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The Economist (August 4)

2018/ 08/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Earth is smouldering. From Seattle to Siberia this summer, flames have consumed swathes of the northern hemisphere.” And humanity is not rising to the challenge. Three years following the Paris Accord, “greenhouse-gas emissions are up again. So are investments in oil and gas. In 2017, for the first time in four years, demand for coal rose. Subsidies for renewables, such as wind and solar power, are dwindling.” While “it is tempting to think these are temporary setbacks and that mankind, with its instinct for self-preservation, will muddle through to a victory over global warming. In fact, it is losing the war.”


Industry Week (December 4)

2017/ 12/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Investments in electric cars may soon begin to do to the transportation sector what wind and solar have done to the power sector: turn the pollution curve upside down. The price of battery packs has been plummeting by about 8 percent a year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and electric cars are now projected to become cheaper, more reliable, and more convenient than their gasoline-powered equivalents around the world by the mid-2020s.”


LA Times (March 12)

2015/ 03/ 14 by jd in Global News

“California leads the pack with the share of electricity from renewable sources, more than doubling from 12% in 2008 to 25% today. In that period, private companies invested more than $20 billion in new renewable power plants here. California is home to the largest geothermal, wind, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power plants in the world.” By2030, California is aiming to reach 50% renewable energy, after which fossil fuels will become “the alternative energy.”


New York Times (October 28)

2010/ 11/ 01 by jd in Global News

In 2005, Congress decided public land should be used to build enough solar, wind and other sustainable energy projects to power 5 million homes. Yet, almost nothing was done. Real action is now being taken, but the U.S. has “fallen far behind Europe and China, which are investing heavily in the industries that manufacture wind turbines and solar panels.” The New York Times calls on President Obama and the Congress to pick up the pace because “no industry has greater potential to create jobs than clean energy.”