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Why are Green Groups Unhappy with Apple’s Big Solar Buy?

on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Breaking Energy

Is that massive Apple solar play that made news on Tuesday burnishing the tech titan’s green cred? It might be, but environmentalists aren’t thrilled about the whole thing.

Not that they’ve got anything against Apple – or solar power, they say.

Kim Delfino is California director of the group Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that has backed California’s aggressive policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But in an interview, Delfino said the 2,900-acre, 280-megawatt California Flats project that First Solar is pursuing in Monterey County – and which Apple is helping make happen with an $848 million, 130-megawatt, 25-year power purchase agreement – raises serious concerns.

“We’re urging developers to do projects on degraded and disturbed land,” Delfino said, “and unfortunately, this project is on beautiful, open, largely intact land.”

In comments submitted during the Monterey County project approval process, Defenders of Wildlife joined with the California Native Plant Society, Audubon California, Center for Biological Diversity and local chapters of the Sierra Club and Audubon to raise objections...

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A robust upstate economy? Claims do not hold up

by E.J. McMahon |  February 27, 2015 | Press & Sun-Bulletin in Empire Center

The Southern Tier has been among the most poorly performing regions of a weak upstate New York economy over the past four years. But you sure wouldn’t know it from listening to Howard Zemsky, the Buffalo developer recently named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to chair the Empire State Development Corp.

“In recent years, the Southern Tier has benefited tremendously from Cuomo’s determination to revitalize...

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“Secret Science”: it’s everywhere, and nowhere, yet it rules our lives

BY THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND HEALTH on 2/26/2015

Technological progress, our very standard of living, depends upon the scientific method. We know very well that the heart and soul of science is accurate and verifiable research findings.  Research findings can be properly verified only if the underlying data and methods of analysis are open to all properly trained researchers.  Reproducibility is particularly important when research findings and resulting public policy...

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How Marcellus Shale divided a state: 'Left-wing wackos' vs. struggling small towns

By John Luciew | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 2/25/2015 in Pennlive   The Patriot-News 

CONKLIN, NY -- Even if the small towns in New York State's economically struggling Southern Tier never actually secede to join Pennsylvania, the intrastate battle over fracking the Marcellus Shale has already divided the Empire State.

The divisions here are as deep as they are bitter. Pick...

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Praise (Sort of) for FUD*, and a Warning ( *Fred Dicker)

By NT2   Blog  on February 24, 2015

We’ve got a bad feeling. A really bad feeling.

It’s Cuomo. Ever since the day after his speech, he’s been acting weird. Remember? He gave his State of the State speech and did the dorky thing he always does – he made a totally lame attempt at humor. This time is was the Three Amigos — Cuomo, Silver and Skelos in sombreros. Hah, hah. But what happened? The very next day, PB exposed Silver for using his office to get rich.  As we’ve...

Read more: Praise (Sort of) for FUD*, and a Warning ( *Fred Dicker)

Why these New York towns hope Pennsylvania might adopt them

February 19 2015 in The Washington Post 

The early United States, like the early solar system, was a violent, unstable place. Claims on the land were vague, so states fractured freely. New York tussled with New Hampshire over a territory that would later become Vermont. Georgia calved Alabama and Mississippi. Kentucky spun off from proto-Virginia; Tennessee from proto-North Carolina.

The nation’s borders have long since cooled into place. It’s hard to imagine California...

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Could fracking ban fracture New York State? NY towns talk secession to join Pa.

By John Luciew | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Pennlive the Patriot News

All along the Keystone State's border with New York, there are big, blue roadside signs proclaiming, "Pennsylvania Welcomes You."

Only now some Upstate New York towns may be interpreting this invitation as far more than a typical tourists greeting. A move is afoot in some parts of New York's economically suffering...

Read more: Could fracking ban fracture New York State? NY towns talk secession to join Pa.

Court of Appeals hears arguments on drilling leases

By Scott Waldman   Feb. 18, 2015 Capital.com

ALBANY—The state's highest court is debating whether natural gas drilling leases have been extended indefinitely by a previous six-year fracking moratorium and, by exension, the recently enacted ban on the practice.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals heard the case of a group of 30 Tioga County landowners who signed gas leases with energy companies. The leases were originally signed in 2001, then renewed in 2006. They contained a “force...

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Report: Solar Energy Subsidies Cost $39 Billion Per Year

BY BY: February 12, 2015  pm in The Washinton Free Beacon
 
Solar makes up only 0.6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation
An auction sign outside the headquarters of Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy in 2011. / AP

An auction sign outside the headquarters of Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy in 2011. / AP

Despite billions spent in investments over decades, solar energy will only make up 0.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States, according to a report released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance...

