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11751
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 27, 2015, 02:27:01 PM »
The cost of PV in France  is more than double than in Germany ???

Interesting chart.  I wondered what the difference was in the countries' overall average electricity cost, and found this:

11752
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:55:17 PM »
Obama & Modi Link Zero Carbon and Zero Extreme Poverty
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The same people who are talking about a target of zero carbon emissions from energy are talking about a target of zero extreme poverty in the world.
http://insideclimatenews.org/carbon-copy/20150126/obama-modi-link-zero-carbon-and-zero-extreme-poverty

11753
EPA Chief: Weather, Climate Scientists’ Work Is ‘Essential’
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While there are still segments of the population, including myriad politicians, who haven’t accepted the scientific consensus on climate change, “I can’t worry about that,” McCarthy said. Her focus is on the increasing proportion of the public and business community that realize the scope of the problem posed by warming and are looking for action to avoid economic costs in the future.
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"I cannot tell you how important it is for you” to keep connecting the dots of climate change, she said, and to communicate it in a way that, in a self-deprecating nod, “even people dense enough to work in government” can understand.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/epa-chief-tells-weather-climate-scientists-work-is-essential-18513

11754
Consequences / Re: Water wars
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:43:08 PM »
Lack of Drinking Water Is Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram
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The lack of running water killed more people in Nigeria last year than Boko Haram.

While the terror campaign claimed more than 4,000 lives, the shortage of potable water and poor sanitation led to about 73,000 deaths, according to WaterAid, a London-based nonprofit.

The water deficit isn’t limited to isolated areas in the country’s vast north. In Lagos, about 15 million of the coastal metropolis’ 21 million have limited access to piped water.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-26/nigerian-water-shortage-is-bigger-killer-than-boko-haram-cities.html

11755
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:46:01 PM »
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi changes his tune on climate change action.

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After a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in New Delhi, the prime minister said that his nation along with all others has an obligation to act on reducing the fossil-fuel emissions blamed for damaging the climate.

The remarks represent a shift in India’s tone on global warming. It previously emphasized the historical responsibility of industrial nations for creating the problem, and the Indian government has been ambiguous about whether it will adopt domestic targets for reducing greenhouse gases. Modi’s comments suggest he’s ready to work with Obama on a deal in Paris in December that would for the first time require all nations, rich and poor alike, to restrain emissions.

“When we think about the future generations and what kind of a world we are going to give them, then there is pressure,” Modi said in a news conference with Obama on Sunday. “Global warming is a huge pressure.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-25/modi-shifts-on-climate-change-with-india-renewables-goal.html

11756
Good op-ed on overpopulation in the LA Times:

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Sensitive subject or not, the reality is that unsustainable human population growth is a potential disaster for efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. These days, the biggest population growth is occurring in developing nations, which is why any discussion must be sensitive to the perception that well-off, industrialized nations — the biggest climate polluters, often with majority-white populations — might be telling impoverished people of color to reduce their numbers. In fact, person for person, reducing birth rates in industrialized nations has a bigger impact on greenhouse gas emissions because affluent people use more of the Earth's resources and depend more heavily on fossil fuels.

In other words, population is not just a Third World issue. More than a third of the births in the United States are the result of unintended pregnancies, and this month the United Nations raised its prediction of population growth by the year 2050 because of unforeseen, rising birth rates in industrialized nations. So even though the highest rates of population growth are in the poorest and least educated countries — Africa's population is expected to triple by the end of the century — any attempt to address the issue will have to target the industrialized world as well.
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But they and other nations need assistance on two fronts: education for girls and access to free or affordable family-planning services. The benefit of even minimal education is startling: Women in developing countries who have had a year or more of schooling give birth to an average of three children; with no schooling, the number is 4.5. Add more years of schooling and the number of births drops further. Women who have attended school also give birth later in life to healthier children.

