Energy

15/10/21
Author: 
Sean Sweeney
Photo credit: aqua.mech, Creative Commons

August, 2021

In the fight to address climate change, renewable energy companies are often assumed to be Jedi Knights. Valiantly struggling to save the planet, wind and solar interests are thought to be locked in mortal combat with large fossil fuel corporations that continue to mine, drill, and blast through the earth’s fragile ecosystems, dragging us all into a grim and sweaty dystopia.

15/10/21
Author: 
Blake Shaffer , Maximilian Auffhammer & Constantine Samaras

Electric vehicles are here, and they are essential for decarbonizing transport. The United Kingdom, California, the European Union, Canada and others plan to phase out the sale of fossil-fuelled vehicles as early as 2030 — Norway plans to do it sooner. Consumers are interested. In May, the Ford Motor Company unveiled an all-electric version of its best-selling pick-up truck, the F-150 Lightning.

16/09/21
Author: 
Don Fitz
Garbage dump

[This is the final part of an exchange between Robert Pollin and Don Fitz carried in Green Social ThoughtZNet and Links.  The first portion consisted of two articles by Pollin which originally appeared in Truthout and can be read here.  The second portion was a response by Fitz 

01/09/21
Author: 
Abrahm Lustgarten
Lake Mead, the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, has been losing water because of epochal drought since 2000. Credit:Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images
27 August 21

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis.

20/08/21
Author: 
CBC News

Cases are primarily among unvaccinated employees, Northern Health says; outbreak is the 2nd this year

 
The new COVID-19 outbreak at Site C is the second of 2021. (Submitted by BC Hydro)

 

15/08/21
Author: 
Justin Mikulka
Charging Bull, or the Bull of Wall Street. Credit: htmvalerio, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Aug 13, 2021

Comments from a recent energy industry conference reveal major financiers of fossil fuels view environmental and social investing concerns as a trend to “inoculate” against but not a long-term threat to the industry.

“I kind of remind people, I personally think oil is a renewable, it just takes a little bit longer,” said Mari Salazar, senior vice president and manager of Energy Financial Services for BOK Financial, an Oklahoma-based bank that caters to the oil and gas industry. 

12/08/21
Author: 
Ryo Mukano, Nikkei staff writer
Offshore wind turbines near Amsterdam. Island nation Japan remains slow to build such infrastructure.   © Reuters

July 27, 2021

Hokkaido facility to churn out enough clean fuel for 10,000 vehicles

TOKYO -- Japan's largest hydrogen plant powered by offshore wind energy is set to open on the northern island of Hokkaido as part of a national effort to slash carbon dioxide emissions.

Scheduled to begin operation as early as the year ending March 2024, the plant will produce up to roughly 550 tons of hydrogen a year -- enough to fuel more than 10,000 hydrogen vehicles, according to plans.

02/08/21
Author: 
Jenny Uechi
Stock photo of solar power installation from Unsplash


The first time I read about  “Carbon Buster,” the solar farm Peter Nix built in 2016, I was delighted. Nix, a retired environmental consultant, in the sunny southern region of B.C.'s Cowichan Valley, spoke with pride about the potential of solar power. And it was just the beginning of the National Observer's efforts to feature ordinary people becoming climate heroes.

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