Companies Say They Care About the Climate. Their Actions Fall Short.

Many big businesses have not set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Others have weak goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #blackrock-inc, #boards-of-directors, #brazil, #carbon-dioxide, #carbon-disclosure-project-cdp, #cargill-inc, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #levi-straussco, #microsoft-corp, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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Texas Power Grid Run by ERCOT Set Up the State for Disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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The Lessons of the Texas Power Disaster

The entire nation’s energy delivery system needs an overhaul.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #solar-energy, #texas, #wind-power

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Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure

At least he didn’t bring up the Green New Deal.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #cawthorn-madison, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #energy-and-power, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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The Storm That Knocked Out Texas

Readers urge greater use of renewable energy and less reliance on fossil fuels.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #canada, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #texas, #winter-season

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Texas Storms, California Heat Waves and ‘Vulnerable’ Utilities

Power failures have cast a spotlight on whether energy companies and regulators are doing enough to prepare for climate change and natural disasters.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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How to Prevent the Next Texas Power Breakdown

The state’s massive blackouts are the result of a failure to insure against extreme weather.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #temperature, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts

The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #conservatism-us-politics, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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A Glimpse of the Future in Texas: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas

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The Auto Industry Bets Its Future on Batteries

Carmakers, government agencies and investors are pouring money into battery research in a global race to profit from emission-free electric cars.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #innovation, #lithium-metal, #start-ups, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

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Book Review: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Change Disaster,’ by Bill Gates

In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the billionaire Microsoft founder lays out his concerns for the earth and some concrete ideas for the future.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #books-and-literature, #gates-bill, #global-warming, #how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster-the-solutions-we-have-and-the-breakthroughs-we-need-book, #microsoft-corp, #solar-energy

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The Coming Technology Boom

Politics is grim but science is working.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #earth, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #geothermal-power, #productivity, #research, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #science-and-technology, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise

Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pnas-journal, #research, #wildfires

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Coal-Fired Power Took a Beating During the Pandemic, Study Finds

A broad move away from coal power was an important factor in pushing down global greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said, and could help accelerate a shift toward renewable energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #edenhofer-ottmar, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #potsdam-institute-for-climate-impact-research, #research

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Jim Justice, a G.O.P. Governor, on Why Biden Needs to ‘Go Big’ on Covid Aid

The governor of West Virginia, who supported a bigger relief bill than Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, initially did, spoke with us about government spending, Covid-19 vaccinations and climate policy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #justice-james-c-ii, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-virginia

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G.M. and the Electric-Car Comeback

The end of the gasoline-powered car will transform the economy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #barra-mary-t, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states

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How Biden’s Climate Ambitions Could Shift America’s Global Footprint

Serious efforts to address global warming might mean big changes for America’s trade, foreign relations and even defense strategy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coal, #european-union, #foreign-aid, #foreign-investments, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kerry-john, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Can the DOE Actually Do on Climate?

President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Energy would control powerful levers to promote clean-energy technologies, though that’s not the agency’s only job. Still, here are five possible steps.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #energy-and-power, #energy-department, #environment, #global-warming, #granholm-jennifer-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden, With Powerful Allies and Foes, Targets Climate Change

The president is moving rapidly to address climate change, with some unlikely allies behind him and huge hurdles ahead — some in his own party.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government

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10 Challenges Biden Faces in Righting the Economy

The pandemic has damaged the economy and cost millions of people their livelihoods. These are some of the areas that demand Joe Biden’s attention.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-taxes-us, #inaugurations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #small-business, #stimulus-economic, #transportation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Court Voids a ‘Tortured’ Trump Climate Rollback

The ruling strikes down weak rules for coal-burning power plants and gives the Biden administration a freer hand to impose tighter restrictions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Businesses Aim to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air. It’s a Gamble.

A surge of corporate money could soon transform carbon removal from science fiction to reality. But there are risks: The very idea could offer industry an excuse to maintain dangerous habits.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trees-and-shrubs

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Survey Finds Majority of Voters Support Initiatives to Fight Climate Change

A survey carried out after the November election found that 66 percent of respondents said that developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Covid-19 Took a Bite From U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020

Emissions plunged more than 10 percent. If the trend can be sustained, it would put the United States within striking distance of one of its major goals under the Paris climate agreement.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #rhodium-group-llc, #transportation, #wildfires

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Let’s Work With Latin America to Fight Climate Change

The Biden administration should support clean energy investments and environmental protections in the region.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #latin-america

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‘A Slap in the Face’: The Pandemic Disrupts Young Oil Careers

Students and recent graduates struggle to get hired as the oil industry cuts tens of thousands of jobs, some of which may never come back.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #careers-and-professions, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #engineering-and-engineers, #geology, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rice-university, #texas, #university-of-texas-at-austin

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A Monster Wind Turbine Is Upending an Industry

G.E.’s giant machine, which can light up a small town, is stoking a renewable-energy arms race.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #europe, #gamesa-corporacion-tecnologica-s-a, #general-electric-company, #innovation, #orsted-as, #siemens-gamesa-renewable-energy-sa, #vestas-wind-systems-as, #wind-power

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Things Will Get Better. Seriously.

