July 11 News: Barry Goldwater Jr. Fights For Arizona Solar Power

Barry Goldwater, Jr. (Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the conservative senator, is fighting to keep solar energy in Arizona. [Mother Jones]

The name Barry Goldwater is practically synonymous with conservatism in America. That’s even more true in the late politician’s home state of Arizona, which he represented for five terms in the US Senate. Now his son, Barry Goldwater Jr., is putting the family name behind an effort to protect solar energy’s growing share of the electricity market—a struggle that has pitted him against entrenched utility interests and a right-wing dark-money group.

Goldwater, 74, is the chairman of Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed (or TUSK, for short), a group launched in March to fight the state’s largest electric utility, Arizona Public Service, on solar power. APS has been campaigning to get the state utility commission to change regulations dealing with net metering, a policy that allows homes and businesses with their own solar power systems to send excess energy they generate back to the grid and make money off of it. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have a net-metering policy in place.

Arizona has had net metering since 2009, which has helped make it the second-ranked state in the country in installed solar capacity. But APS has called for an overhaul of the state’s net-metering policy and plans to unveil its proposal to the regulators on the Arizona Corporation Commission this Friday.

The IEA projects that oil supply will outstrip demand in the next 20 years. [Bloomberg]

The explosion of an oil train in a small town in Quebec probably will not change the rate at which oil is shipped throughout North America by train. [Boston Globe]

Oil prices in the U.S. spiked past $106 per barrel, which is the highest they have been in almost a year and a half. [Wall Street Journal]

U.S. petroleum shipping via rail jumped up 40 percent in the first 6 months of 2013, from the same period in 2012. [Today In Energy]

U.S. coal power generation is back up again this year as natural gas ticks down. [LA Times]

In Southern California, fish populations dropped 78 percent in 40 years, which experts say can’t be related “to anything other than a regional oceanographic climate effect.” [LA Times]

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, some trees may be taking up less water, a new study has found. [New York Times]

The Sichuan Province in China faces massive floods after the worst rainstorms in five decades killed more than 50 people and disrupted 2 million. [New York Times]

The House voted last night to pass the Department of Energy spending bill, which cuts the agency’s budget by $2.1 billion, including millions from renewable energy programs and research. [The Hill]

Climate change will cause more blackouts and other energy disruptions, according to the Department of Energy. [New York Times]

Negotiators for the U.S. and China have agreed to target tighter pollution standards on heavy trucks and increase building energy efficiency. [Washington Post]

Senators Shaheen and Portman hope to bring their bipartisan energy efficiency bill to the floor of the Senate soon, in what could be the first significant energy legislation passed in the chamber for six years. [The Hill]

Efforts in California to promote rooftop solar installation have been so successful that some are saying the program is no longer needed. [San Jose Mercury News]

What can climate activists learn from LGBT activists? [The Daily Beast]

Want to join a social or environmental movement? It’s easier in neighborhoods where walking is easy. [Grist]

12 Responses to July 11 News: Barry Goldwater Jr. Fights For Arizona Solar Power

  1. prokaryotes says:

    The spanish wind turbine maker company Gamesa tripled it’s stock during 2013 so far (click the 6M option to view that duration)

    *notice i own stocks in Gamesa :)

    And this besides the fact that the current conservative government freezed wind subsidies – halted off shore projects. Growth is in Italy, India, Scotland and elsewhere…

  2. Colorado Bob says:

    The Sichuan Province in China faces massive floods after the worst rainstorms in five decades killed more than 50 people and disrupted 2 million. [New York Times]

    Reports said the 94 centimeters (37 inches) of rainfall that fell on Dujiangyan over 40 hours beginning Monday was the heaviest since records began being kept in 1954.

  3. Colorado Bob says:

    More torrential rain predicted for Sichuan, N China

    The National Meteorological Center issued a storm alert on Wednesday, warning of heavy rains in Sichuan, Shanxi, Hebei and Shandong provinces before Thursday.

    The volume of rain in Sichuan may reach 150 millimeters from Wednesday to Thursday, the center said.

    Latest data from Sichuan’s meteorological bureau showed about 880 mm of rain had fallen in Dujiangyan since Sunday. The bureau raised its storm alert to its highest level on Tuesday evening.

  4. Colorado Bob says:

    The second mud slide in a week coming from the Waldo Canyon fire –

    VIDEO: Highway 24 back open after mudslides, flooding

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Compilation Sichuan China Dramatic Flooding Half Meter Rainfall Deluge Worst Flood in 50 Years The part with the 500 mm is in the description…

  6. catman306 says:

    Borrowed from a commenter elsewhere:
    Quite a striking image.

    “the planet can’t wait to be rid of us. I get the feeling there will be a lot of rivers talking to mountains saying shit like, “Well that was interesting….” once we’re dead, gone and forgotten.”

  7. Colorado Bob says:

    Evidence for extensive methane venting on the southeastern U.S. Atlantic margin

    Results reported here by L.L. Brothers and colleagues show the first evidence for widespread seabed methane venting along the southeastern U.S. Atlantic Margin beyond the well-known Blake Ridge Diapir Seep.

    While it was suspected that such seeps existed, there was little direct evidence until now.

    Data collected from recent ship and autonomous underwater vehicle surveys discovered multiple water-column gas plumes (>1000 m height and made up of bubbles). Brothers and colleagues also mapped extensive new chemosynthetic seep communities (communities of biological organisms that directly use methane and/or sulfide for life processes) at the Blake Ridge and Cape Fear Diapirs.

    Flow along these systems is both more dynamic (more active) and more widespread than previously believed.

    L.L. Brothers et al., DOI:10.1130/G34217.1.

  8. Vic says:

    ” Large earthquakes from distant parts of the globe are setting off tremors around waste-fluid injection wells in the central United States, says a new study published in the journal Science. Furthermore, such triggering of minor quakes by distant events could be precursors to larger events at sites where pressure from waste injection has pushed faults close to failure, say researchers.”

    ” In the same issue of Science, Ellsworth reviews the recent upswing in earthquakes in the central United States. The region averaged 21 small to mid-sized earthquakes each year from the late 1960s through 2000. But in 2001, that number began to climb, reaching a high of 188 earthquakes in 2011, he writes. The risk of setting off earthquakes by injecting fluid underground has been known since at least the 1960s…”