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  • Offshore wind power now so cheap it could pay money back to consumers

    Renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind and solar farms, have so far been subsidised by government support schemes. This has led to some to complain that clean energy is pushing up bills. However, the most recently approved offshore wind projects will most likely operate with ‘negative subsidies’ – paying money back to the government. The money will go towards reducing household energy bills as the offshore wind farms start producing power in the mid-2020s.


    • Canadian ice caps disappear, confirming 2017 scientific prediction

      The St. Patrick Bay ice caps on the Hazen Plateau of northeastern Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada, have disappeared, according to NASA satellite imagery. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists and colleagues predicted via a 2017 paper in The Cryosphere that the ice caps would melt out completely within the next five years, and recent images from NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) have confirmed that this prediction was accurate.


      • June 2020 tied as Earth’s 3rd hottest on record

        Earth’s persistent warming trend last month vaulted June 2020 to the third-hottest June on record — a tie with 2015.

        Warm temperatures from January-through-June pushed the year to date to second highest in the 141-year climate record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.


        • Trade Group Floats ‘Model’ Bill To Shield Oil Industry from Climate Lawsuits

          A model bill written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), ostensibly in response to the COVID-19 crisis, could have big implications for climate liability litigation.

          The group, whose membership includes several oil majors as well as trade associations, lobbying groups and PR firms associated with the fossil fuel industry, produced the model legislation for state governments. It doesn’t specifically mention the ongoing pandemic, but it limits civil liability for corporations and their employees after a declared disaster or public emergency, provided the company “complied with or made a good faith effort” to comply with federal, state or local regulations.
          First, if you're not familiar with ALEC, you should be. It's basically an organization where conservative politicians and industry representatives meet to "design" legislation. The colloquial term is "corporate bill mill". As you might expect, the Koch brothers are heavily invested in ALEC.

          I've spoken often on the pattern of corporate science denial over the years. The one thing that the corporations fear more than anything is large, class action lawsuits. A large part of the science denial activities are driven by the strategy of muddying the scientific case for future lawsuits. This occurred with tobacco, CFCs, acid rain, opioids, the list goes on and on.

          Given the currently ongoing state sponsored lawsuits against oil companies based on their (admitted) knowledge of climate change as far back as the 70's, this is obviously an attempt to preempt the legal process. They have a right to be concerned. The second one of these lawsuits succeeds it will open the floodgates and we'll see a wave of class action suits across the country (and likely the world).
          Last edited by DingBat; 03 Aug 20, 09:42.


          • Big Oil Knew Climate Change Could Be ‘Catastrophic.’ Study Shows Heat Could Become Deadlier Than Infectious Diseases

            More than a half century ago, the oil industry's top lobbyist warned his peers of the potentially “catastrophic consequences” of burning fossil fuels, consequences that are already starting to unfold as historic heat scorches Siberia and bakes the Middle East this summer. Extreme heat is among the deadliest consequences of global warming, and a new study tallies just how deadly it could become if climate pollution continues unabated.

            Rising temperatures will rank among the world’s most severe public health threats, on par with or even eclipsing infectious diseases, by century’s end unless the world rapidly slashes greenhouse gas emissions.

            That’s according to a study published August 3 in the National Bureau of Economic Research by scientists with the Climate Impact Lab, a collaboration that analyzes the “real-world costs of climate change.”

            “Our data indicate that with the continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions, the temperature effects of climate change are projected to be five times deadlier than recent U.S. flu seasons. In poor hot countries, the heat may be even more threatening than cancer and heart disease are today,” Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago and a study co-author, said in a summary of the research.


