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 …

Valve-turner, Climate ‘Hero’ Gets Three-Year Prison Sentence for Shutting Down Tar Sands Pipeline

Common Dreams By Jessica Corbett 6 Feb 2018 Michael Foster, the valve turner who temporarily halted the flow of tar sands oil in TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in October 2016, called for future actions to address the global climate crisis before he headed to prison, where he is expected to serve at least a year of his three-year sentence. “It doesn’t matter if I’m sitting in jail. …

Exxon’s vast fossil fuel reserves “face little risk” of being left in the ground, the company said

By Brad Plumer, NYTimes, Feb 2, 2018 Exxon Mobil’s shareholders — concerned that the company’s main businesses, oil and natural gas, may be imperiled — had demanded last year that the company give a more detailed accounting of the consequences of global policies aimed at curbing emissions of earth-warming gases. Those policies include the goal of the Paris climate agreement to …

Business may have to pick up the bill for climate change, warn analysts

By Madeleine Cuff 2 February 2018 Business Green  Litigation risk from climate change joins corporate disclosure and tougher supply chains scrutiny as Verisk Maplecroft’s top environmental risks for business in 2018 Businesses are under increasing threat of being sued for their role in causing climate change, according to environmental analysts at Verisk Maplecroft. As extreme weather events become more common, and more expensive …

Some progress toward phase out of support for fossil fuel projects at the World Bank, though the IFC continues

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels By Jason Kirk on 19 January 2018 RenewEconomy and The Conversation World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron. AP Photo/Francois Mori The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially phasing out its support for the oil and gas industries. …

Illegality of the coal bailout

GTM Jan 11, 2018 Why Rick Perry’s Coal-Friendly Market Intervention Was Legally Doomed. by JEFF ST. JOHN DOE never met the basic legal requirements for enacting a major market change. But it did launch a valuable debate on the meaning of “resilience.” One FERC commissioner called Perry’s proposal a “multibillion-dollar bailout.” Legal experts have been saying for months that Energy Secretary Rick …

NASA-led Study Solves a Methane Puzzle: 68 percent of methane emission increase since 2006 due to oil and gas

68% of methane emission increase since 2006 due to oil and gas: https://go.nasa.gov/2D8XmQN  A reduction in global burned area in the 2000s had an unexpectedly large impact on methane emissions. Credits: NASA/GSFC/SVS Find the full animation here. A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation …

Natural gas is 30% of US energy consumption. Home heating, commercial usage, and industry natural gas usage is greater than power plants

Single-cycle gas turbines generally convert the heat energy from combustion into electricity at efficiencies of 35 to 40 percent. Higher efficiencies of 50 percent or more are possible in natural gas “combined-cycle” (NGCC) plants. NGCC plants first use the combustion gases to drive a gas turbine, after which the hot exhaust from the gas turbine is used to boil water into …