The Daily Dirt: September 20, 2012

Get the scoop on matters of the Earth: climate change, green technology, and the path to a sustainable future.

Biodiesel fuel sales plunged and producers complained after export taxes were increased from 20 to 32 percent. Argentinean President Kirchner announced the implementation of a sliding scale tax that will be adjusted with sales every two weeks.(Photo: Juan Mabromata/Getty Images)

Sep 20, 2012· 0 MIN READ
Andrew Freeman is a California native with a degree in history from UCLA. He is particularly interested in politics and policy.

Chinese Solar Lays Off 1,500

To combat anti-dumping taxes imposed by the European Union and United States, Chinese solar companies are reducing their workforce.

Coal Plant in Montana Announces Mothballing

The J.E. Corette plant in Billings, Montana, will shut down in 2015 because complying with new EPA standards will cost $38 million.

Argentina Implements Sliding-Scale Biodiesel Tax

After raising a tax on biodiesel exports from 20 percent to 32 percent, Argentina will implement a sliding scale that is updated every 15 days to maximize revenue.

Morocco Releases Renewable Energy Plans

By 2020, Morocco is hoping to get 42 percent of its power from wind, solar, and hydro.

Silica Superbugs to Clean Fracking Waste Water

University of Minnesota researchers claim to have found a silica bacteria that will clean fracking waste water.