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  • Monday, November 20, 2017

    The U.S. Is Starting To Get It

    Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change; After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change

    Dana Nuccetelli, November 20, 2017 (UK Guardian)

    “…Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only 54% understand that it’s mostly human-caused, while 33% incorrectly believe global warming is due mainly to natural factors…[even though] the lastest science shows humans are responsible for 1°C global surface warming over the past 150 years – approximately 100% of the warming we’ve observed…[According to the just-released Climate Change In The American Mind, Americans are nevertheless growing increasingly concerned about climate change. A record 22% are very worried about it (double the number in the March 2015 survey), and 63% of Americans are at least somewhat worried about climate change. That’s probably because they perceive direct climate impacts – 64% of survey participants think that global warming is affecting the weather, and 33% said it’s having a big influence…Americans also connecting the dots to specific extreme weather events. About 54% said that climate change worsened the extreme heat waves, wildfires, and hurricanes that pummeled the country in 2017…” click here for more

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    New Energy Buying Goes Mainstream

    NREL Study: ‘Demand For Green Power Is Ubiquitous’ In The U.S.

    Joseph Bebon, November 16, 2017 (Solar Industry)

    “…The U.S. voluntary green power market continues to grow, with about 6.3 million voluntary customers buying 95 million MWh of renewable electricity in 2016, a 19% increase in sales from 2015…[and the] voluntary green power market represents about 28% of all U.S. non-hydro renewable electricity sales [according to Climate Change In The American Mind]. The vast majority of green power customers are residential…[but] large non-residential customers have driven significant increases in green power sales in recent years. Non-residential customers – especially corporations – are finding new ways to procure green power through power purchase agreements and innovative utility renewable contracts. Electricity customers can also purchase green power through utility green pricing, unbundled renewable energy certificates, competitive suppliers, community choice aggregations, and community solar…[D]emand for green power is ubiquitous; customers buy green power in every state in the U.S. in both urban and rural areas. Green power generation is similarly widespread, with contributions from every state and 18 different states generating more than 1 million MWh of green power in 2016…” click here for more

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    House, Senate To Face Off Over Wind Support

    U.S. House Tax Bill Bad for Wind Energy; Renewable projects fare better under the Senate’s tax reform measure.

    Sonia Smith, November 17, 2017 (Texas Monthly)

    “Abundant wind, a self-contained electrical grid, and renewable friendly subsidies led Texas to become the national leader in wind energy…[Wind turbines have replaced pump jacks on the state’s landscape. Its installed] wind capacity has more than doubled in the last seven years, to 21,450 megawatts…[But] the U.S. House approved a bill provision that would retroactively cut the production tax credit (PTC) for wind, geothermal, and “closed-loop” biofuel facilities]. Critics say these changes, if they make it into law, will chill growth in the [industries] and derail billions of dollars worth of planned projects…[The renewable energy PTC provides a 2.3-cent per kilowatt hour tax incentive for the first ten years’ output of renewable plants that broke ground in 2015 and 2016. Under a] 2015 phaseout deal, projects breaking ground this year receive 80 percent of the credit, while those starting construction in 2018 and 2019 would get 60 percent and 40 percent respectively…[The House plan cuts the 2.3-cent-per-kilowatt-hour tax credit to 1.5 cents and retroactively changes eligibility. Provisions in the Senate version of the bill protect the PTC. The differences will force a showdown before the bill can be sent to the president]…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    Green Roofs To Fight Climate Change

    Green roofs to reduce the effects of climate change

    November 13, 2017 PhysOrg)

    “…[Between 512 acres and 1830 acres of green roofs in the city of Seville, Spain, could reduce the effects of climate change…[This between 11 and 40 percent of the buildings in the city…[According to The role of green roofs in climate change mitigation, there are two options for addressing climate change. One is attacking] at its origin, by eliminating or reducing the human factors that contribute to it (such as, reducing emissions, controlling pollution, etc.)…[The other is] developing strategies that allow for its effects to be reduced, such as…increasing green areas in cities…[by using] the tops of buildings as green roofs…The installation of these gardens would provide better insulation for the buildings, which would mean energy savings for their owners. A sufficient number of green roofs would result in an improvement in environmental conditions, contributing to a reducing pollution and cushioning the effects of climate warming…” click here for more

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    Solar Tariffs Threaten National Security

    Cracking down on foreign-made solar panels would make U.S. less secure

    Norman R. Seip, November 13, 2017 (Washington Post)

    “…The U.S. International Trade Commission is proposing tariffs on imported solar energy panels for Trump to approve. That [kind of protectionism] may be tempting for the president…[But it] would hurt our national security, cost veterans their jobs and increase power bills for everyday Americans…Over the past seven years, the price of solar has dropped by 70 percent, giving our military a cost-effective, reliable, flexible source of electricity for its operations. The tariffs proposed would significantly raise the cost of solar energy, jeopardizing the financial viability of solar projects at U.S. military bases across the globe and threatening our long-term security interests…The military is our country’s single largest energy consumer…[W]hen the military is forced to rely on a single source of fuel to power its global operations, the consequences can, quite literally, be devastating…[Also, the solar] sector employs 260,000 American workers, including 23,303 veterans…[An Energy Department program, Solar Ready Vets,] is connecting our nation’s highly skilled veterans to solar industry jobs. With tariffs, tens of thousands of these solar workers, including many veterans, will lose their job within months. The impact will continue for years…” click here for more

