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February 25, 2015

Records show climate skeptic was funding magnet for Harvard-Smithsonian 

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-25 06:59:46

Over the years, Soon has received at least $273,611 from the American Petroleum Institute; $230,000 from the Charles G. Koch Foundation; $234,799 from Donors Trust, a think tank that advocates for limited government; $335,106 from Exxon Mobil; and $349,945 from Southern Co., according to information provided to ClimateWire by Davies in January. [ read more … ]

Bill Gates, CEOs call for R&D funding surge 

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-25 07:00:27

U.S. federal investment in energy research, development and deployment “condemns future generations to fewer options” and is one-third of what is necessary for the nation to stay economically competitive, according to a new report from the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC). The federal government’s energy RD&D investments have been stagnant for the past five years at around $5 billion — less than one-half of 1 percent of the annual nationwide energy bill, the report says. The figure is nowhere near the doubling of investment AEIC said was necessary for U.S. leadership in its original 2010 report on the state of U.S. energy RD&D. [ read more … ]

Eiffel Tower going green with two wind turbines

By MICHAEL CASEY, CBS NEWS  •    •  Posted 2015-02-25 07:00:55

As part of an ongoing facelift of the iconic structure, a New York company this month installed two wind turbines about 400 feet up on the tower, above the second level. They are expected to produce 10,000 kilowatts hours of electricity per year, enough to power the tower’s first floor. The wind turbines are part of the tower’s goal of reducing its ecological footprint as part of the City of Paris Climate Plan. Along with the turbines, the tower renovation includes LED lighting and roof-mounted solar panels that will meet 50 percent of the water heating needs of two visitor pavilions. [ read more … ]

Republicans resume assault on ‘secret science’ 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-25 07:01:25

Senate and House Republicans today resurrected legislation aimed at boosting transparency in the science that U.S. EPA uses in rulemaking. House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said their “Secret Science Reform Act of 2015” would compel EPA to make its science more publicly available. [ read more … ]

Another eagle death reported at Nev. turbine farm 

By Henry Brean, Las Vegas Review-Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-02-25 07:01:43

A golden eagle was found dead Feb. 9 near a wind turbine at the Spring Valley Wind Energy facility 260 miles northeast of Las Vegas, prompting new calls for regulatory action. The wind farm’s operators, San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, reported the death to the Fish and Wildlife Service, as required under federal law, and collected the carcass of the juvenile bird so it could be examined. [ read more … ]

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