October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2019


¶ “Australia’s tortured energy debate: what is the state of play?” • There are a lot of moving parts in Australia’s tortured energy debate – and many of the parts are moving in the wrong direction. With parliament set to resume next week, and with energy back on the agenda, it is timely to recap the state of play for energy. [The Guardian]

Liddell power station (Jonny Weeks | The Guardian)

¶ “The Executive Branch Must Stop Suppressing Science” • Our ability to keep the public safe and move the country forward economically rests, in large part, on government science and research. That foundational work is endangered by manipulation for political ends, and the ramifications are vast and should concern all Americans. [Scientific American]

¶ “Why The Shift Toward Renewable Energy Is Not Enough” • The climate and biodiversity crises reflect the stories that we have allowed to infiltrate the collective psyche of industrial civilization. It is high time to let go of these stories. Regain clarity. Make room for other stories that can help us reshape our ways of being in the world. [GreenBiz]

Protest (Alex Hsuan Tsui | Shutterstock)

¶ “The Harm From Worrying About Climate Change” • Worry about climate change is affecting more people as global warming becomes more apparent around the world. But there is a solution that can help improve this anxiety and slow climate breakdown at the same time. And it helps to recognize that climate anxiety isn’t a pathology. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Russian Scientists Say They’ve Found The Highest-Ever ‘Flares’ Of Methane In Arctic Waters” • Russian scientists doing research in Arctic waters found the most powerful ever methane jets shooting up from the seabed to the water’s surface, they said. Amounts of methane in the air over the East Siberian Sea were up to nine times the global average. [CNN]

Russian scientists aboard ship (Tomsk Polytechnic University)


¶ “Twenty Corporations Responsible For A Third Of All Carbon Emissions” • Climate Accountability published a report that tracks the CO₂ attributable to corporations since the Industrial Revolution began. It finds just 90 companies were responsible for two thirds of all CO₂ emissions, and a mere 20 of them are responsible for 30%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “StreetScooter Plans To Enter US And Chinese Markets With New Electric Delivery Trucks” • Deutsche Post purchased EV startup StreetScooter in 2014. Then it started to replace all 70,000 vehicles in its fleet with electric trucks, and to sell trucks to other companies. Now it is planning to build factories in the US and China. [CleanTechnica]

StreetScooter delivery truck (StreetScooter image)

¶ “Saudi Arabia’s Renewables Drive Remains In First Gear” • Saudi Arabia has promised to diversify its economy away from fossil fuels, but so far there has been limited evidence of large renewable energy projects. Fossil-fuel production has risen and Saudi delegates refuse to accept international climate reports presented to the UN. [Energy Reporters]

¶ “Scientists Endorse Mass Civil Disobedience To Force Climate Action” • Over 300 scientists from at least 20 countries, including climate scientists, physicists, biologists, and others, endorsed a civil disobedience campaign to force governments to act to tackle climate change. They warning that failure to do so could inflict “incalculable human suffering.” [bdnews24.com]

Extinction Rebellion demonstration in London (Reuters)


¶ “‘If They Don’t Do It, We Will’: Greta Thunberg Rallies Climate Strikers For Long Haul” • Young people must be prepared to strike for a long time for action on climate change and not back down, the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally in Denver. Thunberg said she and fellow youth activists would not beg. [The Guardian]

¶ “Loons Likely To Disappear From Minnesota Due To Climate Change, New Report Warns” • Minnesota could lose its beloved state bird in coming decades if humans don’t stall climate change and prevent the common loon from shifting north, a report by the National Audubon Society, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink says. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Loon (David Joles | Star Tribune)

¶ “Renewable Energy Firm Doubles Down On Western Wind Projects” • Pattern Development, a California-based renewable energy developer, plans to increase its investments by seven-fold, with an economic impact of $1.2 billion, as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas over the next several years. [Longview News-Journal]

¶ “President Trump’s Support Of US Uranium Producers Awaits The Nuclear Fuel Working Group Report” • The Nuclear Fuel Working Group is due to release its report to President Trump in the next few days (by mid October) and a positive outcome is going to be needed to help re-establish the US domestic uranium supply chain. [InvestorIntel]

Have an entirely untroubled day.

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