June 13 Energy News

June 13, 2022


¶ “What The Fed District Reserve Banks Should Do About Climate” • The Federal Reserve has a lot to do, from controlling inflation to staving off recession. But one issue should move up in priority. That issue is safeguarding the economy from the growing risks posed to the financial system from the growing risks of climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Tornado (Nikolas Noonan, Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Sides With EPA On California Clean Air Standards. We Should, Too.” • Because it already had emissions rules in place, California was allowed to have clean air standards stricter then the EPA’s. Donald Trump took their waiver away. Joe Biden gave it back. Now, a number of states are suing over the issue. Ford is on California’s side. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How To Turn Your Garden Into A Carbon Sink” • As leaders in government and companies race to reduce their emissions, there is greater interest in natural landscapes, such as forests, wetlands, and mangroves, protecting against the risks of climate change. Horticulturalists say humble gardens can serve as a powerful tools in this fight. [BBC]

Country garden (Arno Senoner, Unsplash)

¶ “Protein-Filled Cotton Sheet Can Filter Carbon Emissions” • Using a cotton textile and an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase, North Carolina State University scientists created a fabric that can effectively scoop up and capture emissions. They published their new findings in ACS Sustainable Chemical Engineering earlier this month. [Popular Science]


¶ “Fiji Says Asia’s Biggest Security Threat Is Climate Change, Not Conflict” • Fiji’s defense minister said climate change posed the biggest security threat in the Asia-Pacific region, a shift in tone at a defense summit dominated by the war in Ukraine and disputes between China and the US. Low-lying Pacific islands like Fiji are especially vulnerable to climate change. [CNN]

Scene in Fiji (Jeremy Bezanger, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Is The Most Purchased New Car In Switzerland” • The most popular new car brand in Switzerland is Tesla, RebelinkPress reported, citing Reuters and the Association of Automobile Importers, Auto-Suisse. New car demand is slowly growing when compared with 2020, and that change is driven by increased interest in EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Americas Foundation Is Filming A Documentary Driving The Pan-American Highway In Two Tesla EVs” • The founders of the Electric Americas Foundation will drive from Alaska to Patagonia using Tesla EVs, filming a documentary about their drive. The trip will cover 20,000 miles in seven months, if all goes according to plan. [CleanTechnica]

Brown bear (Courtesy of Electric Americas)

¶ “Marcos ‘Dedicated’ To Sustainable, Renewable Energy In The Philippines” • President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is “dedicated” to using sustainable and renewable energy in the Philippines, the Danish Ambassador said. Marcos has said that aside from nuclear power, there should be a strong push for more renewable energy. [GlobalNation Inquirer]

¶ “Romania Aims For Energy Independence In Response To Ukraine War” • As Russia makes war on Ukraine, the Romanian government wants to transform the country’s energy mix and infrastructure to attain energy independence. Experts warn there are still issues while environmental groups call for a bigger role for renewables. [EURACTIV.com]

Dam in Transylvania (paul mocan, Unsplash)

¶ “Nenggiri Dam Operational In Five Years, To Boost Renewable Energy Capacity” • The RM5 billion ($1.13 billion) Nenggiri Hydro-Electric Dam project, which is to be operational in the middle of 2027, will boost renewable energy electricity capacity in Peninsula Malaysia, according to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. [The Sun Daily]

¶ “Enel Exits Gas-Fired Plant To Become 100% Renewable In Brazil” • Enel Brasil has signed a deal to sell its entire stake in a 327-MW gas-fired thermal power plant to local energy firm Eneva SA, thus becoming 100% renewable in the country. The sale is part of Enel’s carbon-neutrality plan as it looks to achieve zero emissions by 2040. [Renewables Now]

Enel’s Fontes Solar 2 plant in Brazil (Enel image)

¶ “Iran ‘Dangerously Close’ To Nuclear Bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Says” • Iran is “dangerously close” to getting a nuclear bomb, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said. Tensions between Iran and the West have increased in the last week after UN inspectors found that officials had turned off cameras at a nuclear plant. [The National]


¶ “Mandatory Evacuations After Southern California Fire Expands 20-Fold” • Mandatory evacuations are in place after a wildfire expanded steadily in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest. The Sheep Fire grew from 35 acres Sunday morning to 775 acres by the afternoon, according to InciWeb. The fire is only 5% contained. [CNN]

Earlier California wildfire (Ross Stone, Unsplash)

¶ “US Army Invests In Portable Nuclear Reactors” • To prove the concept, the US military selected BWXT and other contractors to build a generation IV transportable nuclear reactor. The design calls for a nuclear reactor that is small enough to fit in a 6 meter (19.7 foot) shipping container for easy transportation. It should also be easy to put into operation. [Ubergizmo]

¶ “45% Percent Of Americans Support Nuclear Power Plants” • A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll finds two in five Americans say they are familiar with nuclear power energy plants (43%). 45% percent of Americans say they support nuclear power energy plants, with coal-fired plants (36%) and gas-fired plants (41%) garnering less support. [Ipsos]

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