Category Archives: OpEd

Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles and the Green Stimulus

There was no shortage of wind energy or electricity at Thursday night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two. “Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars … Continue reading Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles and the Green Stimulus

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Climate change off the agenda in US Presidential election

While there is no doubt that the US is the number one economy in the world and its international influence — from popular culture to military power — is second to none, trying to understand the nation’s domestic political scene is far from an easy task. Take for example recent stories regarding climate change denial, … Continue reading Climate change off the agenda in US Presidential election

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Back green growth or we’ll cut investments, companies warn

This week international firms and energy companies including Mitsubishi Power Systems and Siemens have threatened to slash planned investments in the UK unless George Osborne, the UK Chancellor, shows real commitment to developing a low carbon economy and delivering green growth. The Times reported that if these firms carry out their threats, hundreds of UK … Continue reading Back green growth or we’ll cut investments, companies warn

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Why Electric Vehicles Are Our Future

Bill Destler, president of Rochester Institute of Technology, lists six key reasons why electric cars will eventually be the vehicles we drive. As the president of Rochester Institute of Technology, one of the nation’s largest technical universities, I became interested in electric vehicles a few years ago because one of our major research centers was … Continue reading Why Electric Vehicles Are Our Future

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The 21st century can count on wind power’s incredible capacity, say scientists

“Historically, wind turbines are placed on Earth’s surface, but high-altitude winds are usually steadier and faster than near-surface winds, resulting in higher average power densities,” said the study, called Geophysical limits to global wind power. A new US scientific study released in the past few days reveals that wind energy’s vast potential could more than … Continue reading The 21st century can count on wind power’s incredible capacity, say scientists

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Barack Obama swipes at Mitt Romney over climate change

The president Obama he would continue to invest in wind power and solar energy if he wins a second term, because the threat of climate change was real. President Obama, often shy of turning climate change into a marquee campaign issue, last night made a full-throated endorsement of climate action, calling out Governor Romney and … Continue reading Barack Obama swipes at Mitt Romney over climate change

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Food price crisis looms because of extreme weather events

Climate change and extreme weather events caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions will result in rapidly increasing global food prices that will negatively affect millions of people. That’s the central message of a sobering new report — Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices; The costs of feeding a warming world — that was published Wednesday by Oxfam … Continue reading Food price crisis looms because of extreme weather events

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Electric vehicles can reduce dependence of oil

President Dwight Eisenhower warned that if we imported more than 20 percent of the oil we use, we were asking for trouble with national security. We now import about half of our oil! Lee Gasper-Galvin: Electric vehicles can reduce our dependence. I have a doctorate in chemical engineering and have worked as a researcher and … Continue reading Electric vehicles can reduce dependence of oil

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European leaders need to set tougher emissions targets

It’s very gratifying to see the world’s leading financial daily underlining points which European Wind Energy Association and many others have been making for years: the Emissions Trading System (ETS) urgently needs to be fixed. Thankfully the European Commission has proposed an important first step: to delay the auctioning of yet more carbon allowances. This now … Continue reading European leaders need to set tougher emissions targets

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Wind energy: PTC advances in U.S. Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support

Extension of critical tax relief to save 37,000 jobs in wind power and continue growing U.S. manufacturing advanced in the Senate Finance Committee today with strong bipartisan support. By an overwhelming bipartisan margin of 19-5, the Committee passed an extenders package that included an extension of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). On … Continue reading Wind energy: PTC advances in U.S. Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support

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Greenland’s massive ice sheet melts

» By Chris Rose As the world’s media attention turned this week to the Summer Olympics in London, a somewhat downplayed story of astonishing implications was emerging from the world’s biggest island: almost 97% of Greenland’s ice sheet experienced melting during early to mid-July. In a normal summer period, according to the National Aeronautics and … Continue reading Greenland’s massive ice sheet melts

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Wind power key for Keystone State

Wind energy is powering an “energy revolution” in Pennsylvania and across America, writes John Hanger, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in an op-ed in the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News. Wind farms in Fayette, Somerset, Blair, Cambria, Tioga, Bradford, Lycoming, Schuylkill, Luzerne and Wayne counties will churn out enough electricity to power the … Continue reading Wind power key for Keystone State

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