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Mon, 2009-04-13 13:05Jeanne Roberts
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Congress and Renewables, Going Whichever Way the Wind Blows

A recent Forbes’ article on Vestas Wind’s CEO, Ditlev Engel, and his determination to make wind energy succeed in America, brings to mind the real problem behind renewable energy in the U.S; Congress tends to swing whichever way the wind blows (pun intended).

Vestas came to the U.S. in the wake of the OPEC oil crisis/embargo in 1973. Then, when oil prices dropped in the 1980s, Vestas – like many other renewable energy startups – went bust because the government let renewable energy tax incentives lapse for lack of interest. This effectively dried up venture capital.

Mon, 2009-02-09 10:31Jeremy Jacquot
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Landmark Settlement Makes U.S. Agencies Acknowledge Climate Change

Under the terms of a landmark settlement reached last Friday, U.S. financing agencies will no longer be able to ignore the climate change repercussions of their actions.

Close to seven years and several bruising court battles later, a coalition of environmental groups and eco-minded cities have succeeded in forcing the Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to do the unthinkable: acknowledge the reality of climate change and obey the law.

Mon, 2008-02-11 10:12Bill Miller
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Biofuels, once the 'silver bullet' of global warming, are causing more emissions than fossil fuels

Two comprehensive studies in Science magazine have concluded nearly all biofuels used today trigger more greenhouse emissions than conventional fuels if the emission costs of producing these so-called “green” fuels are calculated.

The studies take the first detailed look at the impact on emissions of converting natural land to cropland around the globe to support biofuels development – dashing hopes for the once-popular alternative energy source.

Fri, 2007-09-14 11:12Bill Miller
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WHO traces rise in malaria cases, other health threats, to global warming

The warming planet is imperiled not only by rapidly changing and often destructive weather patterns, but also increases in disease-producing viruses threatening to humans. As a result, the World Health Organization intends to frame climate change as a public-health issue.

Sun, 2007-04-15 11:16Bill Miller
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Green must supplant the red, white and blue in a new America, writer says

A prominent New York Times columnist says the future of the U.S. as a beacon of progress, hope and inspiration in the world hinges on reducing its dependence on fossil fuels.

Mon, 2006-09-25 09:58Richard Littlemore
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Disappointing Vancouver Sun Making Policy in a Vacuum

Here's a 3,200-word article on the explosive growth that is occurring in the Canadian energy industry, a wide-ranging and well-researched article that falls far short in addressing the implications of that expansion.

For example, the words “climate change” or “global warming” are entirely absent. The only references to such a topic are these:

“Amid the turmoil there is a deepening anxiety about the cumulative impact that a century's worth of high-intensity fossil fuel combustion - the consumption of oil, natural gas and coal for energy - is having on the Earth's climate.”

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