Category Archives: Energy

When it comes to the energy transition, Governors matter A LOT

I’m in Minnesota, and I’m here to tell you that our governor is pretty good, but he’s retiring. No, not just his personality, he is actually retiring as in not running for re-election. My choice to replace him is Rebecca Otto who has the best energy transition policy bar none.

Find out about the policy here: Rebecca Otto’s Clean Energy Plan for Minnesota
Please go contribute to her campaign HERE.

(Rebecca is also the strongest candidate to run and win in Minnesota.)

But there are some other great-for-energy governors running as well. Get Energy Smart NOW! has information on Ralph Northam, and he is running on a “climate change is real” and “we have to do something about this” platform, against “Enron Ed” Gillespie.

The post is: When it comes to Virginia, being concerned about environment/climate demands vote for Northam. Check it out and find out what a good Virginia governor looks like.

Note, the governor’s race in virginia is old-style. They do it in odd years. So, now. Also, while Northam is leading Enro Ed in the polls, there are experts who believe these polls are off. So, get involved!

The Best US Electricity Generation Graphic Ever, No Kidding

Carbon Brief has produced a US based (sorry, rest of the world) interactive graphic that accesses an extensive underlying database that shows everything about the electricity generation that there is to know. Each generation plant, each type of electricty, capacity, etc. and you can view the information by state, by type of energy, and with some other toggles.

Here is an example. Continue reading The Best US Electricity Generation Graphic Ever, No Kidding

Trump Ends Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration has just ended the Clean Power Plan.

From USA Today:

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s move to start dismantling the Clean Power Plan rule intended to curb carbon emissions that contribute to global warming will not be a quick process.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement Sunday to a group of coal miners in eastern Kentucky that he plans to sign a proposed rule Tuesday rolling back the Obama-era rule is simply the first of a number of steps the agency will have to take.

Proposing a rule to undo a regulation takes the same time-consuming, pain-staking, research-based, legally-defensible process used to adopt the very rule targeted for elimination.

“Today’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan just begins the battle,” David Doniger, a climate change expert with the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote in a blog Monday. “Pruitt’s EPA must hold hearings and take public comment, and issue a final repeal — with or without a possible replacement. He must respond to all legal, scientific, and economic objections raised, including the issues we lay out here.”

Climate and energy are becoming focal points in state political races

Just a pointer to my colleague John Abraham’s current post in The Guardian:

The latest example, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has a strong clean energy proposal

As soon as Donald Trump won the presidential election, people in the US and around the world knew it was terrible news for the environment. Not wanting to believe that he would try to follow through on our worst fears, we held out hope.

Those hopes for a sane US federal government were misplaced. But they are replaced by a new hope – an emerging climate leadership at the state level and a continuation of economic forces that favor clean/renewable energy over dirty fossil fuels. In fact, it appears that some states are relishing the national and international leadership roles that they have undertaken. Support for sensible climate and energy policies is now a topic to run on in elections.

This change has manifested itself in American politics. One such plan stems from my home state, but it exemplifies work in other regions. I live in the state of Minnesota where we are gearing up for a gubernatorial election, which is where this plan comes from.

My state is well known as somewhat progressive, both socially and economically. The progressive policies resulted in a very strong 2007 renewable energy standard, which helped to reduce carbon pollution and create 15,000 jobs.

As an aside, it is really painful for me to…

Click here to find out about John’s pain!

What is the real impact of cats, windmills, and other things on birds?

I wrote a post at 10,000 birds that starts to explore this question by comparing the number of birds that there are, the number of birds that seem to die off every year, and the possible number that get munched by cats, and briefly discusses predator niches and that sort of thing. I hope this is the start of an interesting discussion that will eventually get us tilting at windmills.

Have a look: Are there so many birds that cats don’t matter?