June 26 Energy News

June 26, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Next IPCC Report Details Irreversible Tipping Points While Politicians Wrangle” • In the past, reports from the IPCC have been criticized for being too clinical and lacking a sense of urgency. Not this time. A draft of the upcoming report has been obtained by Agence France-Presse, according to The Guardian, and it pulls no punches. [CleanTechnica]

Cave in a melting glacier (Davide Cantelli, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Renewable Energy Stocks Will Thrive Even During A Recession” • In renewable energy, there are major tailwinds that drive growth even through recessions. The cost of renewable energy is coming down, fossil fuel costs are rising long term, there’s a political desire to build renewable energy production, and there are low interest rates. [The Motley Fool]

¶ “On Climate, Iowa Farmers Are Between A Rock And A Hard Place” • An Iowa State University poll found that among those who make their living on Iowa’s farms, 81% believe our climate is changing but only 18% accept the clear scientific evidence that humans are the cause. Why the disparity? It has to do with their political tribe. [The Des Moines Register]

Iowa farm (Kelcy Gatson, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “North American Renewable Integration Study Highlights Opportunities For A Coordinated, Continental Low-Carbon Grid” • Results of a study, given in a series of reports, show that a future low-carbon North American grid can be achieved through multiple pathways that can balance supply and demand using a variety of flexible resources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Texas Matters: The State Of Climate Change Denial” • The climate change deniers are more than undeterred in their firmly held belief it’s is a hoax, it’s not that bad, or it’s a liberal fantasy that’s trying to take away F-150’s and cheeseburgers. But the science has never been more clear and in agreement: The planet is warming and we are in danger. [Texas Public Radio]

Warming Earth (NASA image)

¶ “Ethane proxies for methane in oil and gas emissions” •  An international team of scientists spent three years flying over areas of the US, measuring ethane in the atmosphere. Their work shows that the amounts of methane going into the atmosphere from oil and gas wells and contributing to greenhouse warming is higher than the EPA thought. [ScienceDaily]

World:

¶ “Railways In The Time Of Climate Change” • An interim report from an ongoing investigation of a railway accident in Scotland highlights the existence of a strong link between infrastructural damages and climate. Network Rail said the response to extreme weather must be improved and considerations of climate change must be embedded in standards. [CleanTechnica]

Glenfinnan Viaduct (Connor Mollison, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 #1 In May In Europe” • The European passenger plugin vehicle market continues on the rise, with over 178,000 registrations in April and 796,000 registrations YTD. This is up 158% year over year. Last month’s plugin vehicle share of the overall auto market was 16%, of which half are full electrics, and the Tesla Model 3 placed first. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Firm Installs Its 1,000th Offshore Wind Turbine In UK Waters” • A landmark moment in UK wind energy was reached this week, when offshore developer Ørsted unveiled the finished construction of its 1,000th turbine in UK waters. The turbine itself is a part of the firm’s existing Hornsea Two project off the East Yorkshire coast. [TechRadar]

Wind turbines (Pexels image)

¶ “India’s Renewable Energy Got $70 Billion Investment In 7 Years” • Power Minister RK Singh said that as much as $70 billion (about ₹5.2 lakh crore) has been invested in renewable energy across India in the past seven years. This assumes significance in view of India’s ambitious target of having 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. [Millennium Post]

US:

¶ “House Passes Resolution That Would Repeal A Trump-Era EPA Rule On Methane Emissions” • The House voted to repeal a Trump-era rule that rolled back methane emissions regulations for oil and gas industries, sending a resolution to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature as his administration looks to combat climate change. [CNN]

Santee Cooper (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Hawaii Department Of Transportation Has Fleet Of Teslas That Is Helping The State Save Money” • Hawaiian news station KHON2 had a few concerns about Hawaii’s decision to outfit its State Department of Transportation with a fleet of Teslas. A lot of people had asked about them. The DOT said it bought Teslas because they had the lowest cost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oil & Gas Execs Are Struggling To Attract Investors And Blaming Clean Energy For Their Woes” • The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released its Q2 2021 Energy Survey, and it makes one thing clear: Oil and gas companies are struggling to find investors. The report included some responses that oil and gas executives gave to a survey. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Pexels, CC0)

¶ “Environmental Science Research Project For West Virginia University Receives Funding” • The National Science Foundation awarded almost $250,000 for an environmental science research project at West Virginia University. The project uses cameras on observation towers and laser measurements to study the impact of climate change on trees. [WVNews]

¶ “‘Jaw-Dropping’ Forecast Is Warning Sign Of Climate Change’s Future Impact In Washington, Scientists Say” • It’s a forecast so hot that it left some seasoned meteorologists initially in disbelief. Weekend temperatures are expected to approach 100° in Seattle and reach 115° in Eastern Washington, threatening to set records and upend people’s lives. [Union-Bulletin

Have a singularly gorgeous day.

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