October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2019


¶ “Wexit: Why Some Albertans Want To Separate From Canada” • As talk about climate change heats up and construction on pipelines grows cold, frustrated Albertans have breathed new life into old regional grudges and the western separatist movement. People in a province that is a major oil producer, are thinking to “Wexit Alberta.” [BBC]

Alberta oil field (The Washington Post via Getty Images)

¶ “Rachel Maddow On How Russia’s ‘Resource Curse’ Drove Putin To Election Interference” • In her new book, Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth, Maddow concludes that Russia is a victim of a “resource curse” that drove it to interfere in US elections. [KUAR]

¶ “The Tough Task Of Persuading A Climate Denier” • Some 84% of American adults believe that global warming is happening, according to research by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. But what’s going on with the other 16%? They can be moved. For example, cynics can have epiphanies when they talk to local EV owners. [CleanTechnica]

Child and Tulips (Carolyn Fortuna | CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “International Research Team Claims New Perovskite Solar Record: 18.1%” • Perovskite solar cells are inexpensive and easy to make, but have had low efficiency. An international team from China, Switzerland, and Japan claims its perovskite solar cells have an efficiency of 18.1%, with a new configuration based on cesium lead iodide. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Notre-Dame: How An Underwater Forest In Ghana Could Help Rebuild A Paris Icon” • A forest of massive trees has been submerged since Lake Volta was created for hydropower in1965. A Ghanaian company believes that using its wood to rebuild Notre-Dame is more environmentally friendly than cutting down new trees. [BBC]

Trees in Lake Volta (Dennis Ivers)

¶ “Global Shipping Is Making False Impressions About Circumventing Pollution – Billions Spent On ‘Cheat Devices'” • Will Crisp of The Independent follows the money: “More than $12 billion (£9.7 billion) has been spent on … open-loop scrubbers.” They capture sulfur from the exhaust, but they discharge it into the ocean. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Water Resources Minister ‘Totally’ Accepts Drought Linked To Climate Change” • David Littleproud, Australia’s drought and water resources minister, said he “totally” accepts that worsening droughts are linked to climate change. He signaled more support for regional communities was coming as Australia’s big dry “escalates.” [The Guardian]

Worsening droughts (Mick Tsikas | EPA)

¶ “Kansai Electric Gift Scandal Extends To Kyoto Branch” • Three former vice presidents of Kansai Electric’s Kyoto branch received cash and gift coupons from Eiji Moriyama, the late deputy mayor of Takahama, the home of a Kansai Electric nuclear plant. The scandal over gifts to utility officials, which is related to nuclear energy, is growing. [Japan Today]

¶ “Jordan: A Case Study In Expanding Renewable Energy” • Jordan has a highly indebted economy, heavily reliant on fossil fuel imports. To improve energy security and reduce economic burdens, Jordan implemented a phased removal of fuel and electricity subsidies in 2012. It has adopted aggressive renewable energy targets. [Roya News English]

Solar panels


¶ “‘Sunny Day Flooding’ And 90-Degree Days During South’s Endless Summer” • Atlanta has broken a record for 90-degree days this year; there have been 91 of them, wildly surpassing the average of 37 per year. Charleston has had 58 coastal flood events so far in 2019. These are effects of global warming, and this September was another record month. [CNN]

¶ “Greta Thunberg Leads Iowa Students In Pop-Up Climate Strike” • In Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, 14-year-old high school student Massimo Biggers was planning the protest he has done every Friday since last spring, when he got a message from Greta Thunberg saying she would join him. Over 3,000 people showed up for that. [CleanTechnica]

Protest in Iowa (Credit: Greta Thunberg via Twitter)

¶ “Donald Trump’s attacks on science” • The president’s denial goes past climate, a report by US campaign group the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy says. Compiled by ex-government officials, it says that the Trump administration commits “almost weekly violations” to the impartiality of scientific research. [The Guardian]

¶ “Utility Giant Sets Up Critical Test For Top 2020 Democrats On Nuclear Power” • Duke Energy, one of the largest US utilities, announced last month that it plans to request new licenses for eleven nuclear reactors. This sets up a critical new test for Democratic presidential candidates on how to achieve zero-carbon energy generation. [HuffPost]

Have an extraordinarily fine day.

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