October 14, 2010

U.S. Clean Energy Sector Buffeted by U.S. Election Winds

U.S. business leaders, venture capitalists and government officials echo a similar concern: political uncertainty is roiling an industry once brimming with promise.

Reuters

Ethanol Decision Seen as Corn Belt Pandering

The Obama administration’s decision to allow more ethanol in gasoline was met with fury from environmentalists and Big Oil, but it could help Democrats in the nation’s Corn Belt.


Politico

Pentagon Going Green, Because It Has To

The US military’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels is a dangerous vulnerability, officials said Wednesday as they made a fresh push to develop renewable energy solutions for the battlefield.

 

AFP

Joe Barton Makes Play for Energy Gavel

Republicans don’t even have the House majority yet, but Rep. Joe Barton is already making a play for a powerful energy chairmanship his leadership is highly unlikely to give him.




Politico

Gulf Moratorium Is Over But Drilling Has to Wait

The Gulf of Mexico is a mix of furious activity and tortured waiting around, one day after the end of the federal moratorium on deep water drilling.

AP

Oil Spill Panel Chief Defends Report After White House Attacks

The co-chairman of the presidential commission probing the BP oil spill is defending draft staff findings critical of the federal spill response that drew heavy White House pushback.

The Hill

EU Suggests Drilling Ban in Case of Safety Doubts

EU governments should stop deepwater drilling projects if they have any safety doubts, the EU said Wednesday, stopping short of an outright ban.

AP

California Tops ACEEE State Rankings for a Fourth Year

California again leads the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual list of the states that do the most to advance energy efficiency, but Massachusetts is closing in.

GreenBiz

GM Hits Back at Volt Critics

GM has been on defensive this week after the run up to the launch next month of its Volt was marred by press reports suggesting the plug-in car is little more than a standard hybrid electric vehicle.

BusinessGreen

Brazil: Environmentalism Not a Top Priority for Voters

The unexpectedly strong performance of Green Party candidate Marina Silva in the Oct.  presidential elections could lead to a deceptively optimistic interpretation of the importance given to environmental issues by voters.

Inter Press Service

Q&A: India’s Climate Chief on Making India Greener

India’s environment minister and chief climate change negotiator Jairam Ramesh answers questions on the challenges he faces to chart out a green path for India.

Time

Report: Many Birds Still Face Threats From Gulf Oil

Six months after the start of the BP oil spill, the Audubon Society reports that many species of migratory birds and shorebirds face continuing threats from oil and tar balls.

NPR

Egypt Must Go Green to Save Red Sea

The Red Sea’s ecosystem is under threat from pollution and Egyptians refusing to accept there is an environmental problem.

Guardian

Rainbow Warrior Denied Entry to Indonesia: Greenpeace

Global environmental pressure group Greenpeace said on Thursday its Rainbow Warrior flagship had been denied access to Indonesian waters, and insisted the government had no grounds to have turned it back.

 

AFP

October 13, 2010

Drilling Ban Lifted; Uncertainties Still Face Gulf

Deepwater oil drills quieted by a six-month moratorium will again hum off the Gulf Coast. What’s less certain is just how soon the jobs on hold because of the ban will come back.

 

AP

Drilling Backers, Critics Raise Eyebrows at Lifting of Drilling Ban

Reaction to the administration’s lifting of the deepwater oil-and-gas
 drilling moratorium about six weeks ahead of schedule raised eyebrows 
among both defenders and critics of drilling.

The Hill

Obama Push to Unclog Backlog of Contested Mine-Safety Citations is Backfiring

A high-priority Obama administration push to unclog a backlog of contested mine safety citations is backfiring.

Washington Post

Sharp Solar Squares Up Against “Frenemies”

The new head of Sharp Solar’s U.S. business expects the country’s renewable energy sector to take off in the coming years, overshadowing the leading German market and and attracting heavy investment.

Reuters