Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

17 core policies analyzed in the report, the state established a framework that looked at each recommendation using four metrics: a policy’s potential for decreasing emissions, climate justice considerations, economic implications and the legal feasibility of implementing a policy. For the first time, it points policymakers beyond electricity, calling on them to phase out natural gas in buildings.  The climate strategy …

Stop burning things: time to choose alternatives to combustion

Bill McKibben, New Yorker, Jan 22, 2021 If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be: stop burning things. Human beings have made use of combustion for a very long time, ever since the first campfires cooked the first animals for dinner, allowing our brains to get larger. Now those large brains …

Rising temperatures force trees to release more CO2. And leave the trees! The largest three percent contain almost half of forest carbon.

New Yorker: Southeast United States, where, according to a long investigative piece in The Daily Climate, by Danielle Purifoy, the industrial-scale deforestation—hold your surprise—“is bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.” As one North Carolina resident put it, “When I looked at the officer that was choking George Floyd, and he said ‘I can’t breathe,’ this …

Biden’s first 100 days: What’s coming on energy, and his case for deficit spending on climate

E&E News, January 21, 2021 President Biden delivered remarks yesterday after taking the oath of office on the Capitol steps. Francis Chung/E&E News President Biden took swift action to deliver on his promise to embrace green energy hours after he was sworn into office yesterday, mandating a review of regulatory rollbacks that were part of the Trump administration’s efforts to boost …

How big utilities are impeding clean energy and what we can do about it

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021, by JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 22 DEC 2020 |  Since ILSR wrote about the Dawning of Solar Cells (pdf) in 1975, we’ve been fans of the potential to integrate energy production with the local economy. We provided early forecasts of the rooftop solar revolution and support for the first statewide value of solar policy. Recently, we analyzed how distributed solar …

74% support regulating CO2 as pollutant and 82% support rebates for PV or EVs. Even amidst pandemic, a majority of registered voters support making climate action a high or very high priority 66% said developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority

82% support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels. 82% support funding more research into renewable energy sources. 80% support generating renewable energy (solar and wind) on public land in the U.S. 78% support providing federal funding to put solar panels on the roofs of public schools. 74% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. …

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 …

Renewable energy plus batteries are cost competitive now for 70-80% of the total generation mix, and more in states like CO

By Emma Penrod, December 1, 2020, Utility Dive  mix of renewable energy and gas generation remains the most cost-effective option in most regions of the U.S, but a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF) suggests solar-plus-storage could soon be the more financially attractive option. Solar-plus-storage has already begun to compete with open cycle gas turbines, and in some areas such as California combined-cycle gas …