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Americans Are Confused On Climate, But Support Cutting Carbon Pollution

 

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication published the findings of its 2016 survey on American public opinion about climate change. The results are interesting – in some ways confusing – and yet they reveal surprisingly broad support for action to address climate change. The Yale team created a tool with which the results can […]

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U.K. Oil Boss Torches Trump’s Clean Energy Plan

The boss of Shell in the UK has labelled President Donald Trump’s stance on new, cleaner forms of energy as “disappointing”… Asked whether Trump had cast doubt the need for a global transition to green energy, Sinead Lynch, country chair of Shell in Britain, told The Huffington Post UK: “It’s disappointing. Obviously what we really want is a […]

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Judge Orders Release Of EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt’s Fossil Fuel Emails

A state judge has ordered Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office to release thousands of documents related to Pruitt’s communications with the energy industry. The Thursday ruling comes the day before a scheduled Senate vote on Pruitt’s nomination to run the Environmental Protection Agency… Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons of the District Court of Oklahoma County […]

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Tesla’s Solar Roof To Cost Less Than A Regular Roof

Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at […]

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Norway’s Top Oil Company Is Building A Huge Wind Farm Off New York’s Coast

NEW YORK ― Winds off the coasts of the United States are so dependably strong, turbines built offshore could produce four times the amount of electricity that’s currently generated from all sources in the country… At least, that’s what Norway’s biggest oil company is betting… Statoil, the fossil fuel cash cow that made Norway the […]

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The City Of Las Vegas Is Now Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced… “We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green […]

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Tesla’s New SolarCity In Florida

Despite its “Sunshine State” nickname, Florida ranks among the lowest states for solar power deployment thanks to anti-solar regulations backed by local electric utilities. But on election day, the citizens of Florida showed interest in solar energy by rejecting the anti-solar Amendment 1, which according to solar installers, including SolarCity, would have made it easier […]

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A Firm Wants Revolutionize Socially Conscious Investing

Aspiration is a different kind of investment firm. They create investment products geared toward middle class investors — and, unlike traditional banks, you can pay them whatever you want… And now, they’re partnering with grasroots environmental organization Sierra Club to bring socially conscious investing — that is, investing in companies that have strong ESG —environmental, social, and governance records […]

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Wind Powered Car

We don’t live near a Supercharger; we don’t even live near a Destination Charger. The nearest Tesla Service Center is 372 miles away in Highland Park, IL… We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake […]

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Japan Fukushima Nuclear Plant ‘Clean-Up Costs Double’

Japan’s government estimates the cost of cleaning up radioactive contamination and compensating victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has more than doubled, reports say… The latest estimate from the trade ministry put the expected cost at some 20 trillion yen ($180bn, £142bn)…The nuclear meltdown at Fukushima was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami… The […]

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St. Pete Will Be The First City In Florida To Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy

St. Petersburg will become the first city in Florida to rid themselves of using fossil fuels.
The city council unanimously voted to use $800,000 of $1 million they received from a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 to move toward having the city completely running with renewable energy.
http://m.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2016/11/23/st-pete-will-be-the-first-city-in-florida-to-use-100-percent-renewable-energy

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Is Renewable Energy Trump-Proof?

Despite the president-elect’s vow to ramp up fossil fuel production, solar and wind advocates say the market—and many Republicans—favor clean energy… Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail was xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic, and now that he’s been elected president, many people in the crosshairs are afraid for their safety. But despite Trump’s negative comments about […]

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Renewable Energy Is About to Get Supersized

A new report from Navigant Research finds that investment in supergrids—large-scale power networks that could carry energy from wind and solar farms and across international borders—will hit $10.2 billion by 2025. That’s up from an estimated $8.3 billion this year… Supergrids are “about capacity and distance,” said Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst for Navigant Research […]

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This Florida Amendment Claims To Be Pro-Solar, But Energy Advocates Are Skeptical

Solar power advocates in Florida are in an uproar over a ballot amendment they say is masquerading as pro-solar… The measure, known as Amendment 1, sounds good on paper. It “establishes a right under Florida’s constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use,” […]

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Elon Musk Unveils A Not So New Solar Roof

Elon Musk is expected to unveil a new solar roofing product for his energy company, SolarCity, this week. Based on what Musk has already said about the product, his solar roofing would put the photovoltaic cells used to generate electricity from the sun in the shingles themselves, instead of in a system of solar panels […]

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Brown’s aide, the PUC and his PG&E stock

From the Mercury News, by George Avalos:
SAN BRUNO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s top aide — a former PG&E executive — influenced the governor’s decisions for appointments to the powerful and tarnished state Public Utilities Commission to prop up PG&E’s stock, a consumer group claimed on Monday.
“The governor needs to take this seriously,” said Jamie Court, […]

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Wild-Looking Glow-In-The-Dark Sidewalks Could Spell The End Of Streetlights

A scientist in Mexico has “developed solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark cement that could be used to illuminate roads, bike lanes and walking paths”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/glow-in-the-dark-cement_us_573b2761e4b060aa781b42f6

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Warren Buffett Wants To Build The Nation’s Largest Wind Farm

His company, MidAmerican Energy, has pledged $3.6 billion toward the project.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/warren-buffet-wind-energy-farm-iowa_us_570ff429e4b0018f9cb96e8e

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What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say – The Washington Post

What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists sa
via What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say – The Washington Post.

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Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’?

About a quarter of most people’s energy bills come from devices in idle mode. A reporter took a power meter around with her to locate the hidden power drains.

 

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