The analysis by the Center for Global Development says that access to family planning and girls' education — even a little of it — are among the most cost-effective strategies for combating climate change.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-population-and-climate-change-20150125-story.html

11757
"Inequality" was a hot topic at The World Economic Forum in Davos.  The super rich are planning to run away and hide. 

http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/jan/23/nervous-super-rich-planning-escapes-davos-2015

11758
Northeast U.S.: off-the-charts weather forecast (from the local National Weather Service office).
@GarySzatkowski: Another snow forecast map, showing totals across the region.  Includes tonight's clipper.  We maxed out the scale. http://t.co/1AwByN8zlg

11759
Are you ready for some blizzard, New England?
@wunderground: Dr. Masters says, "Potentially Historic Blizzard Taking Aim on New England" http://t.co/xEtmb1f3H0

11760
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:28:36 AM »
The India-China announcement has happened:
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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday that the two countries will work together to fight global climate change, laying out a set of goals that the two countries hope “will expand policy dialogues and technical work on clean energy and low greenhouse gas emissions technologies.”

While not a concrete emissions reductions agreement like the one Obama reached with China this past November, the deal includes efforts to cooperate on reducing emissions of fluorinated gases, invigorate India’s promotion of clean energy investment, and partner to reduce the debilitating air pollution that has plagued many of India’s cities.

The agreement also emphasized that the countries would “cooperate closely” for a “successful and ambitious” agreement at the Paris climate talks at the end of the year.
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As ThinkProgress reported last week, there was very little expectation among analysts that the U.S. would achieve a deal like the one it achieved in China, wherein the country would actually pledge to reduce its overall carbon emissions. ...Many said that it would be unfair to expect India — the world’s third largest carbon emitter behind the U.S. and China — to announce a similar target, considering the hundreds of millions of rural poor.

Still a developing country, climate change stands to impact India more severely than other parts of the world, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. India also has a particularly bad air pollution problem — a recent World Health Organization report found that India has 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world with the capital, Delhi, being the most polluted of all. The report also found that Delhi had six times the level of airborne particulate matter considered safe. Another investigation found that the levels could be up to eight times higher in heavily trafficked corridors.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/25/3615232/us-india-climate-agreement/

Details here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/25/fact-sheet-us-and-india-climate-and-clean-energy-cooperation

11761
Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:11:30 PM »
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Research suggests that the drought is a function of a warm patch in the Pacific Ocean, which has prevented precipitation from reaching the state. Record heat in the state (it and Nevada and Arizona saw their hottest years on record in 2014) has made a bad problem worse.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/01/23/the-massive-scale-of-californias-drought-and-how-it-informs-the-climate-change-debate/

11762
Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:05:30 PM »
Right direction!

Coal production in China drops for the first time in 14 years.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/coal-production-drops-china-1st-time-14-years-28445890

11763
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:55:08 PM »
A look at India's energy plans, in advance of Obama's visit.  Coal is still seen as a major player -- but its poor logistics may make adoption of alternatives higher than expected.
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But the worst may not come to pass, analysts say.

Troubles in India's coal industry have already driven investors to the solar market, and many of the approved new coal projects are stalled thanks to lack of financing or coal supplies.

"The truth is, the coal industry has become the climate advocate's best friend, simply because it's such a mess," Guay of the Sierra Club said. "It's a race between old and new technologies over who can actually get power to the people, and solar is winning hands down."
http://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/23/india-climate-obama/22248511/

11764
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:51:23 AM »
Amazon Joins Apple Using Clean Energy at Cloud Data Centers
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Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is turning to wind to power data centers forming its giant global network after committing in November to drive all operations on renewable energy.
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Apple Inc. powers all of its data centers with renewable energy and Google Inc. (GOOG) gets 35 percent of the power needed to run its operations from solar panels and wind turbines that cut emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-20/amazon-joins-apple-using-clean-energy-at-cloud-computing-centers.html

11765
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:38:05 AM »
New IRENA report:
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The report states that “history has shown that periods of low oil prices tend to be transitory as long as the world’s thirst for these finite resources rises,” and that for investments with a lifetime of 25 years or so, investments decisions in electricity generation should not be made using current oil prices. The report found that, even without financial support and despite falling oil prices, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than oil, natural gas, and coal-fired power stations.

