Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Global Warming?? -# 2554 - Snow in 49 States - Hawaii News Now (2) Sobering Numbers on American Energy - Hot Air (3) Report: 'Clean Energy' Plant Closing After $58 Million in State Aid - CNS News (4) Fewer Americans Bought Hybrid Cars in 2010; Green 'Movement' Fades, Harris Poll Finds- CNS News

Mauna Kea, Hawaii

HONOLULU (Hawaii NewsNow) - According to national news sources, it is snowing in 49 states across the country including Hawaii where snow has fallen atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Florida is the only state without fresh snow. This shot of the mountain was submitted by Adrel Vicente via our Connect Now photos on Jan. 8.


Sobering Numbers on American Energy - Hot Air - This week the American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted a conference on “The State of American Energy” in Washington, which I attended. In it, API president Jack Gerard set forth some rather startling figures which speak to the future of the energy industry in the United States and how government policy will impact the effect this critical sector of our economy will have on jobs and the deficit – two areas of immense concern to the majority of Americans. (The full text of the address is available here.) First, Gerard recapped some of the highlights from the previous year. In 2010, oil and natural gas companies created 57,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone as part of the Marcellus Shale natural gas development. Read more.......

Report: 'Clean Energy' Plant Closing After $58 Million in State Aid - CNS News - A clean energy company is closing its factory in Massachusetts, just two years after it opened the solar plant with about $58-million in taxpayer subsidies, the Boston Globe reported. Evergreen Solar calls itself a victim of weak demand and competition from cheaper suppliers in China.  The newspaper describes Evergreen Solar's closing a major hit to Democratic Governor Deval Patrick’s efforts to make Massachusetts a hub of the emerging clean-energy industry.  "The administration persuaded Evergreen to build at Devens with a package of grants, land, loans, and other aid originally valued at $76 million. The company ended up taking about $58 million, one of the largest aid packages Massachusetts has provided to a private company," the newspaper reported. Read more.........

Fewer Americans Bought Hybrid Cars in 2010; Green 'Movement' Fades, Harris Poll Finds - CNS News - Automakers beware! Hybrid cars may dominate at the Detroit Auto Show, but fewer Americans said they purchased a hybrid car in 2010 than in 2009, according to a new Harris Interactive Poll.  In fact, only 8 percent of those surveyed said they "purchased a hybrid or more fuel efficient car" in 2010. That compares with 13 percent who said they had in 2009.  Only 1 percent of Americans said they bought a hybrid car -- down from 2 percent the year before.  Read more.......

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