August 21 Energy News

August 21, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Chipmakers Cut Investments After Subsidies – Shame On You!” • Covid has been awful, leading to inflation, supply chain failures, and global political crises. As if all that hasn’t been bad enough, big chipmakers like Intel and Micron have reduced their manufacturing investments, just as major government subsidies are coming their way. [CleanTechnica]

Making chips (Intel image)

¶ “Electric Cars Will Soon Just Be Called Cars” • After an analysis of the 19 countries that have made the EV pivot, Bloomberg said, “Once 5% of new-car sales go fully electric, everything changes.” Everything is about to change, and electric cars will soon be everywhere, such that we won’t even call them electric cars anymore – just cars! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nova Scotia Power And Muskrat Falls: The Story Without An End?” • An alternative compliance plan gives Nova Scotia Power a degree of flexibility in meeting its minimum annual renewable energy targets. But delays caused by multiple issues have meant that meeting those goals may be difficult. NSP has a long way to go in very little time. [CBC]

Lower Churchill Project (Nalcor Energy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Agrivoltaics Plot Thickens: Energy Crisis, Farm Crisis, And Water Crisis All In Play” • CleanTechnica has been spilling much ink on the topic of agrivoltaics over the past several years, and the good news just keeps getting better. The main item of note is the preservation of land for agricultural use. And the combination increases farm income. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Some Of The World’s Rivers Are So Desiccated, They Have Become Virtually Impassable” • To be stuck “up a river without a paddle” is an expression for a sticky situation you can’t get out of. But if the river is in the northern hemisphere this summer, it’s likely the paddle won’t be helpful, anyway. River traffic has come to a halt in many places. [CNN]

Dry river bed (motomoto sc, Unsplash)

¶ “Indonesia Wants To Be A Manufacturing Super Power” • The government of Indonesia announced a long term agreement to supply $5 billion worth of nickel to Tesla over the next 5 years. It’s a major source of other metals, as well as coal and palm oil, and it’s willing to use taxes and export bans to coax companies to invest in its manufacturing base. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo Now Open For Orders In UK, £479/Month Starting Price” • The fully electric ID. Buzz is finally (almost) here. The Buzz may be an attractive model for people who want to live a new version of the 1970s in the 2020s, but it can also simply be a very useful commercial light vehicle for delivering goods around the city. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo (Courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “International Interest Over Newfoundland’s Hydrogen Potential Worries Some Experts” • As Germany turns to Canada for energy, all eyes are on a cluster of small Newfoundland towns that could soon be home to two huge wind-powered hydrogen and ammonia projects. But some environmentalists worry that the province may be moving too fast. [Global News]

¶ “Zelenskyy, Putin Signal Support For International Inspection Of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signaled support for international inspectors to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This comes after both nations claimed the other attacked it. [USA Today]

Casualty of the war (Julia Rekamie, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia-Ukraine War: Moscow Accuses Kyiv Of Poisoning Its Soldiers In Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Russia accused Ukraine of poisoning some of its soldiers in the Zaporizhzhia area of the war-torn country in July. As per the Russian Defence Ministry, soldiers showed signs of poisoning on July 31. The poison seems to be botulinum toxin type B. [Times Now]

US:

¶ “Would You Rip Up Your Lawn For $6 A Square Foot? Welcome To Drought-Stricken California” • The megadrought affecting the American West has been record-breaking, with no tangible relief in sight. It’s forcing cities to crack down on lawn watering, and some are paying residents to replace their lawns with plants that can live with drought. [CNN]

Cholla Cactus Garden (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Asthma Deaths Rose During The Pandemic. Climate Change May Make It Worse” • An estimated 25 million people in the US have asthma, but for those who are Black, their condition can be dire. Asthma deaths across the country rose by more than 17% in 2020. Covid-19 and climate change have been factors in the increased rates of asthma. [NBC News]

¶ “Today’s Forecast For Tucson, Arizona” • Now it’s rain and floods for parts of Arizona, with nearly four inches of rain, and a lot of flooding. The flash flood watch will continue through Saturday night at 11 PM. Temperatures will be about five to eight degrees below normal because of the recent storms and increased cloud cover. [Today’s Forecast for Tucson Arizona]

Have an unequivocally prepossessing day.

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