HOLLAND’S WIND-DRIVEN TRAINS AND 4 OTHER HOPEFUL GREEN ENERGY STORIES (VIDEO)...

Sep 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole  TRUTHDIG This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s website. 1.  In three years, all Dutch electric trains will be powered by wind turbines, either turbines in the Netherlands itself or in nearby Belgium or Scandinavia.  The Dutch rail system transports 1.2 million people a day and was releasing 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide before this new wind energy system began being implemented.  The plan is for Dutch trains to go net carbon zero by 2018. 2.  Oaxaca State in Mexico already has 2.7 gigawatts of wind power generating coapacity, but is going for 5.5 gigawattsby 2024.  Some 90% of Mexico’s wind energy is generated in this state. 3. As one of the fruits of the agreement reached between President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, the General Electric Corp....

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TOP 5 GREEN ENERGY BREAKTHROUGHS TODAY (VIDEO)...

Aug 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole Shutterstock This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s website. Switching to green energy sources like wind and solar is necessary to save the planet from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which cause global warming.  But it will also save you money.  How much?  Citi Bank has a new estimate that going green will save the world $1.4 trillion by 2040! Remember, once the installations are constructed, wind and solar fuel is free.  And offsetting carbon emissions will avoid damage out our coasts and extreme weather events that will in themselves be costly (which will be caused by rising global temperatures if we keep dumping 35 billion tons of CO2 a year into the atmosphere). German automaker BMW is going all electric within ten years.  Every vehicle...

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5 GREEN MYTHS YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE, TOTALLY BUSTED...

Aug 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]  HUFFINGTON POST — NRG The current debate over the environment often reaches a fever pitch, which often can cloud the reality of what’s really going on. In partnership with NRG, we scrutinized five persistent myths concerning the environment, looking for truth behind the rumors. Myth 1: For a lot of environmental problems, it’s already too late. Truth: The reality is that cooperation and innovation can lead to unexpected consequences, and in recent years we’ve seen positive changes that decades before might have been unimaginable. It wasn’t too long ago that the widening hole in the ozone, over Antarctica, was the latest sign that the apocalypse was upon us. Now, thanks to significant international cooperation dating back years, it’s healing. In 2014, the United Nations’ Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion, which summarizes the assessment...

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THE ENERGY REVOLUTION HAS 1 PERCENTERS SHAKING IN THEIR BOOTS...

Jun 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Director Shalini Kantayya talks to Salon about the incredible potential of solar power Lindsay Abrams SALON.COM   When you hear about Richmond, California — on the environmental beat, at least — it’s usually in the context of the Chevron oil refinery, one of the country’s biggest, that casts its long shadow over the city. There was the fire and explosion in 2012 that sent toxic fumes into the surrounding Bay Area. There are the continuing worries about the long-term health effects facing the people who breathed those fumes in. There’s the everyday air pollution, and the everyday risk, that comes from living in the refinery’s vicinity and, more quietly, there’s the big money Chevron pumps into local elections to ensure none of this is examined too closely. “The only time you ever saw...

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GREEN ENERGY IS SURGING, AND YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHY...

Jun 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Juan Cole  TRUTHDIG Shutterstock This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s website. The adoption of wind and solar for electricity generation around the world is happening at a growing pace, and the likelihood is that it will displace hydrocarbons in fifteen to twenty years (decades sooner than Big Coal, Big Oil and Big Gas expect).  Here are some stories illustrating that stepped-up pace. Germany’s wind power output is up by a third in the first five months of 2015 over the same period the previous year.  In part, some offshore projects that had been delayed have started coming on line, adding 3 gigawatts of capacity.  In part, Germany’s government plans to reduce incentives for wind and has already done so for solar, on the theory that these are now mature industries.  The...

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BIG OIL SOON TO BE EXTINCT

Jun 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Pamela Alma Weymouth   TRUTHDIG Shutterstock (First published by 3BL Media Media/Justmeans) What do Big Oil and whale oil have in common? According to Amory B. Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute, Big Oil is soon to follow whale oil’s downward trajectory toward extinction. At the Ceres Conference 2015 for sustainable business, Lovins challenged big businesses to rethink the outdated belief that investing in fossil fuels remains the safest way to get rich (dolphins, seabirds and humanity be damned). At first look, Lovins appears to be a nerdy, middle-aged scientist in a suit, but once he starts talking, it becomes clear that he’s actually a brilliant revolutionary. Lovins’ message hasn’t changed much in the four decades he’s been doggedly trying to get the world to embrace renewable...

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Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)...

