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January 20, 2017

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

By BY ALEXANDER BOLTON, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:54:55

At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. [ read more … ]

Energy Pick Vows to Boost Agency He Had Pledged to Eliminate

By MATTHEW DALY, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:55:20

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change. Perry told a Senate committee on Thursday that he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the department and insisted it performs critical functions, particularly in protecting and modernizing the nation’s nuclear stockpile. [ read more … ]

Perry Vows to Defend Energy Department Research, Loan Programs

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:55:42

Rick Perry, Trump’s choice to lead the Energy Department, said he supported the department’s broad research programs and its controversial loan guarantees for innovative technologies. He also disavowed a questionnaire sent by Trump’s team demanding a list of staff members working on climate change programs. “I’m a big believer that we have a role to play, both in basic research, obviously, but also in that applied research — to bring new technologies, new commercialization, new economic development opportunities to this country,” Perry told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “I will be an advocate,” he said, noting he has a background of “defending budgets.” [ read more … ]

Trump nominees share a less urgent climate-change line

By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:56:04

No so long ago, Rick Perry described the science behind human-caused climate change as a “contrived phony mess.” On Thursday, during his confirmation hearing to become the next head of the Energy Department, the former Texas governor expressed a markedly different view — one that has begun to sound very familiar in recent days. “I believe the climate is changing,” he told lawmakers. “I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is caused by man-made activity. The question is how we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth. [ read more … ]

Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:56:24

The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday approved the 500-turbine first phase of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in southern Wyoming. [ read more … ]

Navy: Wind Farm Opposed by GOP Lawmakers Won’t Harm Radar

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:56:42

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security. State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation that scans for aircraft and ships hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean.
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What Would The Economic Impact Be If Everyone Installed Solar Panels?

By Paul Mainwood, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2017-01-20 06:57:23

What is the economic impact if everyone install solar panel on their roof? Before starting, we should recognize that everyone in the world going up and installing solar panels on their roof is not the most cost-effective approach to energy generation. It costs a lot to get all those panels all the way up those ladders, and residential roof-tops are usually not the best locations. It’s far more efficient to design and install proper utility-scale solar farms. [ read more … ]

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