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Wind Farm in West Texas Photo: Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News
President Trump trumpeted his trade deal with China, but so far its energy provisions have been a bust, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Chinese have not purchased nearly the amount of energy (in terms of total dollars) as they promised — only $2B in oil and gas purchases against a commitment of $25B for this year. Clearly market prices dropped due to the coronavirus, but China’s energy purchases lag behind those of agriculture and manufactured products. At the same time, Chinese businesses are jumping into the renewable energy industry here in the U.S., developing projects even deep in the heart of Texas.
One of the key problems with the deal was that the U.S. agreed to targets in dollars, which means that the price drop made the financial targets very hard to achieve. Now Republicans and oil and gas execs are urging the President to push China to keep their promises and buy more from us — rather than the Saudis and Russia. This is a lose-lose proposition given climate change. China, as the largest greenhouse gas emitter and should be pushed to lower its imports of fossil fuels and cut its overall consumption.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Cities across the US are transitioning their buildings to clean energy, which would mean banning natural gas in new construction and promoting electric appliances. But the question remains whether or not infrastructure — foundational and historic — is ready to handle such a demand for electricity. Why this […]
As more people around the nation are taking to the roads and skies for their vaccinated vacations, one car rental company is making it easier for folks to not only travel in style, but travel green. Hertz has announced that it will be purchasing 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2022 alongside an […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
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