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Are You Really Against Fossil Fuels? Read This Before You Answer

It is easy for anyone to say that they are against fossil fuels. Opposition to coal, oil and natural gas is fashionable and will prompt heads to nod and even hands to applaud in most places. But are people aware of the extent to which their lives are dependent on fossil fuels? Do they know that more than 90 percent of things used in their everyday lives are derived from fossil fuels?From your toothbrush to your car tire, a majority of the things you use today has been made possible because of fossil fuels. Shoes, refrigerators, washing machines, coffee makers, furniture, pens, eating utensils, eyeglasses, commodes, medical gear, camping equipment, and the list goes on and on. Consider the computer or the phone from which you are reading this article. They are made of glass, metal, plastic,...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Oil/Gas, Coal

 

Crypto mining uses as much energy as conventional data centers, says US Federal report

A report commissioned by the White House has warned that cryptocurrency mining is using up to 0.9 percent of all the world's electricity, and criticizes proof-of-work schemes as used on Bitcoin and Ethereum.The report, from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has called for more research into the energy impact of mining for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, as well as further investigation of whether the underlying distributed ledger technology, blockchain, could be harnessed for positive environmental work.The report, Climate, and Energy Implications of Crypto-Assets in the United States [PDF] comes in response to President Biden's Executive Order 14067: “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets,” which asked how digital development related to the US' climate...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) General

 

Changes to rooftop solar payments clear first hurdle

The Senate Corporations Committee narrowly passed a bill Thursday that could rework the payment structure for rooftop solar in Wyoming.After hearing two hours of occasionally contentious public testimony, the committee voted three to two to send Senate File 92 — sponsored by its chairman, Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander — on to consideration by the full Senate.The bill would strike net metering, the standard way of tracking and paying for the surplus power rooftop solar users feed back into the electric grid, from state statute. It would hand decisions about their rates over to the Wyoming Public Service Commission (which may lower those rates), and would free up utilities to impose extra charges on solar users as they and regulators deem necessary.t would also preserve net metering until 2039...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

States Reimagine Power Grids for Wind and Solar Future

For years, many states have set ambitious goals and incentives to promote renewable electricity projects. Now, more of those states are turning their attention to the transmission lines, substations and transformers needed to get that electricity from wind farms and solar plants into homes and businesses.Congress has invested billions in boosting clean energy. But the money won’t lower emissions as much as predicted without “more than doubling” the last decade’s rate of grid expansion, Princeton University researchers noted last year. That expansion is needed to support the new renewable energy projects coming online, as well as the growing number of electric vehicles, heat pumps and other technologies requiring electricity.Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

VIDEO The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels | Alex Epstein

VIDEO LINKEnergy philosopher Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, challenges conventional wisdom about the fossil fuel industry and argues that if we look carefully at the positives and negatives of all our energy alternatives, we have a moral obligation to use more fossil fuels, not less....

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Alex Epstein Corner

 

Is Nuclear Waste Safe? Expert Shares Facts for Investors

Nuclear energy is gaining traction, but concerns about radioactive waste are still prevalent. In a conversation with INN, Madison Hilly of the Green Nuclear Deal shed light on misconceptions.The energy crisis in Europe has brought new attention to the nuclear energy sector. One of the few sources of baseload energy, nuclear power has become an important component in achieving clean grid-scale energy.In fact, nuclear energy — which is generated using uranium — has the highest capacity factor in the US. According to the country's Office of Nuclear Energy, nuclear power plants are producing maximum power 92.5 percent of the time, significantly higher than other clean energy sources like wind (35.4 percent) and solar (24.9 percent). Nuclear also comes in much higher than polluting power...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Nuclear

 

Germany sees brighter outlook for Europe’s largest economy

By DAVID McHUGHAP Business WriterFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The economic outlook has brightened in Europe’s largest economy. The German government on Wednesday raised its estimate for growth next year to an 0.2% expansion from a 0.4% contraction as the country manages its energy divorce from Russia and shells out support for consumers and businesses hit by higher energy costs. Germany had feared that this winter it would run out of natural gas used to power factories, generate electricity and heat homes. Mild weather helped, as did additional supplies of liquid natural gas after Russia cut off most pipeline supplies to Europe amid the war in Ukraine. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck says high prices are a burden for consumers but that the government has “made the crisis...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Oil/Gas

 

Manchin pushes to delay tax credits for electric vehicles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ratcheting up his criticism, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday moved to delay new tax credits for electric vehicles, a key feature of President Joe Biden's landmark climate law.Manchin said guidelines issued by the Treasury Department allow manufacturers in Europe and other countries to bypass requirements that significant portions of EV batteries be produced in North America. The climate law, officially known as the Inflation Reduction Act, “is first and foremost an energy security bill,” Manchin said, adding that the EV tax credits were supposed "to grow domestic manufacturing and reduce our reliance on foreign supply chains for the critical minerals needed to produce EV batteries.''Manchin’s bid to delay the tax credits surfaced as Energy Secretary Jennifer...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

Giant Wind Turbines Keep Mysteriously Falling Over. This Shouldn't Be Happening.

The taller the wind turbine, the harder they fall. And they sure are falling.Wind turbine failures are on the uptick, from Oklahoma to Sweden and Colorado to Germany, with all three of the major manufacturers admitting that the race to create bigger turbines has invited manufacturing issues, according to a report from Bloomberg.Multiple turbines that are taller than 750 feet are collapsing across the world, with the tallest—784 feet in stature—falling in Germany in September 2021. To put it in perspective, those turbines are taller than both the Space Needle in Seattle and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Even smaller turbines that recently took a tumble in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Wales, and Colorado were about the height of the Statue of Liberty.Turbines are falling for the three...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

Wind Turbines Taller Than the Statue of Liberty Are Falling Over

Breakdowns of towers and blades have bedeviled manufacturers in the US and Europe.On a calm, sunny day last June, Mike Willey was feeding his cattle when he got a call from the local sheriff’s dispatcher. A motorist had reported that one of the huge turbines at a nearby wind farm had collapsed in dramatic fashion. Willey, chief of the volunteer fire department in Ames, 90 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, set out to survey the scene.The steel tower, which once stood hundreds of feet tall, was buckled in half, and the turbine blades, whose rotation took the machine higher than the Statue of Liberty, were splayed across the wheat field below. The turbine, made by General Electric Co., had been in operation less than a year. “It fell pretty much right on top of itself,”READ FULL ARTICLE...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

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