Energy ? Resilience
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New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and...
by Sharon Kelly
18 Jan 2018 at 7:31am
A team led by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the oil and gas industry is responsible for the largest share of the world’s rising methane emissions, which are a major factor in climate change ? and in the process the researchers resolved one of the mysteries that has plagued climate scientists over the past several years.
by Chris Nelder
17 Jan 2018 at 9:15am
Demand response and demand flexibility?shifting demand to intervals where electricity is abundant and cheap, and away from when the grid is constrained or power is expensive and dirty?can help keep prices down, optimize the grid overall, and help us integrate more renewable supply into grid power while displacing more fossil fuels.
?Clean Energy Is a Fundamental Civil Right?: Major Campaign to Expand Access ...
by Lorraine Chow
16 Jan 2018 at 4:36am
The NAACP is launching a major environmental justice campaign on Jan. 13 to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The “Solar Equity Initiative” aims to provide solar job skills training to 100 individuals, install solar panels on more than 30 homes and community centers in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, and strengthen equity in solar access policies in at least five states.
With Energy and Justice for All
by Nathanael Johnson
15 Jan 2018 at 5:16am
The city of Pueblo wants to go all-in on renewables. Low-income residents want affordable rates. Can they work together? The first things you see driving down from the Rocky Mountains into Pueblo, Colorado, are smoke stacks. Three big ones sprout from the Comanche coal plant at the edge of town, and then a stubble of shorter towers rises from the steel mill, which once provided good paying jobs to anyone who wanted one.
Peak Oil Review: January 15 2018
by Tom Whipple
15 Jan 2018 at 4:41am
New York oil futures closed up 4.7 percent last week despite a ten-rig increase in the number of active US oil rigs. London and New York futures closed with biggest weekly gains since October.
Home Biogas: Turning Food Waste into Renewable Energy
by Samuel Alexander
12 Jan 2018 at 6:27am
Biogas is produced when organic matter biodegrades under anaerobic conditions (that is, in the absence of oxygen). This process produces a mixture of gases ? primarily methane, some carbon dioxide and tiny portions of other gases such as hydrogen sulfide.
Bedazzled by Energy Efficiency
by Kris De Decker
10 Jan 2018 at 5:39am
To focus on energy efficiency is to make present ways of life non-negotiable. However, transforming present ways of life is key to mitigating climate change and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Hay-Boxes and Tea Cozies
by Brian Kaller
9 Jan 2018 at 5:03am
Instead of boiling water by lighting a fire and putting a kettle on the stove, for example, we might blow up the oldest mountains in the world to mine the remains of forests older than dinosaurs, set those old forests on fire to boil water, and then use the steam to turn turbines to send electricity through miles of cable to an outlet on your wall to power a kettle to boil water.
Is Peak Car Headed for Seneca?s Cliff?
by John Thackara
9 Jan 2018 at 4:36am
The bigger story now unfolding seems to be one of system transformation ? a peak-car tipping point ? that?s been slowly ?brewing? for a very long time. For the physicist Ugo Bardi, the decline of a complex system can be faster than its growth ? an insight he attributes to the Stoic philosopher Seneca, who wrote: ?Fortune is of sluggish growth, but ruin is rapid?.
Peak Oil Review: January 8, 2018
by Tom Whipple
8 Jan 2018 at 4:39am
The first week of the new year saw much activity related to the energy markets. Oil prices continued to climb with NY futures closing at $62.01 on Thursday, the highest close since December 2014. The continuing fall in world crude stocks — US stockpiles were down by 7.4 million barrels last week?and a healthy global economy continues to push prices higher. London futures are now at $67.66 a barrel and are closing in on $70.
Solar and Wind in Vermont with David Blittersdorf of All Earth Renewables
by James Howard Kunstler
8 Jan 2018 at 1:27am
David Blittersdorf?s passion for renewable energy and earth-friendly technology started early. He built his first wind turbine at age 14 to light up the small shack where he boiled sap into maple syrup.