May 13 Energy News

May 13, 2021


¶ “Now’s The Time For Bold Investments In Transportation” • President Biden has proposed an infrastructure measure that is historic in its ambition and the House of Representatives is at work to improve an ambitious proposal it passed last year. But the Senate committee is considering a measure that is, sadly, not up to the task. [CleanTechnica]

New Flyer Excelsior bus (Image courtesy of New Flyer)

¶ “No to Nukes” • All Canadians should be concerned that the Trudeau government is spending $50.5 million on small nuclear reactor research. The Union of Concerned Scientists says small nuclear power plants are no use in the climate crisis; they are unsafe, costly, unproven, and clearly linked to military weapons manufacturing. [National Observer]

¶ “Fusion: Ten Times More Expensive Than Nuclear Power” • The US and world fusion energy research programs are developing something that no one will want or can afford. The ITER tokamak experiment was originally envisioned to cost roughly $5 billion, but now is projected to be $22 billion, or possibly $65 billion. [RealClearEnergy]

Fusion reactor (US DOE image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “If Paris Goals Are Not Met, Sea Level Rise May Become Unstoppable By 2060” • A study published in the journal Nature examines what most likely will happen to global sea levels if the average global temperature increases 3ºC. They say that would cause the Antarctic ice sheet to melt entirely over time, raising sea levels 57.9 meters (190 feet). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Want A Heart Attack? Move Closer To A Natural Gas Fracking Site” • Fracking might not be good for your heart. The Journal of Environmental Research published a study that found middle-aged men living near fracking sites in Pennsylvania were more than 5% more likely to die of a heart attack than their counterparts where fracking is banned. [CleanTechnica]

Fracking (Image courtesy of NASA, ClimateKids)


¶ “BP Venture Plans Largest Renewables Hub Yet As Oil Giant Piles Into Green Power” • Lightsource BP secured the planning go-ahead to create its biggest solar complex globally to date at 600 MW. It is another step to meeting the oil supermajor’s ambitious renewable energy targets. The Wellington PV project is in New South Wales. [Upstream Online]

¶ “Renewables Permitting Reform Key To EU Green Goals” • Europe needs to improve permitting procedures for new, repowered, and hybrid renewables projects if it is to meet its Green Deal goals, WindEurope said. Its position paper said the bloc should not only mandate a permitting speedup but also show countries how to do it. [reNEWS]

Windfarm (WindEurope image)

¶ “North Rhine-Westphalia Informs Entrepreneurs On Renewable Energy” • The Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitisation, and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia announced an information roadshow “More photovoltaics on commercial roofs – Campaign 2021+.” It is to expand rooftop PVs at industrial and commercial sites. [TheMayor.EU]

¶ “Statkraft To Build 234-MW Spanish Solar Plant” • Statkraft is to invest €200 million to construct four new solar plants in southern Spain totaling 234 MW. The projects are co-located within an eight-kilometre radius of each other in the Cadiz region. Three of the four plants have already received their construction permits. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (A Garcia, Unsplash)


¶ “US Environmental Agency Releases Climate Report Delayed By Trump” • The US EPA said for the first time that climate change is being driven at least in part by humans. The agency made the acknowledgement in a new report that had been delayed by the Trump White House since 2017. Mr Trump called human-caused climate change a “hoax.” [BBC]

¶ “The Strange Deal That Created A Ghost Town” • The JM Gavin coal-burning power station is the seventh-largest emitter of CO₂ of all power stations in the US. In 2019 it emitted 12.9 million tonnes of CO₂ into the atmosphere. The power plant’s emissions are also responsible for the demise of the entire community of Cheshire, Ohio. [BBC]

Cheshire, Ohio in 2004 (Analogue Kid, CC-BY-SA 2.5)

¶ “Illinois To See Significant Public Health Benefits In A 100% Carbon-Free Future” • In Illinois, coal plants are closing earlier than previously expected. This not only makes sense from an economic standpoint, but also has health benefits as well, since burning less fossil fuel for energy means healthier air for all of us to breathe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Suspends Bitcoin Vehicle Purchases Due To Impacts Of Mining And Transactions On The Environment” • In the past, Tesla has accepted Bitcoin as payment for cars. But Elon Musk has tweeted that Tesla suspended use of Bitcoin for vehicle purchases. He said the reason was Bitcoin’s growing dependence on energy from nfossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Representation of Bitcoin (André François McKenzie, Unsplash)
In fact, Bitcoin is a virtual currency – it has no physical reality.

¶ “Gas Stations Dry As Pipeline Shutdown Drives Panic, Chaos” • Long lines of drivers formed at gas stations across the South – except for the stations that had already run out of gas – as the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline caused panic buying and chaos. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the pipeline will soon be operating. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Over 660 Groups Call On Democrats To ‘Reject Gas And Other False Climate Solutions’ For Clean Energy Standard” • Over 660 progressive groups demanded that top Democrats in Congress “reject gas and other false climate solutions” and push for a total transition to renewable energy to address the global climate emergency. [Common Dreams]

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