June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “American Farmers Can’t Afford This Administration’s Climate Apathy” • If only American farmers had the luxury of sharing this administration’s indifference to climate change. While millions of farmers are reeling from damage by rapidly shifting weather patterns, Trump’s agriculture chief just advises them to check the weather forecast. [The Hill]

Agriculture

¶ “How James Murdoch Uses Philanthropy To Distance Himself From The Taint Of Fox News” • Unite America’s mission is to heal a political system “more divided and dysfunctional with each election cycle.” This may be an implied critique of Rupert Murdoch’s polarizing Fox News. It recently got a large donation from James and Kitty Murdoch. [The Intercept]

¶ “Why Is Floating Solar Emerging So Quickly, And Where Is It Going?” • For anyone with an interest in renewable energy, it’s hard to miss the rising interest in floating solar over the last couple of months. News about floating arrays pops up weekly, if not daily. Last week’s World Bank Market Report stated that we’ve reached 1.3 GW capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Solarplaza image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Oceans Start To Slow Down On Carbon Dioxide Absorption” • Oceanographic researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara report that the ocean’s dynamic ability to act as a carbon sink is influenced by a number of factors, importantly including ocean circulation. This may explain why atmospheric CO₂ levels can rise faster than emissions. [Science Times]

World:

¶ “Europe’s Cities Dangerously Unprepared For Heat Wave Hell” • A scorching heat wave is now forcing Europe to realize how dangerously unprepared its cities are for climate emergencies. Climate change is making heat waves increasingly common and more severe, putting the lives of thousands of vulnerable people at risk. [CNN]

Fighting a wildfire in Spain

¶ “Theresa May Urges G20 Leaders To Tackle Climate Change As US Refuses” • Speaking after the two-day G20 summit, Prime Minister Theresa May told the other countries to “raise their ambition” to tackle climate change. A joint declaration to tackle climate change was only agreed upon after the US inserted an exemption cause. [City A.M.]

¶ “‘Madrid Central’ Protest: Thousands Oppose Suspension Of Anti-Pollution Plan” • In Madrid, thousands of protesters flooded the streets to oppose a new conservative mayor’s decision to reverse car pollution restrictions. The city government has provoked an outcry by suspending a ban on most petrol and diesel cars in Madrid’s center. [BBC]

Protesters in Madrid (Reuters image)

¶ “Lamu Coal Plant Not Even Economically And Commercially Viable, Says Chinese Envoy” • Chinese ambassador Wu Peng assured Kenya that his country will not force coal on Kenyans. Wu said China is committed to reducing coal usage in the world. He confirmed that a coal-burning plant set to be built is not economically and commercially viable. [K24 TV]

¶ “World’s Largest Single Solar Plant Starts Commercial Operations In Abu Dhabi” • Emirates Water and Electricity Company announced that the 1,177-MW “Noor Abu Dhabi,” the world’s largest single solar project, started commercial operation. The plant offsets natural gas use, reducing CO₂ emissions by a million metric tons per year. [Utilities Middle East]

Noor Abu Dhabi plant (EWEC image)

US:

¶ “An Oil Spill That Began 15 Years Ago Is Up To A Thousand Times Worse Than The Rig Owner’s Estimate, Study Finds” • A federal study estimates that each day, about 380 to 4,500 gallons of oil escape from a site damaged 15 years ago. The company’s estimate put the amount of oil flowing into the ocean at less than three gallons a day. [CNN]

¶ “With Any Midwestern Rainfall This Summer, The Missouri River Could Flood The Lower Basin Region” •  March storms in the Midwest caused significant damage to the levee system of the Missouri River and now any strong or frequent rainfall this summer could trigger flooding along the lower Missouri River, experts say. [CNN]

Missouri River at flood (Army Corps of Engineers)

¶ “TVA Turns To The Sun, Natural Gas To Replace Aging Coal Plants” • The Tennessee Valley Authority was created 86 years ago as a federal utility to harness the power of the Tennessee River. But now, the TVA will be looking to the sun for more of its power in the future as it continues to phase out its aging fleet of coal plants. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “US Senate Panel Takes Up What To Do With Nuclear Waste” • The Senate energy and natural resources committee is taking up the issue of nuclear waste. Committee chairwoman Sen Lisa Murkowski, said the failure of the federal government to move ahead is costing taxpayers more than $2 million a day, with costs only increasing. [New York Post]

Have an encouragingly relaxing day.

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