Titled Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014, the report also found that the cost of solar power is falling faster than any other technology. Large-scale solar PV costs have halved in the last four years and the cost of installing residential solar has fallen around 70 percent since 2008. The cost of utility-sized solar projects to produce power is about $0.08/kWh without financial support, with prices as low as $0.06/kWh in some places, such as the Middle East. IRENA puts the cost of fossil fuel power as being between $0.07 and $0.19/kWh when environmental and health costs are factored in.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/20/3613176/low-oil-prices-clean-energy/

11766
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:00:31 AM »
Exclusive interview of President Obama by India Today.
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Obama: ...And even as we recognise that our economies are at different stages of development, we can come together with other nations and achieve a strong global agreement this year in Paris to fight climate change. Every nation is being impacted by climate change, and every nation has a role to play in combating it.
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/barack-obama-shekhar-gupta-exclusive-interview/1/414805.html

11767
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 25, 2015, 12:47:57 AM »
Utilities that have rejected renewables are getting desperate.

Arizona utility APS ghost-writes a letter to FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, concern-trolling about the solar industry -- signed by twelve elected officials who each received substantial donations from utility and fossil fuel interests during the last session of Congress.

Solar City writes:
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While some utilities are doing the right thing and using the advent of cheap solar power to update their business models, a handful of utilities are using every tool at their disposal to curb this growth, from predicting their own “death spiral” to scare regulators and the public to leveraging the relationships they have forged with regulators and elected officials to try to undermine competition.
http://blog.solarcity.com/monopoly-money

11768
Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:20:16 PM »
AbruptSLR,

And yet 62%, $224 billion, of clean energy and low carbon development in 2012 was paid for by private funds, not public. (Source: World Bank).  Figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that total new funds for wind, solar and other low-carbon energy technologies grew 16% to $310 billion last year.

While I completely agree that more needs to be done to encourage the transition of existing fossil fuel emitters and not simply let them "wait for someone else to do it", I also believe the plummeting cost of renewables will quickly make investing in the alternatives, going forward, as unthinkable as, say, investing in land-line telephony rather than cell phones.  Those businesses still stuck with inefficient and volatile FF sources will find it hard to compete with the newer, cheaper, cleaner model.

"Those denouncing renewable energy sources as too expensive will also have to get off their soapboxes in 2015 with Deutsche Bank predicting that solar will be at grid parity in most of the world by the end of 2017."
http://tcktcktck.org/2015/01/global-energy-transition-surges-renewables-funding-grows/65976

India does indeed look like "a tough nut to crack."  But some significant announcements are expected when President Obama visits there next week.  I feel certain it will improve the clean energy numbers projected for that country up to now!

11769
Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:19:15 PM »
Sorry, I should have decoupled "fossil fuels" from "manufacturing" more clearly in my comment.  ;-)

Why I think remote manufacturing could be part of a solution is: businesses would need to build new facilities in those poor countries.  They will need to build new infrastructure, and they would be crazy to build-in a dependence on fossil fuels, today.  A new factory, powered by renewables, could improve the living standards of the local area (and the country), and make them more able to afford other green improvements.  Meanwhile, the country that "farmed out" the factory would make a profit that they could use to better their own people.  I think it could be a win-win, if done right.

11770
@billmckibben: Fossil free indexes handily outperformed the S&P last year. Just saying.
http://fossilfreeindexes.com/2015/01/20/thoughts-2014-performance-ffius/

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In the year just ended, the Fossil Free Indexes US (FFIUS) outperformed the S&P 500 by about 1.5%. This is a strikingly large number, when you consider that less than 10% of the market capitalization of the S&P 500 is in companies that are part of The Carbon Underground 200 (CU200) and, therefore, excluded from the FFIUS.
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It is important to realize that it doesn’t matter (so much) how the quantities demanded and supplied get out of balance. We can infer from this year’s price volatility that future policy moves to reduce demand for fossil fuels can induce a dramatic reduction in the value of underground reserves.

The take-away from the 2014 outperformance by the FFIUS is not that it will be expected to outperform the S&P 500 every year. It won’t. The take-away is that the potential cost of ignoring stranded asset risk has been demonstrated to be substantial.


11771
Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:23:00 PM »
I am a fan of the phrase, "It is perfectly acceptable to use fossil fuels to help wean yourself off of fossil fuels."

Is it possible to make an argument that moving manufacturing to less developed countries will, in the long run, provide the resources rich and poor countries alike need if we are to move the entire world to a greener way of life?

