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Catching a Breeze 20.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  Three years ago, after the collapse of Cape Wind off Nantucket Sound, renewable offshore wind energy in the United States was “a stone dead market,” according to Thomas Brostrøm, president of Ørsted North America. His Danish parent company, formerly DONG Energy, has built more offshore wind farms than any country in the world. Cape Wind, the 130-turbine, 468-megawatt brainchild of clean energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon, was litigated to the grave by local residents as too ruinous to the Cape Cod seascape. It was resisted by liberal Kennedys and right-wing Kochs alike. Despite its environmental benefits, the project also was persistently criticized as a noncompetitive boondoggle with outrageous power costs. The death knell of America’s first would-be offshore wind farm was arguably most felt in New Bedford, Massachusetts. That city, despite being the richest seafood port in the United States, has long been beset by ...
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Catching a Breeze 20.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  Three years ago, after the collapse of Cape Wind off Nantucket Sound, renewable offshore wind energy in the United States was “a stone dead market,” according to Thomas Brostrøm, president of Ørsted North America. His Danish parent company, formerly DONG Energy, has built more offshore wind farms than any country in the world. Cape Wind, the 130-turbine, 468-megawatt brainchild of clean energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon, was litigated to the grave by local residents as too ruinous to the Cape Cod seascape. It was resisted by liberal Kennedys and right-wing Kochs alike. Despite its environmental benefits, the project also was persistently criticized as a noncompetitive boondoggle with outrageous power costs. The death knell of America’s first would-be offshore wind farm was arguably most felt in New Bedford, Massachusetts. That city, despite being the richest seafood port in the United States, has long been beset by ...
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Eni investing 7 billion euros in Italy over 4 years 18.4.2018 AP Business
MILAN (AP) -- Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi says that the oil giant will invest 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) in activities in its home country of Italy over the next four years....
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Why America Needs More Social Housing 16.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  The quest to provide what has come to be called “affordable housing” in America is hobbled by one fundamental reality. Too much housing is in the market sector and too little is in a social sector permanently protected from rising prices. The result is that supply and demand relentlessly bids up market prices. Government is required to provide deeper and deeper subsidies to keep rents within the bounds of incomes, so fewer and fewer people get any kind of help. This is true whether the form of public subsidy is tax breaks, direct subsidies, vouchers, or deals with developers to set aside some percent of units as affordable. In most cities, the median rent far exceeds what median incomes can afford. In cities with hot housing markets, homeownership is even further beyond reach for those who do not already own homes, exacerbating competition for scarce apartments. The idea of having a permanent sector of ...
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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline threatens Virginia’s economy and clean-energy jobs 14.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Are we going to invest more in the cost-increasing fossil fuels of the last century?
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Lawsuits filed against L.A. County, lenders over green energy program 13.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Attorneys representing homeowners filed lawsuits Thursday against the Los Angeles County, alleging a county program that funds solar panels and other energy-efficient home improvements is a “plague” that’s ruined the finances of many borrowers by saddling them with loans they cannot afford.

The...

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Four buildings in Crystal City are covered in bright fabric. Why? 10.4.2018 Washington Post
Four buildings in Crystal City are covered in bright fabric. Why?
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Dusty Baker made his own sort of peace with Nationals firing, and still doesn’t care what you think 2.4.2018 Washington Post
Dusty Baker made his own sort of peace with Nationals firing, and still doesn’t care what you think
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Alaskan illuminations: Northern lights 30.3.2018 Washington Post
Alaskan illuminations: Northern lights
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Cannabis company sells California town it envisioned as a marijuana resort, but pipe dream isn't dead 27.3.2018 LA Times: Business

Could plans to turn an old California ghost town into a marijuana mecca be going up in smoke?

Cannabis technology company American Green Inc., which bought Nipton for $5 million last year, has sold it to another company in a deal worth $7.7 million, acknowledging that it struggled to raise the...

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The biggest solar parks in the world are now being built in India 19.3.2018 L.A. Times - World News

Weeds poke listlessly from the flat, rocky earth as the temperature climbs to the mid-90s. On a cloudless March afternoon, the blue horizon stretches out uninterrupted, as if even birds are too weary to fly.

On this unforgiving patch of southern India, millions of silver-gray panels glimmer in...

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The Koch Brothers Tried to Spread Fake News in Black Churches. It Did Not Go Well. 16.3.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly fall afternoon but still keep his clergy collar visible. He’s whipping up a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Richmond, Virginia, where they’re waiting to make a short […]
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By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts 16.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors.

Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer. Energy companies view its sunbaked plains...

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Virginia's electric utility overhaul paves way for cleaner, more efficient energy 13.3.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Virginia's electric utility overhaul paves way for cleaner, more efficient energy
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This is 'nanowood,' a new invention that could greatly reduce humanity's carbon footprint 10.3.2018 LA Times: Science

Move over, Styrofoam. Scientists have designed a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong and made entirely from tiny, stripped-down wood fibers.

The so-called nanowood, described in the journal Science Advances, could one day be used to make more energy-efficient buildings....

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The Energy 202: Trump administration must decide whether to back the biggest nuclear fusion project ever 7.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The project has rare bipartisan House support.
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Why Growing Veggies in the City Isn’t Just a Feel-Good Exercise 18.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling […]
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Electric cars and technology are upending transportation as we know it. But is Colorado prepared? 18.2.2018 Denver Post: Business
The electric revolution is here. But it's not clear that Colorado policymakers are truly ready for the changes ahead.
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Be green without giving up luxuries 11.2.2018 Washington Post
Manufacturers have stepped up, and eco-friendly products no longer mean you have to do without.
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These record-breaking pictures were taken by the farthest camera from Earth 10.2.2018 Washington Post
These record-breaking pictures were taken by the farthest camera from Earth
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