Numerous progressive utilities such as Xcel, which have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, are struggling to get there without expanding the use of natural gas and this is fueling a broader and divisive debate around gas’s future, according to Inside Climate News. The plan drawn up by Xcel, which serves 3.6 million customers […]Continue Reading 435 words
The Energy Department put out its 2019 International Energy Outlook and two big headlines emerged — first that CO2 emissions worldwide will increase by 20% overall through 2050 because of emissions from developing countries, and second that renewable sources will provide half of all electricity globally by midcentury.
Why This Matters: CO2 emissions from developed nations decrease by -.2% annually for the next 30 years, while in developing countries CO2 emissions are expected to grow 1% a year. Countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are growing in key respects — they collectively have more population, a larger gross domestic product, more energy consumption, and higher energy-related CO2 emissions.Continue Reading 536 words
Tropical Storm Dorian, a “compact” storm that is expected to be upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane by the time it passes the Dominican Republic and to impact Puerto Rico by tonight or early tomorrow, according to CNN. CNN also reported that a team of over 200 people from nearly 30 different fire departments in South Florida were deployed to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico on Monday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG-TV.Continue Reading 520 words
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Wind energy deployment hit a snag in Kansas after a group of landowners from the central and eastern part of the state signed a petition to stop the turbines citing decreased property value and negative health effects as their reason for not wanting the project. As the Wichita Eagle reported, “after Florida-based NextEra announced plans […]Continue Reading 457 words
While some don’t believe that this is achievable, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewables and electrification alone can achieve 75% of global emissions reductions goals.Continue Reading 372 words
You have likely heard by now that President Trump at a fundraiser on Tuesday night made some patently ridiculous remarks about wind turbines, claiming that they lower property values of nearby homes by 75%, cause cancer, are unbearably noisy and kill massive quantities of birds. If you have not seen the remarks, watch the clip above. The twitter-sphere went wild in reaction to the President’s war on wind. What you may not have heard, is that the President’s wind power rant met with strong push back from the heartland. By early yesterday afternoon, the Kansas City Star published a strongly worded editorial explaining why Kansas backs wind power.Continue Reading 572 words
In the latest Gallup poll, 60% of Americans favor reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, including 37% of Republicans and 60% of Independents. Interestingly for the prospects of passing Green New Deal legislation, 60% of Americans also believe it is “very likely” (22%) or “likely” (38%) that the country will dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage in the next 10 to 20 years, and roughly the same percentage favor policy proposals that aim to do it.Continue Reading 400 words
Budweiser (and other firms) should be really careful about how they frame purchases of RECs to offset 100% of their energy consumption. Saying their product is 100% powered by renewables is a false statement and may be grounds for a FTC complaint — (((Alex Gilbert))) (@gilbeaq) February 3, 2019 Did you happen to catch the […]Continue Reading 366 words
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wasted no time returning from the shutdown and extended restrictions on shipping in an area off Cape Cod on the way into Boston Harbor to protect the highly endangered Northern right whale. The “Ship Strike Rule” mandates speed restrictions of no more than 10 knots for vessels 65 feet or greater in certain locations and at certain times of the year along the east coast of the United States.Continue Reading 409 words
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The nation’s largest private weather provider, AccuWeather, is going to begin to use a new “scale” for conveying the severity of hurricanes in the future, diverging from the current scale used by the National Weather Service (NWS) and followed by all private weather forecasters and meteorologists. AccuWeather’s CEO, Joel Myers, claims that the current scale only measures wind, but that recent hurricanes from Sandy to Florence have proved that storm surge and flooding can be quite dangerous or deadly even when a hurricane’s wind is not at the top level of severity.Continue Reading 461 words