February 8 Energy News

February 8, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why Clouds Are Key To New Climate Change Projections” • An apparently settled conclusion on climate sensitivity has been thrown into doubt by a series of studies from the world’s top climate modeling groups. They suggest that the ability of clouds to keep us cool could be drastically reduced as the world warms, speeding global heating. [PBS NewsHour]

Weather in Singapore (Woo Yiming | Reuters)

World:

¶ “65 Degree Weather in Antarctica Appears to Have Broken Heat Record” • The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65°F (18.3°C), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins. The reading was taken at Esperanza Base, in an area that has warmed almost 5.4°F (3°C) over the past half century. [KTLA]

¶ “Stopping Venice Choking On Its Own Pollution” • Hundreds of diesel-powered commuter boats and water buses spew out tons of CO₂ as they zigzag through the city’s canals. Zipping to and from the Italian mainland, they ferry the 25 million tourists that visit annually, as well as food, hotel laundry and goods. Hydrogen power may offer a solution. [BBC News]

Venice (Getty Images)

¶ “Fossil Fuel Vehicles Plummet 40% In Sweden As EVs Triple To Over 30% Market Share” • In Sweden, January saw sales of fossil fuel passenger vehicles fall by almost 40% year on year, with diesels more than halved, as plug-in vehicle market share rose to over 30%. Sweden’s auto industry organization expects that 30% to be maintained for 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Now Is The Right Time To Invest In Renewables – Report” • According to Andrew van Zyl, the director of Consultancy firm SRK, given the positive movements in some commodity prices, there is no better time to consider investing part of miners’ windfall gains in creating their own renewable energy generating capacity. [Mining.com]

Solar power supporting mining (Teck Resources)

¶ “ACT’s Power Bills Set To Fall As Renewables Make Their Mark” • Households in Australia’s capital could soon be paying more then $100 less a year for their electricity thanks to the growth in renewable energy. The ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission sees a  6.75% fall in average retail electricity prices in 2020-21. [The RiotACT]

US:

¶ “3,000 US Audi e-tron Buyers Can Drive On Sunshine For Free” • The first 3,000 Audi e-tron buyers in the US after February 3 are getting free 10-year subscriptions to solar power for their electric driving, according to a press release from Audi. The German automaker has partnered with Arcadia to provide the clean energy bonus. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron (Image courtesy of Audi)

¶ “Justice Department Notifies Four Automakers It Has Dropped Antitrust Investigation” • The Justice Department notified four major automakers that it has closed an antitrust investigation involving the companies, launched after they rejected the Trump administration’s relaxed air pollution and mileage regulations, a department official told CNN. [CNN]

¶ “Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Is Done With Fossil Fuels” • Jim Cramer, a stock analyst and money manager known for yelling about one stock or another on his show Mad Money, was asked about investing in Chevron or Exxon Mobil. This gave him the opportunity to speak out against buying into these oil companies or any other fossil fuel stocks. [Forbes]
(Thanks to Tad Montgomery for bringing this to my attention.)

Jim Cramer (Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Model Y Performance: 315 Mile Range, 121 MPGe (Most Efficient SUV)” • The Tesla Model Y Performance has received its official range and efficiency rating from the EPA. Its range is 315 miles on a full charge, and it is officially the most efficient crossover SUV in the US based on the agency’s fuel economy formula for MPGe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CSU Pueblo Will Be First Solar-Powered University” • CSU Pueblo President Timothy Mottet said the university’s solar project is  a one-of-kind project, marking the first university in the state to reach “net zero electric” efficiency, which means the solar panels will produce enough electricity to meet the school’s electricity needs. [Ag Journal]

CSU Pueblo visitor center
(Carol M. Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Majority Of US Adults Believe Climate Change Is Most Important Issue Today” • As the effects of climate change become more evident, over half of US adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue we face today, a poll says. But 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change. [Science Daily]

¶ “Idaho Nuclear Lab Needs 2035 Deadline Extended For Research” • A 1995 agreement requires all nuclear waste from the Idaho National Laboratory to be out the state by 2035. The lab’s director lawmakers on a House Committee that a supplemental agreement will be needed, because the lab is developing new types of reactors. [News Radio 1310 KLIX]

Have a transcendentally nifty day.

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