Feb 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By Juan Cole   TRUTHDIG This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.Here are some of the green energy good news stories of the past few weeks: 1. China put in a massive 21 gigawatts of new wind power in 2014, half of all the wind power installed in the entire world that year and four times as much as the US.  China’s wind installations increased 40% over 2013.  Lower oil prices are not expected to affect the continued rapid growth of renewables, since petroleum is mainly used in transport, not electricity production. 2. Turkey has announced that it will try to add 20 gigawatts of wind energy to its electricity production capacity in only 8 years.  Turkey is taking this step in part because it has few hydrocarbons of its own, such...

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Wind Supplied 98 Percent of Scotland’s 2014 Household Power and Other Amazing Green Energy Stories...

Jan 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Juan Cole   Share on reddit Posted on Jan 6, 2015 By Juan Cole  TRUTHDIG Shutterstock This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page. Some 41% of the electricity consumed in Scotland annually is for households, while industrial and other facilities use the other 59%. With regard to the households, i.e. domestic energy consumption, Scotland’s wind turbines generated enough to cover 98% of it in 2014.  In addition, in some months of the spring and summer, those homes that have solar panels generated all the electricity the household used.  Scotland tripled its solar installations in 2014. Scotland is well on its way to getting 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.   In Germany, renewables (wind, solar, hydro and biomass but mainly wind and solar) for the first time topped 25.8%of the...

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Why Scotland’s independence vote matters for climate change...

Sep 18, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Phyllis Buchanan By James West  GRIST Cross-posted from Climate Desk As you’ve no doubt seen by now, Scottish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to break free from the United Kingdom and chart an independent course for the first time in 307 years. A record number of voters are expected to turn out — 97 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.2 million people, are registered. Rugged, remote and sparsely populated as the country is, the actual ballots will take some time to be trucked, boated, helicoptered, and fully counted: Results are likely to come in early Friday morning, U.S. time.One of the big unknowns if Scotland votes “Yes” is what will happen to the U.K.’s climate and energy goals. The countries are interconnected and interdependent, relying on each other’s...

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The 95 Percent Doctrine: Climate Change as a Weapon of Mass Destruction...

May 22, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:35 By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch | Op-Ed Image: EL / TO; Adapted: Charles O’Rear / DoD, Liz Roll / DoD) Truthout relies on reader support – click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence. Who could forget?  At the time, in the fall of 2002, there was such a drumbeat of “information” from top figures in the Bush administration about the secret Iraqi program to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and so endanger the United States.  And who — other than a few suckers — could have doubted that Saddam Hussein was eventually going to get a nuclear weapon?  The only question, as our vice president suggested on “Meet the Press,” was: Would it take one year or five?  And he wasn’t...

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DRILL, BABY, DRILL HAS FAILED

May 2, 2014 Posted by

And Now We Can Do Something About It

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Solartopia: Winning the Green Energy Revolution...

Apr 5, 2014 Posted by

High above the Bowling Green town dump…

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GROWTH OF WIND POWER CURBING U.S. EMISSIONS...

Apr 4, 2014 Posted by

Wind Power Cut U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions 4.4 Percent

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What Does 60 Minutes Have Against Public Investment in Clean Energy?...

Apr 3, 2014 Posted by

60 Minutes is a great journalistic institution…

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Solar Power Gets Massive Boost In Connecticut As States Continue To Support Green Energy Push...

Mar 23, 2014 Posted by

As Connecticut pushes aggressively to expand solar energy…

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The Need for Asian Climate Leadership...

Feb 20, 2014 Posted by

For decades, Asian leaders largely ignored climate change.

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THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY

Jan 31, 2014 Posted by

Well-being cannot be measured by the Gross Domestic Product.

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Solar Power a Better Deal For Minnesota Residents Than Natural Gas, Says Court...

Jan 21, 2014 Posted by

The state could possibly see a huge expansion of green energy.

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You Can Be Green Even When You’re On The Go...

Jan 21, 2014 Posted by

Thanks to many transportation options available…

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Alternative Energy Vehicles On A Roll At CES...

Jan 10, 2014 Posted by

Seven hours of sunlight gives a full charge —

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Natural Gas Loses to Solar on Costs, A First...

Jan 8, 2014 Posted by

For those who already think natural gas will win out…

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READY FOR 2014?

Dec 26, 2013 Posted by

But the big news from 2013 came from gains in knowledge.

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Wind Turbines Don’t Have Negative Effect On Property Values, Study Finds...

Dec 24, 2013 Posted by

A University of Rhode Island study has found…

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