“The All of the Above energy strategy is not only climate denial –
it’s climate denial that is funded with more than $20 billion in taxpayer support each year.
Until our representatives in Washington and around the country find the courage necessary to put people’s interests ahead of rich polluters, this theft of our tax dollars is likely to continue.
The next step for saving the climate should be clear: Stop Funding Fossils.”
Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International.
- How often do we hear there’s no money for all the good things we need to protect our future. There is money- it just needs to go to the right places! All the comparisons on prices of fossil fuels versus renewables are wrong- add in all the supports and the massive damages and put dollar signs on loss of human and environmental health, and our problems are solved! – Editor
U.S. Government Providing Billions in Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Unburnable Carbon
Today, Oil Change International released a comprehensive report on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S which demonstrates that at a time when we need urgent action on climate change more than ever, the U.S. government is channeling huge and growing amounts of money to increasing discovery and production of oil, gas, and coal. These federal and state subsidies totaled $21.6 billion in 2013. Article
For the report Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama
“Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on, and it’s time to lead.
Deep decarbonisation is feasible, but it requires global commitment to advancing key low-carbon energy technologies.”
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
- It’s disturbing that even with this huge push, they have said there still remains a 30% chance we won’t make this goal. Politics certainly reduces logic, since a 100% chance of success is the only goal that makes sense. See ACTION below to help get this plan moving forward. – Editor
U.N. Proposes Pathways to Decarbonisation
National teams in 15 of the world’s largest carbon emitting countries collaborated to produce a 194-page report, which outlines the vast technological transformations that each country must make to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C. The report, launched Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the U.N.’ s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, aims to lead the debate in the run-up to the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. It was the first report of the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP). Article For the The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Report
ACTION: Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change
Message on Climate Change to World Leaders
This is your moment, as a Global Citizen, to raise your voice to head off disastrous climate change. The 2-degree limit is the last guardrail for a safe global climate. Many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts have put forward a statement to global leaders for delivery at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. Here is your chance to add your name with these illustrious signatories. Be Counted Here
- Being clever at hoarding money won’t save them if/when climate change hits hard. The very wealthy get behind closed doors far more often and can block important political and economic change. How do we get them to care about the future? – Editor
STUDY: Rich Republicans Are the Worst Climate Deniers
A new study in the journal Climatic Change finds that among Republicans, as levels of income increase, so does their likelihood of “dismissing the dangers associated with climate change.” But among Democrats and independents, there is little or no change in climate views as levels of income increase or decrease. At the lowest income level, the probability that a Republican would give one of these dismissive answers was only 17.7 percent. But at the highest income level, it was 51.2 percent. Among individuals with conservative political orientations, there is a correlation between occupying advantageous positions within industrial economic systems and an unwillingness to acknowledge the risks associated with climate change.
For the report Public views on the dangers and importance of climate change
- A fun article to read! When a city creates an electric car rental system, it can do wonders for air pollution and more. If powered by wind and solar, this is a total winner! – Editor
Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London- how they work in Paris
Paris’s Autolib’ electric car sharing scheme is looking like a success. Membership is up from 5,650 a month two-and-a-half years ago to 155,000 today. Members have clocked up the fairly remarkable total of 30.4 million miles. The service’s 2,500 Bluecars – hitting 3,000 by the end of this year – are now averaging a total of well over 10,000 rentals every day. A survey showed Autolib’ means fewer cars on the roads of the Paris. Cars used to be like toothbrushes – you didn’t share, you didn’t borrow. But we’re shifting from a possession model to a usage model. A car is a tool for transportation, nothing more. Article and
Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy
A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years. The rest of the money coming from funds set aside by the governments and agencies to buy new vehicles. Article
- Of course, renewable energy and storage solutions vary from location to location. However, this storage solution is amazing and has serious potential for the right locations! Imagine how simple this would be – “between 20 and 40 of these systems would be enough to stabilise a 100 per cent renewable Australian electricity system.” Get out the maps and the backhoes now! – Editor
How pushing water uphill can solve our renewable energy issues
If renewable energy is ultimately to dominate the market, we will need ways to store the energy so we can use it round the clock. The good news is that it is easy to store energy. All you need is two small reservoirs – one high, one low – and a way to pump water between them. This technique, called “off-river pumped hydro energy storage,” can potentially provide the energy storage that Australia needs to embrace renewables fully. Pumped hydro is by far the cheapest. It has no standby losses while the water waits in the reservoir, and can reach full power in 30 seconds. Using pumped hydro storage to smooth out the peaks in output from a solar power station only adds an extra 25 per cent to the cost. That’s much cheaper than using batteries. Article
- So many solutions exist. Solarizing new projects in creative ways is fabulous! – Editor
Roadside Noise Barrier to Generate Solar Energy
A novel acoustical barrier that that doubles as a solar power source will be installed along the motorway in the Netherlands, suppressing noise and generates energy at the same time. What is special is that the barrier components consist of two-sided solar cells. We can absorb the morning light from the east and the afternoon light from the west. This will enable us to significantly increase the energy output. Article
“This is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity.
If we miss this opportunity for another 50 years,
the rest of the world is going to look at us and wonder why we didn’t think weather and climate and sustainability were important.“
Paul Chinowsky, co-director of the Institute of Climate and Civil Systems and the Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development in the University of Colorado
- He’s right! This is big! Most plans for adaptation do not fully consider these critical every day shifts .Every climate plan needs to incorporate these kinds of changes NOW, not 20 years from now! – Editor
Prepare infrastructure for climate change
Much attention has been paid to the likelihood of more drought, fires and floods as the planet warms, but the most significant impact on public infrastructure won’t come from extreme weather events. It will be the change in what constitutes normal weather in various regions — higher temperatures for more sustained periods of time, higher or lower average humidity and rainfall — that will most tax buildings, roads and bridges that were built for one set of conditions and now have to function in another. “Road surfaces get weaker in heat,” Chinowsky said. “Asphalt gets softer. As trucks and cars pass, you get a lot more potholes, more cracking. It won’t be a one time event but a constant thing. That’s the part we don’t talk about, but that’s the part that’s going to have a huge economic impact. The city wants to know what changes from current building standards it should incorporate into the rehabilitation effort to make sure the building doesn’t need expensive repairs in just a few years. Article
- Even investment banks want new visions in electricity! Nu-tility- great word! – Editor
Seven ‘radical’ ideas for Australia’s renewable energy policy
Analysts at investment bank UBS have come up with a suite of policy suggestions that they say could put Australia at the cutting edge of a carbon light de-centralised electricity grid. UBS says the world is transitioning away from carbon-intensive centralised models to a carbon light distributed model. If policy settings were designed to assist the transition to the “Nu-tility” world, where distributed energy takes over from centralised power – there would be a carbon tax, subsidies for storage, incentives for rooftop PV, mandatory time of use meters and networks would be unregulated competitive businesses sharing the pain. Article
- Let’s make the transition even faster! – Editor
Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete
As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over. Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. “Negative pricing” moves, as they are known, are not uncommon. The impact has been so profound, and wholesale prices pushed down so low, that few coal generators in Australia made a profit last year. Hardly any are making a profit this year. State-owned generators like Stanwell are specifically blaming rooftop solar. In an energy democracy, even free coal has no value. Article