New Gas Infrastructure Is Going To Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim Cole A new report shows that with the proposed natural gas pipelines, the United States cannot meet its climate commitments.   The climate action movement has gotten a lot of wins during the Obama administration. The Keystone XL pipeline permit denial. The Clean Power Plan. The proposed methane rules. These things are all part of an effort to limit carbon emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. But, as it turns out, these actions are not enough. The country is in the process of building hundreds of miles of natural gas pipeline that will tie the United States to fossil fuel production and consumption for decades — well past when most scientists predict we will have done irreparable harm to our human...

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Greenpeace reports jump in radioactive contamination in Fukushima waterways...

Jul 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace Japan member Mai Suzuki removes sediment samples from a remotely operated grabber at Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture on March 22. | © CHRISTIAN ÅSLUND / GREENPEACE National by Eric Johnston Staff Writer OSAKA – Greenpeace Japan on Thursday said it has discovered radioactive contamination in Fukushima’s riverbanks, estuaries and coastal waters at a scale hundreds of times higher than pre-2011 levels. One sample of sediment taken along the Niida River, less than 30 km northwest of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, revealed the presence of cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels of 29,800 becquerels per kilogram. That was just one of 19 samples of dried sediment and soil the environmental activist group took and analyzed from the banks of the Abukuma, Niida, and Ota rivers. The samples were collected by...

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This ‘Other’ Form Of Solar Energy Can Run At Night, And It Just Got A Big Backer...

Jul 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: PHOTO BY AMBLE VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Nevada’s Crescent Dunes concentrating solar thermal plant went online last September. It is 110 Megawatt with 10 hours of built in storage.   Converting sunlight directly into electricity, the photovoltaic (PV) solar panel industry has dominated the solar generation market recently because of its astounding price drops. Prices have fallen 99 percent in the past quarter century and over 80 percent since 2008 alone. This has also helped to slow the growth of the “other” form of solar, concentrating solar thermal power (CSP), which uses sunlight to heat water and uses the steam to drive a turbine and generator. Fortunately, one country appears to be making a major bet on CSP — China. SolarReserve, the company that built the Crescent Dunes...

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Did An Entire Region Of The U.S. Just Disincentivize Renewables? This Lawsuit Says Yes....

Jul 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock During the 2014 polar vortex, wind generation saved consumers $1 billion, according to industry estimates.   During the polar vortex of 2014, power companies struggled. There wasn’t enough natural gas power in the pipeline (pun intended), and prices skyrocketed. The shortage was expensive for homeowners — some saw their monthly bill go up five-fold from January to February — but for utilities, it was expensive, dangerous, and scary. No one wants to be on the hook for a bunch of families losing power in the middle of a -7°F night. Following the prolonged cold snap, PJM, the entity that oversees utilities in the Mid-Atlantic and parts of Appalachia and the Midwest, put a plan into action: It would help the local utilities ensure that power was...

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WATCH: Bill Nye Answers the Looming Question About Juno...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment Here is what powers NASA’s Juno spacecraft. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet   The launch of NASA’s Juno spacecraft naturally has astrophysicists and other science aficionados cheering. It also has a lot of people scratching their heads wondering how such wonders are possible. Bill Nye has the answers about how NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which arrived at Jupiter today, uses light from the sun to keep running. “Three solar rays take light and convert it directly into electricity,” Nye, the “science guy” explained. “A little motor is powered by a solar panel also. When we turn it to the light, the motor starts to run.” As you might expect, Nye added, moving farther from the source of light means “less and less electricity to drive the motor.” And the energy required to...

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SOLAR ROADWAYS: 3 COUNTRIES, 3 SOLUTIONS...

Jun 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   UNDERSTANDSOLAR.COM We will all be driving on solar roadways soon if this global effort to build the most enduring and efficient solar roads starts to fall into place (or pace?).  After all, urban areas have miles of pavement covering them and cities are becoming urban heat islands without moisture and vegetation to absorb all of the heat. Adding more concrete, asphalt and pavement would boost night-time temperatures and make places like New York around 15 degrees hotter than locations only 60 miles outside of the city. #1 USA Solar Roadways Image credits: Solar Roadways Cries of “no more pavement” have been ongoing since the discovery of urban heat islands, and Scott and Julie Brusaw’s solution – impact resistant solar panels – could be a win-win for everyone. Currently, the Brusaw’s company, Solar Roadways has managed to shift a...

