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Fossil Fuels ares not renewable, obviously. They are listed here for organizational reasons. I don't write about fossil fuels--as a rule. However, fossil fuels and those who promote them are not going away quietly. Thus, I felt it necessary to include the topic to distinguish articles that are not about nuclear power or renewable energy.

In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things

March 18, 2022,   by Bill McKibben

What unites these two crises is combustion. Burning fossil fuel has driven the temperature of the planet ever higher, melting most of the sea ice in the summer Arctic, bending the jet stream, and...

Category: Fossil Fuels

A massive expansion of domestic Renewable energy stops wars, not just climate change

February 28, 2022,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Firstly, 70% of Russia’s state revenues come from oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy deals. State revenues fund its military. Secondly, an EU dependent on imports from any geopolitical...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Breaking News: Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035

February 28, 2022,  

Economy Minister Robert Habeck has described the accelerated capacity expansion for renewable energy as a key element in making the country less dependent on Russian fossil fuel supplies.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Breaking News: Germany aims for 100% renewables by 2035

February 28, 2022,   by Carrie Hampel

“This not only benefits climate protection but also makes us independent of Putin’s gas, oil and coal,” tweeted Oliver Krischer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics and Climate...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Heat Pumps for Peace and Freedom

February 27, 2022,   by Bill McKibben

President Biden should immediately invoke the Defense Production Act to get American manufacturers to start producing electric heat pumps in quantity, so we can ship them to Europe where they can be...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Germany Doubles Pace of Energy Transition

February 26, 2022,   by David Waterworth

“All suitable roof surfaces are to be used for solar energy.” Rooftop solar will be mandatory on new commercial buildings and near-mandatory on new residential buildings. German solar has been...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

A German View on the Invasion of Ukraine

February 24, 2022,   by Hans-Josef Fell

The geopolitical upheaval surrounding Ukraine are in part the result of the EU's dependence on fossil fuels and the faltering transition to renewable energy.[more]

Category: Essays, Fossil Fuels

Another Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Project Doesn’t Live Up To Its Targets

September 13, 2021,   by Zachary Shahan

But to this point, hopes of CCS being a sort of magical bullet have been little more than “magical thinking.” It simply doesn’t work as we imagine it should in our minds.

Category: Fossil Fuels

New Republican-Only Conservative Climate Caucus Light On Science, Heavily Pro-Fossil Fuels

July 13, 2021,   by By Michael Barnard

New Republican Climate Caucus policies: Point fingers at others. Give money to fossil fuel industry. Pretend US is a leader, as opposed to a laggard.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Was Black Wednesday the beginning of the end for Big Oil?

June 1, 2021,   by Charles Morris

A court in The Hague ordered Royal Dutch Shell to greatly accelerate measures to reduce its climate emissions. Meanwhile, in the US, rebellions by large institutional shareholders imposed new...

Category: Fossil Fuels

We don’t need new miracle technologies to reduce emissions—we need action now

May 28, 2021,   by Charles Morris

We know what we need to do to cut carbon emissions and clean up the air we breathe—replace fossil fuel-burning vehicles with EVs, and fossil fuel power plants with renewable energy sources.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Have rosy forecasts about the legacy energy industry created a financial bubble?

March 21, 2021,   by Charles Morris

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about a “bubble” in Tesla and other EV-related stocks. However, a new report from the independent think tank RethinkX argues that a far larger and more dangerous...

Category: Fossil Fuels

'Kern runs on oil': as California confronts climate crisis, one county is ready to drill

March 12, 2021,   by Gabrielle Canon

Kern county, which sprawls more than 8,000 square miles, connecting the Sierra Nevada slopes and the Mojave Desert to the counties on the Central Coast, is the oil capital of California. The county...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Changes in the Wind in Wyoming’s Carbon County

March 4, 2021,   by Charles Komanoff

Four states — Pennsylvania, Montana, Utah and Wyoming — have counties named Carbon, after their wealth-generating coal deposits. The last, in the south-central part of the nation’s least populous...

Category: Fossil Fuels, News on Wind Energy

A Carbon Tax Can Put Zero-Carbon New Jersey In Closer Reach

March 1, 2021,   by Charles Komanoff

But wind power’s political travails did help kindle my interest in carbon taxing. “If carbon fuels were taxed for their damage to the climate,” I mused in a 2006 article in Orion magazine, “wind...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Who will clean up the 'billion-dollar mess' of abandoned US oilwells?

