March 18 Energy News

March 18, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “How A Handful Of Community Organizers Got NYC To Take On One Of The Most Powerful Industries On Earth” • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off 2018 by declaring war on the oil industry. But at the start of the story were people who had never had a voice sending a message that could be heard around the world. [CleanTechnica]

New York City

¶ “4 Psychology Lessons That Can Teach Us About Inspiring Climate Action” • We know it is important to educate the public so people understand why climate change is happening, what regions are most at risk, and how its impacts continue to harm our health and economy. Education, however, is the easy part. Behaviors need to change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Contentious Debate: Green Energy vs. Green Space” • Each year, Rhode Island’s forests absorb, on average, 88 tons of carbon dioxide per acre. The state’s 400,000 acres of forest sequester 35 million tons of carbon. But the state’s forests are being cut to build everything from a possible fossil-fuel power plant to solar arrays. [ecoRI news]

Clear-cutting to make room for a solar facility (Douglas Doe)

¶ “Black Ministers In Virginia Tell Koch Brothers To Shove Their Petrodollars” • If anyone wonders why my Irish ire gets inflamed by these two charlatans, perhaps this story will explain why they may be the most dangerous pair in America and why Arnold Schwarzenegger said they deserve to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ February is traditionally the slowest selling month in China, but with electric car sales at around 34,000, there’s not much to complain about. Numbers were up 88% year over year, making this by far the best February ever. During the month, BYD stepped into first place, dethroning the Beijing brand BAIC from its leading position. [CleanTechnica]

BAIC EC180

¶ Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, a joint venture of the Delhi government and Tata Power, is introducing the Internet of Things to India. It will start with smart meters and an Android app. In the first phase, 250,000 smart meters would be installed in parts of the city. By 2025, 1.6 million smart meters are to be operational. [Economic Times]

¶ Belgium has agreed to provide Mozambique with €12 million ($14.76 million) to promote projects for the production of new and renewable energy in a number of the country’s regions. To that effect, an agreement was formalized by Mozambique’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the Belgian ambassador. [Journalducameroun.com]

Delivering charcoal (Vanderspuyr, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ An Indian solar panel manufacturing company, Waaree Energies Ltd, has launched a first of its kind, do-it-yourself solar kit called “Pronto.” The kits are available at all Waaree Solar Experience Centres. The company claims that a Pronto solar PV power generating system can deliver at least 30% savings on electricity bills. [Web India 123]

¶ The conservative Liberal Party has won the election of South Australia state, ending the Australian Labor Party’s streak of 16 years in power in the state. Along with promises of tax cuts for small businesses, Marshall’s campaign promised to scaling back the Australian Labor Party approach to renewable energy which he described as reckless. [Xinhua]

Kimberly Clark mill and the Lake Bonney windfarm
(Photo: Fairv8, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ North Korea’s Foreign Minister went to Sweden, prompting speculations about a meeting between US President Trump and Mr Kim Jong-Un, leader of North Korea. Sweden is happy to help resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula arising from the North Korean construction of a nuclear reactor and pursuit of nuclear military power. [The Straits Times]

US:

¶ One of the most famed Apple analysts, Gene Munster, has recently turned his attention to Tesla. His firm, Loup Ventures, made projections on the company’s future.  He predicts growth from 0.5% of the market to 1.5% this year, “Longer-term (10 yrs from now) we believe Tesla can capture 17% of the US auto market share…” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla lineup (Source: Tesla.com)

¶ In a closed-door meeting at the Heritage Foundation, EPA chief Scott Pruitt told a group of conservatives that he has plans for additional science reform at the agency, attendees said. The EPA has not formally shared details of the plan, but it is widely expected to resemble an efforts that Republican lawmakers have been pushing. [Scientific American]

¶ President Trump’s nominee for deputy administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, has spent much of his career working for less oversight from the agency. He is a longtime aide to Sen James Inhofe, known for his climate-denying antics on the Senate floor. After that job, Wheeler became a lobbyist for the fossil fuels industry. [89.3 KPCC]

Corsa Coal’s Acosta Deep Mine in Pennsylvania, with a US 
flag draped over the mud (Justin Merriman | Getty Images)

¶ Home improvement superstore Lowe’s announced that it was making progress towards reducing its carbon footprint and increasing the energy efficiency of its stores. In 2014, Lowe’s set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. Recently, the company announced that it is on track to achieve its emissions goal. [Artvoice]

¶ Opposition to a Trump administration proposal to allow oil and gas drilling in coastal waters, including those off the Atlantic coast of Massachusetts, continues to grow on Beacon Hill. The state’s Attorney General, Maura Healey, has announced that she is considering taking legal action against the administration over the issue. [Lexington Herald Leader]

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