would connect wind power facilities in eastern New Mexico to the electric grid and supply power to Arizona and California.
  • Renewables Aren’t Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future

    05/02/2014 9:54:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    Wired.Com | March 25, 2014 | Charles C. Mann
    FR is prohibited from posting from Wired.com, title and link only: http://www.wired.com/2014/03/clean-coal/
  • IPCC recommends 'massive shift' to green energy to avoid catastrophe

    04/13/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    What's even more dubious than claims of catastrophic warming? Claims that scientists know what to do about it. USA Today: A rapid shift to less-polluting energy will be needed to avoid catastrophic global warming because global emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have accelerated to unprecedented levels, the United Nations reports today.
  • HARRY REID'S SON REPRESENTING CHINESE SOLAR PANEL PLANT IN $5 BILLION NEVADA DEAL

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Scams, Fraud Flourish in Solar Still

    03/30/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | Marita Noon
    Consumers considering installing solar panels on their rooftops have far more to think through than the initial decision to “go solar.” They may search for the best price, only to discover, as customers in central Florida did, that after paying $20,000-40,000 for their systems, they are stuck with installations that may be unusable or unsafe. BlueChip Energy—which also operated as Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) and SunHouse Solar—sold its systems at environmental festivals and home shows. Buyers thought they were getting a good deal and doing the right thing for the environment. Instead, they were duped. A year ago, it was...
  • Going Green A Luxury Good For Rich At Expense Of Poor

    03/28/2014 6:47:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3/27/2014 | Editorial
    Saving The Planet: It used to be said that socialism was the opium of the liberal intelligentsia. But now the drug of choice for the elite is environmentalism. The dirty little secret of the modern green movement is that it's become a luxury good for the uber-rich who espouse policies — from carbon taxes to renewable energy standards to closing down coal plants — that impose high costs on poor people who can least afford to pay the green tab.
  • Veterans Affairs wind turbine, built for $2.3 million, stands dormant

    03/20/2014 6:40:02 AM PDT · by woodbutcher1963 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tom Steward
    <p>ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A $2.3 million federal stimulus project at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud is giving green energy initiatives a bad name. A 600-kilowatt wind turbine -- some 245 foot tall -- stands on the wintry VA grounds, frozen in time and temperature, essentially inoperable for the past 1 1/2 years.</p>
  • Dance Monkeys! Senate Democrats and Campaign “Green”

    03/13/2014 12:14:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Monday night in the U.S. Senate, something historic happened. Democrats took to the floor and demanded…um…nothing, really. And they weren’t going to leave until…they felt like it, I guess. That was the gist of the PR stunt known as “#Up4Climate” on Twitter. It was a filibuster that wasn’t really a filibuster that sought to draw attention to an issue progressives have deemed so important they have not offered or attempted to pass anything on since they took control of the Senate in 2007. That’s right, Senate Democrats have no legislation to address the coming “doom” they predict from the Artist...
  • ObamaCar Replacement Batteries Cost $34,000 According to GM Dealers

    03/08/2014 5:27:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | John Ransom
    Here’s the good news about the ObamaCar known as the Chevy Volt: There haven’t been any reported fires connected with the ObamaCar since the company recalled 8,000 of the electric vehicles—that’s one in six vehicles. That is no fires, if you don’t count the people who’ve been “fired” from the Volt production line as sales continue to make Obama’s “one million” electric car promise just another broken dream in a crooked scheme. Obama promised that by the time he finished as president, he’d put a million electric cars on the road. Thankfully, he won’t quite make it. No telling...
  • Report: DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • Renewable Energy in Decline

    03/02/2014 7:37:17 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    Whatsupwiththat.com ^ | 3/1/2014 | Steve Goreham
    The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate change needed to be halted, and that renewables were the energy source of the near future. But an unexpected transformation of energy markets and politics may instead make 2014 the year of peak renewables.
  • Romantic Germany risks economic decline as green dream spoils (slow economic suicide)

    09/13/2013 6:29:32 AM PDT · by dead · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Sep 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany is committing slow economic suicide. It has staked its future on heavy industry and manufacturing, yet has no energy policy to back this up. Instead, the country has a ruinously expensive green dream, priced at €700bn (Ł590bn) from now until the late 2030s...(snip) The likelihood is that Germany will start to lose its economic halo soon, “de-rated” like others before it... Chancellor Angela Merkel tied a deadweight around the ankles of her country when she suddenly - and flippantly - abandoned her nuclear policy after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. “This has forever changed the way we define risk,”...
  • Oregon wave energy stalls off the coast of Reedsport

    09/02/2013 6:53:54 AM PDT · by Twotone · 21 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Case
    Last September, with great fanfare, Ocean Power Technologies began construction on America's first wave-powered utility. Holding the first - and only - wave energy permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, OPT had planned to deploy a test buoy off the coast of Reedsport by spring. But a year after the permit, regulatory and technical difficulties have all but halted the project. Federal regulators notified the company earlier this year it had violated the license after failing to file a variety of plans and assessments.
  • $100 Mil Stimulus Green Company Obama Praised in State of the Union Address Goes Bankrupt

