March 11 Energy News

March 11, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “As The Climate Changes And The Earth Warms, Where’s The Safest Place On Earth To Live?” • From the most populous cities to the loneliest, isolated islets, everyone, everywhere will be affected in some way by climate change. Not everyone’s circumstances are equal, though, and climate change resilience varies widely from place to place. [IFLScience]

The Power of Nature (Zacarias Pereira da Mata | Shutterstock)

¶ “Electric Car Myth Buster – Efficiency” • The merchants of doubt paid for by the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry are out in full force, incorrectly publishing article after article about how electric cars are just as bad for the environment as gas and diesel ones, or possibly even worse than cars powered by gasoline or diesel engines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Has More Economic Benefits Than You Know” • Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well. Because of the number of countries investing in renewable energy, this article has just a short listing of benefits. [CleanTechnica]

Senftenberg Solarpark

Science and Technology:

¶ Increasing temperatures and glacial caving continue as Mother Nature gets hotter, at the top of our world as elsewhere. A recent update from The Guardian notes that the increasing temperature from recent weather data is worrying the scientists who firmly watch the effects of climate change and know what they could mean for human wellbeing. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ India and France announced before the International Solar Alliance summit that they will partner to start a solar revolution. India wants to be a leader for developing nations in clean energy. France is looking for markets to sell its innovations and try to bridge the gap United States left open when it exited from the Paris Agreement. [The Sunday Guardian]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmanuel Macron

¶ French President Emmanuel Macron today said $1 trillion will be needed to achieve one TW of solar power capacity by 2030. Speaking alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the first conference of the International Solar Alliance, he mentioned the financing and regulation hurdles for achieving the target that need to be cleared. [Economic Times]

¶ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a 10-point action plan to promote the use of solar energy at the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi. Addressing the conference, which was founded by India, he said India will generate 175 GW of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022. [The Statesman]

Indian solar thermal plant (Bkwcreator, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Traditional sources of energy are still favored in Japan. But seven years after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Fukushima Prefecture remains committed to becoming an international center for renewable-energy research and a domestic pioneer by meeting 100% of its energy demand via renewables by 2040. [The Japan Times]

¶ They bowed their heads, hands clasped or palms firmly pressed together. They stood in grassy areas or roadsides overlooking the choppy sea. In Japan’s capital, they lit candles and offered flowers. Some dabbed at tears. Japanese marked the seventh anniversary of a tsunami that took more than 18,000 lives and triggered a nuclear disaster. [NBC4i.com]

Tsunami anniversary (Yusuke Ogata | Kyodo News via AP)

US:

¶ Climate change is expected to drive demand for clean energy in the decades ahead, giving an edge to countries that invest in low-carbon technologies. President Trump is pushing to cut spending on clean energy research, undermining any hope for US competitiveness as the chief economic rivals aim to double public funding for the same. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Although factors such as poor planning and population growth are exacerbating droughts in some regions, there is one common culprit that is behind the water crises around the globe: climate change. And climate change is not a future event. In fact, it is already affecting three big American cities and the daily lives of millions. [CleanTechnica]

Los Angeles

¶ Two years ago, residents of Maine’s Mount Desert Island formed A Climate to Thrive, seeking to help MDI “become an epicenter of citizen engagement, environmental sustainability and economic vitality.” A big part of that vision is to make MDI energy-independent by 2030, relying solely on local, renewable power. [Press Herald]

¶ Coal producer Murray Energy has lobbied on the latest bill to roll back what it called “expensive, job-killing Renewable Energy Mandates” in Ohio. Meanwhile the company has been fighting for government intervention to prevent the closure of the old and uncompetitive coal-fired power plants, which it depends on as customers. [pv magazine USA]

Coal-fired power plant (Tony Webster, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ A regional developer and operator of large-scale commercial solar energy installations is proposing a $10 million, 7-MW project in Lenox, Massachusetts. Syncarpha Capital’s project could power 200 to 500 homes and small businesses through cost-saving community solar agreements, the project developer told the Planning Board. [Berkshire Eagle]

¶ Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has been pushing the idea of nationally televised debates challenging climate science. But John Kelly, the embattled White House chief of staff, killed the idea for fear it could become “a damaging spectacle,” according to a report in The New York Times. [ThinkProgress]

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