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McDonald: The path to providing clean, reliable, affordable energy

July 11 -- During the last week, I have received more than 500 letters from Georgians concerned about the possibility of Georgia going the way of California with the vote the Georgia Public Service Commission will make this morning.

Fear about a renewable portfolio standard for green energy has thrown many of my friends on the “right” into a panic. I feel I should clear this up. >>View Article

Energy Innovation: Creating a Cleaner, More Sustainable Future

July 11 -- Climate change is one of the greatest challenges society faces and it is becoming more acute every day, threatening not only our environmental health, but economic prosperity and political stability worldwide. Just last month the Scripps Institution of Oceanography indicated that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) – a record high. Understandably, the scientific community is alarmed by this tipping point and its implications for the environment and sea-level rise. >>View Article

ND energy production doubles since 2007

July 11 -- A group representing North Dakota's various energy sectors says the state's energy production from all sources has doubled since 2007.

The 16-member EmPower North Dakota Commission says it set a goal in 2007 to double the state's energy production by 2025. >>View Article

Clean Energy Investment Rises 22% Led by U.S., China

July 11 -- Clean-energy investment rose 22 percent in the second quarter from the prior three months as increased spending in the U.S., China and South Africa countered a slump in Europe.

The $53.1 billion invested in the industry was still less than the $63.1 billion spent in the same period a year earlier as Europe’s spending fell to the lowest in more than six years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investment in the region shrank 44 percent from the first quarter to $9.5 billion. >>View Article

Sheheen: We can make SC a clean-energy leader

July 10 -- Clean energy in the Palmetto State has the potential to generate thousands of jobs and attract millions of dollars in capital investment. We have all the assets to lead the country in clean energy, but we also need leadership. >>View Article

Google makes $1 billion investment in renewable energy

July 10 -- Google may not seem like an energy company, but it sure is acting like one. Through more than $1 billion in investments and through large contracts for renewable power, Google has become the most significant player in the energy business outside of actual energy companies and financial institutions. >>View Article

Feeling the wind’s worth

July 9 -- Even five years ago, putting up 58 turbines to harvest the wind gusting across the rolling hills of the Palouse in northern Whitman County wouldn’t have made economic sense. >>View Article

Now Is Not The Time To Gut Funding For Innovative Energy Research

July 9 -- Last month, a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted to gut funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) efforts to promote innovative energy research. The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) was first on the chopping block. The subcommittee voted to slash its funding from the current level of $252 million to just $50 million—an 80% cut. On top of that, the subcommittee cut funding for the DOE’s work on renewable energy in half. >>View Article

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