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The End of Fossil Fuels is Here — The New Life

In case you’ve missed it, we’ve transitioned into a new era. People keep talking about an oil rebound — When is it going to come? How big is it going to be? by Jason Simpkins Well, let me save you some time: It doesn’t matter. Oil is over. I’m calling it, just like I did coal years ago. Renewables are the game now — especially solar and wind power. While the coal, gas, and oil industries have been crashing these past few years, solar and wind have been soaring to new heights. Demand is blowing up since they’ve cut costs. And they’re shattering investment records, as money pours in and governments lend their support. Clean energy is now seeing… Read More

Amazonian Tribe Seizes Military Helicopter And Takes Government Officials Hostage After Oil Spill

Protests: A woman painted in black screams as dozens of activists gather in front of Petroperu HQ Global Corporate Oil has spilled in the Amazon… and an Amazonian tribe in Peru has decided to speak loudly with action.  The tribe held at least eight public officials in response to their tribal land, food, and water ways being polluted.  All over the world, corporate greed is seeking ways to suck out the oil and minerals from below the earth’s crust. The corporations are legally classified as an “individual” and given the same rights as a person.  But, a corporation is not human… and holds nor morals.   Being closer to the natural world where the stupid legal logic of corporate… Read More

Coal Ash: The United States’ Multibillion-Ton Toxic Legacy

(Photo: Coal Puddle via Shutterstock)Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That’s Truthout’s goal – support our work with a donation today! Danielle Bailey-Lash, a 40-year-old customer service representative from the sleepy lakeside community of Belews Creek, NC, never used to get sick. Growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she got plenty of exercise, never smoked or drank, and took pride in looking after herself. But in 2010, Bailey-Lash was rushed to hospital with agonizing headaches that radiated from her neck to the top of her head. Doctors conducted a scan, and found a tumor the size of a juice box growing on the right side of her brain. She was told she… Read More

Renewables XIII – One of Wind’s Hidden Costs

In earlier articles we looked at wind power, what it costs, what it does to the grid, and what to do when the wind is not blowing. Now a frequent comment – which conceals more than it reveals – is: “the wind always blows somewhere”. This is true – if you have lots of wind farms that are geographically dispersed you do average out your peaks and troughs, and you do also reduce the % change hour by hour. However, if you have 20% of your average power coming from wind, then on one given day it might be 60% of your requirements, yet the next day it might be 0.3%. This means that sometimes you are “winding back” your conventional generation,… Read More

4 undeniable signs we’re making progress on climate change

By Fred Krupp Seven months ago, I made a strong statement that may have left some people shaking their heads. I said that we can turn the corner on climate change – end the centuries-long rise in greenhouse gas emissions and see them peak and begin to decline – in just five short years. As it turns out, 2015 is shaping up to be a year of giant steps toward that goal. In a deeply reported New York Magazine piece, political writer Jonathan Chait calls it “the year humans finally got serious about saving themselves.” Says Chait, “The world is suddenly responding to the climate emergency with – by the standards of its previous behavior – astonishing speed.” I agree. Here are four reasons I believe… Read More

Denmark Just Produced 140% of Its Electricity Needs via Wind Power

On Thursday, high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs, with plenty to spare for neighboring countries. On a particularly windy day (last Thursday), the country of Denmark was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and even export power to Norway, Germany, and Sweden thanks to its wind farms. As The Guardian reports, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines, and by 3 AM the next morning (Friday), when electricity demand dropped, the figure had risen to 140%. 80% of the power surplus was shared equally between Germany and Norway, which can store it in hydropower systems for later use. Lucky Sweden received the remaining fifth of excess power.… Read More

Five Things to Know About California’s Historic Step to Limit Carbon Pollution from Transportation Fuels

Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco On January 1, fuel providers will join other major pollution sources under California’s cap-and-trade program to limit carbon pollution. The program is a key component of California’s landmark clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which requires the state to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Not surprisingly, the oil industry is fighting against its obligation to reduce its carbon pollution (through a dizzying array of “astroturf” allies), just as it has fought against other pollution standards like phasing out leaded gasoline. As Big Oil’s rhetoric about a “hidden gas tax” rains down upon the New Year like leftover confetti, here are five things… Read More