June 12 Energy News

June 12, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Tesla Model S 420 Plaid Is The Best Car In The World (But Not For Me)” • Earlier iterations of the Tesla Model S were the best driving machines around. But they lacked the finesse and aura of quality of their competition, as Mercedes, Audi, and BMW entries had range and speed but added brand luxury. The new Tesla may match them, but not for all. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Photo courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Canada Takes Necessary Step With Climate Planned Retreat Guide For Leaders” • Retreat is one of the most challenging of adaptation approaches. Who wants to give up their home? Who wants to give up a building their business was in for decades? Who wants to let go of high-value waterfront property and its revenues? But that’s where we are. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biodiversity And Climate Crises Demand Transformative Change” • A report shows that passing on a maximally livable planet to future generations requires a profound shift in how we look at nature and economic progress. We need to prioritize protecting and restoring nature and dismantle the economic systems driving carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Praying mantis (S N Pattenden, Unsplash)

¶ “Ending Offshore Drilling Is Key For Ocean And Climate” • The Biden administration has made huge strides on the climate. Now it should take one of the most important steps it can to protect the ocean, and those that depend on it, while further combating the climate crisis. It should stop all new oil and gas leasing permanently. [NRDC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Local Lockdowns Brought Fast Global Ozone Reductions, NASA Finds” • In early 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic slowed global commerce to a crawl, NOx emissions, which create ozone, a danger to human health and to climate, decreased 15% globally, according to a study led by scientists at NASA. Local reductions of ozone were as much as 50%. [CleanTechnica]

Park Avenue during lockdown (Harry Gillen, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Protesters Target Cornish G7 Summit” • Hundreds of climate campaigners have staged a protest march targeting the G7 summit. The activists paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the middle of the Cornish town, escorted by police. They called for immediate action from the G7 world leaders to “address the climate and ecological emergency.” [BBC]

¶ “Electric 3-Wheeler Manufacturer Gayam Motor Works Gets $50 Million Investment Commitment From Luxembourg-Based GEM” • Gayam Motor Works, India’s largest exporter of electric 3-wheelers, announced a $50 million investment commitment from Luxembourg-based GEM Global Yield LLC SCS as it plans to go public. [CleanTechnica]

GMW electric 3-wheelers (Image courtesy of GMW)

¶ “World Bank Group Provides $465 Million To Expand Energy Access And Renewable Energy Integration In West Africa” • The World Bank Group approved the new Regional Electricity Access and Battery-Energy Storage Technologies Project for a total of $465 million. It will increase grid connections in fragile areas of the Sahel region. [World Bank Group]

¶ “Coal And LNG’s Surge In Asia Plays Into Renewable Energy Hands” • In Asia, prices for liquefied natural gas and thermal coal have been roaring ahead in recent months amid strong demand. While that may be welcome news for the fossil fuel commodity producers, the rally is a boon for renewable energy, in the long term. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Burning fossil fuels (Chris LeBoutillier, Unsplash)

¶ “TEPCO admits fire-safety work not complete at nuclear plant” • TEPCO said fire-prevention work is not finished at 76 locations at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, contradicting its earlier claims that the safety measures were in place. The blunder is the latest by the utility in its efforts to win approval to restart a reactor at the plant. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “The World’s Quickest Car, Safest Car, And Most Powerful Computer On Wheels – Tesla Model S Plaid” • “The public tends to respond to precedents and superlatives,” Musk once said back in 2012, the year the original Tesla Model S was introduced. Now comes an overhaul, the Tesla Model S Plaid. It is the fastest production car made. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S Plaid (Tesla image)

¶ “Cybertruck And F-150 Lightning Demand Tied, Overall EV Demand Strong” • Piplsay conducted a huge poll to see what people thought about their future EV purchasing decisions. Nearly half said they would buy an EV in the near future. Those leaning toward a Tesla Cybertruck and those who prefer the Ford F-150 Lightning were about tied. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Competitive Lease Sale For Offshore Wind Development For New York And New Jersey” • In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to install 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, the Department of the Interior proposed sale of offshore wind leases for eight areas of the New York Bight. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore windpower (Zoltan Tasi, Unsplash)

¶ “Resolutions Against Subsidies For Biomass Plants Coming Before Franklin County Voters” • A handful of towns in Franklin County, Massachusetts, are voicing their opposition to subsidies and incentives that the state may provide for biomass plants with resolutions that seek to protect the health of the environment and residents. [Greenfield Recorder]

¶ “Lakewood Strikes Deal With NOPEC To Provide City 100% Green And Renewable Energy” • Lakewood, Ohio, is getting 100% renewable energy from Northeast Public Energy Council. The mayor said it is one of the first cities in Northeast Ohio to sign such a contract. It also committed to 100% renewable energy for both the public and private sectors. [Cleveland.com]

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