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SANDERS AND CLINTON TEAMS FIGHT OVER CLIMATE LANGUAGE IN DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Jim Young Walking the plank By Ben Adler GRIST The Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee has written a stronger climate change section than the platform had in 2012, but it also rejected a series of more ambitious climate and energy amendments on Friday. That’s raised the ire of Bernie Sanders and his appointees to the drafting committee, like climate activist and author Bill McKibben. The first draft of the platform, voted on by the 15-member drafting committee, is now complete, though it hasn’t been made publicly available. On July 8 and 9, in Orlando, the full 187-member platform committee will meet and debate further changes before approving and sending its draft on to the party convention, to be held in Philadelphia the last week of July. Sanders slammed Hillary Clinton’s committee appointees for...

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THE NEXT SPACE RACE: FARMING SOLAR POWER IN THE COSMOS...

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] https://youtu.be/AB1VlSlLrgkhttps://youtu.be/AB1VlSlLrgkSPS-Alpha concept by John C. Mankins. (Illustration: Courtesy Artemis Innovations) Scientists are making the big push to send electricity to Earthlings from the final frontier. Anna Bitong FUTURISM   Aboard an imaginary space station surrounded by distant planets, an astronaut on the fringes of human life toiled to turn the sun’s rays into electricity and then zapped it through space and back to the planets to be used as a power source. “Our beams feed these worlds energy drawn from one of those huge incandescent globes that happens to be near us. We call that globe the Sun,” the spaceman says in one of Isaac Asimov’s earliest works, the 1941 science fiction short story “Reason.” Biochemist and science fiction novelist Isaac Asimov. (Photo: Bettmann Archive) What was then an implausible idea—collecting solar energy...

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A SOLAR POWERED PLANE JUST CROSSED THE ATLANTIC...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Solar Impulse sunprecedented By Samantha Lee GRIST If you thought there was something solar power couldn’t do, think again, because the sun just carried an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean. Early Thursday morning, Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard successfully landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Spain after a four-day journey that began in New York. All the while, the scrappy little plane, powered by 17,000 solar cells, emitted no pollution and guzzled no fuel. This flight was the latest leg in a round-the-world journey set to end in Abu Dhabi, and is particularly symbolic “because all the means of transportation have always tried to cross the Atlantic,” Piccard told the Guardian. With seating room for one, the Solar Impulse — which has a larger wingspan than a Boeing 747 but is lighter than a car...

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THE BATTERY MIRACLE WILL TRANSFORM BOTH TRANSPORTATION AND POWER GENERATION...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Low-cost, high-performance electric batteries are a game changer for the two key clean energy sectors: power generation and transportation. They enable much greater adoption and penetration of both renewable energy and electric vehicles — not just electric cars but electric buses and electric planes. Since lithium-ion batteries have only just crossed the key price point for enabling widespread usage in both sectors — $300 per kilowatt-hour — we are really just at the beginning of the battery-driven clean energy revolution. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) projects that over the next 25 years, small-scale battery storage will become a $250 billion market. They “expect total behind-the-meter energy storage to rise dramatically from around 400 MWh in today to nearly 760 GWh in 2040″ — nearly a...

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IT’S THE FIRST NEW U.S. NUCLEAR REACTOR IN DECADES. AND CLIMATE CHANGE HAS MADE THAT A VERY BIG DEAL...

Jun 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Energy and Environment By Chris Mooney THE WASHINGTON POST In this April 29, 2015 photo, a home sits within view of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant cooling towers Unit 1, left, and Unit 2 near Spring City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) This story has been updated. SPRING CITY, Tenn. — In an immaculate control room at the Watts Bar nuclear plant, green bars flash on a large screen, signaling something that has not happened in the United States in two decades. As control rods lift from the water in the core, and neutrons go about the business of splitting uranium atoms, life comes to a new nuclear reactor — the first in the country since its sister reactor here was licensed in 1996. By summer’s end, authorities expect the new reactor at this...

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COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED DEVELOPMENT: A FIRST STEP TO COMMUNITY SOLAR FOR ALL...

