If you were to judge by the Googles, 2014’s top environmental story was the Keystone XL pipeline. But, 52 weeks later, we’re right about where we began. Meanwhile, some truly amazing stories have been playing out underneath the radars of the mainstream media. Here are a few that will continue to make waves in 2015 and beyond. Check ‘em out.
After the disaster at Fukushima, Japan needed to replace its nuclear energy sources and fast. With insufficient lands for fields of solar panels, Japan took to the seas with a
groundbreaking water-breaking floating solar panel farm.
State Rejects Solar Plant, Protects Coal Interests
The Moopa River Reservation in Nevada wanted to build a solar plant that would power 110,000 homes. But the Nevada Public Utilities Commission rejected the proposal. Because why would they want clean, unlimited, low-cost energy when they could continue to make folks pay to pollute and deplete natural resources?
State Tells Big Coal: Stay Out Of Our River!
Oregon stood up to corporate polluters, ruling that Amber Energy could not transport 8.8 million tons of coal annually through state waters. This was a potentially precedent setting victory for individuals banding together against big special interests.
U.S. Funds Coal Project that Destroys Homes, Displaces Families, and Worse
Reliance Power received $650 million from the U.S. Import Export Bank to build the Sasan Ultra Mega Power plant in Singrauli, India. Building the plant has destroyed communities, and allegations have arisen that those who speak out have been beaten and jailed.
Remember how Solyndra’s loan default was held up as proof that the government shouldn’t invest in alternative fuel sources? Well, guess what. The Energy Department Loan Program responsible for the loan — It’s going gangbusters. Despite that early loss, the program has made a profit of $30 million and created 55,000 jobs while making critical investments in our planet’s future. Better, it’s only loaned out half its $75 billion allotment so far, so we should have more good news coming.