Five Stories: Climate Issues Absent From The First GOP Debate

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Here are five recommended reads for today (8/10/15)

  1. In the first primary season GOP debate, issues of climate change were not mentioned once, says Inside Climate News. “Not a single substantive question was asked by Fox News moderators about global warming or energy. Except for a brief nods to the Keystone XL pipeline and undefined ‘out-of-control regulations,’ the candidates didn’t raise the issue themselves either.”
  2. “Nearly 130 gigawatts of installed wind power accounted for more than 8 percent of Europe’s electricity demand in 2014, according to a new report from the European Commission,” says Greentech Media. “But the report features some impressive figures on offshore wind projections, a category that Europe continues to dominate.”
  3. Ikea will no longer sell halogen and ‘energy-saving’ compact fluorescent bulbs from September, when it switches all its lighting sold globally to super efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs),” reports The Guardian.
  4. “Even as the tumble in oil prices pummels the industry, one small — and perhaps surprising — group of energy stock funds has held up better than its peers: those investing in solar, wind and other alternative-energy sources,” according to The Denver Post.
  5. “It’s no secret that the oil and rail industries lobbied the Obama Administration heavily during the creation of new oil-by-rail regulations released this past May, with lobbyists reportedly not even taking a break the day after a major oil train accident. But just how much influence did lobbyists actually have in the drafting of the regulations?” says DeSmog Blog.