20 Jul 2012

GE blames drop in wind turbine sales on tax uncertainty

General Electric, the nation’s largest producer of wind turbines, is blaming a drop in orders on the uncertainty surrounding a wind-production tax credit. GE’s wind sales fell 37 percent from the second quarter of 2011 to the same quarter in 2012, the company announced...
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20 Jul 2012

Markey: GOP will blame immigrants for wildfires, but not climate change

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) hammered Republicans on Friday for downplaying the role of climate change in recent wildfires. Markey said Republicans will say bureaucratic red tape and “even immigrants” are behind extreme weather incidents before they will admit that climate change...
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20 Jul 2012

British businessman asks Obama to help develop nuclear reactor

Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson wants President Obama to commercialize next-generation nuclear reactor technology. Branson wrote a letter asking to meet with Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu about the idea, writes The Guardian. Obama declined. Still, Obama has been...
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20 Jul 2012

Three Years Ago at Google

43 years ago today, man first walked on the Moon. Three years ago today, I went to Google for the first time and gave a talk there. It was a formative event in more than one way. I met Chris Uhlik, who now serves on the Board of Advisors for Flibe Energy. Chris was one of the...
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20 Jul 2012

News bites: Shell’s oil spill response vessel lacks federal certification

Shell’s oil spill response vessel, the Arctic Challenger, lacks federal certification after a series of construction delays, the Los Angeles Times reports. Green certification labels add about 9 percent to a home’s selling value, a California study of 1.6 million...
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20 Jul 2012

China threatens US solar exports

China delivered another jab Friday to the Obama administration in an escalating battle over solar power manufacturing practices. China’s trade ministry said that it would investigate U.S. solar-grade polysilicon on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy grounds, Reuters reported. The move...
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20 Jul 2012

GOP-led panel rips GOP donor’s business practices in Peru

A Republican-controlled House panel on Thursday took the highly unusual step of slamming a U.S. company’s environmental and trade practices abroad. The Foreign Affairs Committee’s human-rights panel held a hearing on the mining practices of Doe Run Peru, which is...
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20 Jul 2012

Reports: Obama backs Iraqi concerns with Exxon deal

Iraq’s prime minister said President Obama is backing the Iraqi central government’s concerns with Exxon’s oil deal with the autonomous Kurdish region, according to published reports Thursday. Exxon’s exploration deal has infuriated Baghdad, which says oil deals should go through...
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20 Jul 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Wildfires, forest health come into focus

State of Play: A House Natural Resources Committee panel will gather Friday for a hearing on a trio of bills designed to curb wildfire risks and improve forest health. Click here for more on the hearing. The committee event follows big Western blazes that have devastated swaths...
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