Drought Seriously Threatens Hydro-Electric Power in California

Drought Seriously Threatens Hydro-Electric Power in California

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Ongoing heatwaves and mega-drought across the Western U.S. threatened residents with rolling blackouts and even buckling roads. Now, rapidly rising temperatures are taking their toll on renewable energy infrastructure as well. After suffering some of the lowest rainfall rates in 126 years, Northern California’s Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant is predicted to shut down for […]

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One Marvel-ous Thing: Loki’s TVA Clashes with Alternate Self

One Marvel-ous Thing: Loki’s TVA Clashes with Alternate Self

Disney+’s Loki is one of the hottest new shows on TV. But what if we told you the TVA was real? No, they don’t protect the sacred timeline (or raise questions about free will) like Loki’s Time Variance Authority, but they are making sure the future looks bright for all of us. The Tennessee Valley Authority’s social media has been blowing up since our favorite […]

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Explain It To Me: Energy vs Power

Explain It To Me: Energy vs Power

  When you get your electric bill every month, your utility company bills you for kilowatt-hours. But do you actually know what a kilowatt-hour is, or how many of them it takes to power your home and appliances? Taking a step back, do you know the difference between energy and power?  As we begin to have […]

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In Poland, EU Court Rules Pause for Massive Coal Mine

In Poland, EU Court Rules Pause for Massive Coal Mine

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Poland relies heavily on coal and has been resistant to transitioning away from the industry that powers 70% of its electricity. But as a member of the European Union, the country is bound to the EU’s climate targets and bloc-spanning judicial system. Last week, the EU’s top court ruled […]

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Tesla Stops Accepting Bitcoin Transactions Due To Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrencies

Tesla Stops Accepting Bitcoin Transactions Due To Environmental Impact of Cryptocurrencies

Tesla will no longer accept payments in Bitcoin because of its effects on the environment. On Wednesday the company’s CEO Elon Musk  tweeted that Tesla has concerns about the “rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining.”  He emphasized that Tesla won’t sell its $2.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

Why this Matters:  Musk’s statement has proven controversial, as it has affected cryptocurrency markets, which have shed as much as $365.85 billion in value since his tweet.

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Hackers Shut Down Major Pipeline, Raising Concerns for Clean Energy Companies

Hackers Shut Down Major Pipeline, Raising Concerns for Clean Energy Companies

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Colonial Pipeline Co., known as the “jugular” of America’s oil pipeline infrastructure, has become the latest victim of increasing cyberattacks. On Friday, the company’s systems were shut down by a ransomware attack, bringing the pipeline to a standstill for four days. Although the disruption has yet to impact oil prices, experts worry that […]

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