climate change

Say it ain't so, Joe: Biden's inclusion of Nat Gas in energy platform under fire

Dipping his toes into tainted waters:

The hair-trigger criticism of Biden's climate plan, which has yet to be released, underscores the tension emerging between the left and centrist wings of the Democratic Party over the climate issue.

The report, from Reuters, said Biden will seek to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reinstall emissions-reducing regulations that President Trump is trying to throw out. But Biden would also, according to the report, be “supportive of nuclear energy and fossil fuel options like natural gas and carbon capture technology" in an effort to buffer negative impact on working-class folks.

Dog save us from politicians who don't pay attention to what's going on around them. Natural gas doesn't just appear magically, it's fracked out of the ground, contaminating millions of gallons of drinking water in the process. And during the transportation of gas from the well site to the power plant, fugitive emissions of methane contribute greatly to the atmospheric greenhouse effect. As far as carbon capture is concerned, that might as well be a unicorn itself. The amount of money it would take to develop the technology, not just for capture but also for sequestration, would be much better spent on genuine renewables. Also, I'm not sure Biden understands how this message will be digested:

Loaves and fewer fishes: Climate Change will lead to malnutrition and starvation

Warming oceans are already chewing up the food chain:

Fish make up 17 percent of the global population’s intake of protein, and as much as 70 percent for people living in some coastal and island countries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

As the oceans have warmed, some regions have been particularly hard-hit. In the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Japan, fish populations declined by as much as 35 percent over the period of the study. “The ecosystems in East Asia have seen some of the largest decline in fisheries productivity,” Dr. Free said. “And that region is home to some of the largest growing human populations and populations that are highly dependent on seafood.”

And how soon will it be when national navies are deployed to escort fishing vessels so they can bring food home to the hungry masses? Vessels having their catch "confiscated" by cutters and frigates flying national (1st World) flags? That future is not as fictional as it sounds, if this trend continues:

NC's carbon footprint is improving, but it's complicated

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Hat-tip to Lisa Sorg for digging into the details:

The NC Department of Environmental Quality’s draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows the state’s contributions to a warming and unpredictable global climate, but also portends possible good news: North Carolina is expected to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent to 28 percent by 2025, which would achieve or exceed the national goals. Already, the state has reduced its gross GHG emissions by 20 percent over the past 12 years, even while the population and economic productivity grew by 18 percent.

There are a lot of factors behind this reduction, and one of them is the conversion of coal-burning power plants to those that use nat gas. We would also be foolish to discount the fact that North Carolina is now generating close to 4 Gigawatts of Solar PV. That's 4,000 Megawatts, the equivalent of several coal plants. But doing a state-specific inventory of greenhouse gas emissions may be faulty right from the start. Our increased demand for natural gas, which is extracted in other states, is a prime example. Fugitive emissions of methane occur at both the drilling (fracking) sites and during transportation, so we own some of that, even if it happens in Pennsylvania. And then there's the scourge of the wood pellet industry:

Can we really afford this?

We march and demonstrate on different policies and outrages but why, why are we not over-running the state legislature over this transparent attempt to appease the stupid investments and reckless caretaking of Duke Energy. If a foreign country had done the damage to our state that Duke had done, we would be outraged but, now Duke wants us to pay for their sins and make sure they cannot be held liable in the future. OMG

Please look at what we are being made victim to and look at the site below.

https://www.bigfansofwind.com/

263,400 reasons Tillis signed onto letter to pull out of Paris Agreement

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A wholly-owned subsidiary of the oil & gas industry:

So if the U.S. walks away from the agreement, what sort of standard does that set for all of the other countries who signed on? Will they take Trump's lead and withdraw from the pact, as well?

North Carolina Republican senator Thom Tillis doesn't seem too concerned. He was among twenty-two Republican senators who last week signed a letter urging Trump to scrap the deal, according to the Guardian. He was also the beneficiary of $263,400 in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies since 2012, according to the same report.

It sure didn't take long for Tillis to jump on the gravy train. And we can expect a lot more sellouts between now and 2020, so he can lock in all that "independent spending" from mystery men who have become reliant on the Senate Corporation, LLC. But I'd like to be a fly on the wall when he explains to his two children why he signed this letter. He won't really suffer much from climate change, but they will.

Duke University rethinking construction of natural gas facility

Taking a step back to evaluate their options:

For a university that has always been protective of its global reputation, contributing to global greenhouse gases through a natural gas plant is no way to burnish that image. That’s one of the conclusions of a Duke University Campus Sustainability Subcommittee, which released a report on a proposed combined heat-and- power natural gas plant today.

As a result, university Executive Vice President Tallman Trask announced that the board of trustees won’t vote as scheduled on a new $55 million, 21-megawatt combined heat and power natural gas plant on campus.

It's good they're taking a long, hard look at this project. I was going to say, "It's about time," but I don't want to look a gift academic horse in the mouth. But timeliness aside, there was one particular point I was looking for in the Subcommittee's report, and I found it:

Climate Change and the electric vehicle vs gas debate

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Where you live is an important factor:

As vehicles powered by electricity make up a larger percentage of the nation's fleet over the next generation, demand for electricity could surge. That extra power has to come from somewhere — and right now, nearly two-thirds of electricity generated in Michigan comes from burning fossil fuels.

This is a subject that comes up *every single time* I get into a debate with climate change deniers, when discussing zero-emissions electric vehicles. But unlike many of their other arguments, there is more than just a grain of truth in their position. When you tap power from the grid, it makes a direct connection with "how" that grid generates its power. If we choose to ignore that, we're no better than those who ignore all the costs associated with other forms of industrial pollution. Before we proceed, here's a related personal anecdote:

More on Jay Faison's "Environmental Republican" movement

Oops, they left out renewable energy generation:

Faison, a North Carolina conservative, has already set up the ClearPath Foundation to promote conservative clean-energy solutions. He is also starting a Super PAC. This morning at the National Press Club he’s set to lay out a digital campaign aimed at policymakers and an expanded advisory team to prod along his cause. He’s also opening a D.C. office led by Zak Baig, a former aide to Sen. David Vitter. Faison says he wants small government, free markets and innovation to solve the climate problem, favoring carbon capture, natural gas and nuclear plants.

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