US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019, more than EU emissions

Emily Holden in Washington, Wed 17 Jul 2019 in The Guardian Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report. The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between …

Tri-State’s electric resource plan (ERP), by which renewable assets are added and emissions reduced, will remain under PUC regulation

Colorado Sun, July 19, 2019. In a sign of how quickly electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — has …

Fossil fuel EROI for electricity close to 3:1

Science Daily, July 2019: Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources — roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity. An evaluation of the global energy return on investment for …

Challenge to BLM oil and gas sales in 6 Navajo and Apache counties

AP, 16 July 2019, HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Three environmental groups have sued the federal government over oil and gas lease sales in eastern Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the leases last September. They cover more than 6 square miles (17 square kilometers) in Navajo and Apache counties. Two are near Woodruff and the third is near …

A UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet heats

By Georgina Gustin, July 15, 2019, Inside Climate News The combined forces of climate change, conflict and economic stagnation are driving more people around the world into hunger, reversing earlier progress, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported on Monday. Although the numbers fluctuate as economies rise and fall, conflicts come and go, and climate emergencies intensify and recede, …

Navajo Nation proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy

FARMINGTON — Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Elmer Begay, proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct the Navajo Nation Department of Justice to draft a replacement policy. It would also establish a task force to address the pending closures of the Navajo …

The extraction economy, continued: Fossil fuels rest on a foundation of colonialist exploitation and rent-seeking. That’s how they came in; that’s how they’ll go out

https://www.wyofile.com/appalachian-vulture-capitalists-invade-wyoming/In his 2017 book, Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia, historian Steven Stoll describes the dispossession and impoverishment of Appalachia’s self-sustaining agrarian society and the devastation of its landscapes by invasive non-resident extractive industries. That was in the last century, but recent events in Wyoming eerily reflect this sobering history. One by one, our critical coal mining assets are being acquired by …

Natural Gas Beat Coal in the US. Now Renewables and Storage Are Beating Natural Gas

2019. Coal, the long-reigning king of the U.S. power sector, was officially dethroned by cheap, abundant natural gas in 2016. In 2018, natural gas fueled more than 60 percent of newly installed electric-generating capacity and accounted for 35 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. Now, even Indiana is rejecting new gas plants and Los Angeles has struck a deal on the largest and …

‘Completely Terrifying’: Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinction Event

July 09, 2019 by Julia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams “Once we’re over the threshold…you’re dealing with how the Earth works, and it goes on its own ride.” The Atlantic coast near Galicia, Spain. A study by an MIT researcher warns that humans are pumping carbon into the world’s oceans at a rate that could trigger a mass extinction event. …

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 …