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Malaysia announces $25 million for solar technology

Good to see this large oil exporter investing big in renewable energy. An investment such as this not only recognizes the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption, but according to this story it also makes economic sense. To quote:

“Ahmad Hadri Haris, project leader for the photovoltaic or solar energy sector in Malaysia said it was the fastest-growing energy source in the world with expansion of 25-30 percent over the last 15 years.”
And it seems many people around the world agree with Ahmad, see here, here and here for examples. 
Wed, 2006-08-30 08:23Kevin Grandia
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Look Out Prius! Here Comes Formula One

It is obviously early stage, but Gizmodo is reporting that some top Formula One builders are teaming up to create what would no doubt be the fastest hybrid car on the planet. I was saving up for a Prius, but I think I might hold out for this one! Thanks to our friends at Thinkprogress for bringing this story to our attention. 

This latest development is in response to a June, 2006 demand by Formula One boss Max Moseley that racing engineers quit spending their time and expertise pushing out a few extra RPM's, and instead turn to making Formula One greener and meaner.


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Tue, 2006-08-29 13:14Kevin Grandia
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Mooney on a carbon neutral book tour

Author of The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney, a DeSmogBlog friend and victim of our very first attempt at a podcast, recently announced the release of the paperback version of his popular War on Science book. As part of the release, Mooney will ensure his own carbon-neutrality by trading in 20,000 airmiles to offset the 7,500 pounds of C02 he estimates his book tour-de-force will produce.
Tue, 2006-08-29 12:19Kevin Grandia
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Expedia offsets carbon, Ford continues to perplex

In a similar vein as the recent announcement of BP's Target Neutral program, the online travel giant Expedia will be offering a similar carbon off-setting program in partnership with TerraPass, a carbon reduction program sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.

Of course, this post is less about flogging Expedia's new program (which they should be commended for), than it is a segue into a post we have been meaning to do for a while now on TerraPass, the Ford Motor Company and the massive climate change spin machine, the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Mon, 2006-08-28 13:25Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe and the art of exaggeration

Senator James Inhofe continues his misinformation campaign with a recent stop in his home state of Oklahoma yesterday where he makes the outrageous claim that: “If we were to embrace the Kyoto treaty, it would shut down agriculture, military and oil production in Oklahoma…”

This is on the heals of some other very misleading and exaggerated claims by Inhofe, such as:

On Tom Brokaw's recent climate change documentary: “It kind of reminds … I could use the Third Reich, the big lie”

Mon, 2006-08-28 10:11Kevin Grandia
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Scientific American digs deep on climate change

If you're looking for a great read on climate change and renewable energy pick up the Sept, 06 special issue of Scientific American, titled Energy's Future Beyond Carbon. SCIAM gives a great in-depth analysis of the latest and greatest in renewable energy options and provides an extensive analysis on the realities of human-induced climate change.

Best $5 bucks I've spent in a while.

Here are links to some of the articles SCIAM has posted on-line as freebies:

A Climate Repair Manual
Global warming is a reality.
Innovation in energy technology and policy are sorely needed if we are to cope
By Gary Stix

The Nuclear Option
A threefold expansion of nuclear power could contribute significantly to staving off climate change by avoiding one billion to two billion tons of carbon emissions annually
By John M. Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz

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