U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For 1st Time In Over 130 Years, but Still a Long Ways to Go for Electricity

December 31st, 2020 by U.S. Energy Information Administration   Monthly Energy Review in Clean Technica In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past …

US energy consumption flowchart show coal should be outlawed, solar and wind power should be doubling year over year, and there should be a moratorium on combustion cars and new buildings

Coal should be outlawed/kept in the ground. Solar and wind power should be doubling year over year as we race against time to become carbon neutral. We should be putting a moratorium on petroleum-fueled cars and industry. APRIL 9, 2020 The most important US energy chart of the year is out: 8 big takeaways by Seth Weintraub https://electrek.co/2020/04/09/us-energy-chart-2019/ The 2019 …

CU Boulder RASEI Decarbonization Report December 2020

Jeffrey Logan, associate director for policy and analysis at RASEI and co-author of the report, each sector contains policy options that offer practical building blocks for federal, state and local government decision-makers.  https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/12/16/report-outlines-solutions-curbing-us-carbon-emissions Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  …

Climate stories and pictures from 2020: Worldwide impacts, Bailed out and propped up in the US, & China’s new commitment

US Fossil Fuel pandemic bailouts climb past $15 billion. Indirect benefits push govt aid to the industry past $110 billion. Half went to 66 companies that enjoyed multiple lifelines. DOWNLOAD REPORT A DELUGE OF BENEFITS  The fossil fuel industry received between $10.4 billion and $15.2 billion in direct economic relief from federal efforts under President Donald Trump. During a year …

Harmful amounts of methane are leaking from aging underground gas pipes, 3-4 leads per mile found

Phillips obtained his own methane detector — a state-of-the-art model called a cavity ringdown spectrometer — and put it in a car. “We just measure while we drive,” he says. “It’s a very fast-acting piece of equipment. https://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142504812/bostons-leaky-gas-lines-may-be-tough-on-the-trees By PATRICK SKAHILL• NOV 19, 2020 NPR.org A new study of natural gas infrastructure in Connecticut says harmful amounts of methane are leaking from …

Fossil fuel extraction must drop by 6 percent per year

Colorado’s GHG Roadmap suggests Colorado should INCREASE methane/natural gas production by 30% this decade instead of reducing fossil fuel production.  In contrast, the Production gap report released by UNEP and four NGOs this week clarifies that fossil fuel extraction (existing extraction, not adding) must DROP BY 6% PER YEAR this next decade. (The Guardian, Axios, CNN, USA Today).  And this is the average needed worldwide.  Arguably we should …

UNEP: ‘We are talking about transformational change now–incremental change simply will not make it’: Global emissions must fall by 7.6% a year for next decade

Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, Tue 26 Nov 2019 Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases in the next decade to avoid climate chaos, the UN has warned, as it emerged that emissions hit a new high last year. Carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, also accounting for deforestation, rose to more than 55 gigatonnes, and have risen …

Still not going in the right direction + overview of UK CCC plan

Must see dynamic graphic: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIk7x3an7Hs/ The head of the United Nations says five years after the Paris Agreement “we are still not going in the right direction” on climate change. (The Hill)  Trump’s climate legacy may be four wasted years of inaction. (National Geographic). Was Obama’s? Carbon Brief overview of the 1000 page report, Dec 2020: The UK needs to …

New UN Emissions Gap Report Emphasizes Need for 6% Fossil Fuel Production Cuts Annually (and no new production): “It doesn’t make sense to use taxpayers’ money to ruin the planet.”

December 09, 2020 by Jessica Corbett in Common Dreams New UN ‘Emissions Gap’ Report Emphasizes Necessity of Green Recovery From Covid-19 Pandemic “We need profound shifts in how we live, travel, eat, and generate electricity: for ourselves, our societies, and economies. A sustainable pandemic recovery that prioritizes climate action can protect human health, jobs, and economies, and limit global warming.” …

State GHG reduction efforts update: Illinois (carbon-free power-sector by 2030), Vermont + Wisconsin proposes to avoid new fossil fuel infrastructure and divest from fossil fuel interests

Illinois Eric Jjemba, Dec 2020 – The Clean Energy Jobs Act can be characterized as the most ambitious state-level climate policy in the Midwest, and possibly in the nation. The bill’s lead House sponsor, Representative Ann Williams (D-Chicago) has described the bill as focusing on four key pillars:  Promoting jobs and economic opportunity; Putting Illinois on a path to 100% renewable …