Coal ports in the Northwest threaten the regions work to reduce pollution and embrace clean energy. In a long-awaited move, the EPA has called in the Army Corps of Engineers to review plans for West Coast coal ports. Finally, alarmed environmentalists and frightened local residents are getting help from the Federal government.
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
If you’re a Formula One Fan, you are well aware that Sebastian Vettel won last weekend’s Grand Prix in Manama, Bahrain. But human rights was a huge loser last weekend.
Some of the largest US electric utilities in the use are facing shareholder proxy votes calling on them to enact and report on coal risk mitigation plans. Behind the proxy resolutions is CSR/shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, which asserts that shareholders face significantly increased investment risk as a result of the utilities’ reticence to enact such plans and shift away from coal to other cleaner and renewable energy supply sources.
Europe’s wind energy industry contributed an additional 33%– 32 billion euros (~$41.6 billion) to EU GDP between 2007 and 2010, growing at double the rate of the EU economy as a whole in 2010, the European Wind Energy announced on the opening day of EWEA 2012 in Copenhagen. The EWEA’s forecasting greater gains ahead, if the EU continues its renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction drives.
On Friday, Mexico’s House of Representatives passed a new piece of climate change legislation, making it only the second country in the world behind the UK and its Climate Change Act to do so, once it is approved by Mexico’s Senate. The law calls for reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050.
Los Angeles’ new feed-in tariff program can create 4500 jobs in LA and generate 150MW of new power. Now why aren’t other cities doing this?
The solar industry hit another rough patch last week as two major solar companies, Solar Trust of America and Q-Cells, filed for bankruptcy.
SPECIAL SERIES: Energy Options: Pros and Cons
The people who still support coal, basically have one argument: that it’s a necessary evil, being the only source of energy within reach that is sufficiently abundant to keep up with our enormous and ever-growing appetite for energy. We have so much coal, they reason, and we need lots of energy, so how could we not take advantage of this resource? They could be right, as much as those of us who care about the environment hate to admit it.