October 25 Energy News

October 25, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Biden Argues For Move To Renewable Energy; AM Stands At The Ready” • Joe Biden has endorsed renewable energy, arguing for a move away from fossil fuels while adopting wind and solar power. Such a policy would mean renewable energy companies will ramp up production. And that would mean more work in additive manufacturing. [3DPMN]

Wind turbines (Alex Eckermann, Unsplash)

¶ “The Bright Future Of Renewable Energy In The Middle East” • Thousands of oil rigs and refineries dot the Middle East’s desert landscape, each promising prosperity. Yet poverty and violence have long plagued the region. Surprisingly, the Middle East’s oil resources and its woes are linked. Renewable energy offers a green solution. [Borgen Project]

¶ “War On NOAA? A Climate Denier’s Arrival Raises Fears The Agency’s Climate Mission Is Under Attack” • Even as the Trump administration has denied climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continued to press on with its work measuring the breadth and pace of the climate crisis. David Legates could try to change that. [InsideClimate News]

NOAA ship Fairweather (NOAA image via Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change: Technology No Silver Bullet, Experts Tell PM” • Can we trust the silver bullet of technology to fix climate change? The UK’s prime minister seems to think so. Soon, he is expected to pledge his faith in offshore wind power, solar, carbon capture, hydrogen, clean cars, and zero-emission aviation. But experts say we will need deeper action. [BBC News]

¶ “Transition One Will Convert Your Old Gasmobile To Electric Power In About 4 Hours” • If you own a conventional car but want an EV, your choices are to convert it to electric, or buy an EV. Now, if you live in France, there’s a third way. Transition One can replace your car’s internal combustion drive train with an electric system in about four hours. [CleanTechnica]

Conversion car (Transition One image)

¶ “Kenya’s Nuclear Energy Project Spills Over 2030” • Kenya’s plan to have a nuclear power plant will now wait beyond the original 2030 timeline. The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency says lengthy compliance procedures needed before setting up a nuclear power plant will only be ready in 2035, pushing the nuclear dream further away. [AllAfrica.com]

¶ “Oil-Rich UAE Turning To Coal-Fired Power” • A new wonder is rising in the southern desert of Dubai against the backdrop of Persian Gulf beaches. It is the $3.4 billion Hassyan coal-burning power plant. Dubai saw a desperate need for electricity, and China made an offer it could not refuse. Would it start building the plant today? Probably not. [Arkansas Online]

Building the Hassyan power plant 
(Kamran Jebreili | AP)

¶ “Contaminated Water From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Could Affect Human Dna If Released: Greenpeace” • The environmental rights organization Greenpeace warned that if contaminated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is released into the ocean, it could potentially harm human DNA. [The Hill]

US:

¶ “US Renewable Energy Lab Energizes Remote Communities” • In California, American Indian reservations risk being “islanded” from the larger electricity grid when wildfires break transmission lines. Many other sorts of communities have reasons to look to their own power supplies. The National Renewable Energy Lab can help meet that need. [Environment News Service]

Red Salmon Wildfire (InciWeb courtesy image)

¶ “Joe Biden Calls Climate Change The ‘Number One Issue Facing Humanity’” • In an interview by Dan Pfeiffer, Joe Biden declared, “Climate change is the existential threat to humanity,” the former vice president said. “Unchecked, it is going to actually bake this planet. This is not hyperbole. It’s real.” And Joe Biden has a plan to deal with it. [CNBC]

¶ “Tesla’s Piedmont Lithium Deal Stimulates More Investment” • Earlier this month, Tesla and Piedmont Lithium signed a five-year agreement. In this agreement, Tesla will buy spodumene concentrate, which is vital for making lithium-ion batteries. And with that, Piedmont set out to sell shares to raise money for mining in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Have tremendously successful day.

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