Five Stories: “Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future.'”

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/13/16).

  1. Inside Climate News has climate and energy highlights from President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. That includes the following lines about wind and solar power: “In fields from Iowa to Texas, wind power is now cheaper than dirtier, conventional power. On rooftops from Arizona to New York, solar is saving Americans tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, and employs more Americans than coal — in jobs that pay better than average.”
  2. The Guardian reports, “In his final State of the Union address, the US president said he would push for changes to the leasing of public lands for oil, coal, and gas leases at cut-rate prices, saying: ‘Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future.'”
  3. At Vox, David Roberts explains that “state renewable energy mandates are producing enormous benefits.”
  4. According to DeSmogBlog: “Arch Coal, the second largest coal mining company in the US, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, raising questions about the company’s reclamation obligations for its massive strip mines, its plans to export coal from the Powder River Basin to Asia, the future of its existing and pending federal coal leases, and more. While Arch Coal sold mines, cut wages, and stopped paying dividends as its fortunes fell, one area it didn’t skimp was executive compensation.”
  5. Utility Dive reports: “Recent technical advances are sparking interest in flow batteries by offering the promise of significant cost reductions that could make them better able to compete for market share with solid state storage devices, such as the nearly ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. But full commercialization is still several years off, analysts say.