Learning and cost curves, and why a dollar spent on coal, oil, gas, or nuclear infrastructure represents an investment that will be stranded, and probably very soon

Excerpt from George Harvey on Clean Technica, June 2019 …we have a tool allowing us to predict not only that the price of PVs, concentrated solar power (CSP), and hydrogen will fall, but, given their past history and with a little careful analysis, the approximate rate at which they may continue to fall. This is equally true for the other …

Coal collapse continues

Sept 2019, Clean Technica The news on reductions in coal-burning in Europe is getting better all the time. Coal generation in the European Union (EU) fell by 19% in the first half of 2019, with decreases in almost every coal-burning country. The coal collapse, long forecast, is finally beginning to take shape. Half of coal’s fall was replaced by wind …

US greenhouse gas emissions 2019 fell as coal plans close

The Hill notes that coal-fired power generation dropped by 18% in 2019 – if Colorado could embrace this path through 2025, that would eliminate 12% of our GHG pollution, getting us nearly halfway to the 26% by 2025 goal. We also need to be vigilant about not digging the hole deeper with fossil fuel investments.  A report covered by the Hill showed that oil …

Peak fossil fuel demand and peak ICE vehicles. The recent 3 percent fall in oil demand has led to a 50 percent fall in the oil price. Governments role is to prevent fossil resurgence and to implement a tax wedge

Horse demand famously peaked when cars were just 3 percent of their number, and gas lighting demand peaked when electric lighting was just 2 percent of supply. The consequence of peaking demand for fossil fuels has been playing out for a number of years now, in sector after sector. Peak demand for coal meant lower prices for US coal and …

Climate change: Masculine marketing of utility vehicles linked to rising emissions

22 March 2020, New Zealand Herald, citing New Zealand Medical Journal  Promoting hefty trucks and SUVs as macho status symbols could be linked to climate change, according to a new study about New Zealand’s rising vehicle emissions. The research paper Beasts, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last quarter, found that light utility vehicles were both the heaviest emitters of carbon …

O&G leaving a mess behind, Warren and Bruenig’s conditions for stimulus

Excerpt from NYTimes, March 2020. The $700 billion bank bailout elicited a voter backlash, which means any aid this time is likely to have large strings attached. Those could include limits on executive compensation, prohibitions on stock buybacks and, most prominent, measures to force bailed out companies to keep workers on their payrolls. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, released an …

Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …

Oregon’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Oregon climate change: Governor’s new plan leans on supersizing the Clean Fuels Program

Mar 15, by Ted Sickinger| The Oregonian/OregonLive One of the most definitive pieces of the executive order that Gov. Kate Brown signed Tuesday to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions was her direction to extend and strengthen Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. It’s a program most Oregonians don’t even know exists. And it’s one that Republicans, and fossil fuels industry, have loved to hate. When it …

Shell’s activities in Ogoniland region of Nigeria have led to polluted air and water as well as decimated natural habitats, violating the rights of the 832,000 people who live there

From Common Dreams, March 2020 350.org surveyed the region of Ogoniland in Nigeria, where Shell Oil has dumped an estimated nine to 13 million barrels of crude oil into the Niger Delta since 1958. “Companies are actively disregarding the right of entire populations to a healthy environment, sufficient and quality food, and a political and social scenario of stability.”—Aaron Packard, …