February 25, 2021,   by Heather Hansman

As oil companies go out of business, they are leaving a legacy of abandoned wells that leak huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere

Category: Fossil Fuels

Severe weather, blackouts show the grid's biggest problem is infrastructure, not renewables

February 15, 2021,   by Jonathan Shieber

Citing a market participant, Jenkins noted on Twitter that roughly 26 gigawatts of thermal energy is offline because natural gas is being diverted to provide heat instead of power. Only about 4...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, News on Large Wind, Grid Integration

Deaths from fossil fuel emissions higher than previously thought

February 9, 2021,   by Leah Burrows

Fossil fuel air pollution responsible for more than 8 million people worldwide in 2018

Category: Fossil Fuels

Latest “Hydrogen Economy” Round Is Hype, But There Is A Place For Hydrogen

December 23, 2020,   by Michael Barnard

There’s a $120 billion global hydrogen industry that we have to kick the fossil fuel companies out of. 3-4% of global petroleum use is for long-haul shipping and aviation. About 8% of CO2e emissions...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Dogmatism on Carbon Pricing Mustn’t Derail Climate Progress

December 21, 2020,   by Charles Komanoff

Nevertheless, the sharper irony, addressed here, is that the cap-and-trade program that is being vilified for perpetrating environmental inequities appears in practice to be diminishing them.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Australia's Bluewaters coal-fired power station written off as worthless as renewables rise

December 16, 2020,   by Daniel Mercer

The owners of Australia's newest coal-fired power station have written down the value of the asset to zero, wiping out a $1.2 billion investment in the face of an onslaught of renewable energy.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Denmark to end new oil and gas exploration in North Sea

December 4, 2020,   by Jillian Ambrose

On Thursday night the Danish government voted in favour of the plans to cancel the country’s next North Sea oil and gas licensing round, 80 years after it first began exploring its hydrocarbon...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Big Oil May Make US Taxpayers Take Care Of Its Orphaned Oil & Gas Wells

October 26, 2020,   by Johnna Crider

In a report by Carbon Tracker, we learn that there are billion-dollar orphans that the oil and gas industry will most likely abandon — and these wells will become wards of the state. This means that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Another Win For Clean Energy: NextEra Surpasses ExxonMobil In Market Cap

October 5, 2020,   by Johnna Crider

The Financial Times has reported another win for clean energy. NextEra, the world’s largest solar and wind power generator, has surpassed ExxonMobil in market value. NextEra is now more valuable on...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Leading Steel Maker In US Pivots To Renewable Energy, Ditches Coal

October 5, 2020,   by Tina Casey

In yet another sign that the global economy can survive without breaking the Earth, a gigantic steel mill in Pueblo, Colorado is getting a renewable energy makeover with a spanking new 300-megawatt...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Bankrupt and dying coal CEO Bob Murray files for black lung benefits he always opposed

October 1, 2020,   by Jameson Dow

Murray Energy’s bankruptcy has also been a drag on the government’s Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. As of last November, Murray Energy had only contributed $1.1 million of the $155 million it owed...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Total writes off $9.3B in oilsands assets, cancels Canadian oil lobby membership

July 29, 2020,  

French energy giant Total says it is writing off $9.3-billion worth of oilsands assets in Alberta and cancelling its membership in the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Michael Moore’s new movie production, Planet of the Humans--A critique

May 11, 2020,   by Michael Totten

One fully expects a Moore movie to be in-your-face contentious, provocative, and highly controversial. That it certainly is, but not in an accurate way, riddled as it is with out-of-date information,...

Category: Renewable Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Fossil Fuels

US oil futures crash below $0 for first time in history — how’d that happen?

April 20, 2020,   by Michelle Lewis

Last week, Electrek asked the question: Oil producers make the largest production cut in history — will it matter? Looks like the answer is no. Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to cut oil production by...