Just asking.   :)

11772
Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:43:58 PM »
Brief article on why the next Dust Bowl in the US will be different than the previous one. Several links. The audio clip is 90 seconds.
http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2015/01/avoiding-a-second-dust-bowl-across-the-u-s/

11773
Bill Gates Expects Historic Improvement in Lives of Poor
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Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Buffett, helped found the Giving Pledge, which asks billionaires to give the bulk of their wealth to charity. More than 120 have committed, including Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla Motors Inc. founder Elon Musk.

Bill Gates predicted in the previous annual letter that by 2035 almost no country will be as poor as the 35 nations the World Bank classified as low-income as of 2014. He and Melinda Gates sought to puncture what they called myths about poverty, including the ideas that foreign aid is a waste and that saving lives leads to overpopulation.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-22/bill-gates-expects-historic-improvement-in-lives-of-poor.html

11774
Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:11:35 AM »
This is why EVs will ultimately succeed.  Not because of tree-huggers or climate change, and despite the (temporary) price premium, and low gas prices, and limited fast-charging infrastructure.





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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:40:36 AM »
A multiple-EV owner believes he knows why EVs will succeed:
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The one thing I keep circling back to when people ask whether or not electric vehicles will have staying power or if they are only passing fad is the owner loyalty. The vast majority of electric vehicle owners love their cars and vow to never go back to gas. People love driving electric because it’s better. That’s the real reason EVs are here to stay. It isn’t the governmental incentives, the fact that they are cleaner, or are cheaper to operate. The real reason EVs will win in the long run is that they offer a better driving experience. People love driving them, it’s really that simple. The high cost of batteries, the need for a robust fast charge infrastructure and the inertia of the status quo are all just temporary obstacles that will be solved in the coming years.
http://insideevs.com/157000-electric-miles-driven-look-back-forward-future/

11776
Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:13:44 AM »
California Drought Worsening During Height of Rainy Season
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The rainy season started out promisingly, with several December storms bringing precipitation amounts close to average for the month over much of the state. Troublingly, though, record-warm ocean temperatures off of the coast meant that the December storms were unusually warm. This resulted in snow falling only at very high elevations, keeping the critical Sierra snow pack much lower than usual. The jet stream pattern shifted during January 2015, bringing disastrously dry conditions to the state. January usually brings 4.19" of rain to San Francisco, but no rain at all has fallen in January 2015 in the city--or over much of Central California.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2901

11777
Does he or doesn't he?  Mitt Romney considers running for president (again), with a mixed message on climate change.
http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/mitt-romney-has-been-talking-a-lot-about-climate-change-lately-20150122

11778
Consequences / Re: Water wars
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:52:11 AM »
World Economic Forum Ranks Water Crises as Top Global Risk
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More than nuclear weapons or a global disease pandemic, impairments to water supplies and punishing cycles of flood, drought, and water pollution are now viewed by heads of state, nonprofit leaders, and chief executives as the most serious threat to business and society.
http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2015/world/world-economic-forum-ranks-water-crises-as-top-global-risk/

11779
The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:47:05 AM »

11780
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:08:04 AM »
Massachusetts' now-dead Cape Wind proposal was the right project, but at the wrong time.

On January 29, the Department of Interior (DOI) will auction off the largest area of federal waters in the U.S. for the development of offshore wind power, tripling the amount of federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale wind energy projects.  With coal and oil power plants going offline and no nuclear plants under construction, the use of offshore wind is seen as a way to meet the region’s energy needs.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/23/3614786/burst-of-wind-off-massachusetts/

11781
Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:22:56 AM »
Energy Department Announces $55 Million In Grants For Fuel-Efficient plug-in electric and fuel-powered Car Research
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Low gas prices helped boost SUV sales in December, but these low prices also make it a good time to buy an electric car.

“Fuel savings are not top of mind to many consumers right now, and that makes this a great time to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle,” John Krafcik, president of TrueCar, said in a statement. “With gasoline prices now averaging just $2.10 per gallon, and vehicle preferences tied so closely to short-term gasoline prices, automakers are heavily discounting their most fuel-efficient cars to clear inventories.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/23/3614792/energy-dept-efficient-car-grants/

11782
Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:23:38 PM »
New report on climate future for U.S. midwest.  Food is involved.
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Perhaps most strikingly, the report also includes a finding that by the end of the century, going outdoors could become unsafe on a few days each year, thanks to a particularly extreme combination of heat and humidity.

