Big oil’s bad, bad day

Tremendously good news from court rulings and shareholder votes that may finally Force the fossil-fuel industry to make systemic changes. From an email sent by Bill McKibben for The New Yorker dated May 26, 2021: In what may be the most cataclysmic day so far for the traditional fossil-fuel industry, a remarkable set of shareholder … Continue reading Big oil’s bad, bad day

A visible, inevitable environmental disaster that’s being ignored

This giant rusting ship holding over a million gallons of oil in a highly vulnerable location -- environmentally and economically -- gets no attention despite the horrendous impact either a break in the ship or fire would cause. I hope you can click thru to see the charts. I've added some bolding to the article. … Continue reading A visible, inevitable environmental disaster that’s being ignored

Solar energy has gotten insanely cheap

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world ‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen – and no one saw it coming ‘Solar is providing the cheapest energy the world has ever seen ... It’s a fundamentally different world we’re moving into.’ Photograph: Lukas … Continue reading Solar energy has gotten insanely cheap

E-scooters — yay or nay in NYC

Very interesting analysis of e-scooters: their utility and their dangers. I can always count on The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Mother Jones for thorough reporting and analysis of issues I care about. Other specialized publications can match them on various topics but it's hard to beat those three. The E-Scooters Loved by Silicon Valley … Continue reading E-scooters — yay or nay in NYC

Another airborne killer web we largely ignore

The passage of the Clean Air Act of 1963 did do an admirable job of clearing visible pollution from the air in the United States. Other parts of the world, particularly China and India, have seasons during which it's almost impossible to see your own feet. Such polluted air isn't just ugly. It kills. And … Continue reading Another airborne killer web we largely ignore

Divest fossil fuels = make money

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-powerful-new-financial-argument-for-fossil-fuel-divestment? The Powerful New Financial Argument for Fossil-Fuel Divestment A report by BlackRock, the world’s largest investment house, shows that those who have divested have profited not only morally but also financially. By Bill McKibben April 3, 2021 Protesters have argued that you shouldn’t try to profit off the end of the world. New analysis shows … Continue reading Divest fossil fuels = make money

US fossil-fuel companies took billions in tax breaks, but laid off thousands anyway

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/02/fossil-fuel-companies-billions-tax-breaks-workers? US fossil-fuel companies took billions in tax breaks – and then laid off thousands Figures show 77 companies received $8.2bn under tax changes related to Covid relief and yet almost every one let workers go An oil well site in south Texas. Photograph: Jennifer Hiller/Reuters Oliver Milman@olliemilmanFri 2 Apr 2021 05.00 EDT 2,187 Fossil-fuel companies … Continue reading US fossil-fuel companies took billions in tax breaks, but laid off thousands anyway

Windfarm to be built off East Coast

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/29/joe-biden-administration-wind-energy-new-jersey White House moves toward approving huge windfarm off east coast Biden administration’s effort to increase offshore wind energy is part of plan to generate power for more than 10m homes by 2030 The GE-Alstom Block Island windfarm stands three miles off of Block Island, Rhode Island. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images Associated Press in WashingtonMon 29 Mar 2021 15.43 … Continue reading Windfarm to be built off East Coast

First public hearings held on proposal to expand the Danskammer plant

I testified during the afternoon session in opposition to this proposed plant that would be powered but fracked gas from Pennsylvania. Many of the hundreds who spoke were relatively local while I live down the Hudson on Manhattan. I made three points in less than three minutes. (1) They would Never have thought of putting … Continue reading First public hearings held on proposal to expand the Danskammer plant

Local action in NYC fighting equipment to expand the use of fracked gas

Food & Water Watch, members of the Fire Department of New York, and local activists are protesting permits proposed for the addition of more liquified and compressed natural gas to its Greenpoint Facility in Brooklyn. The proposal also seeks to transport trucks carrying this product thru parts of the city. Other than the company proposing … Continue reading Local action in NYC fighting equipment to expand the use of fracked gas

Who’s behind studies used by Republicans to oppose clean energy?

Is anyone surprised that fossil fuel industry fingerprints are all over Republican-favored study opposing Biden's plans to clean the air and water? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/09/republican-study-wyoming-biden-climate-plans Republicans' new favorite study trashes Biden's climate plans – but who's behind it? Wyoming representative Liz Cheney says the study proves Biden’s policies would destroy state economies. But it has the oil … Continue reading Who’s behind studies used by Republicans to oppose clean energy?

Lessons from the three basic errors in Texas energy system

This is a lengthy article but worth reading. The Texas energy system was unregulated, yes, but its members could have planned for the foreseeable -- but didn't because the costs seemed too great. Unfortunately for Texas, the bottom line is that this disaster proved that total lack of oversight can produce utter disaster. A shame … Continue reading Lessons from the three basic errors in Texas energy system