Global Warming, Solar Energy & $300,000 Tortoises: The Morality Of Energy Production

On Tuesday, June 25, in a speech before enthusiastic students at Georgetown University, President Obama delivered a message outlining his vision for what the United States ought to do, and what he personally is going to do, about the moral issue of energy production. Now at first glance, you would think that energy production is a technical issue that should be left to engineers and economists. But it was clear from the President’s speech that he thinks it is also a moral issue, as moral as which side you should fight on in a war. His speech, in fact, was peppered with militant terminology. He spoke of having the “courage to act,” he talked of the “fight against climate change,” and expressed his desire for America to “win the race for clean energy.” Toward the end, he called for citizens “who will stand up, and speak up, and compel us to do what this moment demands.” To that end, he announced that he was going to ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue regulations that, according to Obama critic Charles Krauthammer, will “make it impossible to open any new coal plant and will systematically shut down existing plants.”

Written by Karl Stephan. To read the full article, click here

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Solar power finally makes more energy than it uses

Last year, U.S. energy-related carbon emissions were at the lowest levels since 1994, emitting “only” 5.3 billion metric tons of carbon.
This is largely from declining coal use due to cheap natural gas, lower demand for transportation fuels and a mild winter, says the U.S. Energy Information Agency.
Although we don’t like to think that solar energy contributes to emissions, it does, and there’s good news there, too.
To get the solar industry where it is today required huge inputs of electricity. Ironically, most of that comes from coal-fired power plants.
For example, to produce polysilicon — the basic building block of most solar panels — silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit using electricity, commonly from coal-fired power plants.

Written by Sustainable Business News. To read the full article, click here