Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

Gernot Wagner, Nature: 8 priorities for updating and calculating the social cost of carbon

19 February 2021, Nature, Eight priorities for calculating the social cost of carbon: Advice to the Biden administration as it seeks to account for mounting losses from storms, wildfires and other climate impacts. By Gernot Wagner , David Anthoff , Maureen Cropper , Simon Dietz , Kenneth T. Gillingham , Ben Groom , J. Paul Kelleher , Frances C. Moore & James H. Stock One of the first executive orders US President Joe Biden signed in …

The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny

Download As the impacts of the climate crisis become ever more apparent, people around the world, led by Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and frontline communities, are demanding action. In response, Big Polluters and the governments that do their bidding have begun to tout commitments to achieve “net zero” emissions as solutions to the crisis they have caused. This report makes …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

When VRE and storage are allowed to provide operating reserves, system-wide operating costs and curtailment levels decrease

June 2021 webinar – New research on the curtailment paradox—the surprising relationship between system flexibility and curtailment in high solar futures.  The Curtailment Paradox in a High Solar Future: NREL Study Uncovers Counterintuitive Relationship Between Flexibility Options and Curtailment in Power Systems with High Solar Penetration, April 28, 2021 Rising penetrations of variable renewable energy (VRE) in power systems are expected …

Attorneys General in 17 ‘Red’ States Seek to Insert Themselves as Adversaries to Juliana v. United States Plaintiffs

June 8, 2021, Our Children’s Trust EUGENE, Ore. – Six years after the filing of the constitutional climate case Juliana v. United States – and just days before settlement talks were scheduled between the youth and the government – attorneys general from 17 states have asked to insert themselves into the case so they can oppose any proposed settlement and …

Yes, we have everything we need to transition off fossil fuels now

The vast majority of our CO2 problems come from pushing cars and making electricity from coal and gas. Only 20% of the energy expenditure in a combustion vehicle goes into moving it – the rest of the energy goes out the exhaust pipe, as 35% does in electricity generation. Petroleum, coal, and natural gas total 80.2 quads of energy consumption, …

The cleanest, lowest cost grid has 273 GW of local solar plus storage, providing $453 billion in savings, and over 2 million jobs. 798 GW of utility-scale solar and 802 GW of utility-scale wind needed by 2050

NREL Marks Ongoing Cost Reductions for Installed Photovoltaic Systems, While Also Establishing Benchmark of PV-Plus-Storage Systems in U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmark: Q1 2020. This year’s study also This year’s benchmark report integrates PV-plus-storage costs, demonstrating that these also fell from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. The new benchmark includes …

Maine Republicans: Investor Owned Utilities are not meeting the needs of the people, and public ownership will lower rates and advance carbon reduction goals

“The facts are clear: investor-owned utilities are not meeting the needs of the Maine people, and the legislation we’re proposing will not only strengthen our grid, but it will also lower rates, advance Maine’s carbon emission goals,” Rep. Nathan Carlow, R, a member of the legislature’s utilities’ committee, said in a press release. Proposed legislation would create a new, nonprofit utility. …

G7 agrees to stop international funding for coal

In climate push, G7 agrees to stop international funding for coal Reuters | Elizabeth Piper and Markus Wacket The world’s seven largest advanced economies agreed on Friday to stop international financing of coal projects that emit carbon by the end of this year, and phase out such support for all fossil fuels, to meet globally agreed climate change targets. Stopping …