Archive for July 21st, 2020

July 21 Energy News

July 21, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Change Is A Hoax, And These Books Prove It!” • A viable industry is built on denying that climate change is real, thanks to the Koch Brothers’ funding of a bevy of crackpots and a slew of so-called “institutes” designed to spread the message that pumping billions of tons of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere is actually good for us. [CleanTechnica]

World Turtle (Public domain image via Wikipedia)

¶ “More Bad News For Oil & Gas: Plastic Recycling Targeted By University of Delaware” • The US DOE has earmarked $11.6 million for a new high-impact R&D effort called the Center for Plastics Innovation. It is to lead to a high value, high efficiency plastic recycling stream that will undercut the use of virgin oil and gas in the chemical industry. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Polar Bears Could Be Lost By 2100” • Polar bears will be wiped out by the end of the century unless more is done to tackle climate change, a study predicts. Scientists say some populations have already reached their survival limits as the Arctic sea ice shrinks. The carnivores rely on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to hunt for seals. [BBC]

Bears on thin ice (Katharina M Miller)

¶ “55.3% Of The World’s Population Exposed To Increasing Air Pollution” • A study led by Professor Gavin Shaddick at the University of Exeter shows that over half of the world’s people are exposed to increasing air pollution. The findings show that global efforts to improve air quality aren’t working as well as they are intended to. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Red Sea Corals’ Heat Tolerance Offers Hope For Climate Crisis” • Reefs from Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea survived when scientists cranked the heat above the lethal threshold and waited for them to die. The scientists said corals taken from the Gulf of Aqaba appeared untroubled by an increase in temperature of seven degrees. [The Guardian]

Coral (Photo: Maoz Fine)

World:

¶ “And The Award Goes To … Greta Thunberg” • Greta’s been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year and is among Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, she’s won a major prize for humanity, with a €1 million award – which she’s donating to charity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ghana Pushes For Adoption Of EVs To Soak Up Excess Electricity Generation Capacity” • Ghana has found itself in the admirable position of having excess generation capacity. The installed generating capacity is about 4,990 MW, but the peak load is around 2,612 MW. To use excess electricity, Ghana is pushing a switch to EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in
Accra, Ghana (Image courtesy of Accraine Ghana)

¶ “EDF Renewables Strengthens Development Of Wind Energy In Chile” • EDF Renewables announces two important advances in wind energy in Chile. The first relates to the 60-MW extension of the Cabo Leones I wind farm located in northern Chile. The second relates to the allocation of land that allows up to 300 MW of wind power capacity. [REVE]

¶ “France Seeks Input On Brittany Floaters” • France’s National Commission for Public Debate has kicked off a five-month consultation on plans to build up to 750 MW of floating wind off the south coast of Brittany. The government is looking to put up 250 MW of capacity for auction in 2021, with a second tranche of 500 MW from 2024. [reNEWS]

Floating wind turbine (Image: Ideol)

¶ “In Remote Canadian Communities, Renewable Energy Projects Have Doubled Since 2015” • Remote communities have long relied on diesel power. But a report from Pembina Institute found that the number of renewable energy projects in Canada’s remote communities nearly doubled from 2015 to 2020, and use of diesel is declining. [Yahoo News Canada]

US:

¶ “Chevron Will Buy Noble Energy For $5 Billion – The Biggest Oil Deal Since The Pandemic” • Chevron announced it would acquire Noble Energy for $5 billion. It’s the biggest energy deal since the Covid-19 pandemic decimated the oil industry. The shareholders of Noble will receive Chevron stock in this all-stock transaction. [CNN]

Noble Energy “thumper trucks” setting off seismic waves
used for oil exploration (BLM Nevada, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “VP Mike Pence On Biden: “Biden Would Destroy Our Fossil Fuel Industry”” • Vice President Mike Pence made it clear that the Trump administration favors the fossil fuel industry. He uses Biden’s approach to clean energy to paint him as a job destroyer, even though clean energy has created far more jobs than fossil fuels in recent years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “States Claim EPA Illegally Eased Off Mercury Pollution Standards” • A coalition of 20 states asked the DC Circuit to review the EPA’s determination that it is not necessary to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous materials. The standards helped reduce power-plant mercury emissions by 86% between 2006 and 2017. [Courthouse News Service]

Apartments and a coal-burning plant (John Raby | AP file photo)

¶ “Co-op Power Raises The Bar For Community Solar” • An effort to address renewable energy goals and make renewable energy accessible to everyone is growing in the Northeast. Co-op Power is on the front lines, coordinating community power and buildng valuable policy resources to change legislation and the lives of many nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DOE Targets End To US Reliance On Russian Nuclear Fuel, Revived Domestic Capability” • The DOE is working to end US reliance on Russia for nuclear fuel, Secretary Dan Brouillette told members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy. The DOE plans to begin processing US uranium into high-grade fuel at a DOE facility. [Utility Dive]

Have a preposterously beautiful day.

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