U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For 1st Time In Over 130 Years, but Still a Long Ways to Go for Electricity

December 31st, 2020 by U.S. Energy Information Administration   Monthly Energy Review in Clean Technica In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past …

Zombie mines idle cleanup while workers suffer in limbo

https://publicintegrity.org/environment/while-zombie-mines-idle-cleanup-and-workers-suffer-in-limbo/, excerpt 2020 U.S. coal production has fallen by a third in the past decade, and temporary cessation has emerged as an escape route for cash-strapped owners. One in five non-abandoned coal mines now sits idle. Hoops’ companies have idled coal operations more often and for longer than nearly anyone, and the Blackjewel and Revelation bankruptcy proceedings offer a master …

No Debate, Most Oil Shale Is Doomed. Meanwhile, FF bankruptcy filings show funding of climate change denialism

Oct. 27, 2020 Seeking Alpha.com by Kirk Spano https://seekingalpha.com/article/4381730-no-debate-oil-shale-is-doomed Shale has huge competition to fill remaining oil demand. Zero cash takeovers for Permian producers is a very bad signal for the rest of the industry. Debt-laden shale companies simply cannot pay down debt at likely demand and prices – a last wave of bankruptcies and takeunders is coming. There might …

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem: Gas-powered heating, cooking rivals greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and transportation

By Chase Woodruff -July 24, 2020, Colorado News Online https://coloradonewsline.com/2020/07/24/colorados-buildings-are-a-6-billion-square-foot-climate-change-problem/ Oct 2020 – Saul Griffith’s Paper: Fighting CC and saving money by electrifying America’s households: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e540e7fb9d1816038da0314/t/5f9290062226271c5b66b7d0/1603440672253/Households+Technical_White_Paper.pdf Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — …

People living within 10 miles of an oil refinery had a much higher risk of multiple cancer types than those living between 20-30 miles from a refinery

Top stories – December 2020 In a new study published in the December issue of the  Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a robust statistical analysis showed people living within 10 miles of an oil refinery had a much higher risk of multiple cancer types than those living between 20-30 miles from a refinery. Twin Tesla stories dominated readership in …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

How The Fracking Revolution Is Killing the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

December 2020, DeSmog – The U.S. oil and gas industry is still producing large amounts of oil and gas by fracking — and it continues to lose money doing it. The companies that are doing this have taken on large amounts of debt to make this happen. Paying off debt is also made more difficult when there are fewer and fewer strong producing sites. …

Harmful amounts of methane are leaking from aging underground gas pipes, 3-4 leads per mile found

Phillips obtained his own methane detector — a state-of-the-art model called a cavity ringdown spectrometer — and put it in a car. “We just measure while we drive,” he says. “It’s a very fast-acting piece of equipment. https://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142504812/bostons-leaky-gas-lines-may-be-tough-on-the-trees By PATRICK SKAHILL• NOV 19, 2020 NPR.org A new study of natural gas infrastructure in Connecticut says harmful amounts of methane are leaking from …

Utility uses undercover consultant and paid actors to influence stakeholder process

 Daniel Tait  •  November 22, 2020, Energy & Policy Institute UPDATE 12/16/20: The Mississippi Public Service Commission, after EPI’s publication, directed its staff and representatives to, “not engage in any dialogue, formal or informal, related to public policy or any other matter within the Commission’s jurisdiction, with any stakeholder or other participant who declines to publicly disclose who he or she represents.” …