    08/13/2013 5:39:30 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | august 13, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Ecotality case wasn’t the biggest payoff, but it was particularly outrageous because it got stimulus money when it was already under SEC investigation.The company received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission in October of 2010.The president of Ecotality North America Don Karner was sent an additional subpoena in December of 2011, which specifically asks for any and all documentation surrounding the public announcement of the first Department of Energy grant to the company for $99.8 million on August 5, 2009.Ecotality was awarded $99 million in 2009 and an additional $26 million in October 2011. Since the beginning...
  • Amid probe, car company’s plans haven’t panned out

    08/11/2013 11:19:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2013 6:01 PM EDT | Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss
    Four years ago, a startup car company announced with great fanfare big plans for the Mississippi Delta: Using money from foreign investors and other sources, it would build a massive auto plant to churn out a new line of energy-efficient cars and bring thousands of jobs to the area. It seemed like a win for everyone involved. … Today, the place where the plant was to be remains mostly vacant except for a temporary construction trailer. The company—GreenTech Automotive Inc.—is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the probe is reverberating well beyond Mississippi’s borders, bringing scrutiny to...
  • Europe bails on green energy

    08/10/2013 10:08:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 56 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 9, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Dr. Benny Peiser at The Australian: Europe pulls the plug on its green future Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.The mainstream media, which used to encourage the renewables push enthusiastically, is beginning to sober up too. With more and more cracks beginning to appear, many newspapers are returning to their proper role as the fourth estate, exposing the pitfalls of Europe’s green-energy gamble and opening their pages for thorough analysis and debate. Today, European media is full of news and commentary about the problems of an...
  • Study: Too Little Carbon Dioxide Will Destroy Earth

    07/07/2013 12:21:09 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 05 July 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    A recent study says life on Earth will suffer a carbon-dioxide-related extinction--not from too much of the gas, but from too little of it. Study: Too Little Carbon Dioxide Will Destroy Earth The New American 05 July 2013 Related Articles: EPA Declares Human Breath (CO2) a Pollutant EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Danger to Public Health Global Climate Warming Stopped 15 Years Ago, UK Met Office Admits
  • Is Kleiner Perkins Sorry It Ever Met Al Gore?

    05/13/2013 3:40:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.13.13 | WILLIAM TUCKER
    A leading venture capital firm gets taken to the clean energy cleaners. The story in the New York Times says Kleiner Perkins has been “humbled” by the past decade’s performance. That seems appropriate. The nation’s most famous venture capital firm had a stunning 35.7 percent annual rate of return in the decade of the 1990s. That was before they met Al Gore. Somewhere around the time Gore had won his Academy Award for warning the world about global warming, the former Vice President was hired on as a senior partner at KPCB. Fortune wrote an article describing Gore sitting in...
  • 90% Of Green Stocks Will Go Bankrupt - So What?

    04/28/2013 4:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 04/27/2013 | Dana Blankenhorn
    Robert Wagner has written one of the most intriguing articles I've seen here at Seeking Alpha, titled "90% Of Green Stocks Will Go Bankrupt ... So Buy The Sector?" He's right -- 90% of green stocks will go bankrupt. But this is true in every area of technology, and always has been. Only one computer company from the 1950s remains a player in the space: IBM (IBM). (Honeywell (HON) is in other businesses and Unisys (UIS) is not a mainstream player.) Only two companies from the 1970s PC revolution are still in the game -- Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT)....
  • Obama says US must shift cars, trucks off of oil

    03/16/2013 11:25:04 PM PDT · by lionstar · 80 replies
    charter.net/ ^ | March 15, 2013 | NEDRA PICKLER and MATTHEW DALY
    LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Envisioning cars that can go "coast to coast without using a drop of oil," President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to authorize spending $2 billion over the next decade to expand research into electric cars and biofuels to wean automobiles off gasoline. Obama, expanding on an initiative he addressed in his State of the Union speech last month, said the United States must shift its cars and trucks entirely off oil to avoid perpetual fluctuations in gas prices. Citing policies that already require automakers to increase gas mileage, he said he expects that by the...
  • Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide

    02/11/2013 10:18:20 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | Associated Press
    The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production. The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data to The Associated Press showing that 20 of the nation’s 211 ethanol plants have ceased production over the past year, including five in January. Most remain open, with workers spending time performing maintenance-type tasks. But ethanol production won’t likely resume until after 2013 corn is harvested in late August or September. Industry experts don’t expect a shortage — millions of barrels...
  • Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

    02/11/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 10, 2013 | JASON DEAREN
    Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water....
  • Want a Pro-Growth Pro-Environment Plan? Economists Agree: Tax Carbon.

    02/08/2013 6:07:57 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 23 replies
    Brookings Institute ^ | 2-7-2013 | Adele Morris
    In his recent inaugural address, President Obama promised that “we will respond to the threat of climate change, ..... But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet…” When pressed on the specifics of what the president means to do on climate, his spokesperson replied: “We...
  • Study: Work less, save the planet

    02/06/2013 12:21:27 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 6 2013 | Fox News
    Americans should work less, play more -- and in doing so, save the planet. That’s the basic formula a Washington think tank is shopping around as a way to cut down on global warming. The shift from a U.S. work model to a more "European" one – which includes shorter work weeks and more vacation time -- could cut as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100, according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The study claims that scaling back on work hours could bring down greenhouse gases. “The calculation...
  • Lessons From the Ancient Mayans

    01/31/2013 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Guatemala -- Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize. It is freezing up north. The inclement weather has driven me to tropical parts. Global warming sounds more and more agreeable to me and, frankly, if you have your wits about you, to you, too. The frozen remains of palm trees have supposedly...