It’s a white Halloween…
Two days of measurable snow accumulation by October 31st. Weird.
On to the links…
Offshore Windfarms ‘Can Provide More Electricity than the World Needs’—This is some change that I can believe in. How do we make the transition to offshore wind happen faster?
7 Ways Hurricane Sandy Started a Tidal Wave of Resilience—It took New York City and a chunk of the eastern seaboard getting walloped for people to pay attention to resilience as a way to protect coastal communities and ecosystems, but it is a start.
‘Grand African Savannah Green Up’: Major $85 Million Project Announced to Scale up Agroforestry in Africa—If only a portion of the projected benefits are realized this is a major victory. As big as $85 million sounds, it is truly a drop in the bucket in a world where the US spends more than $2 billion a day on defense related accounts.
‘Green Gold’ Tree Offers Brazil Deforestation Hope—We must repair the damage caused by modern society. Plant these trees now. Plant as many as possible. What is the downside?
The White House Wants Climate Change Off the G7 Agenda. It Doesn’t Really Work That Way.—In Donald Trump’s world, Donnie Two Scoops gets what Donnie Two Scoops wants. Rules, decorum, whatever be damned. It will be interesting to see how he handles a hostile impeachment process as the revelations of his administration’s misdeeds become common knowledge. Then again this is a man who has a lawyer insist that the president is above the law.
Trump’s Public Lands Chief Wrote For A Cult Extremist’s Magazine—The Trump administration is so messed up and hurting for warm bodies that people aligned with Lyndon LaRouche are getting government posts.
4 Out of 5 EU Coal Plants Are Losing Money—The market has spoken and now the effort to phase out coal will run into the nasty business of politics.
Moody’s Sees “Significant” Drops In Powder River Basin Coal Production—It’s called a death spiral for a reason. One company declares bankruptcy. This in turn raised the cost of capital for the existing coal companies. This in turn caused their prices to rise. This in turn causes utilities and consumers to look at cheaper energy. This in turn causes another coal company to declare bankruptcy.
Murray Energy Is 8th Coal Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy—You better believe that Robert Murray, the Dr. Evil facsimile who pals around with Donald Trump, will find a way to screw the American taxpayer through this bankruptcy. My guess is that he will pay himself millions, vacate any pension or medical obligations, and find a way to dump clean up costs on the governments where these mines operate.
Kentucky’s Leaders Are Siding With the Coal Industry, and Its Poorest Residents Are Paying a Price—Coal companies have never cared about the people who mine coal or the land from which they mine coal. They only care about money. The unholy alliance of Trump, coal company CEOs, and regular miners is coming to an end as everyone sees the fraud that is the blue collar billionaire and his corrupt cronies.
World’s Largest Storage Battery — 2.5 GWh — To Replace Gas Peaker Plants In Queens—No one wants a peaker plant in their neighborhood, but a battery can sit in a commercial building or the basement of a residential building just waiting to be deployed to smooth out the differences in supply versus demand on the grid.
No-Gold Perovskite Solar Cells Aim A Dagger At The Heart Of Fossil Fuels—Nuclear power was supposed to be too cheap to meter, but it looks like solar photovoltaic may actually get to that point if developments in perovskite solar cells can be commercialized.
A $60,000 Solar Project, with No Money Down: A Colorado Program Helps Businesses Finance Renewable Energy Projects—If you hate solar power than a program like this should scare the living shit out of you. Every panel that gets deployed is demand that is not coming back to the grid.
Heat (The Elephant In The Room)—The path to deep decarbonization has to address our desire for heat. Whether it is to heat our homes or the water with which we bathe this demand for heat drives demand for energy. A lot of that energy is provided by fossil fuels.
‘Chocogedden’ is Fast Approaching—Climate change is coming for all of the foods that we love. Maybe we should just get used to subsisting on soylent like “foods.”
It’s Time to Ban Filters on Cigarettes—This was my father’s wish. As a former smoker who occasionally lapsed in his middle age he felt that filters were a way to make people feel like smoking was not as bad for them as was the case. And he hated the butts being thrown everywhere.