The Daily Dirt: Billionaire Buys a Hawaiian Island & Coal Sets Two Records

Crowdfunding Solar Energy Projects

Mosaic financed 47 kilowatts of solar panels on the roof of the Youth Employment Partnership in Oakland by crowdsourcing for funds.

Renewables Reducing the Cost of Electricity in Australia

The Energy Services Commission of South Australia has recommended a cut to commercial energy prices after finding wind and solar reduced their state bills.

Ellison Buys Lanai for $500 Billion

Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison plans to make Lanai a "model of sustainable enterprise" that has solar panels, experiments with electric cars and desalinization, while selling fish to Japan.

Cheap Natural Gas Causes Coal to Tumble

Despite low cost natural gas driving the price of coal down from $161 per ton in 2008 to a mere $63, the United States will export more coal than we did last year. 

Coast Guard Investigates Oily Sheen

An oily sheen was spotted near the Macondo Prospect, site of 2010's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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