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Fossil fuel is here to stay, despite opposition to PennEast and fracking

Seems our neighbors to the south may be sane and rational while NY legislators and governor are anything butt.JLCpulse

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015 1:00 am By J.D. Mullane in Burlington County Time 

Let’s be clear: Fossil fuel is the fuel of the future. It isn’t going away in our lifetimes, or our children’s, or our grandchildren’s. It will lift aircraft, power factories and warm homes into the misty future, when members of some incoming class of college freshmen cannot identify...

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Total CEO Says Cheap Oil Will Prevent US Energy Independence

 

by  Reuters  |

 

Friday, February 13, 2015

 

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total said the United States will not reach its aim of energy independence as the drop in oil prices will hit American shale oil producers.

 

"It is not true the U.S. will be independent in oil, they continue to import," CEO Patrick Pouyanne told CNBC in an interview on Friday.

 

"Yes, production in the U.S. has increased from 6 million to...

Read more: Total CEO Says Cheap Oil Will Prevent US Energy Independence

Global Divestment Day’s push against fossil fuels meets with cold shoulder

- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Climate-change activists spent Valentine’s Day weekend wooing support for fossil-fuel divestiture with their first-ever Global Divestment Day, but not everyone was feeling the love.

While the hoopla elicited some victories — notably a statement in favor of curbing coal power generation from the leaders of Great Britain’s three main parties — other sparsely attended events underscored the divestment...

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Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments

Universities that decide to shed their investments in fossil fuel stocks could hurt the value of their endowments, according to a new report.

“The economic evidence demonstrates that fossil fuel divestment is a bad idea,” the report says.

The study created a series of stock indexes, compared their returns and found that funds without energy-sector stocks underperformed those with them — by as much as 0.7 percent, according to...

Read more: Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments

Will Governor Cuomo buy more anti-gas hysteria

By Richard Downey in New York Post -- Opinion, 2/5/2015

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has killed development of New York’s natural-gas resources, will he also kill a vital pipeline that would bring much-needed gas to the New York City area and the rest of the Northeast?

Cuomo’s fracking ban extinguished the best hope for reversing a decades-long economic decline in the Southern Tier. So we have every reason to fear he’ll slap average New Yorkers yet again to appease the same ideologues.

The...

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Gas provides bridge to cleaner energy tech

ARMAND KEIM 1:12 p.m. EST February 7, 2015 in The Ithaca Journal 

So who are the real environmentalists relative to the subject of fracking? Is it those that favor the world's dirtiest source of energy — coal? Or is it those who want to reduce coal as a source of energy in favor of production by a method with at least 50 percent less greenhouse gases and over 90 percent less of other deadly pollutants?

In the first group are pseudo-environmentalists who, by opposing fracking, are in...

Read more: Gas provides bridge to cleaner energy tech

DEC Adopts Most Stringent Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regulations in the Nation

NYS DEC Press Release 1/28/2015

LNG to Become Available to Fuel Trucks, Potentially Reducing Diesel Emissions

New York's environment will benefit under the nation's most stringent new regulations adopted today that will make liquefied natural gas (LNG) available to fuel trucks and for other purposes, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The adopted regulations enable permits to be granted to safely site, construct and operate new...

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Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

BY:   January 27, 2015 in Washington Free Beacon

A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil...

Read more: Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

‘Most Authoritative’ Peer-Reviewed Study Affirms Safety of Fracking in California

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Last week, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) released the first volume of its Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the use of oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. The independent, non-partisan and non-profit California Council on Science and...

Read more: ‘Most Authoritative’ Peer-Reviewed Study Affirms Safety of Fracking in California

Federal Defense of Property Rights Act Explained; End of Frack Bans?

In Marcellus Drilling News 1/28/2015

MDN has the low-down on proposed new federal legislation we first told you about yesterday, the Defense of Property Rights Act (see Congressman Proposes Bill to Compensate NY’s Jilted Landowners). When we published yesterday’s article, we did not have a copy of the proposed legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (Republican from Corning, NY). We now have a copy of the bill (embedded below), we have comment from Reed’s office, comment...

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NY won't revisit fracking ban soon: DEC chief

Jon Campbell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in LOHud The Journal News 

New York's planned ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing can be revisited by the state at any point, but likely won't be in the near future, the state's top environmental regulator said Wednesday.

Joseph Martens, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, testified before about two dozen state...

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Congressman Reed Defends New York Property Rights in Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dan Fitzsimmons, JLCNY, 607 775-5821

Congressman Reed Defends New York Property Rights in Washington

BINGHAMTON – January 27, 2015 – Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “We are extremely pleased that Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) has introduced federal legislation in response to Governor Cuomo’s theft of property rights in the Southern Tier. We are especially proud that JLCNY board member Neil Vitale accompanied...

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