Clean Tech News Briefs November 10, 2011

EarthTechling looks at a lot of interesting clean tech news daily as we consider what items to have our staff write about. Here are some green tech news gems we found while researching online you might consider reading more on in today’s Clean Tech News Briefs.

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Clean energy and the Asian market. The US is pushing to open clean energy markets, cutting taxes paid by corporations and reducing regulations at the annual summit meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum this weekend, but are facing resistance from China, reports Reuters.

What’s happening at APEC? The Christian Science Monitor also takes a look at the conflicts over clean energy being seen at APEC, and breaks down a list of the debates between various markets, including the US, the European Union, Canada, China and Japan.

A hypothetical review. Even though its makers say that the electric Rolls Royce is probably never going to ever reach production, Forbes reviews it anyway, saying the Phantom Experimental Electric car, or 102 EX, is a luxurious ride as well as a clean one, but has a few issues with the interior.

Energy and Presidents. The Energy Collective examines how energy, its varying forms and its impacts on the environment and economy, might influence next year’s presidential elections, and takes a look at how energy policies are so deeply intertwined with politics in the US.

US solar power for Apple data center. Florida-based Leaf Solar Power is collaborating with Apple to build a solar farm to power Apple’s North Carolina data center. Notably, writes AppleInsider, Apple decided to partner with an American solar manufacturer for its panels, instead of opting for an overseas manufacturer as many other companies are doing.

A green lifestyle might not be the whole answer. Grist.org takes a good hard look at how to really solve energy crises in the US, and says that “green” lifestyle choices are not really the way to correct energy- and carbon-related problems in the country. While making environmentally-conscious changes in one’s personal life is a good step, the article says, the only real way to make change is by direct political action.

Alternative energy for you. Alternative energy can save home and business owners a bundle, but, Inc.com says, each energy plan must be tailored to the specific site, otherwise the optimal benefits worn’t be reached, and provides some anecdotes about companies using various forms of clean energy to suit their needs.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.