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Fred Singer Promotes Fossil Fuels Through Myths And Misinformation

Fred Singer Promotes Fossil Fuels Through Myths And Misinformation
By Climate Guest Blogger on Jun 11, 2012 at 9:45 am
by Dana Nucitelli, via Skeptical Science

Climate contrarians have been busy lately. In the past few weeks we’ve seen two Gish Gallops from Australian geologists (one of which was extremely politically-charged), a gross distortion of reality from another geologist (this one an American), and now we have yet another politically-charged article from another climate contrarian – Fred Singer, who John Mashey documented was linked to the Climate Research ‘pal review’ scandal through his connections with the ‘pal review’ authors via various fossil fuel-funded political think tanks.

In this case, Singer has written a pro-Mitt Romney (the US Republican Party 2012 presidential nominee) editorial, essentially pleading with Romney to pursue an exclusively fossil fuel-based energy policy. As we will see here, Singer’s arguments are based on a number of energy-related myths, as well as climate-related conspiracies.

Singer Invokes Inhofe of all People
Although it was somewhat buried in his editorial, we should start off by highlighting Singer’s lone science-related statement, which invoked Senator James Inhofe of all people:
“Romney should speak out on the “hoax” (to use Senator Inhofe’s term) of climate catastrophes from rising CO2 levels.”


As we noted when discussing Ian Plimer’s Gish Gallop and John Mashey’s pal review research, conspiracy theories are one of the five characteristics of scientific denialism, and few people embody the climate conspiracy theory better than James Inhofe. Thus it’s puzzling why Singer would defer to Inhofe on his only science-related comment in this article.

Regardless, as with his climate contrarian colleagues, Singer is ...


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/11/496471/fred-singer-promotes-fossil-fuels-through-myths-and-misinformation/

xpost GR: Poll Shows Public Doesn’t Agree With Conservatives’ Extreme Views On Regulation

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101631425

Poll: Public Doesn’t Agree With Conservatives’ Extreme Views On Regulation
By Climate Guest Blogger on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:31 am
by Ruy Teixeira

When conservatives aren’t talking about cutting taxes for the rich, they’re getting misty-eyed about removing business regulations. Indeed, nothing less than the obliteration of all current restrictions on business would appear to satisfy them. There’s just one problem: The public doesn’t share this commitment.
On the contrary, the public understands that a free market economy needs regulation to serve the common good. And as a matter of fact, that was its verdict by a wide 63-31 margin in the Pew Research Center’s new American Values Survey released in April.



In the same survey, the public called for stricter laws and regulations when it comes to protecting the environment by an overwhelming 74-25 margin.



Conservatives may be convinced ...


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/11/497191/poll-public-doesnt-agree-with-conservatives-extreme-views-on-regulation/

Poll Shows Public Doesn’t Agree With Conservatives’ Extreme Views On Regulation

Poll: Public Doesn’t Agree With Conservatives’ Extreme Views On Regulation
By Climate Guest Blogger on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:31 am
by Ruy Teixeira
When conservatives aren’t talking about cutting taxes for the rich, they’re getting misty-eyed about removing business regulations. Indeed, nothing less than the obliteration of all current restrictions on business would appear to satisfy them. There’s just one problem: The public doesn’t share this commitment.
On the contrary, the public understands that a free market economy needs regulation to serve the common good. And as a matter of fact, that was its verdict by a wide 63-31 margin in the Pew Research Center’s new American Values Survey released in April.



In the same survey, the public called for stricter laws and regulations when it comes to protecting the environment by an overwhelming 74-25 margin.



Conservatives may be convinced ...


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/11/497191/poll-public-doesnt-agree-with-conservatives-extreme-views-on-regulation/

Germany Ranks Highest in Renewable Energy Production

Germany Ranks Highest in Renewable Energy Production
11 JUNE 2012

European countries, led by Germany, get more of their electricity from wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources than any other region in the world, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

US production of renewable energy has increased by more than 300% in the past decade, but the United States still lags far behind Europe and Indonesia and is only slightly ahead of Mexico in the percentage of electricity it gets from renewable sources, NRDC’s global renewable energy scorecard shows. The United States got about 2.7 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2011, making it No. 7 among G-20 member countries.

Renewable energy is expected to be a major issue at the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil. NRDC is advocating for countries to adopt policies to increase the percentage of electricity they get from renewable sources to 15% by 2020.

Already some smaller, non-G-20 countries such as Spain, New Zealand and Iceland get more than 15% of their energy from renewable sources...


http://www.solarnovus.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5085:germany-ranks-highest-in-renewable-energy-production&catid=45:politics-policy-news&Itemid=249

(Japan) Oi nuclear plant restart policy deeply divides ruling party, nation

Oi restart policy deeply divides ruling party, nation
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s personal appeal on June 8 for the restarts of two offline nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture, a large group of his own lawmakers appear determined to stage a last-minute stand against the policy.

In the run-up to Noda’s news conference, members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan were engaged in a tug-of-war on the issue, with opponents of the restarts at the Oi nuclear plant’s No. 3 and No. 4 reactors sometimes forcing the leadership onto the back foot.

Passions ran high at a hastily arranged party meeting nine hours before Noda talked.

Lower House member Nobuhiko Suto told his fellow lawmakers: “I am absolutely opposed to restarting the reactors in the current situation. We can manage to (avoid power shortages) by saving electricity.”

