Environmental and energy issues became one of the central issues of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. While the economy itself took center stage, energy issues were right behind it, being pushed by the insufferable chant of “Drill baby drill.” In the four years that have followed, the U.S. has seen a boom in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the worst oil spill in our history, skyrocketing (and then plummeting) gas prices, a disastrous oil pipeline plan that threatens the safety of our aquifers, and a Republican-led assault on environmental safety standards.
Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, has released a study that delves into the impact of clean-energy innovation on both the nation’s financial health and its job sector.
Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the seven semi-autonomous Middle Eastern sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, seems an unlikely place for a renewable energy push. After all, the tiny emirate is one of O.P.E.C.'s top five oil producers, with as much as 10% of the world's oil reserves by some estimates (most of its crude is exported to energy-hungry Asia).
If researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC – Davis) are correct, the world could run out of oil close to 100 years before alternative fuels are ready to take over.
Here are the Top 10 Renewable Energy News Stories You May Have Missed this Week:
1. U.S. Leadership Stumbles Again: Obama Says New Energy Policy Unfeasible - A day after his party endured a "shellacking" in midterm elections, U.S. President Barack Obama said passing new comprehensive energy policy was no longer a short-term possibility.