Reasons to be hopeful about the Biden economy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Stimulus Deal

The legislation calls for cutting the use of powerful planet-warming chemicals common in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

#air-conditioning, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #chemicals, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrofluorocarbons, #law-and-legislation, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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Biden Announces Climate Team, Including Gina McCarthy, Deb Haaland and Michael Regan

The president-elect said he has chosen a team that prioritizes making clean energy jobs and environmental protection the cornerstone of his economic plans.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #haaland-deb, #kerry-john, #mallory-brenda-1957, #mccarthy-gina, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #regan-michael-s-1976, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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To Cut Emissions to Zero, U.S. Needs to Make Big Changes in Next 10 Years

New research details major infrastructure work — including immense construction projects — that would need to start right away to achieve Biden’s goal of zero emissions by 2050.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #environment, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nuclear-energy, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #wind-power

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Al Gore: I Have Hope on the Climate Crisis. America Must Lead.

The Biden administration will have the opportunity to restore confidence in America and take on the worsening climate crisis.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #international-energy-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #paris-france, #presidential-election-of-2020, #solar-energy, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states

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‘Is Exxon a Survivor?’ The Oil Giant Is at a Crossroads.

Exxon Mobil is struggling to find its footing as demand for oil and gas falls and world leaders and businesses pledge to fight climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dow-jones-stock-average, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrocarbons, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #raymond-lee-r-1938, #shale, #solar-energy, #stocks-and-bonds, #texas, #tillerson-rex-w, #united-states, #wind-power, #woods-darren-w-1965

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New York State’s Divestment Threat Is a Victory for Climate Activists

The comptroller’s threat to pull billions from fossil fuel investments is a big victory for climate activists.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bp-plc, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #dinapoli-thomas-p, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #office-of-the-comptroller-nys, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #stringer-scott-m, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease Into Diesel

Struggling energy companies are increasing the production of renewable diesel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #california, #cvr-energy, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #refineries, #restaurants, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #valero-energy-corporation, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Outdoor Heaters Seem Like a Huge Waste. Are They Really?

Here are facts about heaters (for outside and inside) and climate change.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #porches-patios-and-decks, #restaurants

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Biden and Kerry Must Address the Climate Emergency

There is no middle path when it comes to the climate emergency.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #wildfires, #youth

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When Will Electricity Companies Finally Quit Natural Gas?

Wind and solar are better bets for investors and the planet.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #sierra-club, #solar-energy, #southern-company, #tennessee-valley-authority, #united-states, #wind-power

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California Is Trying to Jump-Start the Hydrogen Economy

The fuel could play an important role in fighting climate change, but it has been slow to gain traction because of high costs.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #automobiles, #batteries, #buses, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrogen, #hyundai-motor-co, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #toyota-motor-corp

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Trump Administration Removes Scientist in Charge of Assessing Climate Change

Michael Kuperberg was told he would no longer oversee the National Climate Assessment. The job is expected to go to a climate-change skeptic, according to people familiar with the changes.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #federal-energy-regulatory-commission, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #legates-david, #maue-ryan, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How the Virus Slowed the Booming Wind Energy Business

Renewable energy developers have struggled to finish projects as the pandemic disrupts construction and global supply chains.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #edf-renewables, #electricite-de-france-edf, #energy-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #milligan-neb, #nebraska, #wind-power

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Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do.

If elected, Joe Biden and his allies are preparing to pass climate change legislation, piece by piece — knowing full well that the candidate’s $2 trillion plan would be a tough sell.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments

After the candidate called for a “transition” away from oil and gas, executives said the country would need fossil fuels for decades to come.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #coal, #debates-political, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shale, #texas, #united-states

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Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace

Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-rivers, #energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydroelectric-power, #national-hydropower-assn, #natural-resources-defense-council, #nature-conservancy

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How Coal-Loving Australia Became the Leader in Rooftop Solar

Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #australia, #batteries, #coal, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #queensland-australia, #solar-energy, #wildfires

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China’s Pledge to Be Carbon Neutral by 2060: What It Means

Under international pressure to do more to address global warming, Xi Jinping made a surprise commitment to drastically reduce emissions. Now comes the hard part.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #communist-party-of-china, #conservation-of-resources, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Trump’s Motto: Your Money or Your Life

The president claims you have to make a choice, but you don’t.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #international-renewable-energy-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #scientific-american, #trump-university, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. and European Oil Giants Go Different Ways on Climate Change

While BP and other European companies invest billions in renewable energy, Exxon and Chevron are committed to fossil fuels and betting on moonshots.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bp-plc, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #chevron-corporation, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrocarbons, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries

When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #california, #california-independent-system-operator, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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