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Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

SHFT SAMPLER 6-10-10

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The first edition of our new, weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Give us some of those good vibrations. How everyday behaviors can produce clean energy. Livable cities all have one thing in common; they're designed for people, not cars. It's hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for the worst oil spill in U.S. history? Now that's sustainable architecture. Straw, string or human hair, urban birds build nests with......read more

And Here's To You Bill Maher

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BP and Obama's Big Opportunity

When entertainment and environmental politics collide so beautifully, as they often do on Real Time, SHFT needs to share. Nobody does it better than Mr. Bill Maher. Not only does he take the piss out of the boneheads at BP who are "trying" to curtail this messs, but he frequently lands on answers that need to be seriously considered. Van Jones has been talking about the green economy......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-1-10

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Essential links for your Memorial Day weekend.

The EU, which says it will meet 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, gets set to switch on solar power in the Sahara Desert. Vertical agriculture takes off: 11 "farmscrapers" that build on the success of living walls and mobile gardens. A fake oil spill was staged at the Tate in London, as BP protestors railed against the unholy alliance between oil companies and......read more

Senators Discuss Potential Energy Bill

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Democrats announce willingness to scale back bill for Republican support.

A group of bi-partisan group of senators met with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss the proposed climate bill. After the meeting, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman said that they were prepared to scale back the bill to in exchange for Republican support. While the exact details of the bill were not divulged, the shift in position includes a middle of the road compromise on how carbon will......read more

Where's the Outrage?

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In the wake of environmental catastrophe, Jonathan Cohn wonders where the public push for clean energy is.

On his new political blog at The New Republic, Jonathan Cohn looks into the policy implications of the Gulf oil spill, arguing that public pressure for clean energy legislation has been fairly muted in the aftermath of a massive environmental disaster. In the post, Cohn presents a persuasive argument that the lack of public action may limit the chances of pushing comprehensive legislation through......read more

Good Day Sunshine

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The president announces federal support for two solar energy companies.

Some welcome news from Washington, as President Obama announced Saturday that the federal government will provide nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees for new projects by two solar power companies. As many as 5,000 green jobs will be created by the guarantees, which are to be covered by money from the $787 billion Recovery Act stimulus package. Colorado-based Abengoa Solar, a division of Spanish......read more

Climate Legislation: Seizing the Chance

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Why diluting the climate bill is a bad idea.

It is undeniable that we need a climate bill to address the emissions that are causing global climate change. What is not so clear, however, is how to go about writing a law that is middle-ground enough to have a possibility of being passed -- without compromising its purpose. Thanks in large part to the Gulf oil spill, Obama currently has a wonderful opportunity to push for a hard-line......read more

Light Sanctuary

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Land art installation/solar energy facility proposed for Arabian desert.

Turns out that large-scale clean energy projects don't have to be ugly eyesores. The mirage-like Light Sanctuary, a desert sculpture that does double duty as a 5,000 megawatt solar energy facility, proves it. Designed by New York architects Decker Yeadon for a remote area near Dubai, Light Sanctuary's 25-mile array of photovoltaic panels form a wavelike structure that undulates through......read more

'Green Bank' Proposed on Capitol Hill

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Legislation would help move clean energy projects out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

In Monday's edition of Politico, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, penned an op-ed pushing for a so-called "green bank" to finance clean energy projects. Provisions setting up the Clean Energy Deployment Administration, or CEDA, were bundled in the broader energy legislation proposed last summer. But it's highly......read more

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