Jun 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE photo credit: Boardman Hill Solar Farm Communities are a critical actor in the global effort to combat climate change. More than 1,000 locally elected officials from around the world were present at the Paris Climate Conference talks. Their voices, representing distant communities, were widely recognized as drivers of the international agreement. In the United States, communities and governments continue to drive toward more sustainable, inclusive economies by leveraging local solar power—most recently, in the form of community-scale solar. A unique benefit of community-scale solar projects is their very community orientation, which enables “community-supported development.” This concept describes the range of activities that can be taken to reduce the cost of, and drive local interest in, community-scale solar. The communities taking action can include constituent- or community-based organizations, nonprofits, municipalities,...

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IT’S TIME TO PLAN FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON THE GRID...

Jun 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE (RMI) New report identifies important best practices for utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders If you think electric vehicles are still a niche technology, think again. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that more than 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) were on the road in 2015, including 400,000 in the United States. In order to limit global warming to 2°C or less, the agency says the world will need 150 million EVs by 2030 and 1 billion by 2050, implying a 21 percent compound annual growth rate from now until 2050. India is considering a state-financed plan that would let drivers buy EVs for zero money down, then pay for the vehicles out of gasoline savings. The plan aims to transition India’s entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2030. China is...

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U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOINS ANTI-SOLAR CRUSADE...

Jun 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Paul Hackett Throwing shade By Ben Adler GRIST The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the latest conservative group to start spreading anti-solar messages. In an email sent to supporters on Wednesday, the chamber attacks net metering, a policy in place in many states that pays people with solar panels on their roofs for the electricity they feed into the grid. The group also posted a video on YouTube last week making its anti-net metering case. This is fairly new territory for the chamber, according to energy regulation experts. In its email, the group warns: “While your neighbor is receiving a credit (in the form of a reduced electricity bill) for putting excess energy back on the electricity grid, these outdated net metering policies overlook the costs to use, maintain, and update the grid....

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SCIENTISTS CAPTURE CARBON BY TURNING CO2 EMISSIONS INTO STONE...

Jun 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Carbon dioxide is a component of the steam rising from the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Iceland. (Hansueli Krapf via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Scientists in Iceland have concrete evidence that carbon capture and sequestration can be made to work. They have buried carbon dioxide in the rocks and watched it turn to stone. There is no guarantee that what works on a small scale at a geothermal plant in south-west Iceland could be practical or economical for the world’s giant fossil fuel power plants. But the study, backed by US partners and launched only in 2012, shows that one problem with carbon dioxide capture as a way of reducing the greenhouse effect can be...

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Nuclear ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Is a Real Threat to New York, But the Feds Don’t Seem to Care...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   An aging nuclear power plant suffers a spate of mishaps, but the NRC claims it’s all good. By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet Photo Credit: credit: Leah Rae. A little more than a year ago, a transformer fire and oil spill reminded the world that Indian Point, an aging nuclear power plant, sits only about 45 miles north of midtown Manhattan. Later it was revealed that the fire was caused by a short circuit due to insulation failure in a high-voltage coil in the transformer. Soon after, we learned that at the time of the fire, water was flooding the electrical supply room that provides power to plant safety systems. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “had the flooding not been discovered and stopped in time, the panels could have been submerged,...

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CO2 TURNED INTO STONE IN ICELAND IN CLIMATE CHANGE BREAKTHROUGH...

Jun 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas Site close to the Hellisheidi geothermal powerplant, where CO2 was injected into volcanic rock. In two years it was almost completely mineralised. Photograph: Juerg Matter/Science Damian Carrington   Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change. The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existing projects store the CO2 as a gas and concerns about costs and potential leakage have halted some plans. The new...

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THIS IS WHY THE WORLD CAN’T STOP WASTING SO MUCH FOOD...

Jun 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Energy and Environment By Chelsea Harvey THE WASHINGTON POST (iStock) The more scientists investigate the amount of perfectly good food humans waste, the clearer it becomes that this is a huge global problem, both for the planet’s food security and for the environment. Researchers have proposed all kinds of ways to help address the issue, from improving methods for harvesting and processing crops to changing the expiration dates on packaged food. And now, experts have come up with another way to help governments and businesses all over the world keep track of the amount of food they’re losing and find better ways to cut down on the waste. A team of international experts, including representatives from the World Resources Institute (WRI), the United Nations and other organizations focused on sustainable development and the...

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RAINY U.K. GETS MORE POWER FROM SOLAR THAN COAL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A CENTURY...

