October 24 Energy News

October 24, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “The Bar For Climate Ambition Must Be Set By Science, Not Congressional Politics” • Precisely because the present emissions gap is so great, we cannot solely lean on the incredible progress enabled by leading states, localities, businesses, and individuals. To truly bend the curve, we need federal action – action, not spun words or justifications. [CleanTechnica]

Microwave storm observation (NASA image)

¶ “The Gas Car Death Spiral” • A recent CleanTechnica article said 500 million gallons of gasoline were displaced by EVs in 2020. Lower sales of fossil fuels hit profits of fuel companies because the fixed costs cannot be reduced quickly. Companies operating marginally may go bankrupt but others must raise prices. And that makes EVs more attractive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Utilities And EV Dreams In India” • India needs to increase the number of its EV charging stations to power close to 102 million EVs on the road in 2030 to prevent a climate catastrophe. In India, limited communication between utilities and charge point operators is often responsible for slowing the development of charging infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

BluSmart charging station (Courtesy of BluSmart India)

¶ “All Hail The Net Zero Strategy: A Year Late And Lacking In Both Ambition And Funding” • The UK climate strategy falls short on both ambition, and government funding. Critics say the carbon savings it sets out will not get the UK close to its net zero goal by 2050, and without the funds it might fail to meet even this limited ambition. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Top Oil Exporter Saudi Arabia Targets Net Zero Emissions By 2060” • Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said that the world’s top oil exporter aims to reach zero-net emissions by 2060 and is more than doubling its annual target to reduce carbon emissions. But Saudi Arabia would also ensure oil market stability, stressing the ongoing importance of hydrocarbons. [CNN]

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (backer Sha, Unsplash)

¶ “Apple Battery Talks With CATL And BYD Collapse” • Wanting to be an EV maker, Apple held talks with Hyundai about building cars. Hyundai eventually backed away, saying it did not want to be just a contract manufacturer. Apple’s attempts to get batteries did no better. Autoblog said both CATL and BYD have declined to get involved in Apple’s plans. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Largest Depot For Electric Buses In Australia” • Transit Systems (owned by Sealink Travel Group) is currently operating 15 electric buses in Sydney’s Inner West urban streets. With 40 more ordered, the time has come to create the largest electrified depot in Australia. It will have 2.5-MW, 4.9-MWh of batteries; and a 387-kW rooftop solar PV array. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus interior (Image courtesy of Solaris)

¶ “Schools Turn To Solar Power, Helping State Achieve Emissions Reduction Targets” • On Monday, when students return to classes at Jamison High School, the power for their laptops and the light their classrooms will come from rooftop solar PVs. The school, in western Sydney, New South Wales, is just the latest to ramp up a renewable energy system. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “NSW Treasurer Matt Kean Says Federal Nationals ‘Can Resign From The Ministry’ If They Don’t Back Net Zero” • New South Wales treasurer Matt Kean, says the Nationals need to decide if they want to resign if they don’t back a federal commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And he said MPs advocating nuclear were “pursuing a fantasy.” [The Guardian]

Wind farm in New South Wales (Grahamec, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Weather Whiplash: A Series Of Storms Could Ease California Drought, But Also Unleash Flood Hazards” • Parts of the West Coast will go from extreme drought to facing a series of bomb cyclones, and an atmospheric river. The Pacific Northwest and Northern California will have rains, flash floods, debris flows, and potential hurricane-force winds. [CNN]

¶ “Florida Is Ditching Palm Trees To Fight The Climate Crisis” • When you think of Florida, beaches and palm trees come to mind. But what if those palm trees were slowly replaced with other trees? That could happen over time because of climate change, and communities in South Florida are trying to save the world from the climate crisis. [CNN]

Live oak (Ashley Knedler, Unsplash)

¶ “US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s Security Details Drives A Ford Mustang Mach-E” • US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is walking the walk instead of just talking the talk like most politicians do. Nobody would have said a thing about keeping his security detail strictly gas-powered, but he decided to put it into an EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Becomes The 16th Clean Cars State, And A Model For Others” • Nevada is the 16th US state to adopt clean cars. The Clean Cars Nevada program was approved in a bipartisan vote by the Legislative Commission. The vote was the final approval step after the Nevada State Environmental Commission supported the program unanimously. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup (Rivian image)

¶ “Caltrain Pushes For Renewability With Electric Trains” • After a period of delayed funding, Caltrain’s electrification project is finally coming into place. Its mission is to transform all of Caltrain’s diesel trains into fully electric ones. The change will see benefits of quieter, faster, and less polluting train service, according to one employee. [Scot Scoop News]

¶ “Fox Weather Channel To Embrace Climate Change” • Fox Weather, a new 24-hour sister network of Fox News, will strongly embrace climate change as part of its coverage, multiple press reports say. “If you’re asking about climate change, climate change is part of our lives,” Sharri Berg, the Fox executive who will head the division, told Variety. [Newsmax]

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