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February 24, 2015

Bill Gates and Other Business Leaders Urge U.S. to Increase Energy Research

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-02-24 06:35:33

The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report. The American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six executives that includes the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the General Electric chief Jeffrey R. Immelt, urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a strategic national priority. [ read more … ]

Appeals filed against western Illinois wind-energy line

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-02-24 06:36:16

A group that represents property owners and a utility have appealed Illinois Commerce Commission approval of plans to build an electricity line designed to bring wind energy from Iowa to Illinois. [ read more … ]

2 Harvard Law profs back EPA in Clean Power Plan lawsuit 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-24 06:35:57

Two Harvard Law School professors jumped to U.S. EPA’s defense last week in a lawsuit challenging the agency’s proposed greenhouse gas standards for power plants. Richard Lazarus, a leading environmental law scholar, and Jody Freeman, a former climate change adviser to President Obama, said in court documents that the case from Murray Energy Corp. of Ohio, other coal companies and several states should be dismissed. [ read more … ]

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-02-24 06:36:37

For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming. [ read more … ]

West Coast pact on climate action pulled into former Ore. governor’s scandal 

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-24 06:37:06

Backers of the Pacific Coast Collaborative said that the group and its goals will withstand the controversy and gubernatorial turnover. “I don’t think that what’s happened in Oregon changes anything around the Pacific Coast Collaborative,” said Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy. “I don’t see that the PCC in any way hinged on Governor Kitzhaber or any governor.” [ read more … ]

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