Five Stories: U.S.-Indonesia Agree to “promote clean energy technologies and policies”

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/27/15).

  1. According to a White House fact sheet released yesterday, following meetings between President Obama and Indonesian President Widodo: “Building on the success achieved under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the United States and Indonesia will partner to promote clean energy technologies and policies to help meet Indonesia’s growing energy demands, improve energy access, and reduce energy-sector greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the global threat posed by climate change.  Expanding U.S.-Indonesia cooperation covers a range of energy goals and involves a range of U.S. agencies and companies, with a focus on clean energy, the power sector, responsible oil and gas development and energy security.”
  2. DeSmogBlog reports, “When it comes to financial risks surrounding water, there is one industry that, according to a new report, is both among the most exposed to these risks and the least transparent to investors about them: the oil and gas industry…The low solar production in Florida has less to do with energy costs, and everything to do with the influence of the dirty energy industry.”
  3. Mother Jones presents two charts that show the “hidden costs of dirty energy.” As Mother Jones notes, “Recent research by the International Monetary Fund finds that the hidden economic and environmental costs of fossil fuel consumption—’externalities’ in econspeak—add up to nearly $5 trillion a year, or 33 percent more than the federal budget.”
  4. DeSmogBlog reports: “With its nickname ‘The Sunshine State,’ it would make sense for Florida to lead in solar energy in the United States. But industry opposition and a climate change-denying governor have allowed the state to fall dangerously behind when it comes to harnessing the power of the sun.”
  5. David Roberts of Vox argues that the House science committee, “under the chairmanship of Lamar Smith (R-TX), deserves that superlative [of being the worst committee in the House] for its open-ended, Orwellian attempts to intimidate some of the nation’s leading scientists and scientific institutions” on climate change research.