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Washington Could Boost Coal Exports Despite Green Governor

Jay Inslee -- Washington State will have perhaps the nation's greenest governor when Jay Inslee, an early visionary of America's clean energy economy, takes the helm in January.

Inslee, a congressman since 1999, was pushing for policies to spur investment in solar panels, wind turbines and electric car batteries long before it was mainstream.

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Can the U.S. Create Its Own German-Style Energy Revolution? (Phoenix, Arizona) -- From a block away, the house was hardly visible, hidden by a dense stand of native mesquite and palo verde trees and tall clumps of prickly pear cactus. Close up, you could see the concrete block structure, built a half century ago when acres of citrus groves were broken into parcels and replaced by homes.

Turning the site back into desert took some work, Brock Tunnicliff explained, standing outside his house on a typical September morning in the Sonoran desert, temperatures in the mid-80s under a nearly cloudless sky. It also took some courage, because desert landscaping isn't popular in Phoenix. Most people here still prefer a lawn out front and a swimming pool in the back.

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Rape Charges Show Risk as States Ignore Forced-Drug Laws

Somewhere lost inside his head is the charmer, loyal brother, doting son. Now only the madness speaks.

“Everybody in the universe is able to see what I see!” Salih Mahdi roars. “You been able to see the exact same things I see since 2006 when my vision split. Don’t tell me you can’t.”

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European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard oversees the world’s biggest emissions-trading system and the 27-nations bloc’s strategy to fight global warming.

Since taking up her post in 2010 she has been urging member states for more efforts to contain the rise of temperatures, which scientists say may cause more heat waves, flooding and intense storms. Before heading to the United Nations’ climate talks in Qatar’s capital city, she spoke with Ewa Krukowska, the EU climate and energy reporter for Bloomberg News.

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The Power of the Sun

Whatever the outcome of today's election, the sun will keep shining and the wind will still blow. That's what Brian Keane is counting on. Keane is president of a nonprofit marketing organization called SmartPower. State agencies, foundations, utilities and others hire the group to explain to citizens or consumers just what renewable energy is, why it's coming to town, and in so doing, to help expand local markets for clean energy. Reasons for going renewable vary these days -- from state renewable power mandates, to friendly civic competition, to financial incentives, to the race to cut carbon pollution. Sometimes, it’s just plain cheaper. Keane and I spoke last month about his new book, Green Is Good.

Q: When SmartPower started up, the U.S. wasn't exactly clamoring for renewable power. Most of it still isn't. What was your pitch to the foundations?

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After the Storm: Arial Photos of Sandy's Damage

Assessing Hurricane Sandy's Damage

A series of  aerial photographs  of the Atlantic Coast taken before and after Hurricane Sandy show dramatic changes to hundreds of miles of shoreline, visibly changing the landscape, the U.S. Geological Survey said in releasing the images Nov. 9.

For example, on average, dunes at Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island eroded back 70 feet—an equivalent of 30 years of change, USGS said. It added that dunes lost as much as 10 feet of elevation.

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BP, Chevron Spill Records Add Most Risk for Oil Investors

BP and Chevron Are Riskier Bets for Oil Investors -- An oil company's track record on spills—and whether it is prepared for future accidents—has become increasingly important to investors now that oil exploration and extraction is moving offshore and into risky areas like the Arctic or South America.

That's the message of an analysis released this week by MSCI Inc., a New York-based investment research firm. It rated 30 of the world's largest oil and gas companies on their investment attractiveness based on their history of spills and environmental management, as well as the riskiness of the areas they are exploring. BP and Chevron were singled out as companies that are poorly positioned in this area. The Norwegian company Statoil and Britain's BG were found to be the best positioned for a riskier era of drilling.

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Confronting the Reality of a Rapidly Warming World: Steer

Climate Talks Need a Reset as Evidence Mounts of a Warming World

The reality of a world with more extreme weather events, rising seas, and longer droughts is becoming clearer by the day. Even more troubling is that we are on course for still greater changes to our planet in the years ahead. 

That’s the key takeaway from a major new report from the World Bank, which examines the impact of a 4 degree Celsius (7.2 degree Fahrenheit) warmer world. At the same time, a new analysis by World Resources Institute (WRI) finds there are nearly 1,200 proposed coal plants worldwide. If these plants come online, our chances of staying within 2 degrees of warming—the level recommended to prevent the worst consequences of climate change—would be nil.

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The Triumph (and Challenge) of Climate Math

The Triumph (and Challenge) of Climate Math

A nerd hasn't been this popular since, well, ever. Nate Silver, the creator of the election poll statistical hub FiveThirtyEight was declared the clear winner in the presidential election. And on Fox News, election math was at the center of one of the most bizarre on-air moments in memory.

The numbers discussion then seeped over from polls to other politically charged topics such as climate change. David Frum, President George W. Bush's speechwriter, tweeted this gem: "Horrible possibility: if the geeks are right about Ohio, might they also be right about climate?"

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Germany Abandons Nuclear Power and Lives to Talk About It

Germany's Nuclear Plants (Bonn, Germany) — On the afternoon of April 29, 1986, West Germany's Interior Minister Friedrich Zimmermann walked out of a meeting with the Commission on Radiological Protection and spoke to a TV reporter.

"There is no danger," Zimmermann assured millions of anxious viewers. "Chernobyl is 2,000 kilometers away."

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About The Grid

Nations and companies face rising competition for strategic resources — energy, food, water, materials — and the technologies that make best use of them. That's sustainability. It's about the 21st-century race for wealth, health and long-term security, across the global grid.

Analyses or commentary in this blog are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloomberg News.

Eric Roston, Editor

Tom Randall, Deputy Editor

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