Ben Hashimoto, another Lower House member, said...


http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201206090053

1,300 file (criminal) complaints against Tepco

Monday, June 11, 2012

1,300 file complaints against Tepco

FUKUSHIMA, Kyodo — Around 1,300 people, mainly from Fukushima Prefecture, filed a criminal complaint Monday against Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and 32 others, arguing they were responsible for causing the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant and the plaintiffs' exposure to radiation.

In the complaint filed with the Fukushima District Public Prosecutor's Office, the accusers say the 33 people, including former Tepco President Masataka Shimizu and Nuclear Safety Commission chief Haruki Madarame, neglected to take disaster countermeasures despite the frequency of earthquakes in Japan and indications by experts of the possibility of tsunami...


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120611x2.html

Leveling the investment playing field between fossil fuels and renewables

New Legislation Could Unlock Billions Of Dollars In Wind Energy Investment
by Laura DiMugno on Thursday 07 June 2012

Opening up an investment vehicle long used in fossil-fuel markets to renewable energy resources could unlock billions of dollars in wind energy investment, according to a new report released by the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University.

According to the study, federal tax-code restrictions currently limit investment in renewable energy infrastructure by $5 billion to $6 billion while, at the same time, prohibiting thousands of jobs from being created.

If the federal production tax credit for wind energy is not renewed beyond the end of this year, up to $15 billion in private investment could disappear. Absent support for renewables at the federal level, the market will have to find other ways to keep the industry afloat and the capital flowing.

One way to secure that investment could be through master limited partnerships (MLPs), in which regular investors are allowed to purchase shares in publicly traded partnerships just like stock shares. MLPs have been a key investment tool in the oil and gas industries since the 1980s, but they are not currently available to renewables such as wind power.

MLPs have been quite successful in the energy sector...


http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.9961

Geothermal Heat Pumps: The Next Generation

Geothermal Heat Pumps: The Next Generation
By Tom Konrad, Contributor
June 6, 2012

Climatemaster, a division of LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU), recently announced that their new Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump (GHP) had been certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to exceed 40 Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) under ground loop conditions.

EER is the ratio of effective cooling (heat removed) to the energy used, at maximal load, and is the standard measure of cooling effectiveness for geothermal heat pumps. A quick perusal of the list of Energy Star qualified GHPs shows just how big a leap this is: the highest EER rating currently available is 30, and many Energy Star qualified heat pumps have EERs as low as 17. So the Trilogy 40 is a third again as efficient for cooling as the most efficient commercially available GHP, and more than twice as efficient as some Energy Star qualified GHPs.



Image: Geothermal Heat Pump Diagram via Bigstock

Scott Lankhorst, President of Synergy Systems, a GHP installer in Kingston, NY, called the jump in efficiency “pretty amazing…30 EER has been the max for quite a while now.” Lankhorst says that Climatemaster hopes to have the Trilogy 40 in full production by the end of the year.

According to Barry Golsen, President and COO of LSB, the Trilogy 40 will also have improved heating performance, with a Coefficient of Performance (COP, the industry measure of heating efficiency) of 5 at ground loop conditions. This is also a significant increase, with the best GHPs in the Energy Star list having COPs of 4.1.

In addition, they’ve added...


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/06/geothermal-heat-pumps-the-next-generation?cmpid=GeoNL-Thursday-June7-2012

California Feed-in Tariff for Poor Communities Passes Assembly

California Feed-in Tariff for Poor Communities Passes Assembly
By Paul Gipe, Contributor
June 1, 2012


A bill to create feed-in tariffs for the poor and the disadvantaged passed the California Assembly on 30 May 2012.

...The move is the first significant action on feed-in tariffs in California during this legislative session. It is also the first time in North America that advocates for the poor and disadvantaged have called for equal opportunity to develop renewable energy through the use of feed-in tariffs.

...CEJA's (California Environmental Justice Alliance) bill has received support from some 70 non-governmental organizations that includes a who's who of the California environmental and social justice community, including Sierra Club California, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and Environment California.

Though CEJA dubs the legislation "Solar for All", the bill itself calls for "clean energy contracts" from all "eligible renewable energy resources" in California.

- Project size cap: 500 kW
- Program cap: 375 MW by 2020 at a "regular annual pace"
- Term: minimum of 20 years
- Program launch: 2014
- Tariffs: "sufficient to stimulate the market" in low-income communities, create a diverse range of project sizes and achieve the environmental justice objectives
- Reporting: annual
- Administration and Rate Setting: Public Utility Commission (PUC) & local public utilities
- Cost recovery: ratepayers
- Cost cap: 0.375% of forecast retails sales in 2020
- "Eligible" Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste, Energy Storage, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal, Biodiesel, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels

...


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/06/california-feed-in-tariff-for-poor-communities-passes-assembly?cmpid=SolarNL-Tuesday-June5-2012

Panasonic To Begin Mass Production Of Lithium-Ion Battery Systems (Home storage)

Panasonic To Begin Mass Production Of Lithium-Ion Battery Systems
Renew Grid Monday 04 June 2012


Panasonic Corp. says it plans to start mass-production of a lithium-ion battery system for the European market. The system will be distributed by Smart Energy Systems, the mobile energy business division of SANYO Component Europe GmbH.

The battery system consists of the Panasonic battery module with nominal capacity of 1.35 kWh, and a battery management system designed to control charge and discharge of the battery.

The battery system has a design lifetime of 5,000 cycles and provides...



http://www.renew-grid.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8513
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