May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Coal’s Future Is In The Hands Of The People, Not Banks” • Climate change is at the top of many American voters’ minds, as evidenced by a CNN poll last week. And elsewhere, even while some governments continue to promote coal to generate power, surveys show the people want to use renewable power and to breathe clean air. [Bloomberg]

Coal and wind (Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Why Climate ‘Paralysis’ Looms Over Australia’s Election” • In an ABC poll of over 100,000 Australian voters, it’s clear the environment has become the number one issue. It was rated as the matter of biggest concern by 29% voters, up from just 9% in the 2016 election. Australia has many climate deniers in office, and they may lose their jobs. [BBC]

¶ “How Global Warming Has Made The Rich Richer” • Global temperatures may be rising, but not all of us feel the impact in the same way. The gap between the world’s poorest and richest countries is about 25% larger today than it would have been without global warming, according to researchers at Stanford University in California. [BBC]

Life in Nigeria (Luis Tato | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Trump Is Dissing Green Energy But China Is Financing Its Growth With Its Belt And Road Initiative” • With its Belt and Road Initiative, China is seizing on an international opportunity that the Trump administration has forsaken, helping other countries expand their domestic infrastructures, potentially with green power plants. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Targeting Agricultural Pests Without Pesticides” • According to Science Daily, Dr Konstantin Blyuss, a mathematician at the University of Sussex, has developed a chemical-free way to target precisely a parasitic worm that destroys wheat crops. It works with the plant’s own genes to kill nematodes without harming insects, birds, or mammals. [CleanTechnica]

Agriculture

¶ “New Research Touts Benefits Of Solar Power For Schools” • Data collected by researchers at Stanford University showed that taking advantage of all viable space for solar panels could allow schools to meet up to 75% of their electricity needs and reduce the education sector’s carbon footprint by as much as 28%, according to Science Daily. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Carbon Farming Can Help Stop Climate Change In Its Tracks” • Photosynthesis produces sugar and atmospheric oxygen. “Everything that grows here starts with sugar. Soil microbes eat sugar.” And feeding these soil microbes builds soil and sequesters atmospheric carbon in the ground “at a rate previously thought impossible.” [The Nation]

Soil to sequester carbon

¶ “Climate Change Threatens One Million Species With Extinction: Scientists” • Relentless pursuit of economic growth and the impact of climate change, have put an “unprecedented” one million species at risk of extinction, scientists said in a landmark report on the damage done by modern civilization to the natural world. [Insurance Journal]

World:

¶ “Wind And Solar Projects Poised To Lead Hunter’s Clean Energy Transition” • Two projects slated for New South Wales are spearheading the Upper Hunter region’s transition away from coal to a low-carbon economy. Proposals for a 250-MW wind farm and a 25-MW solar farm would provide power to more than 100,000 homes. [Newcastle Herald]

Wind farm

¶ “Battery Storage Market Will Be Worth $13 Billion By 2023” • A report from analyst Globaldata says falling system prices, the need for more resilient grids, and favorable policies, continue to fire the energy storage industry around the globe. It says the Asia-Pacific region is likely to remain the biggest market for energy storage. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Energy Storage Scheme ‘Vital’ In Climate Change Emergency” • ILI Group has more than 2 GW of pumped storage schemes in the pipeline with their first 450-MW development currently in planning and further two projects to be submitted for approval later this year. It plans to support Scotland’s switch to renewable energy. [The National]

Hydro power in Scotland

US:

¶ “Bernie Mocks Trump ‘Profound Scientist’ for Wind Energy Quip” • At a rally at Iowa State University, Sen Bernie Sanders touched on wind energy. It is an issue of importance in Iowa, which leads the country. He reminded the audience of Trump’s claim that wind turbines cause cancer, calling him a “profound scientist.” They laughed. [Newsmax]

¶ “There Were 137 Oil Spills In The US In 2018 – See Where They Happened” • Oil spills don’t make the news very often unless they are big like the Deepwater Horizon spill, which may have released 205 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico. But oil spills happen frequently. According to data from NOAA, there were 137 in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

Spill in American Samoa (NOAA image)

¶ “With Or Without Green New Deal, Kentucky’s Energy Future Is Heading Away From Coal” • Over the past five years, Kentucky has shifted significantly shift away from coal power, thanks to cheaper natural gas. Now, the Green New Deal is pushing conversations about Kentucky’s energy future further into the political arena. [Courier Journal]

¶ “Powering Down: Iowa’s Only Nuclear Plant Nears End” • After 45 years of operation, Iowa’s only nuclear power plant is slated to close. Its Florida-based owner, NextEra Energy, announced last summer that Duane Arnold would end energy production by the end of 2020. The old nuclear plant can no longer compete with cheaper sources of energy. [The Gazette]

Have an astonishingly splendid day.

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