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Boehner backs push to export US crude oil 30.7.2015 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports....
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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development 30.7.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.
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Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?

Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels was set up as a great unveiling – the Democratic frontrunner’s first public remarks on how her presidency would tackle climate change.

Related: Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen

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Sources: EPA will ease deadlines on pollution rule to help states comply 29.7.2015 Washington Post
The Obama administration has decided to give states more time to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants, people familiar with the plans said Tuesday.Read full article ...
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Tony Abbott wrong on coal being ‘good for humanity’, Oxfam report finds 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Report says Australia must embrace renewables and coal exacts an ‘enormous toll’ on health, drives climate change and is ineffective in delivering electricity to world’s poor

Tony Abbott is mistaken in claiming coal is “good for humanity”, with the fossil fuel causing numerous health problems and ineffective in delivering electricity to the world’s poor compared with renewables, a new Oxfam report has found.

Related: For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity'

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Solar power – an array of misconceptions | Letters 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Geoff Moore (Letters, 28 July) seems very poorly informed as to how the payments for rooftop solar arrays are calculated. If nothing is generated and therefore there is no export to the grid, the payment would be nil.

We have a solar array and in four years have generated over 13,500 kilowatt-hours. In summer we could generate up to 350 kilowatt-hours a month, in winter maybe a tenth of that, and payments reflect this.

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Hillary Clinton refuses to take a position on Keystone XL pipeline 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Candidate tells New Hampshire crowd she will not ‘second-guess’ Obama’s pending decision, citing conflict of interest from her tenure at State Department

Hillary Clinton says she will not take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she becomes president, citing her work on the issue as secretary of state.

Related: Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen

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Earth could get just 12 hours' warning of damaging solar storm 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

UK Cabinet Office report sets out risks of coronal mass ejections from the sun causing power outages, and disruption of GPS and communications

Humanity would only have a 12-hour warning about the arrival of a “coronal mass ejection” that could damage the National Grid, pipelines and railway signals, according to a newly released document from the UK Cabinet Office.

In a report worthy of a Bruce Willis film, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has set out the nature of the risk to the UK from “severe space weather”, which it says results from various types of solar activity.

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Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Clinton’s first climate change policy pitch – for renewables to provide 33% of the nation’s electricity by 2027 – is bold, but the US must look beyond solar for a clean energy revolution On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took a first swing at the many-headed carbon hydra. By the end of her first term, she said , the US would have seven times more solar energy capacity than it does today. And by 2027, renewable energy would supply a third of the nation’s electricity. Clinton’s announcement, which the campaign said would be the first of many on climate change from the presidential hopeful, extends the carbon-saving ambition in a significant sector of the economy. Burning fossil fuels for electricity accounts for 31% of US greenhouse gas emissions . One estimate found Clinton’s 33% renewable target could slice another 4% off the US’s existing pledge to cut emissions by 26-28% by 2025 ...
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SolarCity launches plan to bring solar power to small and midsize firms 28.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
SolarCity Corp. wants to deck the rooftops of small and midsize businesses with solar panels by offering a new financing strategy to a market that the company says has largely gone untapped.
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Renewables pose challenge for Tokyo 28.7.2015 Financial Times: Science & Tech
In crowded, mountainous Japan finding places to install new technology is tricky
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Hillary Clinton wants to fight climate change with half a billion solar panels 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination promises to save Americans money and to free them from monthly electricity bills

Barack Obama ran for president promising to save the planet. Hillary Clinton is promising to help people save money on their electricity bills.

In the first big reveal of her climate change policy, Clinton said she would install half a billion new solar panels by the end of her first term in the White House, and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the country 10 years after her inauguration.

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Climate change and the case for funding energy-efficiency schemes | Letters 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
I agree with much of your first comment on climate change ( Editorial , 23 July). However, I would like to expand upon the observation that “just like fracking and nuclear, greening the energy supply needs intervention”. The question is: what is a reasonably sensible subsidy to provide energy technologies, especially those that generate electricity? You report in the same edition of the Guardian ( Government to cut solar power subsidies saving customers 50p per year ) that the discontinuation of solar subsides will save customers a trivial amount off their annual energy bills, but will simultaneously devastate a fast-growing, but still young, sustainable energy ...
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Why do we have green welfare for the wealthy? | Patrick Barkham 27.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Subsidies often don’t go to those who need them. Councils could show government how to better connect renewable energy and social justice With energy secretary Amber Rudd signalling her intention to slash solar subsidies , perhaps this isn’t the best time to fit panels to my roof. But I’ve just signed up, keen to generate clean power as well as attracted by the solar PV installation offered through Solar Together , a collective purchasing scheme run by local councils in Norfolk. Generous government subsidies have sparked a huge uptake in domestic solar: Britain has added more solar capacity than any other European country since the turn of the century. For the government to halt this success story looks silly, but the biggest problem with all renewable subsidies is that they tend to feather wealthy ...
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Solar Impulse's troubled round-the-world flight: ‘We need to raise €20m' 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The solar plane’s attempt to fly around the world has been grounded by battery failure. As the pilots regroup for the next leg, they discuss the highs and lows of their epic journey

The darkest moment of André Borschberg’s unprecedented solar flight across the Pacific was not when he learned of the battery failure that has now suspended the Solar Impulse flight until next spring.

It was 12 hours into the journey, as he flew about 6,000 metres over the Pacific, south-east of Tokyo, and a decision had to be made about whether to continue. “Before every flight you have what we call the point of no return – it was the afternoon of the first day,” he says.

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Green cuts risk sending UK back to the dark ages 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The UK government’s sudden abolition of subsidies for wind, solar and biomass energy send a risky message and could shake investor confidence

The government’s U-turn on renewable energy risks sending this country back to the dark ages of relying only on fossil fuel.

Since the election we have seen a slashing of subsidies for biomass, anaerobic digestion and biogas as well as solar and wind.

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Destructive electrons streaking into Earth's atmosphere 27.7.2015 New Kerala: Technology
Washington, July 27 : A unique study has been done of potentially destructive high-energy electrons streaking into Earth's atmosphere from space, employing two different and distant vantage points high above the Earth.
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Liberal MP lobbies Coalition to drop push to ban wind and solar investment 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Victorian MP Sarah Henderson asks the government to include in its draft mandate investment in emerging technologies such as wind and solar

A Liberal backbencher is lobbying the government to stop its push to, in effect, ban the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in wind and small-scale solar energy.

The Victorian Liberal MP, Sarah Henderson, has written to the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, asking that the government include wind and small-scale solar energy in its investment mandate.

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Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy 27.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global ...
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Clinton makes energy pledge 27.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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