US Lags Behind World in Clean Energy, the Big Oil Gamble, and More!

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

Fossil Fuel Follies:

Big Oil Is Gambling $91 Billion On 20 High-Risk Projects says a new report,writes Magan Darby at Responding to Climate Change. Tar sands and deep sea oil projects are bad for business as well as the environment, analysts warn. If the major oil companies cancelled these and other risky plans they could return US$357 billion to shareholders by 2025, the study found.

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Is investing in this mess really a good idea? Source: Responding to Climate Change

“Investors are concerned about the levels of capital being sunk into future fields by the oil sector, but are not getting answers on the economics of the projects from the companies,” said James Leaton of Carbon Tracker Initiative, which produced the study.

OO Mexico Opens Oil Fields – so it, too, can be a merchant of climate change.

Flawed technology:

OO Birds Bursting Into Flame Above Solar Mirror Farm

Clueless Leadership:

OO House Republicans Push for End of Wind Tax Credit

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Credit Mary Ellen Harte

We could have more US made turbines creating US clean power if Congress supplied continuous support.

OO More U.S.-Made Wind Turbines Are Being Sold Overseas
As Congress Fails To Support Wind Power
– as inconsistent govt support discourages US sales.

OO GOP Rep. Mike Coffman: We Should Limit Carbon Emissions
– But He Voted For Emissions

Muzzling Scientists:

OO Science, Journalism Groups Accuse EPA Of Muzzling Its Scientists – not a good thing for the Environmental Protection Agency, the govt agency most focused on protecting US environment.

Being Outcompeted:

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OO Former President Jimmy Carter Says U.S. Lags Behind World in Renewables – and China outcompeted the US in solar power in 2013; see above.

OO Australia Slaps Businesses With $500 Fee Designed To Kill Solar Power– giving businesses ino monetary incentive to lower their electricity consumption by installing solar panels, industry says.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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