            • Increased future occurrences of the exceptional 2018–2019 Central European drought under global warming


              Since the spring 2018, a large part of Europe has been in the midst of a record-setting drought. Using long-term observations, we demonstrate that the occurrence of the 2018–2019 (consecutive) summer drought is unprecedented in the last 250 years, and its combined impact on the growing season vegetation activities is stronger compared to the 2003 European drought. Using a suite of climate model simulation outputs, we underpin the role of anthropogenic warming on exacerbating the future risk of such a consecutive drought event. Under the highest Representative Concentration Pathway, (RCP 8.5), we notice a seven-fold increase in the occurrence of the consecutive droughts, with additional 40 (񷊹) million ha of cultivated areas being affected by such droughts, during the second half of the twenty-first century. The occurrence is significantly reduced under low and medium scenarios (RCP 2.6 and RCP 4.5), suggesting that an effective mitigation strategy could aid in reducing the risk of future consecutive droughts.


              • Last decade was Earth's hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates

                • Sea-surface temperatures were the second warmest on record last year, surpassed only by 2016. The heating up of the ocean and melting of glaciers caused global sea levels to hit a new high point of 3.4 inches above what they were, on average, 30 years ago.
                • Greenhouse gas levels hit their highest level ever recorded in 2019. Concentrations of these planet-warming gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, are now higher than any period measured by modern instruments or ice cores dating back 800,000 years.
                • The polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic experienced their second hottest year on record. The loss of ice from the poles is helping push sea levels upwards, imperiling coastal cities around the world.
                • The consequences of the climate crisis are being felt around the world, including recent widespread flooding across east Africa and wildfires in Australia, the Amazon and Siberia.


                • Air pollution is much worse than we thought

                  In the late 1960s, the US saw regular, choking smog descend over New York City and Los Angeles, 100,000 barrels of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and, perhaps most famously, fires burning on the surface of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio. These grim images sparked the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day, and a decade of extraordinary environmental lawmaking and rulemaking (much of it under a Republican president, Richard Nixon).


                  • Renewable Energy is The Scam We All Fell For


                    The Glaring Engineering Mistake That Made Wind Turbines Inefficient | Massive Engineering Mistakes


                    TOO MUCH WIND! 10 Wind Turbine Fails


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                    The Tech That Could Fix One of Wind Power's Biggest Problems

                    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
                    “War is merely the continuation of politics by other means” - von Clausewitz


                    • The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk

                      Applauded by many governments around the world as one of the cleanest initiatives for the generation of energy, the wind industry is also one of the most expensive and heavily subsidized, compared with other power generation alternatives. Ryan M. Yonk, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, presents interesting and little-known facts, which demystify wind power's efficiency, cost, and benefits for the environment.

                      CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO: 00:00
                      Opening 00:10
                      History of Energy Policy 00:40
                      The True Cost of Wind 03:45
                      Federal Policies on Energy Subsidies 10:05
                      Federal Wind-Related Initiatives 12:05
                      Production Tax Credit 15:53
                      Cost of the Wind after Federal Policies 17:25
                      State Policies: Renewable Portfolio Standards 22:26
                      Total Costs 24:58
                      Social and Environmental Costs 27:38
                      Policy Implications 29:35

                      TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
                      “War is merely the continuation of politics by other means” - von Clausewitz


                      • Global offshore wind industry takes huge strides

                        Despite Covid-19’s grim effects on many industries, the orders for the global offshore wind industry have increased dramatically in the first half of 2020, totalling US$35 billion (26bn), up 319% on 2019.

                        Although this already makes it the fastest-growing industry in the world, it seems likely to be only the start of an extraordinary boom in a business that is still improving its technology, and because of that the prices for the electricity it produces are tumbling.


                        • Warming Greenland ice sheet passes point of no return

                          Nearly 40 years of satellite data from Greenland shows that glaciers on the island have shrunk so much that even if global warming were to stop today, the ice sheet would continue shrinking.

                          The finding, published today, Aug. 13, in the journal Nature Communications Earth and Environment, means that Greenland’s glaciers have passed a tipping point of sorts, where the snowfall that replenishes the ice sheet each year cannot keep up with the ice that is flowing into the ocean from glaciers.


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