Utility greenwashing: Xcel Energy received a score of 41 out of 100 and a grade of C. The data notes Xcel intends to retire 65% of its coal capacity by 2030

Sierra Club says the companies it looked at account for 68% of the United States’ remaining coal generation — yet those utilities have plans to retire only a quarter of that capacity by 2030 By Robert Walton@TeamWetDog on Utility Dive, Jan. 26, 2021 Despite setting goals to decarbonize their resource mix, many utility pledges amount to little more than “meaningless …

In a Major Move Away From Fossil Fuels, General Motors Aims to Stop Selling Gasoline Cars and SUVs by 2035

General Motors (GM) has announced that it plans to end production of all diesel and gasoline powered cars, light trucks and SUVs by 2035, reports the Independent. The paper continues: “The company also aims to shift its entire fleet to electric vehicles by that date, as part of a plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. To achieve that goal, GM is aiming to use 100% renewable …

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 …

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 …

Gas underestimated and we’ll get 2.3 C of heating with what we’ve emitted thus far, but we can control the speed

More Than Two Degrees of Climate Warming Is Already Locked In, New Study in Nature Climate Change Finds, by Olivia Rosane Jan. 06, 2021 Researchers estimate that a likely total of 2.3 degrees Celsius of warming is now locked in. DuKai photographer / Getty Images Existing greenhouse gases will eventually push the climate into more than two degrees of warming, according to a study published …

Gov. Polis claims Colorado has already achieved a 40% GHG reduction ahead of milestones

And thus that analysis provided by third-party entities on Colorado’s lack of progress and need to phase out coal by 2025 or stop expanding fossil fuel production are irrelevant… Polis did say the roadmap calls on the Public Utilities Commission, for example, to make the target 80% reduction in electric power emissions by 2030 a “floor” rather than the ceiling, and Polis …

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 …

Zombie mines idle cleanup while workers suffer in limbo

https://publicintegrity.org/environment/while-zombie-mines-idle-cleanup-and-workers-suffer-in-limbo/, excerpt 2020 U.S. coal production has fallen by a third in the past decade, and temporary cessation has emerged as an escape route for cash-strapped owners. One in five non-abandoned coal mines now sits idle. Hoops’ companies have idled coal operations more often and for longer than nearly anyone, and the Blackjewel and Revelation bankruptcy proceedings offer a master …

No Debate, Most Oil Shale Is Doomed. Meanwhile, FF bankruptcy filings show funding of climate change denialism

Oct. 27, 2020 Seeking Alpha.com by Kirk Spano https://seekingalpha.com/article/4381730-no-debate-oil-shale-is-doomed Shale has huge competition to fill remaining oil demand. Zero cash takeovers for Permian producers is a very bad signal for the rest of the industry. Debt-laden shale companies simply cannot pay down debt at likely demand and prices – a last wave of bankruptcies and takeunders is coming. There might …