“Increasing heat and humidity in some parts of the region could lead to outside conditions that are literally unbearable to humans, who must maintain a skin temperature below 100°F in order to effectively cool down and avoid fatal heat stroke,” notes the document.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/23/the-midwests-climate-future-missouri-becomes-like-arizona-chicago-becomes-like-texas/

11783
Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:58:03 PM »
Surprising no one:
New Saudi King says he won't change oil production strategy.  Oil price drops to $45.59.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-23/oil-pares-gains-as-new-saudi-king-says-policies-won-t-change.html

11784
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:49:43 PM »
Laurent Fabius introduces Paris 2015 - COP21/CMP11 :  http://t.co/LfDdiDcBR2
(French, with English subtitles.  Two minutes.)

@UN_ClimateTalks: .@LaurentFabius: "We are under threat of appalling climate disruption"
#Paris2015 @COP21

http://t.co/VLZYg2kojn

11785
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:21:48 PM »
Nice to be #1 in something other than denial....

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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama noted that “America is number one in wind power.” Indeed, the U.S. generates more energy from wind than any other country, leading China, Spain, and Germany.
http://aweablog.org/blog/post/state-of-the-union-is-right-us-is-1-in-wind-energy

11786
Obama Moves to Bring Order to Groups Dealing with Arctic Warming
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20150122/obama-moves-bring-order-groups-dealing-arctic-warming

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:38:43 PM »
What's wrong with this picture?  Pretty much everything.

11788
Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:35:25 PM »
More on the Yellowstone River oil spill:  ancient pipes are involved.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20150122/ruptured-yellowstone-oil-pipeline-was-built-faulty-welding-1950s

11789
Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:33:51 PM »
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I hope the entire u.s. oil industry sector crashes and burns in total collapse. 
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coal too!  8)
I could like an oil collapse scenario.  Need coal to taper a bit more gradually, to transition to green electricity generation in those locations dependent on it now, but making oil/gasoline scarce and hugely expensive is just what we need to decrease flying, increase electric cars and trucks and use of trains (and bicycles and walking).  Nothing focusses the mind better than a looming catastrophe.  Energy alternatives would leap off the shelves to be adopted.  The transition would happen quicker than anyone could guess.

11790
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 23, 2015, 07:46:14 PM »
We can all lower our carbon footprint starting today, by learning about the ways we use energy and changing the way we think.  Some fossil fuel energy will be eliminated not by green energy but simply by efficiency.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/22/the-next-energy-revolution-wont-be-in-wind-or-solar-it-will-be-in-our-brains/

11791
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:42:54 PM »
Here's a video of Al Gore's presentation at Davos.  (30 min)
   First half highlights the extreme global weather, up to January 2015; second half shows the incredible growth in renewables around the world.  (In 2012, 62% of clean energy investment, $224 billion, was from private sources.)
   Plus, an announcement about a global digital/broadcast event for this June 18: Live Earth: Climate Action, to support progress in Paris next December.
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/al-gore-explains-in-davos-whats-next-for-climate-in-2015/

11792
Arctic background / Re: Arctic Drilling and Shipping
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:56:40 PM »
WWF says granting oil exploration licenses by Norway "is the wrong decision."
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WWF encourages all Nordic leaders to show the rest of the world what sustainable economy looks like. “Right now, they need to show leadership, we are in the middle of a transmission from oil economy into new renewable energy sources,” Samantha Smith says arguing that environmental sustainability is a precondition for economic sustainability in the north.

The oil companies that want to test-drill for oil in the Barents Sea get 78 percent of the costs covered by the government in tax refund. An average test drill on the Norwegian continental shelf had a price of NOK 600 million (€68 million) in 2013 of which NOK 500 million (€57 million) then are subsidised by the state.
http://barentsobserver.com/en/arctic/2015/01/arctic-oil-incommensurate-2oc-target-22-01

11793
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:48:46 PM »
The World Economic Conference goes "climate."
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The president of the World Bank has urged the international community to help developing nations cope with a warming planet as the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos was dominated by calls to make 2015 a year of action on climate change.
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Former Vice President Al Gore had started the first full day of events at the annual gathering in Davos by telling delegates: “This is the year of climate”.

