October 14 Energy News

October 14, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “George P Shultz To Republicans: Climate Action Is An Insurance Policy Reagan Would Like” • When Ronald Reagan got behind the effort to save the ozone layer, there was much less scientific consensus than there is now on climate change, and  uncertainty was holding up action. Reagan pointed out a need for action as an insurance policy. [Forbes]

Reagan and Shultz (Bettmann Archive)

¶ “LBJ Warned Us On Climate 54 Years Ago” • As we careen toward the “tipping point” on climate change many of our fellow citizens wonder why someone didn’t warn us long ago so we could have done something. Someone did. And they did it a relatively long time ago. We were warned in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. [Blog for Iowa]

World:

¶ “EDF Renewables Commissions 130 MW Of Solar Energy Capacity In Egypt” • EDF Renewables said it commissioned 130 MW of solar energy capacity in Egypt, as it steps up the pace of its development in North Africa. EDF said the latest plants moved it closer to meeting its goal of doubling its net renewable energy capacity worldwide. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar farm (iStock image)

¶ “Iran Says It Discovered A Natural Gas Reserve That Could Create $40 Billion In Revenue” • Iran announced that it has discovered a natural gas reserve with the capacity to produce nearly 400 million barrels of gas condensate. It could generate a total of $40 billion. Iran has the world’s fourth largest reserves of hydrocarbons. [CNN]

¶ “For The First Time Renewables Overtake Fossil Fuels In UK Power Generation” • In the UK, renewable sources generated more electricity than fossil fuel power plants over the past three months. This year’s third quarter was the first since 1882 in which renewables outpaced fossil fuels, climate website Carbon Brief said. [The London Economic]

Solar farm (PA)

¶ “German Rail Operator Holds Europe-Wide PPA Tender For Green Power” • German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has launched a tender for 5% of its annual electricity supply from renewable sources for the next eight years, aiming to get nearer to its long-term target of 100% green power by 2038. The rail operator’s is already 57% green. [Reuters]

¶ “Queensland Green Lights New $350 Million Wind Farm” • The Queensland Government gave the green light for a A$350 million ($237 million) wind farm, south-west of Gladstone. The Banana Range wind farm will have a capacity of 180 MW, and it will boost the wind capacity of Queensland to 224 MW, enough to power a million homes. [Energy Magazine]

Wind farm and Milky Way (shutterstock image)

¶ “Great Britain Witnesses Soaring Battery Storage Exports To Distribution Networks” • Battery storage exports to the UK’s distribution networks have jumped to almost 49 GWh in 2018 from 50 MWh in 2014, according to a report released by the Renewable Energy Association and energy market data hub operator ElectraLink. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Extinction Rebellion: London Takes Deep Breath As Climate Activists Hold Nerve For Second Week Of Protests” • London is braced for another week of chaos as Extinction Rebellion plan to bring further disruption. Climate activists are holding their nerve despite the arrest toll from the last week of protests reaching more than 1,300. [iNews]

Doctors supporting Extinction Rebellion (Image: PA Wire)

¶ “Typhoon Hagibis Leaves As Many As 35 Dead As Japan Continues Rescue” • Typhoon Hagibis was the largest storm to hit Japan in decades. Nearly 6 million people were urged to evacuate, and 370,000 homes had no power. Floods washed away bags of soil contaminated by the Fukushima Disaster, and nuclear plants need inspection for damage. [The Indian Express]

US:

¶ “Loon, Hermit Thrush Among Vermont Birds Threatened By Climate Change” • Some of Vermont’s most iconic native birds, including the common loon, white-throated sparrow and the hermit thrush – the state bird – are under threat from climate change, according to a new report from the National Audubon Society. [vtdigger.org]

Loon (Shirley Donald | Audubon Photography Awards)

¶ “Experts Axed By Trump’s EPA Are Preparing Their Own Pollution Report” • Twenty experts who had served on the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee but were canned as the Donald Trump administration stocked its panels with industry shills, met this week to continue their work independently, NBC News reported. [Gizmodo Australia]

¶ “Duke Professor Selected For ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ Initiative” • In a time of ecological crisis, one Duke professor has been tapped as part of a newly formed group to fight it. James Clark, Nicholas Professor of Environmental Science, is one of 43 scientists and social scientists working on the Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative. [Duke Chronicle]

Great planet (Jim Liu | The Chronicle)

¶ “North Carolina To Be 100% Renewable By 2050, But This Does Not Include Wood Fuel” • North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper recently issued an executive order calling for the Department of Environmental Quality to develop a plan to get the state to be carbon neutral by 2050. The DEQ deemed burning trees for fuels as not low-carbon or renewable. [EP Magazine]

¶ “Facing Climate Change, ExxonMobil Ramps Up Energy Research” • ExxonMobil has been creating partnerships with universities in recent years totaling at least $75 million, and it just inked another, unprecedented $100 million deal with the DOE. Environmentalists and some academic experts view these collaborations with deep skepticism. [Axios]

Have a superbly glorious day.

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