Jun 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Renewable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal, produced more electricity for the UK in May 2016 than coal did.   As the world hits ever-increasing records for heat and CO2 concentrations, sometimes it’s good to look at the bright side. In May, for the first time ever, solar produced more electricity than coal in the United Kingdom. Shares of total U.K. electricity generation met by solar and coal during January to May 2016 (%). Sources: Sheffield Solar and Gridwatch. CREDIT: Carbon Brief During last month, coal generation fell to zero on several days — possibly the first time that has happened since the country introduced widespread electrification in the late 1800s, according to analysis from Carbon Brief, a U.K.-based energy tracker. This is not a...

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ENERGY INDEPENDENCE WON’T CURE CLIMATE ILLS...

Jun 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Paul Brown / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Governments are anxious not to have to rely on oil imported from fields such as South Pars in the Persian Gulf. (Hamed Malekpour via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—For many governments aiming to reduce their import bills and avoid being reliant for fuel on potentially hostile or unstable foreign powers, energy independence is the ultimate goal. But international economists have published a report warning that it is false to believe the policy will also help to stave off climate change. New research by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) shows that there is no real link between the two issues, despite the fact that politicians in many countries have claimed otherwise while trying to...

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CLIMATE JUSTICE FROM THE GROUND UP: SIX BALLOT INITIATIVES TO WATCH IN 2016...

Jun 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Matt Stannard, Occupy.com | Report Florida International University Solar House at Engineering Campus. Florida has two solar power initiatives on the ballot this year – a serious, progressive one and one that’s a deceptive giveaway to big carbon. (Photo: Junior Henry / Flickr) In this ongoing series “From the Ground Up,” Occupy.com joins with Commonomics USA in presenting stories of local struggles for a new, sustainable economy. Conventional wisdom holds that climate policy is international in scope and national in implementation. But big money has colonized national politics in the United States, gerrymandering has created a Congress unreflective of the will of the people, and the widespread economic insecurity associated with the transition away from fossil fuels feeds climate change denial and fear-mongering from the Beltway’s most powerful politicians. We need...

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Chile Producing So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving Electricity Away for Free...

Jun 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The country’s central grid has increased four-fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. By Lorraine Chow / Eco Watch   VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: via Wikimedia Thanks to Chile’s major investments in renewables, the Latin American country is seeing an incredible solar boom.In a new Bloomberg report, Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free, solar capacity from the country’s central grid has increased four fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. Another 1.4 gigawatts will be added this year with many solar power projects under development. Thanks to an economic boost from increased mining production, Chile now has 29 solar farms and another 15 in the pipeline. Enel Green Power Chile Ltda. recently commissioned Chile’s largest solar PV project connected to the grid. The 160-megawatt facility will be located in the northern part of the country in the municipality of María Elena, about 1,300 kilometers north of Santiago.With so much clean power...

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LIBERLAND MAY BE THE WORLD’S FIRST SOVEREIGN NATION POWERED BY ALGAE...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin  INHABITAT View Slideshow A proposal for an algae-powered city has won the design competition for Liberland, the world’s newest sovereign nation in Europe. A 2.7 square mile patch of land located in a floodplain on the Danube River between Croatia and Serbia, Liberland presents a unique challenge for architects and urbanists tasked with designing a self-governing micro-nation that guarantees its citizens economic and personal freedom. RAW-NYC tackled the challenge with a deep green mixed-use city design that stacks horizontal layers vertically to accommodate population expansion. The winning proposal is a pedestrian-friendly design that supports a growing populace with stackable horizontal structures. Called Inverted Archeology, this groundbreaking technique constructs the city-state in consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. Algae, strains of which don’t...

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FANNIE MAE’S FINANCING FOR SOLAR: A GAME CHANGER FOR THE SOLAR INDUSTRY...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Authors Jamie Johnson Guest Author Laurie Guevara-​Stone Writer / Editor ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Mortgage companies play an important role in making solar photovoltaics (PV) more affordable and accessible for homeowners, which is a key component to unlocking the economic opportunities of home energy upgrades. Learn more about how this complements RMI’s Residential Energy+ initiative, which is working with top industry representatives to make better energy performance more accessible, affordable, and desirable for U.S. homeowners. Mortgage giant Fannie Mae just unlocked the lowest cost of capital for new solar installations to date. This follows the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) recent decision to finance new solar installations within a first mortgage transaction, a potential game changer for the solar industry with the ability to bring about the next order of magnitude increase...

