Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Germany Breaks Clean-Energy Taboo In Attack On Price Surge
Germany, adding wind and solar parks to counter falling nuclear output, proposed shifting more of the cost of expansion to producers from consumers as the government seeks to stem a surge in electricity prices in an election year. Renewable-energy lobby says new policy would “punish” investors and throw project planning into doubt.
Why Boulder Has To Buy Out Its Electric Utility For A Clean Energy Future
In late 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO, voted to boot their incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy, and form a municipal electric utility. It was the culmination of a multi-year battle to get more clean, local energy from their corporate electric overlord. In the end, city leaders and citizens agreed that the only credible option for significantly reducing their contribution to climate change was to go it alone. Now, the city is embarked on the long, complicated process of localizing their electricity system.   [I'll bet the result will be cheaper, more reliable energy for customers with noticeably less bad global weather to boot!  /sarcasm]
Gore defends Current sale to Al Jazeera - POLITICO.com
“I certainly understand that criticism,” Gore said on the “Today” show. “I disagree with it because I think Al Jazeera has obviously long since established itself as a really distinguished and effective news gathering organization. And by the way, its climate coverage has been far more extensive and of high quality than any to the networks here.”

When NBC’s Matt Lauer pressed the environmental activist on whether there was a “bit of hypocrisy” in selling to a company that is financed in major part by fossil fuels, Gore reiterated his support of the network and its coverage.

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