November 24 Energy News

November 24, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Affecting Diversity In Some Of Australia’s Most Remote Areas, Despite Work Of Indigenous Rangers” • Three-quarters of all of Australia’s species that are currently known to be threatened occur in Indigenous tenures. And in Indigenous Protected Areas the land is protected by Indigenous Rangers.  [ABC News] (Lots of photos)

Karajarri ranger Kamahl Bangu (Ann Jones | ABC Science)

¶ “More Solar Power To Drive The All-Electric Economy Of The Sparkling Green Future” • Solar power is primarily associated with PV or thermal collection technology, but there is also a third wave of technology that mimics the process by which plants absorb and convert sunlight. It “splits” water to make hydrogen, which can be used for fuel.  [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “From China To The Outback: Logistical Nightmare Behind Transport Of Gigantic Wind Turbines” • Workers are preparing to transport a new wind farm more than 630 km inland to power one of Australia’s biggest gold mines. Fifteen 66-meter blades came in from China by ship. They are to be moved to the Agnew gold mine in the northern Goldfields. [ABC News]

Blades at Geraldton Port, WA (Zachary Bruce | ABC News)

¶ “Tehran Says It’s Designing ‘Modern’ Uranium Fuel … Enriched Above Nuclear Deal’s Limitations” • Iran is “on the verge” of producing fuel made up of highly enriched uranium, Iran’s top nuclear power official said. While it hasn’t reached weapons-grade level, the new fuel might still cross a line set by the 2015 nuclear deal. [Stock Daily Dish]

¶ “Spain Boosts Renewables Subsidies” • Spain has offered incentives to renewable energy investors to get them to abandon almost €10 billion worth of lawsuits against the government, the acting environment minister said. A number of  investors sued after the previous right-wing administration reduced renewable subsidies in 2013. [Energy Reporters]

Solar array (Wikimedia)

US:

¶ “Coal Knew, Too” • “Exxon knew.” Thanks to the work of activists and journalists, those two words have rocked the politics of climate change in recent years. Investigations have revealed the extent to which giants like Exxon Mobil and Shell were aware of the danger. But the coal industry knew, too, as early as 1966, as articles on the subject show. [HuffPost]

¶ “The Harvard-Yale Football Game Was Delayed After Students And Alumni Stormed The Field To Protest Climate Change” • The Harvard-Yale football game was delayed nearly 30 minutes after more than a hundred students and alumni flooded the field at halftime to protest against the schools’ endowments from fossil fuel companies. [CNN]

Harvard-Yale protest (@stevebene7 on Twitter)

¶ “Cornell Students, Profs Send Fossil Fuel Divestment Complaint To NY Attorney General” • Unable to persuade the Cornell Board of Trustees to divest from fossil fuels, student and faculty activists are taking the fight to the next level. The Cornell Daily Sun, says one group asked New York Attorney General Letitia James to investigate. [The College Fix]

¶ “Public Private Partnership Building Net Zero Homes For Low Income Families In Rhode Island” • In Rhode Island, a public private partnership is building five new homes for low income buyers that are designed to have no utility bills at all. The design was a project of the Rhode Island School of Design architecture program. [CleanTechnica]

Net-zero low income house (Sung Hyun Hong
and Diyi Zhang | RISD Department of Architecture)

¶ “Fracking Blows Up Investors Again: Phase 2 Of The Great American Shale Oil And Gas Bust” • The number of bankruptcy filings of oil and gas drillers since the beginning of 2015 has gone to over 200. Other drillers, such as Chesapeake Energy, whose shares closed on Friday at 59¢, are jostling for position at the filing counter. [Wolf Street]

¶ “Say What? $79 To $178 Monthly Lease For An Electric Car?” • Green Car Reports quotes numbers as low as $79 per month for the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric. That’s for a 36 month lease with $999 down and a 10,000-mile annual limit, but if we work the down payment into the monthly price, it would bring the change to about $107 per month. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Ioniq Electric ad

¶ “Ballot Initiative Aims To Increase Renewable Energy In Montana” • For the third time, a group of Montanans is working on a ballot initiative that would require 80% of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2034. Petition signatures are being collected for Initiative 87, which aims to revise energy and tax laws. [The Bozeman Daily Chronicle]

¶ “Newsom Halts Hundreds Of Fracking Permits” • California Gov Gavin Newsom halted approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them. The state Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new wells that use high-pressure steam to extract oil from the underground. [Antelope Valley Press]

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