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    Unions Back Great Lakes Wind

    Electrical, steel workers lead show of support for the Icebreaker Wind project proposed for Lake Erie

    James F. McCarty, November 13, 2017 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

    "North America's first freshwater offshore wind farm scheduled to be constructed in Lake Erie next year is receiving a strong boost from electrical and steel union workers and entrepreneurs and business owners who support the project's job-creation and clean energy potential…Certification by the Ohio Power Siting Board is required before construction can begin on the $126 million, six-turbine wind farm planned for a site about eight to 10 miles northwest of Cleveland in Lake Erie…[T]he Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., the nonprofit development group that is guiding the project, will be monitoring and analyzing the potential impact of the turbines on birds, bats and fish…[LEEDCo] expects the environmental surveys will confirm their risk assessments showing that Icebreaker will have minimal adverse impact on fish and wildlife…[Birding groups who oppose the plan fear] the potential for high mortality rates due to collisions by birds and bats into the spinning fan blades…[The National Audubon Society is withholding] judgment until the wildlife surveys are completed…” click here for more

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    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Sponge Cities Can Help The Climate Fight

    China is Building 30 “Sponge Cities” to Soften the Blow of Climate Change

    Chelsea Gohd, November 12, 2017 (Futurism)

    “...One consequence of our warming world is increasingly frequent and more severe flooding. This is especially problematic in growing, crowded cities...[China’s Sponge City Initiative will, by 2020, make 80 percent of urban areas in China able to] re-use at least 70 percent of their rainwater...Strategies include using permeable surfaces and green (meaning that it incorporates plant-life) infrastructure. The concept has so much potential that other cities around the world, like in Berlin, are looking to become more spongy...Increased natural disasters will be a consequence of climate change that threatens all countries around the world...China is taking a firm stand against [life-threatening] flooding with this initiative…From advanced drainage systems to roadways capable of absorbing water and creative planting, sponge cities are getting increasingly innovative in how they might be able to better fend off treacherous floodwaters...[But this is] just a band-aid for a much bigger problem…[U]nless we make radical, global changes, humanity will feel more and more severe effects of climate change...” click here for more

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    Surf’s Down – Wave Power Travails

    Whatever happened to wave power?

    Dave Elliot, November 11, 2017 (Environmental Research Web)

    “…The average rated capacity of wave energy devices over the past three years (2015-2017) was 70% lower than (in) the period between 2000 and 2014. In contrast tidal stream saw a 124% increase in the average rated capacity during the same period…Many wave devices have been tested and some are still under test, but it has proved harder to extract energy from the often turbulent wave environment than from the relatively calm undersea tidal flows. There have also been funding and program management issues, [according to Examining the Effectiveness of support for UK Wave Energy innovation since 2000: Lost at Sea or a new wave of innovation?. It found] that a major institutional barrier was ‘the overwhelming emphasis on full-scale device demonstration, with a view to ‘fast tracking’ progress to commercial array-scale projects before the underpinning early- to mid-stage R&D had been performed…Underpinning these developments was a poor understanding of the scale of the innovation challenge and the associated time and funds required…” click here for more

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    Powering Homes With Car Batteries

    How Your Electric Car Could Help Power Your Home

    Thomas Hornigold, November 12, 2017 (Singularity Hub)

    “..[F]ossil-fuel lobbyists and renewable energy skeptics [argue the sun and wind are not] always available...[but] it’s generally acknowledged we’re going to need better batteries to achieve a goal of 100 percent renewable energy...[B]attery research and development and manufacturing must be vastly improved before this is a truly scalable solution...[One concern is the installation cost but] batteries may have a specific advantage...[Many households will have access to a ready-made battery in their electric cars] which could be used to help power the home...[This] matches up very well with the way that many people use their cars... [Less than a third of [a car’s] battery power could provide all the energy your home needs for a full day…[T]his is not a catch-all solution. The key word for the electric grid of the future should be flexibility—an infrastructure that is capable of receiving electricity from a multitude of sources, spread out over a variety of different locations, meeting intermittent supply and demand needs…” click here for more

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    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Beatle Paul McCartney’s Diet For Climate Action

    Sir Paul McCartney Slams Pres. Trump's Climate Change Denials: 'Forget About Him We Can Do Something'

    Gil Kaufman, November 6, 2017 (Billboard)

