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Why do consumers participate in ‘green’ programs?

From MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY From recycling to reusing hotel towels, consumers who participate in a company’s “green” program are more satisfied with its service, finds a new study co-led by a Michigan State University researcher. Doing good makes customers feel good, and that “warm glow” shapes opinion, said Tomas Hult, Byington Endowed Chair and professor…

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More evidence that renewables alone don’t cut it

You can’t rely on renewable energy and so need to keep other options, making it still more expensive. WUWT reader Dixon writes: Tasmania, an island state in Australia generates a large proportion of its electricity from hydroelectricity. Thanks to generous government subsidies during the last 2 years of Australia’s now repealed carbon tax, the private…

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Fire breaks out at world’s largest solar power plant – Ivanpah

From the L.A. Times: A generating tower at the world’s largest solar energy plant was shut down Thursday after a mirror misalignment caused sunlight to burn through electrical wiring and start a small fire, according to officials. The blaze at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert broke out around 9:30 a.m., according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. In…

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Fraud: Most EU Carmakers Report False CO2 Emissions

Tesla Throws Cold Water On Its Own Hype Volkswagen’s diesel scandal could just be the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to carmakers faking emissions figures. Carmakers are exploiting weak and outdated EU laws to claim misleading statistics about fuel efficiency, a new report says. Real-world CO2 emissions are up to 40…

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Newsbytes: Elon Musk’s SolarCity Crashes

As SolarCity Crashes, Is Elon Musk Overrated? SolarCity is struggling. Tesla is struggling. Elon Musk is not the King Midas of making companies perfect. Musk’s magic can’t do everything anymore. –Ryan McQueeney, Nasdaq, 10 May 2016   Shares of SolarCity nose-dived on Tuesday after disclosing earnings results that cast gloom over the provider of solar…