Thanks to falling prices and federal policies, U.S. solar grew 85 percent in the first quarter, and the domestic market for solar panels is likely to double in 2012. [Bloomberg]
The world’s economies are forecasted to spend two trillion dollars on renewables between now and 2020, says a new Pew study. As the global race toward clean energy accelerates, it’s important that the U.S. not get left behind. [NRDC]
America is shoveling coal to the sidelines: the
America’s newest economic concern isn’t debt, the Eurozone or a student loan crisis. It’s kids – specifically kite-flying kids, who are flying kites along the beaches of New Jersey in celebration of Global Wind Day. At least according to Americans for Prosperity.
The anti-environment organization backed by the Koch brothers has slammed these families for promoting the “utter lunacy” that is offshore wind energy and subverting the U.S. economy with their extremist environmental agenda. In an
Mitt Romney’s top energy advisor – and billionaire oil baron – Harold Hamm fought to protect Big Oil’s interests by arguing for billions of dollars of subsidies before the Senate Finance Committee today. He claimed that the White House proposal to eliminate the tax breaks would deal a blow to American oil companies and decimate the supply of American oil.
Hamm didn’t discuss, however, the fact that 74% of Americans are in favor of ending subsidies
Renewable energy is a key part of America’s energy future, says EPA head Lisa Jackson:
“The future for our country is around clean energy, renewables, and getting that technology perfected and ready at a commercial scale here so we can sell it abroad. That will make our country stronger and create jobs as well. We should not put all our eggs in any one basket. And we should not, just because we have it, assume that
Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly bashed the Obama administration’s investments in clean energy last week on his show, claiming, “the feds have not been able to make progress in the green area despite spending many, many billions of dollars.”
“Time after time after time, green energy investments prove to be unworthy,” he said.
No matter how much O’Reilly tries to deny it, the facts on green energy’s success show otherwise. The clean energy sector is one of
Global investment in renewable energy reached a new high of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting $147 billion, says a UN report released today. [Tri-City Herald]
Less positive record breakers: This spring shattered four major heat records – the warmest spring, largest seasonal departure from average, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period. [Climate Central]
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly claimed that Obama’s administration hasn’t made progress in green energy “despite spending many, many billions of
The U.N.’s fifth Global Environmental Outlook says air pollution is probably causing more than 6 million premature deaths each year, with greenhouse gas emissions set to warm the world by at least 3 degrees Celsius on average by 2100. [Grist]
Yesterday, House Republicans unveiled an energy package of seven bills mandating more drilling in public lands and steamrolling public health safeguards from smog and toxic air pollution. [ThinkProgress]
A perfect match: Climate denier Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
Dangerous chemicals in the air and our household products are making it harder to breathe. A report from federal health officials notes that the percentage of Americans suffering from asthma reached a record high of 8.4 percent in 2010, up 1.1 percent from 2001. An estimated 25.7 million people had asthma in 2010, including almost 19 million adults and seven million children below the age of 18.
These alarming statistics are yet another reminder of the