Samir’s Selection 10/05/2015 (p.m.)

  • tags: energy policy publicpolicy renewable solar wind IAEA conservative KochBrothers Exxon fossilfuel petroleum pollution air employment corruption journalism badjournalism Newsweek editorialpolicy

    • Why has the right become so hostile to technologies that look more and more like the wave of the future?

      Before I try to

    • The cost of wind power has dropped sharply – 30 percent in just the past five years, according to the International Energy Agency.
    • And solar panels are becoming cheaper and more efficient at a startling rate, reminiscent of the progress in microchips that underlies the information technology revolution. As a result, renewables account for essentially all recent growth in electricity generation capacity in advanced countries.
    • Furthermore, renewables have become major industries in their own right, employing several hundred thousand people in the United States. Employment in the solar industry alone now exceeds the number of coal miners, and solar is adding jobs even as coal declines.
    • they’re less open-minded than Dick Cheney, which is quite an accomplishment. Why?
    • Part of the answer is surely that promotion of renewable energy is linked in many people’s minds with attempts to limit climate change — and climate denial has become a key part of conservative identity.
    • climate impact isn’t the only cost of burning fossil fuels, that fossil-fuel-associated pollutants like particulates and ozone inflict huge, measurable damage and are major reasons to support alternative energy.
    • renewables are getting close to being cost-competitive even in the absence of special incentives (and don’t forget that oil and gas have long been subsidized by the tax code.)
    • And Old Energy is engaged in a systematic effort to blacken the image of renewable energy, one that closely resembles the way it has supported “experts” willing to help create a cloud of doubt about climate science. An example: Earlier this year Newsweek published an op-ed article purporting to show that the true cost of wind power was much higher than it seems. But it turned out that the article contained major factual errors, and its author had failed to disclose that he was the Charles W. Koch professor at Utah State, and a fellow of a Koch- and ExxonMobil-backed think tank.

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