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Impacts to the Energy Sector From Climate Conditions.  The Department of Energy.  July 11, 2013. 






Climate One—Bill McKibben and Antonia Juhasz: A Better Way Forward









A Conversation With Climate Scientist Michael Mann. Climate Desk.  May 14, 2013. 









The CPUC issued its annual report on the progress of the California Solar Initiative.  A residential solar system in California now costs about $5.78 per watt and, to date, the program has achieved 66% of its total goal with 19% waiting in pending projects while producing 1,629 MWs of installed solar capacity.  In 2012, the amount of solar installed on California’s rooftops grew by 391 MWs–a 26% increase.  Even more impressive, these figures only represent new capacity generated by investor-owned utilities. A new paper from CAP explains the “utility death spiral” and how low-income Americans can share the benefits of solar energy without falling into an electrical divide where they’re forced to pay skyrocketing utility costs.

In other California news:  What do Shenzhen, Jerry Brown and manufacturing mogul Liam Casey all have in common?  Could be a 21% decrease in the carbon intensity of Shenzhen.  And, ARB penalized nine companies for inaccurate data and faulty methods for tracking their fuel emissions.  The largest single penalty, $120,000, was levied against ExxonMobil.

Meanwhile, on Capital Hill, an update on the science of climate change involving real live scientists will take place in the Senate, where Gina McCarthy is being singed from the heat of the nuclear option. Because 2014 may find the Senate in play, the AP forewarns the survival of the President’s climate agenda grows increasingly dependent on public support. 

An important new report from DOE depicts the vulnerabilities of the U.S. energy sector to climate change and has Brad Plumer of the WaPo wondering how the U.S. can keep the lights on when nature unleashes more hurricanes like Sandy on the country’s aging infrastructure.  If the images of NYC under water have already faded from memory, the havoc created by sea levels rising by a single foot is envisioned in “Goodbye, Miami.”  And, while scientists grapple with determining the speed of both polar ice melts, results in Ecology Letters show polar bears and puffin birds will have company on the endangered species list because many land animals will be unable to evolve quickly enough to adapt to the warmer climate expected by 2100.  Such findings could have inspired the group of 200 evangelical scientists that recently asked Congress to “pass meaningful legislation” to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.

The transportation sector is doing its bit to protect the environment and simultaneously turn a profit.  GM will double the number of its models that get at least 40 miles per gallon on the highway by 2017 and has vowed to cut its U.S. vehicle emissions 15% by 2016.  



“Wildfires burn, glaciers melt, droughts and storms intensify and cities fight for water…Ten years from now we will all be environmentalists. Ten years from now it may be too late.”  Citizen, Ken Swensen from 
Pound Ridge, N.Y., in a letter to the NYT. 

"The people who understand the science and who care about God are calling on Congress to act." Dorothy Boorse, chairwoman of the biology department at Gordon College in Massachusetts who is leading an effort by Evangelical scientists urging Congress to act on climate change, quoted in ClimateWire. 

“The Golden State is going into overdrive on solar power”.  John Upton in Grist on the California Solar Initiative. 

“flexibility.”  The word most often used by U.S. governors to describe what they want to see in the EPA’s new power plant regulations. 



CPUC 2013 Annual Program Assessment – California Solar Initiative   

About the California Solar Initiative 

Rooftop solar takes off across California as costs come down 

Solar installations soar in California 

California's Solar Generation Hits New Highs 

Here's Some Good News About China, the Environment, and California 

ARB fines nine companies under greenhouse gas law  

The Danger Of A New Electricity Divide — And How To Solve It 

The Electrical Divide: New Energy Technologies and Avoiding an Electric Service Gap 



Brian Schweitzer move aids GOP in battle for Senate 

Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup 

Obama Climate Change Plan Faces Long Road Ahead 

Reid warns of using Senate 'nuclear option' on filibusters 

$Senate committee to take on science of warming

House clears streamlined energy spending bill 

The Week in Review, or Going Nuclear 

New Report Shows Remarkable ‘Climate Disconnect’ In House GOP Voting Record 

REPORT. Climate Disconnect: An Analysis of Record High Temperatures by Congressional District. Minority Staff Report Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives.  July 2013.

House Cuts Clean Energy Funding, Dragging Down An Entire Community Of American Innovators 

Gas Industry Push to Repeal Carbon-Zero Building Law Splits Green Community 

DOE poised to order all computers, servers use less electricity 



U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather-U.S. Department of Energy 

How climate change makes it harder to keep the lights on 

Energy Department: Global warming made Hurricane Sandy worse 

Climate change causing energy disruptions 

Goodbye, Miami 

Polar ice loss cause still unclear 

Why Climate Change Has Darwin Down for the Count 

Rates of projected climate change dramatically exceed past rates of climatic niche evolution among vertebrate species.  Ecology Letters. 

'Blessing the facts,' evangelical scientists urge Congress to reduce carbon emissions 



GM promises higher-mileage vehicles, emissions cuts 

US Moves At Least 100,000 Plug In Vehicles In Last 2 Years.  

Unclean at Any Speed 

Berkeley visiting scholar questions benefits of electric cars

Are Electric Vehicles Better for the Environment than Gas-Powered Ones? 

Electric Cars: It's Not Easy Being 'Green’

How Electric Car Batteries Work 

Are Electric Cars Really That Green? 

Business Model for Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging 

GM enabling solar powered electric car charging with smart grid API's in Volt  

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