End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.

Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, June 11, 2018, End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.  The U.S. power mix is rapidly changing, but utilities still want the same thing — a resource mix that delivers the most reliable and safe …

What’s a public bank? States or municipalities use reserves for a public mission and the needs of the public it represents, such as local investments and local businesses

https://youtu.be/xiYaEIwbwbg VIDEO: An Introduction to Public Banking, by In Context Report (7:23) A Public Bank is a chartered depository bank in which public funds are deposited. It is owned by a government unit — a state, county, city, or tribe — and mandated to serve a public mission that reflects the values and needs of the public that it represents. In existing and proposed US …

Costa Rica’s New President Vows ‘Emancipation’ From Dirty Transport

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president-elect of Costa Rica, plans to continue the country’s extraordinary stewardship of the environment with a pledge to decarbonize its transportation sector. On Sunday, he promised that one day Costa Rica will “celebrate its emancipation from petrol and diesel in the transportation system, replacing them with clean energy,” Climate Change News quoted him saying. “That transformation would be the ‘abolition of the army’ …

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting trillions in continued spending, especially on mid and higher cost projects

Energy groups risk wasting $1.6 trillion of investment by assuming that current emissions-cutting policies will not be tightened up in the light of the latest science and international climate change goals, according to the think tank Carbon Tracker. In a new report, Mind the gap: the $1.6 trillion energy transition risk, it warns that there is “a yawning gap” between the …

Electric vehicles are cleaner than combustion vehicles everywhere, including China

Excerpt from Forbes Feb 2018 Electric vehicles are definitely growing around the world, and will top 300 million shortly after 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. UPS just announced a partnership with Workhorse to build about 35,000 electric vans for its delivery fleet based, in part, on how much easier it is now to charge them. This is extremely important because a third …

7 climate change myths that big oil continues to perpetuate

Don’t believe everything you hear. Cardiff University’s George Ferns outlines 7 myths big oil would have you believe, and why these ideas are dangerous to the fight against climate change. Fossil fuel plants in Alberta, Canada. One of the oil industry’s biggest fears regarding climate change is regulation. Image: kris krüg, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By George Ferns Friday 23 February 2018, Eco-Business In the last …

Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …

Methane emissions are responsible for about a quarter of the human-caused global warming the world is experiencing today, including up to a million abandoned wells in Pennsylvania

Methane leakage is widespread. In November, a study found the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico’s oil and gas industry are “equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants.” And last month a new NASA study that found most of the huge rise in global methane emissions in the past decade is from the fossil fuel industry — and that this rise is …

Richmond, California Files Lawsuit Against Chevron, Others For Climate Damages

From DeSmogBlog By Farron Cousins • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 11:33  Share342  Tweet  Reddit3  Share0  Share The city of Richmond, California is the home of oil giant Chevron’s domestic headquarters. It also happen to be the ninth city in the United States to file a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for their contributions to global climate change. The lawsuit filed by the city lists Chevron …

Little EV power from coal. 28–42% of electric car drivers in the US and Europe have home solar power, and most of the rest of the electricity to run EVs is from natural gas

Electric Cars Mostly Run On Electricity From Renewable Energy Or Natural Gas February 6th, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica This article is part of our “CleanTechnica Answer Box” collection. In this collection of articles, we respond to dozens of common anti-cleantech myths. Myth: electric vehicles mostly run on electricity generated from coal. Short answer: Actually, electric cars in the United States mostly run on …