Fossil fuel pollution from gas, coal and oil causes 3x the number of deaths as road traffic accidents globally and costs the economy $8bn a day, particularly harming children

Burning gas, coal and oil costs global economy $8bn a day and particularly harms children. By Matthew Taylor Tue 11 Feb 2020 Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is responsible for more than 4m premature deaths around the world each year and costs the global economy about $8bn a day, according to a study. The report, from Greenpeace Southeast Asia and …

UK Could Ban Gas and Diesel Car Sales in 12 Years

Jordan Davidson Feb. 12, 2020 Britain announced that it will ban sales of new diesel and gasoline powered cars in 15 years last week. That was five years earlier than expected, but necessary for the UK to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office, as CNN reported. The UK’s Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, …

Benzene Emissions on the Perimeters of Ten Refineries Exceed EPA Limits

The refineries, six of which are in Texas, are required under an EPA rule to find and fix leaks of the known carcinogen to protect nearby communities. Neela Banerjee. Inside Climate News, FEB 6, 2020 An analysis of newly-available federal data measuring benzene emissions at the perimeter of oil refineries found that ten facilities far exceeded limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency …

Why some cities are targeting gas stoves to fight climate change

Why building electrification, and removing gas from new and retrofitted homes, has become a movement By Patrick Sisson  Feb 4, 2020 Ever since the Green New Deal became a key talking point and policy goal of progressive politicians last year, there’s been a renewed push to make American homes and buildings better for the environment. For a growing number of municipalities and local leaders, …

With strategic demand reductions, states lead the way on utility regulation that can cut costs and emissions

Forbes, Feb 5, 2020, Amanda Myers, Energy Policy Analyst at Energy Innovations States are committing to bolder clean electricity standards, driving increased adoption of cost-competitive renewables but also requiring additional system flexibility to support variable wind and solar generation while maintaining reliable service. Customer demand itself can be a zero-carbon source of grid flexibility – but it is still barely being tapped. Demand …

Cross-state air pollution from the electric power sector continues to kill Americans. Decade’s coal plant closures saved 26K lives in US: study. Fracking bills introduced.

Midwestern states are the biggest exporters of air pollution, while Northeastern states are the leading importers. BY REBECCA BEITSCH, The Hill, 01/06/20 The decline of coal could be saving thousands of lives as power plants reduce air pollution by switching to natural gas, according to a study published Monday. More than 26,000 lives in the U.S. were saved over the course of …

Big oil is the new big tobacco. Congress must use its power to investigate

Americans had the right to know the harms of smoking. They have the right to know the harms of the energy industry, too. By Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran, in The Guardian, Mon 20 Jan 2020  Greta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case. Wildfires there have been raging for more …

Natural gas (and the hydrogen economy) is a bridge to nowhere

Lloyd Alter, Twitter: lloydalterJanuary 20, 2020 Everybody is hopping on the hydrogen train, but it’s being driven by natural gas. Lloyd Alter@lloydalter · Jan 18, 2020Replying to @MikeHudema They run on natural gas that has been steam-methane reformed into hydrogen, making lots of CO2 in process, because stringing wires on that route is too expensive. https://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/it-time-hop-hydrogen-train.html …Is it time to hop on the …

Utilities worked with coal and rail companies to promote climate denial. New eyeballs on the methane problem.

Utilities Worked with Coal, Rail Companies to Promote Climate Denial U.S. Is Unprepared for Climate Damages, Experts Tell Congress Historic Urgenda Climate Ruling Upheld by Dutch Supreme Court In a big win for both the climate and human rights, the Netherlands’ Supreme Court upheld the landmark ruling in Urgenda v. the Netherlands, ruling that governments have a human rights duty …