Managed decline of the fossil fuel industry

The 2020 climate candidate’s latest proposal calls for ending federal support for fossil fuels, ramping up prosecutions and putting a new spin on carbon pricing. By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jay-inslee-climate_n_5d103fece4b07ae90d9f72df June 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee already laid out plans to shut down all coal plants by 2030, spur a clean-energy construction boom and target climate change …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019)

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019) During the last couple of decades—and particularly during the last ten years—mining companies have filed dozens of claims against Latin American countries before international arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of …

All the reasons why gas isn’t a good idea: More natural gas isn’t a “middle ground” — it’s a climate disaster.

To tackle climate change, natural gas has got to go By David Roberts @vox.com  May 30, 2019 SHARE A liquid natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal.  Shutterstock Expert opinion on climate change policy has been evolving quickly. The opinion of policymakers has not always kept up. One area where this split is particularly notable is around the role of natural gas in a clean energy future. For …

The big energy companies plan to produce 21 percent more oil in 2025, but the IEA expects demand to increase only 10 percent

Houston Chronicle, May 2019  The world has already found all the oil it should ever burn Chris Tomlinson May 6, 2019  1of2Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion group demonstrate during protests outside the Bank of England in the City of London, U.K., on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The demonstrators are demanding that the U.K. acknowledge the “crisis” posed by global warming, …

Colorado steps toward decarbonization in 2019, agenda for 2020

15 years ago, Colorado’s two top electricity providers were determined to build large coal plants and continue to invest in fossil fuel generation, adding millions of tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and oceans and standing in the way of using Colorado’s abundant wind, solar, water and other renewable resources.  These corporate goals superseded citizen and ratepayer opposition, and …

Breaking: Fossil Fuels Choke Denver With Air Quality 3 Times Worse Than Beijing

Kyle Clark, a 9 News anchor, reported that 30 to 40 percent of ozone levels — a related form of pollution that is not responsible for the brown cloud — result from the state’s oil and gas industry. Traffic generates similar levels, he tweeted. By Andy Bosselman, StreetsBlog, Mar 6, 2019,  link to original article Downtown Denver viewed today through the haze of …

Turn Methane into CO2 to Reduce Warming, Experts Propose

Converting methane into a less potent greenhouse gas would need to be done along with overall emissions reductions.  By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News on May 21, 2019 and in Scientific American. Credit: Getty Images Most plans to tackle climate change revolve around cutting down on carbon dioxide, usually by reducing human emissions. But an unconventional new idea could actually slow the progress of global warming by …

Fossil fuel subsidies – May 2019 report

The IMF paper on “Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies” finds that the world is wasting 6.5% of global GDP — US$5.2 trillion per year — subsidising dirty energy through direct subsidies, tax breaks, or non-internalisation of externalities. Coal remains the largest recipient of these explicit or implicit subsidies, despite being the most polluting. The second paper, on “Fiscal Policies for Paris …

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime Who’s Behind The War On Electric Cars? May 17th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica If you …

Maritime freight transport decarbonization – May 2019

This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector. Based in London, the IMO is the UN agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the environmental impact of …