Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #288

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. “The modern world, after all, is not the product of a successful search for consensus. It’s what’s emerged from centuries of critical enquiry and hard clash.” – Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia Number of the Week: 2.2…

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EPA Staff Still Wasting Time on Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The New York Times is calling censorship, that EPA management has cancelled a trip by three staff scientists to speak at a climate conference. My question – why does the NYT think EPA staff scientists have the right to dictate how they spend their work hours? E.P.A. Cancels Talk on…

DC Swamp denizens strike back on biodiesel

While demand for biodiesel is down, senators and crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates Guest opinion by Paul Driessen Despite what I thought were persuasive articles over the years (here, here and here, for example), corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law. As we have learned, once a…

Hywind offshore wind turbine, the world's first floating offshore wind turbine

New Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A Scottish wind farm composed of novel design floating offshore wind turbines has officially started generating power. Proponents claim the floating megastructures are cheaper than traditional turbines, and will open offshore sites too deep for traditional fixed pylon designs. The Hywind project: the world’s first floating wind farm By SOPHIE…