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The real reason Solyndra got government subsidies

  By Susan Kramer (Cross-posted from our sister blog, CleanTechnica) The Obama administration had set a goal, for the public good, of cutting solar costs to $1 a watt installed by 2016. The reason that the Obama Department of Energy invested $535 million in backing some of the private VC loans (which totaled $1 billion) […]

November 2nd

White House announces new fuel economy standards

Washington may be gridlocked and deadlocked, but traffic is flowing smoothly in some parts of the government. This morning, President Obama announced a cornerstone of a real national energy policy: new fuel efficiency standards that will save money, promote energy independence and cut carbon emissions.

July 29th

GOP: No Compromise If We Retake the House

If you had any slim hope left for “bipartisanship” on environmental and energy legislation in Washington after the 2010 midterm election, you can forget about it. The Hill reports “Republicans aren’t interested in compromising with President Obama on major issues if they retake the House or Senate, a senior GOP lawmaker said.” “Look, the time […]

October 25th

Drill, Baby, Drill… Deepwater Moratorium Lifted

Well, they’ve done it, and ahead of schedule. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has determined it is appropriate that deepwater oil and gas drilling resume, provided that operators certify compliance with all existing rules and requirements, including those that recently went into effect, and demonstrate the availability of adequate blowout containment resources… “In light […]

October 12th

Why’d the White House Play Hard to Get on Solar Panels?

Writing at Salon, Andrew Leonard ponders the imponderable: Is the White House’s new acceptance of solar panels (nearly two years after the Election of Hope!) “…a welcome change of tone, prefiguring a new push on climate change and renewable energy, or yet another example of how a too-cautious administration keeps stepping on its feet”? Bill […]

October 8th

Sen Robert Byrd is Dead; What Does That Mean for the Environment?

The longest-serving member of Congress in US History, Sen Robert Byrd (D-WV), is dead at 92. He was first elected to the Senate in 1958, 52 years ago.

Byrd will be remembered for taking courageous stands against the Gulf War (at a time when most other Democrats were jumping on the Bush bandwagon), and more recently for going against the power structure of his state of West Virginia by saying “Coal Must Embrace The Future”.

June 28th

Climate Bill Not Dead Yet – Senate Democrats Going For It

Just last week, it looked like the climate bill was as dead in the water as a gulf-coast sea turtle. But as of today, it looks like Senate Democrats are going to start acting like a majority party, and pass one of the central pieces of legislation that they ran on. Politico is calling it “Harry Reid’s High-Stakes Climate Gamble.”

Reid’s strategy? Finally doing some of the “horse-trading” that successful majority leaders (like Lydon Johnson) do. Instead of a stand-alone climate bill that Republicans (and some Democratic faint-hearts) are happy to take pot-shots at, he’s going to put forward an omnibus bill that includes energy policy, climate change, and reforms to deepwater drilling.

June 25th

Billions in Annual Taxpayer Subsidies Paid to Fossil Fuel Industry

At last year’s G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the world leaders committed to “phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and increase energy market transparency” and their Energy and Finance Ministers are to “report on their implementation strategies and timelines at the next meeting of the G-20,” which begins in a couple of days.

So will the world leaders stay true to their commitments? Apparently, some countries may be waffling…

June 24th

TED Talk: Pro vs Con on Nuclear Energy

Should we be taking a serious second look at Nuclear Energy? With climate change the biggest potential disaster facing humanity, there are even environmentalists who now think nuclear power is actually a lower risk.

Take a look at this talk from TED, in which Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson go at it.

June 23rd

Every President from Nixon to Obama Promised to Free us from Foreign Energy

After hearing President Obama’s speech Tuesday night I was going to see if I could find videos of all the Presidents from Nixon on to Bush II promising how they were going to achieve energy independence and free us from foreign fuels, and splice them all together into a witty yet informative commentary about the futility of American Politics that has barely managed to move us forward in 30 years. But fortunately, Jon Stewart did it for me.

June 19th

Senate Dems Meet on Climate Bills, Accomplish Nada

The US Senate, the world’s greatest high school debate squad, continues to fiddle on the climate and energy bills. And while oil gushes into the Gulf, and we enjoy the warmest spring in recorded history, and prepare for a heavy hurricane season, our esteemed Senators are concerned that we’re moving… too fast. Jay Rockefeller (D-Coal Country), actually wants to roll back what little HAS been done.

June 18th

Expert: Sand Berms Aren’t Enough to Keep Oil off La. Coast

The pressure is on to deal with the problems associated with the biggest US oil spill in history. While President Obama pressures BP and dispatches the National Guard, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has been pushing – hard – for a plan to construct 45 miles of sand berms off the coast to block oil from hitting his shores. The plan was finally approved May 27, but scientists are questioning whether it’s going to work.

June 16th