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Bukacek lands endorsement of PSC Commissioner Fielder

 On 10/13/22, Montana Public Service Commissioner Jennifer Fielder issued the following statement regarding her endorsement of Dr. Annie Bukacek for PSC District 5. No government resources were used to produce or distribute this endorsement: Good governance is not an easy thing to achieve. It requires hard work, patience, skill, and a spirit of selfless service. When James Brown and I came on board as newly elected Montana Public Service Commissioners in early 2021, we found much of the agency in disarray. We immediately set in motion a series of actions to improve the operations, performance, culture, and reputation of the agency.The Commission reached a major milestone in August when we adopted a formal Strategic Plan with goals, objectives, action plans, and a vision to establish the...

Published on 10/14/2022 (109 days ago) General

 

Green hydrogen sounds like a win for developing countries. But cost and transport are problems

TechExplore.comHydrogen is used mainly to make chemicals such as fertilizer, and in oil refineries. Most hydrogen in the world today is made from natural gas or coal—methods associated with large carbon dioxide emissions. Developed countries are therefore looking to "green hydrogen" instead—produced using renewable electricity such as solar and wind power. Energy experts Rod Crompton and Bruce Young explain green hydrogen's potential benefits and challenges.What is hydrogen used for?Global hydrogen demand reached 94 million tons in 2021, and contained energy equal to about 2.5% of global final energy consumption. Only about 0.1% of current global hydrogen production is green, but big expansions are planned.New applications for green hydrogen are also envisaged.Liebreich's classification is...

Published on 10/6/2022 (117 days ago) General

 

Global Warming and Hurricanes

GFDL NOAA.Gov"After adjusting for a likely under-count of hurricanes in the pre-satellite era there is essentially no long-term trend in hurricane counts" and "The evidence for an upward trend is even weaker if we look at U.S. landfalling hurricanes, which even show a slight negative trend beginning from 1900 or from the late 1800s" and "We conclude that the data do not provide compelling evidence for a substantial greenhouse warming-induced century-scale increase in frequency of tropical storms, hurricanes, or major hurricanes, or in the proportion of hurricanes that become major hurricanes." CommentaryI expect the current NOAA director to be replaced very soon with the weather industry equivalent of Anthony Fauci so that NOAA can be weaponized like every other federal agency.READ FULL...

Published on 10/6/2022 (117 days ago) General

 

State has high hopes for huge carbon capture project

Wyoming leaders have made plain, for years, that they’re courting carbon capture developers in an effort to save the state’s coal industry. But their vision of Wyoming as a destination for carbon capture has also grown to encompass much more than coal.That’s what prompted state officials to pursue — and successfully land — Project Bison, which on Sept. 8 became the largest direct air capture initiative ever announced.Unlike the point-source technologies aimed at power plants and other individual emitters, direct air capture facilities suck carbon dioxide straight out of the air. The pair of startups behind Project Bison plan to begin removing and storing about 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, or roughly 0.3% of what’s released by the average coal-fired power plant, at a...

Published on 9/30/2022 (123 days ago) General

 

Lights out, ovens off: Europe preps for winter energy crisis

FRANKFURT, Germany -- As Europe heads into winter in the throes of an energy crisis, offices are getting chillier. Statues and historic buildings are going dark. Bakers who can't afford to heat their ovens are talking about giving up, while fruit and vegetable growers face letting greenhouses stand idle.In poorer eastern Europe, people are stocking up on firewood, while in wealthier Germany, the wait for an energy-saving heat pump can take half a year. And businesses don't know how much more they can cut back.“We can’t turn off the lights and make our guests sit in the dark,” said Richard Kovacs, business development manager for Hungarian burger chain Zing Burger. The restaurants already run the grills no more than necessary and use motion detectors to turn off lights in storage, with some...

Published on 9/30/2022 (123 days ago) General

 

Energy Talking Points by Alex Epstein

By Alex EpsteinThis election season candidates are getting lots of energy-related questions. Here are pro-freedom, pro-human answers to some of the most popular ones.What’s your policy on energy, environment, and climate?I believe in energy freedom: the freedom to use all forms of energy, with laws against emissions that are truly harmful and reasonably preventable.5 key energy freedom policies are:1. Liberate responsible development2. End preferences for unreliable electricity3. Reform air and water emissions standards to incorporate cost-benefit analysis4. Reduce long-term CO2 emissions via liberating innovation5. Decriminalize nuclear Do you believe in climate change?I believe in climate change, not climate catastrophe.The world has warmed ~1° C in the last 170 years. Humans have some...

Published on 9/30/2022 (123 days ago) General

 

Mining Our Way to Clean Energy

kiteandkeymedia.comYou’ve never met them, but the men in this mine in Inner Mongolia get you to work every day.When you had to work from home during a global pandemic?It was only possible because of what happens in this mine in the Congo.And these Brazilian workers...might just save your life.Basically, if you live a modern lifestyle, it’s because of the resources these men provide.Cobalt from the Congo powers your smartphone.Rare earth minerals extracted from Mongolia go into batteries for electric cars.And without places like Brazil supplying Niobium, we wouldn’t have functioning MRI machines.Seriously...we didn’t make that one up. Niobium is a thing.  We might imagine our high-tech economy and modern lifestyle is easier on the planet than previous generations, but all that...

Published on 8/29/2022 (155 days ago) General

 

Ramrock CEO commentary on Biden Climate Goals and Bill

David G. White | RamRock.com. . . faces state schism on clean energy The new analysis follows an earlier one led by Jenkins and Princeton colleagues assessing where new wind, solar and other zero-carbon resources would likely grow under a scenario tracking the Biden climate goals. That “Net-Zero America” report in 2020 projected that the states with the greatest new wind farm expansion by 2050 would be led by Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Montana. California, Texas, Florida and Georgia came as the biggest winners in solar energy growth.States’ partisan divide Yet the passage of the climate bill in the Senate also is putting new attention on states that have been sharply divided along partisan lines for years. For wind and solar to grow exponentially, projects may need backing from...

Published on 8/9/2022 (175 days ago) General

 

Carbon Capture Technology's Moment Has Arrived as Climate, Energy Crises Grow

ENRDuring the week of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s first-ever Carbon Negative Shot summit on July 20, daily temperatures in Arizona rose to well over three digits consecutively, weather in northeastern states sizzled above previous record highs, the U.K. had its hottest day on record (104.5°F), and a wildfire, sparked in central California, scorched acres of land and spurred evacuations near Yosemite National Park.Described as a call to action for innovation in carbon dioxide removal, policymakers, energy officials and advisers at the virtual summit did not sugarcoat the climate change realities currently gripping nations. Reaching net zero is no longer enough, they warned. Only sucking CO2 directly from the air to be safely stored underground can move carbon emissions in the right...

Published on 8/8/2022 (176 days ago) General

 

Our Future Is At Stake: The Climate Agenda’s True Power & Supreme Court Ruling on EPA

coreysdigs.com | July 12, 2022There are over 400 three-letter agencies in the U.S., many of which have been acting as their own government for over a hundred years, going unchecked while operating outside the Constitution. Their overreach has sought to control every industry from the top down, every consumer and small business, and blaze straight through the Federal Reserve and financial systems into everyone’s wallet. If there is one big takeaway from the Supreme Court ruling, it is the fact that it is far past time to put an end to this shadow government who has worked to remove the freedoms of the American people and undermine the Constitutional process.“Congress certainly has not conferred a like authority upon EPA anywhere else in the Clean Air Act. The last place one would expect to...

Published on 7/26/2022 (189 days ago) General

 

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