July 25 Energy News

July 25, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “We Cannot Short-Change Transit – Not Now” • Given the urbanization of our nation, the overdue focus on racial inequity, and climate change, our nation needs to invest much more in cleaner transportation options. Sadly, a bipartisan infrastructure bill could set transit up for long-term cuts in funding. We need to see that doesn’t happen. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Juneau Capital Transit electric bus)

¶ “Line 3 Oil Spilled Into The Willow River – Indigenous Water Protectors Need Our Help” • The American government violated its treaty with Native American tribes by allowing Enbridge to install Pipeline3 on their lands without their consent. Now there has been a spill. The hatred, discrimination, and bullying of Indigenous People continues. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “2021: The Year Climate Predictions Become Reality” • On the heels of jaw-dropping heat and flooding across three continents, nearly 200 nations will gather on Monday to validate a critical UN climate science report 100 days ahead of a political summit charged with keeping Earth liveable. The world isn’t the same as it was when the last report issued. [The ASEAN Post]

Forest (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)

¶ “Yep, It’s Bleak, Says Expert Who Tested 1970s End-Of-The-World Prediction” • Gaya Herrington, a Dutch sustainability researcher and adviser to the Club of Rome, made headlines in recent days after she authored a report that appeared to show a controversial 1970s study predicting the collapse of civilization was – apparently – right on time. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Do Electric Vehicles Pollute As Much As Gas-Powered Ones?” • Some people argue that EVs pollute more than gas-powered cars because of the energy needed to manufacture the battery and emissions from electricity generation. The International Council on Clean Transportation issued a study that shows the negative hype is just hooey. [CleanTechnica]

Smog (Jacek Dylag, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear Power’s Reliability Is Dropping As Extreme Weather Increases” • It’s increasingly clear that the existing power systems aren’t designed for a changing climate. Nuclear power plants are no exception. Analysis looking at a broad range of climate events shows that it’s not just hot weather that puts these plants at risk; it’s the full range of disturbances. [Ars Technica]

World:

¶ “Newcastle University: Unlocking Untapped Potential Of Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels” • Newcastle University will be part of the Ocean Renewable Energy Fuel program, targeting the conversion of offshore wind and marine renewable energy to liquid and gaseous fuels. The news comes as the UK prepares to host COP26 in Glasgow. [India Education Diary]

Wave energy device (P123, Placed in the Public Domain)

¶ “Impressive Achievements of India In The Renewable Energy Sector” • India has 141 GW of installed capacity of Renewable Energy, the fourth largest installed capacity globally. The effort towards achieving this feat started back in 1992, when India was one of the first countries to set up what is now the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. [The Manila Times]

¶ “Nuclear Phase-Out Plan Emerging As Key Issue In Upcoming Presidential Election” • In 2017, Korea chose to phase out nuclear energy citing concerns of possible accidents. But global pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 cast a cloud over Korea’s nuclear phase-out policy and complicate the presidential election set for March 2022. [The Korea Times]

Steam rising from a cooling tower (Thomas Millot, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “With Wildfires Blazing Across The West, More Counties Are Declaring States Of Emergency” • As dozens of wildfires burn across the West, officials declared additional states of emergency for counties in California and Nevada while the nation’s largest blaze in Oregon continued to swell. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon is 42% contained. [CNN]

¶ “California Devotes $10 Million To E-Bike Purchase Assistance And Other E-Bike Adoption Programs” • The California Bicycle Coalition is pushing to get California’s lawmakers to give e-bikes the same public support that goes to larger EVs. They have not quite got that, but they did get the legislature and the governor to approve $10 million in funding. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bike joy (Himiway Bikes, Unsplash)

¶ “30 Million Solar Homes Initiative Promises 1.77 Million Jobs” • A coalition of the Institute For Local Self-Reliance, Solar United Neighbors Action, the Initiative For Energy Justice, and Solar United Neighbors is urging the federal government to create policy and funding initiatives to support adding rooftop solar to 30 million US homes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Proposal To Lay Cables Under Columbia River Met With Skepticism” • Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes putting submerged power cables in the riverbed. A number of groups are skeptical, however. [The Columbian]

Have a gratifyingly tranquil day.

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