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Michael Butler: Growth of Solar Will Continue to Accelerate in 2012

Over at CleanEdge, the co-founder of Cascadia Capital, Michael Butler, has some interesting predictions for clean energy in 2012. The entire article is well worth reading, but here's just one of his predictions we thought was worth highlighting:

What to make of new poll on global climate disruption?

An article at Huffington Post points out that, “If you follow the popular polls, you might think that Americans are growing ever more skeptical about man-made climate change -- despite the consensus among published climate scientists.”  However, according to new research by Jon Krosnick of Stanford University, that’s simply not the case:

Bjorn Lomborg Remains Silent About Wasteful Fossil Fuel Welfare

Here's Bjorn Lomborg, apparently trying to curry the favor of fossil fuel funders with another piece that talks down clean energy and that wholly ignores the staggeringly large dirty energy welfare.

Cato Report on Federal Lands Reveals "Think Tank" as Dirty Energy PR Firm

The self-proclaimed "libertarian" Cato Institute is out with new "research" and policy recommendations for the Interior Department, and specifically regarding how they believe the treatment of federal lands should be reformed. Unsurprisingly, given Cato's track record as pro-corporate, anti-environmental shills, the main recommendations center around giving federal land to the states, along with selling off federal lands to individuals or even corporations.  What is a bit surprising, however, is what Cato leaves out of its analysis: namely, a complete failure to point out how extremely cheap corporate (e.g., mining, oil and gas drilling) access to public property happens to be.

Independent Report Confirms: Energy Loan Program Successful, Cost Effective

This past Friday afternoon, an important new report, an "Independent Consultant's Review with Respect to the Department of Energy Loan and Loan Guarantee Portfolio,” was released by the White House.

U.S. Government Report: Wind Power Costs Trending Towards an All-Time Low

Clearly, wind power technology is advancing, and wind power generation costs are coming down, the only questions being “how fast” and “will that trend continue?” A new presentation (“Recent Developments in the Levelized Cost of Energy from U.S. Wind Power Projects.”) by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), following up on an October 2011 report (“Understanding Trends in Wind Turbine Prices Over the Past Decade”) by the same people, provides us with answers to those questions.

Graphic: "The big, the bad and the subsidized" oil companies


That's right, profits at the "Big 5" U.S. oil companies in 2011 exceeded $130 billion, even as they continued to receive taxpayer-funded corporate welfare from the government. To read more about "the big, the bad and the subsidized," please click here.