Environmental News Wrap: July12-19: New Electricity Generation, Oil Spills, Building an Electric Car Market, and More...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
Article of the Week:
Scientific American reports that half of the new electricity generation in the US and Europe in the last year has come from green energy. This is very important because the decisions we make today about new energy generation will be the realities we face 20, 50 and 100 years from now.
Non-environmental commentary of the BP oil spill may lead you to believe that oil spills are rare. Chevron just spilled 33,000 gallons into a river in Utah due to an accident. No matter the cause of an oil spill, a spill is a spill and the damage is done.
The US Clean Air Act has a “good neighbor” policy to help states regulate emissions that originate in other states. This policy is being invoked by the EPA to help protect people in the Eastern US.
NY City has decided to build electric car charging stations to be ready for the new market. For this effort to work out affordable and reliable electric cars need to make it to the market in the next 5 years. Sometimes, for environmentalism, you have to lose money to later make money in this skewed market of subsidies, externalities, cartels and monopolies.
Tesla is one company that wants in on the electric car market, and big names like Toyota are teaming up with them to do so.
The Guardian reports from a British perspective on China’s march into the green economy. Western news may paint China as an enemy of environmentalism, but they are the ones positioning themselves to control large parts of the future green economy. For example, with companies like Suntech and Yingli, China is already a huge producer of PV solar panels.
Biodiversity is not a word that is heard much in the boardrooms of large companies. But that is changing; already two of the 100 largest companies in the world officially state that biodiversity loss is a serious concern for future business.