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JOB LOSSES EXPECTED AS MARYLAND GOVERNOR STUNS SOLAR INDUSTRY WITH CLEAN ENERGY VETO...

Jun 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Gail Burton Less than two months after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill in support of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, he vetoed a plan to increase a mandate on renewable energy use. For the past 12 years, Maryland has had a highly successful program requiring utilities to use more renewable energy. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s own Dept. of Environment last fall said the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) was creating thousands of jobs and would create billions in economic activity by 2020. In April, the governor signaled his own commitment to clean energy, signing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act. And then last week, Hogan reversed course and vetoed a bill that would have increased the RPS and given the state a way to...

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CALIFORNIA BACK IN BIG OIL’S CROSSHAIRS AS FEDS QUIETLY OK OFFSHORE FRACKING...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Nadia Prupis / Common Dreams   VIA TRUTHDIG Wikimedia Commons Two federal agencies on Friday quietly finalized two reports, set for release next week, that found offshore fracking in California poses no “significant” risk to the environment—paving the way for oil and gas companies to resume the controversial extraction method in the Santa Barbara Channel and imperiling the region’s wildlife in the process, opponents said. The announcement Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (OEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement puts an end to a court-ordered ban on offshore fracking in federal waters off the coast of California. The moratorium was put into place in January as part of a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which challenged the Obama administration’s ‘rubber-stamping’ of offshore drilling...

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FUSION ENERGY...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] From the Experts David Parker/SPL FUTURISM In Brief Nuclear fusion is the long sought “holy grail” of energy research. It could supply a nearly limitless source of energy—energy that is both clean and safe. Here’s where we are and where we have to go. Nuclear fusion is not a pipe dream. It’s a proven process that occurs naturally everyday in nature (just look up at the sky during the day, you’ll see a fusion reactor right there in the form of the Sun). It could mean an almost limitless supply of clean energy, and we’re nearly there. Fusion power is the reaction by which nucleosynthesis transmutes (changes) atomic nuclei, normally hydrogen atoms, by smashing them together to form a new nucleus, which releases energy. This is made possible in fusing stars thanks to...

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FACT-CHECKING DONALD TRUMP’S LOW-OCTANE ENERGY POLICY...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment We take a look at the emissions and omissions from the GOP nominee-apparent’s ‘America First’ energy address. By Emily Schwartz Greco BILL MOYERS & COMPANY] Donald Trump doesn’t plan on reducing US fossil fuel use, despite phenomena like the storm surge that Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and parts of NYC’s five boroughs experienced during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) Time was, picturing what Donald Trump’s presidential energy policies might look like required parsing his fact-defying tweets, forehead slap-worthy comments and threats to seize Middle Eastern oil by force. Now that the presumptive Republican nominee has unveiled his “America First” energy policy, there’s less guesswork to do. “We’re going to have all sorts of energy,” Trump declared when he parachuted into Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday to deliver his keynote speech at...

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THE DESPERATE PLIGHT OF PETROSTATES...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Deepwater Horizon Response / CC BY-ND 2.0 This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Pity the poor petro-states. Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, mega-projects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, some of them are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels. Unlike other countries, which largely finance their governments through taxation, petro-states rely on their oil and natural gas revenues. Russia, for example, obtains about 50% of government income that way; Nigeria, 60%; and Saudi Arabia, a whopping 90%. When oil was selling at $100 per barrel or above, as was the case until 2014, these countries could finance lavish government projects...

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HOW TO GET SOLAR PANELS ONTO MORE AFFORDABLE APARTMENT BUILDINGS...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock A guest view By Laurie Mazur  GRIST This is a guest post from Laurie Mazur, editor for the Kresge Foundation/Island Press Urban Resilience Project. Solar power seems like the ultimate no-brainer. Free energy from the sun! And the cost of installing solar panels — like other renewables — has plummeted in recent years. Still, solar power has not yet penetrated one of the markets that needs it the most: affordable multifamily housing. That could change, thanks to the advent of solar photovoltaic systems with backup battery storage (solar + storage). A new report, “Closing the California Clean Energy Divide,” shows how solar + storage can overcome technical and financial problems that discourage owners of affordable apartments from embracing solar. Coauthored by the California Housing Partnership, Center for Sustainable Energy, and Clean Energy...

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