Speaking against a backdrop of images intended to show the impact of climate change, Gore launched his plans amid criticism at the WEF of delegates arriving in private jets to attend the conference in 5,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps. The organisers of WEF urge delegates not to fly by private jet and use the train instead. Some attendees are transported in electric buggies.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/21/davos-world-bank-chief-climate-change-al-gore-pharrell-williams

11794
Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Treaty - Paris 2015
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:41:01 PM »
From the World Economic Forum at Davos:
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Financiers have gone from masters of the universe to pariahs to punching bags at the World Economic Forum over the past decade. This year they’re a sideshow as policy makers dominate the debate.

While the global banking industry is still grappling with the consequences of the financial crisis and atoning for past misconduct, its travails are overshadowed at this year’s conclave in the Swiss Alps by oil, new terror threats and the European Central Bank’s plan to start buying government bonds to revive inflation.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-21/bank-ceos-a-davos-sideshow-as-the-ecb-oil-grab-spotlight.html

11795
Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:36:16 PM »
Yet another international report finds renewable energy systems are now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in many parts of the world.
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IRENA’s report also finds that renewables are the best option for bringing power to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who are currently living without access to electricity, as well as isolated island populations that rely on diesel generators.

And the dramatic decline in oil prices – 60% since last summer – is unlikely to douse the success of renewables, with investments in the clean energy sector expected to continue, according to IRENA.

The report said:

Oil prices remain volatile, so for an investment with a lifetime of 25 years or more, today’s oil prices are not an accurate measure on which to base an investment decision in electricity generation.

http://tcktcktck.org/2015/01/renewable-energy-cost-competitive-fossil-fuels-shows-study/66085

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States have a new ally in their search to figure out how they’ll reduce emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change targets.
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A new initiative launched Wednesday by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Heising-Simons family will help states come up with plans for emissions reductions that meet the standards of the Clean Power Plan, which was proposed in June and is currently being finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency. States will have flexibility in figuring out how to meet the targets, and the new initiative, dubbed the Clean Energy Initiative, will provide technical help for about 12 or so states that want to develop ambitious plans.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/21/3613702/how-to-emissions-cutting-guide/

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Louisiana struggles to preserve its vanishing coastline against the fossil fuel industry the state depends on.
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A 2006 study by the U.S, Geological Survey and Gas Research Institute concluded that 36 percent of the wetland loss was directly caused by the oil and gas companies’ activity. As the state and its people wrestle with the impacts of this grave problem, an unprecedented court case is pitting the independent state agency responsible for protecting Louisianians from floods against the dozens of fossil fuel companies whose decades of largely unchecked extraction activities have put the state’s vital wetland ecosystem on life support.
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Don Briggs, the President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, declined ThinkProgress’ request for an interview, but in a statement warned: “The negative impact of this suit will continue to be felt across the state as fewer dollars will be invested into our state economy, fewer rigs will be present, and in turn, fewer revenue dollars will be contributed to our state budget.”

The industry also has the full backing of Louisiana’s governor, newest senator and legislature, which passed a bill this summer attempting to kill the lawsuit. Governor Jindal, who has received generous donations from the oil and gas industry during his time in office, has blasted the lawsuit as “frivolous” and made attempts to appoint levee board members more favorable to corporate interests.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/21/3611980/louisiana-coast-lawsuit/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Is this the Nuclear Fusion we are looking for?
« on: January 22, 2015, 04:08:12 PM »
Why It's Taking The U.S. So Long To Make Fusion Energy Work
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/fusion-energy-reactor_n_6438772.html

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Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:51:58 AM »
California's Big Trees are suffering.

I visited Sequoia National Park some years ago (late 90's?) because I thought the trees might not be around much longer, due to drought, insects, etc.  At the time, the rangers stressed how resilient the trees were, so not to worry, now that we had stopped human damage by logging, trampling the roots, taking pine cones as souvenirs, etc.  Climate change didn't come up.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/21/3613620/californias-big-trees-are-suffering-badly/

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"Enhanced" apparently meaning: "Made it sound better to Republicans."

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The official website for House Republicans has posted on YouTube a version of President Obama’s State of the Union address which cuts out comments where the President was critical of Republican rhetoric on climate change, ThinkProgress has learned.

In the website’s “enhanced webcast” of the State of the Union speech, President Obama’s comments criticizing Republicans for saying they are “not scientists” when it comes to climate change are erased.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/01/21/3613732/you-cant-handle-the-truth/

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