November 1 News: Australia Rejects Calls From The Fossil Fuel Industry To Roll Back 20 Percent Renewable Energy Target

An independent body set up to consider Australia’s official target of generating 20 percent of its energy needs by 2020 from renewable sources has rejected calls from incumbent utilities and heavy industry to scale back the target. [Renewable Energy World]

Michael Brown, former President George W. Bush’s former FEMA director who was criticized for his slow reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said on Monday that President Obama may have acted too quickly on Hurricane Sandy this week. [The Hill]

Campaigners said the devastating storm could turn out to be the October Surprise of the elections, exposing Republicans’ failure to engage with an issue that is no longer a distant threat, but a present day danger. [Guardian]

Two nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York that had shut down during superstorm Sandy remained offline Wednesday, but waters receded from one plant that had issued a safety alert. [Wall Street Journal]

With President Obama getting a bear hug from Chris Christie as he toured storm-battered New Jersey, Mitt Romney is facing an unusual challenge: pushing his way back into the national debate. [Daily Beast]

Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather. [CNN]

According to a report published on October 17 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), 2012 has been a record year for the development of wind power within the United States. The U.S. wind industry has surpassed 50,000 megawatts of electrical power generation capacity, with a total of 4,728 megawatts added this year alone and another 8,430 megawatts in active development throughout 29 states and Puerto Rico. [Renewable Energy World]

After spending more than $4.5 billion in permits, personnel and equipment over the past six years to assure regulators and native Alaskans that its work would be safe and environmentally benign, Shell finally got a shot to try drilling wells here this fall. It didn’t go as planned. [Wall Street Journal]

Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today. [Science Daily]


2 Responses to November 1 News: Australia Rejects Calls From The Fossil Fuel Industry To Roll Back 20 Percent Renewable Energy Target

  1. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Being a vast country there is wide scope to harness Renewables in Australia. Already Australia has many projects harnessing Renewables.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India