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Inflation and climate change tackled in new Senate deal that Biden calls 'historic'

NPRPresident Biden hailed as "historic" the Senate Democrats' agreement on a bill to fight the climate crisis and decrease the cost of prescription drugs — key pieces of his domestic agenda."It's a big deal," Biden said of the bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, at the White House Thursday. He said the legislation also would both reduce inflationary pressure on the economy and serve as the most important investment the nation has ever made in energy security."With this legislation, we're facing up to some of our biggest problems and we're taking a giant step forward as a nation," he said.He noted that both former Vice President Al Gore, a champion of climate change reform, and Larry Summers, who has been critical of the Biden administration's economic approach, expressed support for...

Published on 8/8/2022 (176 days ago) Solar, Wind & EV's

 

Western Montana Water Rights

Western Montana Water RightsOn June 9th, the Montana Water Court issued notification to the public that they were proceeding with their review of the CSKT Compact.  This communication, along with a 4 page summary of the compact, was sent out to put all water users on notice as to the commencement of proceedings for the Water Court’s consideration for approval of the CSKT water compact.It is imperative that as a water user in western Montana, you read this information provided by the court and understand that your water rights could be impacted by the compact.  If you believe your water rights are negatively impacted, you have the right to object. “At this stage in the adjudication, all affected persons are required to state any objections that they may have to the Preliminary Decree.  Your...

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

 

Nuclear Is The Future. Tiger and Bill Gates Know It

Washington Post | June 22. 2022As energy security becomes a growing source of angst, it’s that clear large-scale, reliable use of renewable resources remain a distant reality in many countries. That’s allowed a more controversial — and almost perfect — alternative to make a comeback: nuclear. Trouble is, nobody wants a reactor in their backyard and the memories of past accidents remain a serious concern.But with costs rising and few solutions at hand, both governments and companies are turning to nuclear power as a cleaner and cheaper source to help them reach their ambitious climate goals. Even if a few years away, the development of, and investment in, nuclear energy sources and storage methods could ensure industrial operations highly dependent on pre-heating processes for raw materials...

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

 

How can nuclear combat climate change?

world-nuclear.orgClimate change – an accelerating global problemThe United Nations has identified climate change as "the defining issue of our time", with the central aim of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to keep the rise in global temperatures to well below 2 °C compared to pre-industrial levels, and with the aim to limit the rise to 1.5 °C. This is driven by the scientific consensus that limiting the rise to 1.5 °C would significantly reduce the risks posed by climate change. Despite this, carbon dioxide emissions related to energy continue to rise – reaching 33.1 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high, and have increased by more than 40% since 2000. Concerted international efforts over the past 20 years have increased the amount of electricity generated by wind, solar and other renewable...

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

 

Bill Gates: Nuclear power will ‘absolutely’ be politically acceptable again — it’s safer than oil, coal, natural gas

CNBC | Feb. 25, 2021Nuclear energy will “absolutely” be politically palatable, billionaire philanthropist, technologist and climate change evangelist Bill Gates recently told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”Nuclear power has to overcome a baneful reputation garnered by association with the atomic bomb and radioactive disasters, but it’s a necessary, worthy and surmountable challenge to correct the naysayers, according to Gates.That’s because the need for clean energy is dire, and the operation of nuclear power plants produces no greenhouse gas emissions. According to Gates, new innovations in nuclear technology (in which he is an investor) are making nuclear energy safer and more affordable, and countries around the world are starting to adopt nuclear power....READ FULL ARTICLE...

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

 

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

 

Hydropower is the forgotten giant of low-carbon electricity

iea.org Hydropower is the backbone of low-carbon electricity generation, providing almost half of it worldwide today. Hydropower’s contribution is 55% higher than nuclear’s and larger than that of all other renewables combined, including wind, solar PV, bioenergy and geothermal. In 2020, hydropower supplied 17% of global electricity generation, the third‑largest source after coal and natural gas. Over the last 20 years, hydropower’s total capacity rose 70% globally, but its share of total generation stayed stable due to the growth of wind, solar PV, coal and natural gas.Emerging and developing economies have led global hydropower growth since the 1970s, mainly through public sector investments in large plants. Today, hydropower meets the majority of electricity demand in 28 emerging and...

Published on 7/21/2022 (194 days ago) Hydroelectric

 

Sustainable growth requires reliable hydropower

Daily Interlake | May 15, 2022When we’re floating and fishing on the stunning Three Forks of the Flathead River, we don’t always think about how our rivers are part of the Columbia River Basin’s headwaters. However, our waters flow from Northwest Montana all the way to the Pacific Ocean – about 700 miles from our backyards – and electricity flows back up to us from hydroelectric dams on those rivers.... READ FULL ARTICLE...

Published on 7/21/2022 (194 days ago) Hydroelectric

 

Hydropower’s Future in a Zero-carbon Grid

Natel Energy | Dec. 7, 2020Hydropower sits at the nexus of energy and water, enabling hydropower projects to be catalysts for positive change. If designed with both in mind, hydropower projects can increase reliable renewable generation and have positive benefits for river ecosystems and water users. Conventional approaches to hydropower did not always adequately consider the ecosystem impacts of large structures — but major shifts the hydropower industry are underway. On October 13, 2020, the hydropower industry and river community signed a historic Joint Statement of Collaboration to discuss ways to maximize hydropower’s climate benefits, while mitigating the environmental impact of conventional dams and supporting environmental restoration.This collaboration between the hydro industry...

Published on 7/21/2022 (194 days ago) Hydroelectric

 

Energy-strapped Europe Using Coal

 Unknown (townnews.com)In energy-strapped Europe, coal gets an encore BILLINGS GAZETTE SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022 | A13 00 1 WORLD DEREK GATOPOULOS Associated Press KOZANI,Greece —Coal production has been ramped up at the site near the northern Greek city of Kozani as the war in Ukraine forced many European nations to rethink their energy supplies. Coal, long treated as a legacy fuel in Europe, is now helping the continent safeguard its power supply and cope with the dramatic rise in natural gas prices caused by the war. Electricity generated by coal in the European Union jumped 19% in the fourth quarter of 2021 from a year earlier, according to the EU’s energy directorate, faster than any other source of power, as tension spiked between Russia and Ukraine and ahead of the invasion in late...

Published on 7/21/2022 (194 days ago) Coal

 

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