    “…[Sir Paul McCartney’s One Day a Week] encourages people to go just one day a week without eating animal products to help the environment….[He calls it ‘part of the solution’ and a way to respond to ‘someone like Trump’ who calls climate change ‘a hoax’ because it is a way to say] ‘forget about him, we can do something’…[McCartney called] Trump's attitude about climate change ‘madness’ and accused the president of reversing…[advances in the fight against climate change. The McCartney film was released ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference this week and focuses on animal agriculture as an under-covered aspect of climate change…[The film, which is intended to raise awareness of the need for action,] is narrated by McCartney and features his music…” click here for more

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    The Wind Bargain Gets Better

    Report: Developing a wind farm is cheaper than ever

    Heather Richards, November 5, 2017 (Caspar Star-Tribune)

    “…New wind power costs between $30 and $60 dollars per megawatt hour, not counting a federal tax subsidy. It’s cheaper than solar, gas and coal. Add in the federal helping hand and the cost of new wind falls to between $14 and $52, according to [Lazard’s latest annual Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 11.0)]…[Power Company of Wyoming’s] Chokecherry Sierra Madre wind farm is under construction for the first phase of a 1,000 turbine farm…And Rocky Mountain Power, the state’s largest utility, would like to repower their entire wind fleet in the state, as well as bring 1,100 new megawatts online...[For those opposed to the federal tax subsidy to wind and supportive of Wyoming’s struggling coal sector, wind gets an unfair deal…[but the Lazard report shows wind] is simply beating traditional power sources on its own…Last year, coal would have had a break-even of between $60 and $143 per megawatt hour…A combined cycle natural gas plant’s break-even cost is between $42 and $78 per megawatt hour…[and nuclear] is between $112 and $183…” click here for more

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    Why Red States Like New Energy

    The U.S. solar industry's new growth region: Trump country

    Nichola Groom, October 12, 2017 (Reuters)

    “…[T]he solar power industry is booming across Trump country, fueled by falling development costs and [federal tax incentives], which many Republicans in Congress continue to support…[E]ight of the 10 fastest-growing U.S. solar markets between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017 were Western, Midwestern or Southern states that voted for Trump, with Alabama and Mississippi topping the list. And solar firms are ramping up investments in these regions…[This] illustrates the complexity of green power politics in Washington and casts doubt on whether the administration can boost the coal and nuclear sectors while subsidies continue to the fuel growth of competing wind and solar…With falling development costs, solar firms now see strong prospects [even in conservative states with New Energy mandates]…The estimated costs of solar power generation have dropped 85 percent since 2009, making its unsubsidized cost competitive with natural gas in the sunniest locations…Solar and wind energy firms have become important constituents in some Republican-led states because they employ about 300,000 people nationwide - six times the number working in the coal industry…[This] directly undermines Trump’s goal of boosting the coal industry…” click here for more

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    Monday, November 6, 2017

    Jamie Lannister Calls For Resisting Climate Change

    Game of Thrones Star Sounds the Alarm on Climate Change; Actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reports from the frontlines of global warming in Greenland and the Maldives.

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, November 6, 2017 (National Geographic)

    “…[It's hard to feel climate change’s one- or two-tenths of a degree per year increase…[but in Greenland and the Maldive Islands] the effects of climate change are easily visible to the naked eye and eerily similar…[B]oth Maldives and Greenland have a widely dispersed population and face infrastructural challenges for services as basic as waste disposal. The residents living in villages scattered across the islands depend largely on fishing for income and sustenance…As temperatures rise, Greenland’s magnificent ice caps are melting at a quickening pace while rising sea levels and increasing storm surges are eroding the picture-perfect beaches of the Maldives.

    Climate change is not only threatening to erase the very characteristics that make these two places as unique and beautiful as they are; it’s also directly impacting the local economies and way of life…In Greenland, the fast-melting ice sheet is pouring 300 billion tons of ice into the ocean each year, which harms important coastal ecosystems, local food and water supplies and is a major contributor to rising sea levels…[In the Maldives, rising] sea levels and increased occurrences of storm surges and tidal waves are destroying people’s livelihoods and compromising freshwater reserves…” click here for more

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    It’s Official (Again) – The Climate Is Changing And Humans Are The Cause

    Federal report blames humans for global warming and its effects

    Timothy Cama and Devin Henry, November 3, 2017 (The Hill)

    “…[Humans are the primary driver of climate change, causing higher temperatures, sea level rise, agriculture problems and more [according to the first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment from more than a dozen federal agencies…Many of the report’s conclusions directly contradict the Trump administration’s positions on climate change…[including its claim that it is not clear that] human-caused greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are the primary cause of climate change…[T] he Climate Assessment plainly states that is the case…[It reports that it is ‘extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause’ of the rising global average temperature evidenced by] ‘changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures; melting glaciers; diminishing snow cover; shrinking sea ice; rising sea levels; ocean acidification; and increasing atmospheric water vapor’…The report cites ‘thousands of studies conducted by researchers around the world’ that show evidence of a warming globe…[and] includes dire warnings about the impact of climate change on human activities…” click here for more

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