October 15, 2010

U.S. Offshore Agency Excited Over Google Power Line

The U.S. offshore energy czar said Google Inc’s surprising decision to get involved in wind energy is an exciting development.

Reuters

Oil Co. Says It Won’t Ship Big Loads All Decade

An oil company is denying an environmental group’s report that says huge loads of refinery equipment will be shipped over scenic U.S. 12 in the Rocky Mountains for the next decade.

AP

Shell Urges U.S. to Adopt North Sea Drilling Rules

Royal Dutch Shell urged the U.S. to adopt the tougher drilling rules applied in the North Sea, which it said could have helped prevent the mistakes that contributed to the BP disaster.

Reuters

U.S. Solar Companies Expect to Create 24,000 Jobs Next Year

A review of national solar employment said the number of workers in the industry will increase by 26%, representing nearly 24,000 net new jobs by August 2011.

SustainableIndustries

Plug-In Cars Pose Riddle for E.P.A.

Just two months before the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf enter showrooms, how the E.P.A. will measure the cars’ fuel economy remains a question.

New York Times

Walmart Sows Seeds for Sustainable Farming Revolution

Walmart yesterday hailed a “new era” in its approach to the agricultural sector, launching a new initiative designed to promote sustainable farming techniques among its suppliers.

BusinessGreen

October 14, 2010

Rich Must Make Clearer Climate Cuts: UN

Rich nations must spell out their plans for cutting carbon more clearly to enable UN talks in Mexico to agree the cornerstone of a pact to slow warming, the U.N.’s climate chief said.

Reuters

Europe Contemplates Raising Carbon Target to 30%

European environment ministers meet today to consider raising 2020 carbon cuts target from 20% to 30% against 1990 levels.

BusinessGreen

African Leaders Urged to Tackle Climate Change

African leaders came under pressure on Wednesday to take concrete actions against global warming at the African Development Forum in the Ethiopian capital, organisers said.

AFP

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