March 21 Energy News

March 21, 2022


¶ “Increasing Oil Drilling Won’t Solve High Gas Prices” • More oil drilling will not solve high gas prices, despite what the fossil fuel industry wants you to believe. US Rep Sean Casten (D-IL) pointed out that the oil industry and conservative politicians are both lying when they make the claim that increasing oil drilling will alleviate high gas prices. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Show Large Impact Of Controlling Humidity On Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Analysis by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Xerox PARC scientists explores impacts on the environmental due to controlling humidity. It showed that humidity accounts for roughly half of the energy-related emissions from air conditioners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scientists Astonished By Heatwaves At North And South Poles” • Startling heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles are causing alarm among climate scientists, who have warned the “unprecedented” events could signal faster and abrupt climate breakdown. At both the North Pole and Antarctica, temperatures reached record high levels over the weekend. [The Irish Times]

Penguin (Ian Parker, Unsplash)

¶ “The Epic Attempts To Power Planes With Hydrogen” • During the Cold War, both the US and USSR researched liquid hydrogen as a way to fuel aircraft. Could this cleaner fuel finally be around the corner? Liquid hydrogen has advantages over the alternative, kerosene. But it also has some pretty significant disadvantages. A lack of support infrastructure is just a start. [BBC]


¶ “Tübingen: Europe’s Fiercely Vegan, Fairy-Tale City” • Located in a German region famed for its frugality, Tübingen is known for its fiercely green reputation, where the default setting is veganism and environmental friendliness. Now the city has passed a tax on packaging for single-use meals packaging. McDonalds is suing. [BBC]

Tübingen (David Hertle, Unsplash)

¶ “Saudi Aramco Ramps Up Investment To Boost Production” • State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco plans to sharply increase the amount it invests in energy production and aims to boost output significantly over the next five years. It reported doubling profits in 2021, and energy prices have soared recently as demand has outstripped supplies of oil and gas. [BBC]

¶ “Porsche Ramps Up Its Electric Car Plans” • You know the EV revolution is moving forward when Porsche announces it expects 50% of the cars its sells to come with a plug by 2025, and 80% by 2030. Last year, the company sold a record 301,915 cars. In Europe, nearly 40% of them were either a plug-in hybrid or a battery-electric car. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche EV (Porsche image)

¶ “Academics Say Universities Must Reject Fossil Fuel Cash For Climate Research” • Universities must stop accepting funding from fossil fuel companies to conduct climate research, even if the research is aimed at developing green and low-carbon technology, an influential group of over 500 distinguished academics has said. [The Guardian]

¶ “NSW Announces Net Zero Shore Power Plan For Shipping Precinct” • The New South Wales government plans to build a fully renewable-energy shore-powered shipping precinct in Sydney. Shore power involves land-based infrastructure that can power ships while they are at berth, allowing crew to switch off engines and generators. [Government News]

Port area in Sydney (Dan Freeman, Unsplash)

¶ “Gladstone Hydrogen, Renewable Energy Transition Prompts Strategy For Change” • Charities and local advocacy groups in central Queensland are working together to ensure the transition to one of Australia’s green energy powerhouses doesn’t leave the Gladstone region behind. Dozens of renewable energy projects are proposed for the area. [ABC]

¶ “Ukraine Crisis: Staff Rotated At Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant” • The International Atomic Energy Agency has been notified by Ukraine that nearly half of the staff members working at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, site of the meltdown of 2011, were rotated and allowed to go to their homes for the first time after nearly four weeks. [Power Technology]

Chernobyl confinement (Niels Nørløv Hansen, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “PM To Chair Roundtable On Boosting UK’s Nuclear Power Output” • Boris Johnson will chair a meeting on how to increase the UK’s nuclear power output, as he prepares to publish his energy security strategy this month amid soaring prices. The prime minister will discuss domestic nuclear projects with leaders from the nuclear industry. [The Guardian]


¶ “Sonoma County Airport Launches Solar Power Systems” • The Charles M Schulz Sonoma County Airport had two solar power systems installed put them on the grid in February. Challenged by climate change, Sonoma County’s government set a goal for the county to be carbon neutral by 2030. The airport solar power arrays fit that carbon-free plan. [CleanTechnica]

Sonoma County Airport (ForeFront Power image)

¶ “Tiny Cohoes To Floating Solar Wallflowers: Catch Me If You Can!” • Cohoes, New York, appears to have solved a big problem for PV in communities that don’t have enough open space for large solar arrays, and that could have broad implications for both urban and rural solar development. It is going for a floating solar array on a 10-acre reservoir. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Finally! Publicly Traded US Companies Will Have To Report GHG Emissions” • It is reported that the SEC will announce it is stepping up to require all publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and the climate risks they face. This announcement is expected to shake up hundreds of businesses. [CleanTechnica]

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