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Richard Caperton: Master Limited Partnerships Could Have "Huge Impact" on Clean Energy in US

New Study: The More Americans Know About Fracking, the More Polarized Their Views Get

Here at Scaling Green, we live and breath energy issues.  Presumably, the same is true of people who read blogs like Scaling Green. Yet in the nation as a whole, that's most certainly not the case.  For instance, take the controversial, "hot" topic of natural gas fracking. A new study by Yale and George Mason University has some findings those of us who follow energy issues closely might find surprising. For instance:

Politico: Frustration Grows as Time Ticks Away for Climate Action

According to Politico, advocates of action on climate change are growing increasingly frustrated and warning that we're running out of time.  The frustration boils down to the following:

Video: Solar-Powered Plane Lands at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport


From the Solar Impulse YouTube Channel:

Video: "Frackalypse Now"


Courtesy of DeSmogBlog, which "partnered with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore to produce this spoof video in the vein of Francis Ford Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now.'" Spot-on satire, nice job!

Black Mountain of Tar Sands Waste Proves Yet Again, It's "the dirtiest oil on earth."

A recent New York Times article graphically demonstrates how absurd it is to claim that tar sands (not "oil sands," as this article calls it) can be mined and transported "responsible" - certainly not with this sort of waste pile!

Yet Another Example of Taxpayer-Funded Corporate Welfare, This Time on GM Crops

According to Raw Story:

New Report: Local Chambers of Commerce Promote Clean Energy

A new report by the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy ("a national, non-partisan clean energy network and information hub for local chambers of commerce") highlights several clean energy success stories across the country.

Sioux City Journal: "Wind energy: Good for Iowa, good for America"

We wanted to highlight an excellent editorial by the Sioux City Journal on why wind power is "good for Iowa, good for America." The editorial follows last Wednesday's announcement of "plans for the largest economic development investment in state history: A $1.9 billion wind-energy project involving the addition of 656 new wind turbines."

Solar Power Price Decline Both Good and Bad

The rapid decline in the price of solar panels has been impacting the industry in paradoxical ways.  As this Reuters article explains:

My Search for the Incredible Disappearing Fuel Cell

By Brian Mahar, Senior Vice President

Video: Danny Kennedy Gives TEDx Talk on "How Profit Will Save the Planet"

Fracked Gas: "What a glorious vision of the future: It's cold, it's dark and we're all hungry"

Over at DeSmogBlog, they have an interesting interview with energy investor Bill Powers, author of the new book "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth." Here's an excerpt from the DeSmogBlog article:

Tornadoes and Massive, Exposed Coal Ash Heaps Don't Mix

So, let's say you're planning a new coal-fired power plant, like the Prairie State Plant in Illinois. Now, let's say that coal-fired power plant is "projected to produce 3.6 million to 4.8 million tons of toxic ash, which must be disposed," and that this ash could "ultimately contain a 250-foot high pile of coal ash sitting on flat farmland." Finally, how about we throw tornadoes into the mix?

Union of Concerned Scientists: Renewable Energy Standards Working Effectively Across Country

Not that it's any secret to many of us, but it's great to hear a respected organization like the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) conclude that Renewable Energy Standards are "working effectively all over the country; affordably driving new renewable energy development and delivering substantial economic benefits to states and local communities in the process."  To flesh this out a bit, here are a few key points from the UCS' newly released review of state RES policies.

Iowa's Republican Governor: Clean Energy is Under Attack by Fossil Fuel Interests

Don't believe us that clean energy is under assault by well-heeled fossil fuel interests? Well, then, take a Republican governor's word for it.

Video: No, Wind Turbines Don't Make You Sick. In Fact, You Can Barely Hear Them At All.

Judith Schwartz Discusses Her Vision for the Smart Grid


In part 1 of our series on smart grid marketing expert Judith Schwartz's recent Scaling Green Communicating Energy lecture, we focused on the importance of effectively introducing the smart grid to specific consumer market segments and individuals.  In part 2, we turned to the benefits of the smart grid for businesses and the general public. In part 3, we focused on the importance of energy literacy in maximizing the benefits of the smart grid.  Today, we turn our focus to the future - where the smart grid will hopefully take us in the coming years.

Video: Solar-Powered Plane Takes Off for Journey Across America


According to the Solar Impulse YouTube channel:

After months of preparations, the moment we've all been waiting for passed in a heartbeat! In the midst of the Bay Area rush hour traffic, the graceful solar airplane silently lifted its wings soaring high above Moffett Airfield towards the rising sun.

Piloted by Bertrand Piccard, the 6:12 am PDT (UTC-7) take off marks the launching of 2013 Across America mission and with it, the kickoff of the "Clean Generation" initiative. Solar Impulse will cross the continental United States in 5 stopovers in hopes of raising awareness about the potential of clean technologies. Thousands of Solar Impulse Supporters are already taking part in this global movement of pioneers by having their names virtually carried across the country on a USB key.

Very cool, we wish Solar Impulse godspeed in its journey!

UPDATE Saturday 3:50 pm: Here's video of the plane landing in Phoenix after completing the first leg of its journey.

Shocker: Fossil Fuel Front Group Favors Transparency for Government, Not for Fossil Fuel Industry

In its groundbreaking report, Fossil Fuel Front Groups on the Front Page, the Checks and Balances Project identified 10  "Think Tanks" which specialize in "promot[ing] fossil fuels, attackp[ing] clean energy policy support, or undermin[ing] the seriousness of global climate disruption." One of those groups is the Institute for Energy Research (IER), which SourceWatch says received more than $300,000 from ExxonMobil between 2003 and 2007 and $175,000 from the Koch brothers.  In addition, SourceWatch notes, "In 2009 IER run a campaign on 'green jobs' attacking the expansion of renewables energies."

Light Bulbs and Clean Energy Should Not Be Part of "Culture Wars," Yet They Apparently Are

This is fascinating, although in an exasperating sort of way.

NY Times: "Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West"

The New York Times reports on yet another important  reason why the logic behind oil and gas fracking is highly questionable.

Two WY Commissioners Vote to Slow Mad Rush to Frack

Kudos to Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioners Ryan Lance and Tom Drean, who voted to slow down the mad rush "for an oil and gas company to inject produced water into a part of the Madison formation that, by all accounts, contains relatively clean water." This little- noticed story deserves more attention, given that these types of battles are playing out all over the country, and also given that fracking poses major environmental risks.

THIS is What Suncor Touts as a "Big Environmental Payoff?"

Want to see what "environmentally responsible" tar sands looks like? Here it is (photo by Getty Images):

For a bit more background on this environmental disaster, click here.