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N.Y. wind rush brings corruption complaints, divides rural communities

Lured by generous state subsidies, the wind industry is having its day in the sun breeze in upstate New York. But the scramble for turbine-friendly land has led to complaints of corruption and caused schisms in rural communities. At least …

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Energy in the Democratic platform

Here’s a selection from the Democratic platform (PDF), final draft released Friday. What do you think? — New American Energy In the local platform hearings, Americans talked about the importance of energy to the economy, to national security and to …

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EarthJustice challenges the legality of the draft plan for California’s AB 32

EarthJustice is challenging the legality of the draft release of California’s climate change program, AB 32. They say it fails to follow all of the statutory requirements. Specifically: This letter focuses on three primary deficiencies in the Draft Scoping Plan: …

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Cuckoo bananas energy policy from House conservatives

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) personifies just how haywire House conservatives have gone lately, particularly on energy issues. She quickly made a name for herself after being elected to Congress in 2006. In fact, she gained some dubious notoriety even before …

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The electric sector’s price inversion

There is a phenomenon known in financial markets as an “inverted yield curve.” Like a stray elephant in Central Park, it is a reliable indicator that something odd is going on. It seldom lasts long, as markets quickly note and …

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Tribes gamble on coal, despite climate risks

“In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation … even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine,” goes the Great Law of the Iroquois. If you embrace liquid coal, however, …

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Fleet of hydrogen concept vehicles crosses U.S. as part of Hydrogen Road Tour

The BMW Hydrogen 7 “stores its hydrogen as a super-cold liquid and burns it in a V-12 piston engine; BMW claims that the exhaust from the Hydrogen 7 is actually cleaner than the ambient air,” says The New York Times’ …

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Why McCain hates renewables but pretends he loves them

McCain has been an opponent of renewable energy all his political life. Why? He is a conservative — and that is what conservatives do. The GOP’s ultra-rich big energy donors don’t like competition and dole out millions to get their …