Policy News

 

  • January 26, 2012
  • What fossil fuel costs the U.S. military
  • Smart Planet, David Worthington
  • The U.S. armed forces have made the adoption of renewable energy technologies a strategic priority. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said last April that reducing the military’s dependence on fossil fuel sources is correlated with its ability to project power overseas. President Barack Obama even touted the Navy’s use of solar power during his State of the Unionaddress on Tuesday. But the Pentagon’s interest in renewables isn’t political, it’s strategic. Learn about the impact of fuel requirement in the infographic below. (Image credit: Advanced Energy Economy)
  • January 26, 2012
  • Energy Tax Breaks Proposed, Despite Waning Support for Subsidies
  • New York Times, Diane Cardwell
  • Assisted by technological innovation and years of subsidies, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen sharply — so much so that the two industries say that they can sometimes deliver cleaner electricity at prices competitive with power made from fossil fuels. At the same time, wind and ... more ›
  • January 19, 2012
  • California Expects $1 Billion From Carbon Trading
  • KQED, Katrina Schwartz
  • And that’s just for starters — but how that money will be spent is still up in the air There might be more money in the first year of California’s cap-and-trade program than expected. Governor Brown’s 2012-2013 budget includes $1 billion in revenue from the state’scap-and-trade program, ramping up this ... more ›
  • January 19, 2012
  • The Global Energy Supply Is Getting Greener. It’s Just Not Happening Fast Enough
  • Time, Bryan Walsh
  • With President Obama’s rejection (for now) of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline fresh in everyone’s mind—and conservatives and the oil industry already hammering him, even as greens sing his praises—you can be sure that energy issues will play a bigger role than usual in the 2012 election. So it’s worth taking a ... more ›