Showing posts from February, 2011

How Much Tax Money Goes to Fossil Energy Companies

Q:just how much of our tax money is going to ExxonMobil, Massey, etc.? With the new deficit hawks in Congress going after insignificant items like bottled water expenses, you'd think they'd want to know the size of the really wasteful stuff, right?

There have been counts, ranging from $10 billion a year by the Environmental Law Institute, to the more comprehensive, $52 billion a year by Doug Koplow of EarthTrack. But, do taxpayers even have a widely accepted, comprehensive inventory of how of our money is being handed to the dirty energy lobby by politicians?  That includes state-level subsidies, by the way, such as the $45 million that Virginia gives to the coal industry

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Why We Still Don't Know How Much Money Goes to Fossil Energy By Mike Casey   |   February 16, 2011  

The national conversation about wasteful welfare for hig…

USA vs China- Renewable Energy News

Fact is we're in a race with China. The nation that weans itself from imported fossil fuels first will have an enormous economic advantage. China is no longer willing to be just the "low cost supplier" – its workers are getting raises – but it does plan on using wind and solar energy, along with hydropower and even nuclear energy, to enhance its national security.The question we have to ask is, can we afford to do less? China thinks renewable energy can help its grandchildren earn more than your grandchildren. Are we up to the challenge? Or are we going to let troubles in places like Libya drive our future?Those are the stakes. I think most Americans understand this, and it's why renewable energy remains popular. Even in states dominated by conservative Republicans, efforts to overturn renewable energy targets are falling short.
Bolstering Renewables with Patriotism emphasis added by scotty
By Dana Blankenhorn   |   February 23, 2011


Interesting Info about Feed-In Tariffs and Energy Production

...who would not put solar on their (unshaded) roof? If solar power only costs you 15 cents per kilowatt-hour from your roof, and power from your socket costs you 16.5 cents, you already have a 10 percent profit, and that profit margin will only increase...just as we continue to subsidize coal and oil sectors, which have been profitable for 150 years now.

Feed-in Tariffs Needed After Grid Parity By Craig Morris, Petite Plan├Ęte   |   February 22, 2011 A few weeks ago, US solar market analyst Paula Mints published an article essentially arguing that solar is about to reach an "un-incentivized future." Don't hold your breath. There can be no doubt that photovoltaics (PV) has depended upon governmental support. In particular, where proper feed-in tariffs have been offered, PV has done well – and where such policies were quickly discontinued, markets have collapsed. This story is basically …

New Reports Chart Path-Net Zero-Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

high levels of energy efficiency are the first, largest and most important step on the way to net-zero

New Reports Chart Path to Zero-Net-Energy Commercial Buildings
Press Release Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2011)

– Two new reports from the Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) on achieving net-zero-energy use in commercial buildings say “high levels of energy efficiency are the first, largest and most important step on the way to net-zero.”

Leading national organizations such as the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and many other commercial building stakeholders worked together over the…

Federal Incentives for Green Construction

Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings Download the Report HereCurrently, going green is largely accomplished through offering a series of legal incentives to businesses and clients who work together to use sustainable practices while constructing green buildings. One of the first major federal bills to implement such measures was the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Amendments and additional provisions were made in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 as well as the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, with more comprehensive reform made in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.Many of the provisions in these acts offer tax credits or cash grants to businesses and consumers who invest in sustainable buildings and forms of energy. For example, the Business Energy Investment Tax Credit encourages companies to purchase new equipment that sustainably generates energy for the company's buildings and operations.Legislators' efforts dur…

Interesting Points about the US Oil Reserves

...The government, by systematically releasing 200,000 to 300,000 barrels of oil a day from the STP until the events in Libya are resolved, could break the trading psychology that has overtaken the U.S. oil market and bring down the the price of WTI crude by some $20 to $30 a barrel... many Americans are freezing in the cold of winter permitting a given sector of the economy to cash in...The Looming Economic Crisis, the Price of Oil, and Our Strategic Petroleum Reserve Raymond J. LearsyScholar and author, "Over a Barrel: Breaking Oil's Grip on Our Future" Posted: February 24, 2011 05:42 AM Huffington Post Article from:
The price of oil for West Texas Intermediate Crude (WTI) now sits at over $100 a barrel. WTI is the benchmark for the price of oil traded on …

Suggested Reading- Wall Construction Air and Water Issues

The importance of location of the proper air barriers, vapor barriers
and water resistive
barriers on the wall and the roles they play in high‐performing EIFSEvaluation of the Moisture Performance of EIFS Walls Without
Interior Vapor Barriersfind the white papers here:
Scott's Contracting

These ____ Blessed Oil Prices

Unpredictable Oil Prices are Hurting Everyone
This post examines the recent swings in the spot price for crude oil —
especially in light of the currently rapid rising spot prices. Noting
that the current run up of prices looks a lot like period leading up
to the sudden price spike that occurred in the summer of 2008. It goes
on to argues that the global economy needs a better market regulating
mechanism that can help manage these swings and reduce their amplitude
so they become less damaging to the world's economies. The energy
business — whether it is alternative energy or oil, gas or coal
exploration and development — has huge up front capital needs. This
needed capital is much harder to raise in a climate of such extreme
near term price uncertainty.
In the summer of 2008 the benchmark ICE Brent crude oil closing price
peaked well above $130 per barrel only to collapse within a few short
months all the way down to slightly above $40 per barrel – a price of
just one third the price it was tra…

Re: Stop the Factory Farm Protection Bills

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:41 PM, Missouri Coalition for the Environment <> wrote:

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Protect the Property Rights of Thousands of Farm FamiliesEmail Key Senators by Monday!
Tell Them to VOTE NO on SB 187, HB 209 & SB 278!
Senate Bill 187 & Senate Bill 278

Senate Bill 187 (introduced by Senator Lager), Senate Bill 278 (introduced by Senator Munzlinger) & House Bill 209 (introduced by Rep. Guernsey) would limit the rights of Missouri's family farmers, landowners and communities to protect their property rights through the court system from the negative impacts of corporate controlled Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). This represents a "taking" or "condemnation" of one's personal property rights without just compensation, and creates a disincentive for factory farms to clean up their act…

Get your tickets for the 3rd Annual Growing Green Awards!

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:17 PM, U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter <> wrote:

Please join us for a very special Growing Green Awards,  celebrating 10 Green Years and Still Building!Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:00 PMNEO on Locust2801 Locust AveSt. Louis, MO 63103Purchase tickets at $90 on or before March 25$100 after March 25Includes hors d'oueveres, drinks and dinnerThe Growing Green Awards are designed to celebrate and recognize 
the individuals and organizations actively transforming the built environment 
while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices.   Nominations were accepted in six categories: Corporate, Educator, Government, Innovator, Non-Profit and Residential.
Sponsorship opportunities at the Oak, Sapling and Acorn level are still available. 
For more information, see the USGBC-Missouri Gateway 2011 Sponsorship Package
or contact Emily Andrews at 31…