March 31 Energy News

March 31, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Debunking Myths: Five Things To Know About Green Infrastructure” • Most people think that building dams, water treatment plants, and similar works is the only solution for the problems of drought, flooding, lack of safe water, but that’s only because they have never considered the many benefits of green infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

Mangrove forest (Photo via syoclo | pixabay)

¶ “Experts Examine Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Green New Deal” • The Green New Deal may have failed a recent US Senate vote, but it still remains as a political lighting rod. Stanford experts discuss the science behind the politics. Solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, and even fossils with carbon capture are considered. [Stanford University News]

¶ “Climate Change Is Here in NJ, And We Need A Green New Deal, Environmentalist Says” • The most important division in our country today is not between red and blue states. It is between green states and not-green states, as President Trump’s war on the environment places great responsibility on states to carry the climate fight. [NJ.com]

After Superstorm Sandy (Chris Knight | The Patriot-News PN)

¶ “New Book, Consumers, Prosumers, Prosumagers, Reveals Dramatic Changes Coming” • This book, by Fereidoon Sioshansi, helps readers grasp the spirit of the times, the importance of the stakes and the uncertainty of the outcomes. The 19 essays, written by experts in their respective fields, deal with disruption of utility business models. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Massive Cost And Burden To Society And The Environment Of The Internal Combustion Engine” • The internal combustion engine has transported us for more than one hundred years. But with all its convenience, has the ICE and its necessary companion fossil fuel come to burden us more than it benefits us? [CleanTechnica]

Kuwait oil field fire (Jonas Jordan, US Army Corps of Engineers)

World:

¶ “Renewables Prove Their Power” • The electricity industry is changing. In 2017, global investment in renewable energy was $310 billion, more than double global investment in fossil-fuelled and nuclear electricity combined. Numerous detailed studies suggest that 100% renewable electricity is technically and economically feasible. [Brisbane Times]

¶ “Ukraine Raises Commissioning Of Renewable Energy Facilities By 5.4 Times” • In the first quarter of 2019, the Ukraine commissioned 861.1 MW of renewable capacity, which is 5.4 times more than in the same period last year, and 16% more than in the whole 2018. The Ukraine’s renewable energy capacity has hit about 3 GW. [Kyiv Post]

Engineer descending a staircase (Photo: Yuliana Romanyshyn)

¶ “Japan To Oppose New Or Expanded Coal-Fired Power Plants In Blow To Australian Exports” • Japan’s environment minister has announced he will “in principle” oppose any new plans to build or expand coal-fired power stations, as further signs emerge of a dramatic energy pivot by Australia’s top export market for thermal coal. [The Guardian]

¶ “ASEAN Fast Becoming A Renewable Energy Hub” • Two of the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy are technological innovations and favourable government policies. Two others are consumers driving the green agenda forward and the entry of new funds into the renewable energy market. [The ASEAN Post]

Geothermal power station (Bay Ismoyo | AFP Photo)

¶ “Alberta Doctors Urge Calgarians To Consider Climate Changes At The Polls” • A group of Alberta doctors want climate change action to be top of voters’ minds as they head to the polls. They are looking to target what they’re calling “ambivalence” toward the issue. They have taken a series of ads on billboards and in a newspaper. [CBC.ca]

¶ “UN Report: Extreme Weather Displaced 2 Million People In 2018” • Extreme weather events impacted close to 62 million people in 2018 and displaced over two million as of September of that year. That is just one of the alarming findings in the UN World Meteorological Organization’s Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018. [DeSmog]

Flooding after Hurricane Florence (National Guard photo)

US:

¶ “Judge Rules Trump Executive Order Allowing Offshore Drilling In Arctic Ocean Unlawful” • A federal judge in Alaska ruled an executive order by Pres Trump allowing offshore oil drilling of millions of acres in the Arctic Ocean is “unlawful and invalid.” The ruling means a drilling ban protecting Arctic waters will go back into effect. [CNN]

¶ “Illinois’ Legislature Is Now Pro-Climate Action: Law Repeal Invites Carbon Reduction” • Illinois has repealed the Kyoto Protocol Act of 1998, which prohibited the state from creating restrictions for the “purpose of addressing the adverse effects of climate change which in whole or in part reduces emissions of greenhouse gases.” [CleanTechnica]

Global warming (Pixabay image)

¶ “Tennessee Religious Groups Plea To Ford: Support Higher Fuel Economy Standards” • A number of religious organizations, including Tennessee Interfaith Power And Light, have presented a petition to a local Ford dealer asking Ford Motor Company to support the fuel economy standards put in place by the Obama administration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Poll Shows Pennsylvania Voters Back Climate Action” • A wide majority of Pennsylvanians registered to vote, 67%, believe climate change is already causing problems, while a similar proportion believe the state needs to do more to fix them, a Franklin & Marshall College poll showed. The findings come amid a churn of climate news. [Altoona Mirror]

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