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Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL  |  The New York Times  |  Link to article The starchy cassava root has long been an important ingredient in everything from tapioca pudding and ice cream to paper and animal feed. But last year, 98 percent of cassava chips exported from Thailand, the world’s largest cassava exporter, went to just one […]

California Looks to Update Quake Plans

By CARI TUNA and TAMARA AUDI  |  Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article If a 7.8-magnitude quake ripped the earth open along the southern San Andreas Fault this afternoon, it would cut a swath of destruction from the eastern desert to the Los Angeles basin. It would pull down buildings, kill 1,800 people and […]

Proposal Aims to Gut DOE Loan Program

By NAUREEN S. MALIK AND CASSANDRA SWEET  |  Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article About $41 billion in loan guarantees for renewable-energy projects are caught up in the bipartisan wrangling over the federal budget, which could derail dozens of projects and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs. Even established companies are concerned, underscoring the […]

California Assembly OKs increased renewable energy requirement

By Patrick McGreevy  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article The mandate, now headed for governor’s desk, would require utilities to increase renewable energy sources to 33% by 2020. A mandate that California utilities increase their use of renewable energy sailed through the state Assembly on Tuesday and is headed for the governor’s desk. […]

County supervisors approve solar project

By JAMES BURGER, Californian staff writer  |  The Bakersfield Californian  |  Link to article Kern County supervisors blessed a 6,047-acre solar project between Taft and Interstate 5 on Tuesday. The 700-megawatt project will place photovoltaic solar panels on 4,868 of those 6,047 acres, converting the land from agricultural uses to industrial power generation. Developer Maricopa […]

U.S. Power Companies May Face Financing Hurdles

By TENNILLE TRACY And NAUREEN S. MALIK  |  Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article The ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan could make it harder and more expensive for U.S. power companies to finance the construction of new nuclear reactors, threatening to further complicate a process that is already challenging. Nuclear experts are warning of […]

Calif. cap-and-trade plan suffers legal setback

By Bob Egelko  |  SFGate / San Francisco Chronicle  |  Link to article California’s attempt to implement its landmark global warming law with a market-oriented “cap-and-trade” system of pollution credits hit a snag Monday with a judge’s ruling that the state had not looked hard enough at alternatives. The ruling by Judge Ernest Goldsmith of […]

Battle-proof Wind Farms Survive Japan’s Trial by Fire

By Kelly Rigg Executive Director, GCCA  |, Inc.  |  Link to article As the world collectively holds its breath to see how the Fukushima crisis plays out (the quote of the day has got to be: “The worst-case scenario doesn’t bear mentioning and the best-case scenario keeps getting worse…”) there’s a positive story which […]

Crisis Revives Doubts on Regulation

By NORIHIKO SHIROUZU in Tokyo and ALISON TUDOR in Hong Kong  |  Wall Street Journal  |  Link to article Japan’s nuclear-power crisis is reviving long-held doubts about the strength of the nation’s nuclear regulatory system and its independence from government efforts to sell nuclear technology abroad. There aren’t indications that any government regulatory failures contributed […]