Vermont’s home batteries take on gas power plants

Canary Media, 24 May 2021 Grid futurists anticipate a world where small-scale energy equipment scattered across homes and businesses usurps the fossil-fueled, capital-intensive plants that currently run the grid. To make this happen, all those devices need to operate as reliably as today’s centralized, utility-run infrastructure. That’s not easy, and not guaranteed. But Vermont utility Green Mountain Power just proved …

1953 Review Outlines Key Issues With Fossil Fuels: The Most Colossal Planning Failure in Human History. Rapid Shift and Attention to the Rights of Future Generations Needed.

May 2021 “War Time Footing” Said Needed to Correct Economists’ Climate Change Failings. Steve Keen, a fellow at University College London, recently told CNBC that economic forecasts predicting the potential impact of climate change have grossly underestimated the reality and delayed global recovery efforts by decades. Keen said that mainstream economists ignored scientific data and instead “made up their own …

Social costs of carbon pollution and climate damage in Colorado

This article does not take account of air pollution health costs from fossil fuel combustion, which greatly exceed the costs of production of fossil fuels and profit from them, which would indicate a rapid phase out if the public interest could prevail. ** https://coloradosun.com/2021/05/25/social-cost-of-carbon-colorado-laws/ How much damage does climate change cause in Colorado? Leaders are trying to put a price …

The health impact of having a gas stove is equivalent to having a cigarette smoker in your home. IEA: world must stop mining fossil fuels

May 19, 2021: The world must immediately stop exploiting fossil fuels in order to reach net-zero targets globally by 2050, said the International Energy Agency. The health impact of having a gas cooktop in your home is roughly equivalent to having a cigarette smoker puffing away in the corner, and accounts for about twelve per cent of childhood asthma. “It’s …

Where It’s No Longer Credible To Deny Climate Change, The Fossil Fuel Giant Puts The Focus On ‘Risk’ And Blame On Consumers, In Echo Of Tobacco Industry PR, Researchers Find

Newly published research from Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard research associate Geoffrey Supran – the first computational study illustrating how the fossil fuel industry has encouraged and embodied AGW [anthropogenic global warming] narratives fixated on individual responsibility,” the paper says. The study used automated methods to analyze 180 ExxonMobil documents, 32 previously published internal company documents, and 76 New …

Harvard study says tighter oil, gas rules that allow exemptions make little difference: Study reviews Pennsylvania law

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, April 29, 2021 A new study that looks at Pennsylvania’s rules for locating oil and wells, and which notes Colorado’s new regulations, found that the distance between buildings and wells didn’t significantly change when the rules were tightened because exemptions were allowed. The study by the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard …

Biden’s tax plan goes after the little fossil fuel subsidies, but not the big ones, which are indirect

A 2017 International Monetary Fund study pegged the global value of direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies at $5.2 trillion — that’s 6.4 percent of global GDP. David Roberts, Volts, 09 April 2021 President Joe Biden has released the tax plan that is meant to pay for his $2-trillion-plus infrastructure plan. You can read the New York Times for a full breakdown. The bulk of the revenue will …

Oil firms knew decades ago fossil fuels posed grave health risks, files reveal

Exclusive: documents seen by Guardian show companies fought clean-air rules despite being aware of harm caused by air pollution, by Oliver Milman @olliemilman, 18 Mar 2021 The oil industry knew at least 50 years ago that air pollution from burning fossil fuels posed serious risks to human health, only to spend decades aggressively lobbying against clean air regulations, a trove of …

Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup: CO has only about $185 million in bonds from industry — just 2% of the estimated cleanup bill

Excerpt from the High Country News – March 2021 – Colorado has only about $185 million in bonds from industry — just 2% of the estimated cleanup bill. COGCC assumes an average cost of $82,500 per well — lower than the Carbon Tracker’s figure, which factors in issues like well depth. But even using the state’s more conservative number, the …