Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/15/15)
- “Ohio lawmakers have ‘frozen’ state renewable energy standards until 2017, but somebody forgot to tell businesses to stop building on-site solar,” says Cleveland.com.
- “The most comprehensive analysis to date on U.S. power plant air pollution emissions shows that most of the nation’s largest electric utilities have seen significant reductions in global warming pollution in recent years,” says Ceres. The new report found that “CO2 emissions from power plants decreased 12 percent from 2008 through 2013, and that the economy has continued to grow even as CO2 emissions have declined.”
- “Amid complaints that planned federal rules to cut carbon emissions will hurt the economy, a new study says the northeastern states that already have moved in that direction are seeing economic benefits,” according to Hartford Courant. The study found that “the nine [Northeastern] states combined saw $1.3 billion in economic value from the carbon-cutting program from 2012 to 2014.”
- “ExxonMobil gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial,” reports The Guardian.
- Yesterday, Iberdola, a wind company, and retail giant Amazon “broke ground on a new wind farm in northeastern North Carolina that’s not only the first major wind farm in the state, but the first major wind project in the South,” says The Huffington Post.
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