Category: Electric Vehicles, Fossil Fuels

Green Hydrogen Pipeline Surges on a Wave of Announced Mega-Projects

April 9, 2020,   by Jason Deign

In its first report, titled Green Hydrogen Production: Landscape, Projects and Costs, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables counted 3.2 gigawatts of planned electrolyzer capacity, a twelvefold increase...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Why the world’s third-largest economy is still betting on coal

February 18, 2020,   by Umair Irfan

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is leaning into coal power, a striking move at a time when the climate crisis is accelerating and most of its economic peers are cutting back on the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Orphan Wells in California – An Initial Assessment of the State’s Potential Liabilities

February 11, 2020,   by Judson Boomhower

The analysis finds that 5,540 wells in California may already have no viable operator, and that the potential net liability for the State appears to be about $500 million, after subtracting available...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Japan's promotion of coal-fired power plants spurred U.N. to reject Abe's request to address September climate summit

November 29, 2019,  

The United Nations rejected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s request to speak at its climate summit last September, government sources said Thursday, apparently due to the government’s promotion of...

Category: Fossil Fuels

ROBERT PRICE: Can you imagine Bakersfield without oil? EPA does

September 24, 2019,   by ROBERT PRICE

Telling Kern County that California has reached the end of oil is like telling a cowboy to go home because the cattle drive has no more cattle. What now? A cowboy has to feed his family.

Category: Fossil Fuels

ROBERT PRICE: State's new energy blueprint can't leave Kern County in the dark

September 21, 2019,   by ROBERT PRICE

Four years before Gov. Gavin Newsom set in motion the managed decline of California's oil industry, Aera Energy CEO Christina Sistrunk was asking questions about the mechanics, and wisdom, of such an...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Canada Subsidizes Fossil Fuels, Can’t Talk Climate Change In Election Year

August 21, 2019,   by Michael Barnard

During election year information sessions for charities in June, Elections Canada told them that any ads by environmental charities mentioning climate change during the election period could be...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Why solar, wind and EVs will be the death of the petroleum industry

August 5, 2019,   by Giles Parkinson

A stunning new report from French-based global banking group BNP Paribas signals the death toll for the petrol industry – a mixture of solar, wind and electric vehicles can deliver more than six...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Electric Vehicles


August 4, 2019,   by Mark Lewis

Oil needs long-term break-evens of $10-$20/bbl to remain competitive in mobility. Oil has a massive flow-rate advantage, but this is time limited. Economic and environmental benefits set to make...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Electric Vehicles

Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century

July 27, 2019,   by David Roberts

Amid a flurry of ambitious state action on climate change policy, the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature has just passed an energy bill that represents an enormous step backward. It is the most...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Industry and nature make peace at former home of North America’s largest coal plant

July 19, 2019,   by Gideon Forman

Touring the grounds of the now mothballed Nanticoke Generating Station in southwestern Ontario, I didn’t expect to see wildlife. The site once housed North America’s largest coal-fired power plant....

Category: Fossil Fuels

How climate change deniers inserted themselves into the EPA’s fuel economy rollback fight

July 3, 2019,   by Phil Dzikiy

Recently released government emails show how these deniers even went so far as to call automakers “the opposition,” according to a new report from the New York Times.

Category: Fossil Fuels, Electric Vehicles

General Electric to scrap California power plant 20 years early

June 22, 2019,   by Alwyn Scott

General Electric Co said on Friday it plans to demolish a large power plant it owns in California this year after only one-third of its useful life because the plant is no longer economically viable...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Alberta warned it could take 2,800 years to clean up oilpatch

June 3, 2019,   by Emma McIntosh & Mike De Souza

That means the burden of returning the land to a natural state — called reclamation — could fall on the next 93 generations. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) official outlined the situation in a...

Category: Fossil Fuels

“Freedom Gas”

May 30, 2019,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

I am not sure what is special about this particular gas, or what would be non-freedom gas.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Old, unproductive oil and gas wells could cost up to $70B to clean up, says new report

April 8, 2019,   by Kyle Bakx

A new report suggests cleaning up all of the old and unproductive oil and gas wells in Alberta will cost between $40 billion and $70 billion.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Japan to oppose new or expanded coal-fired power plants in blow to Australian exports

March 30, 2019,   by Ben Smee

Japan’s environment minister has announced he will “in principle” oppose any new plans to build or expand coal-fired power stations, as further signs emerge of a dramatic energy pivot by Australia’s...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Indiana utilities want to move away from coal. The legislature could slow them down. Here's how.

March 5, 2019,   by Emily Hopkins

The new amendment, which was added to Senate Bill 472 on Wednesday without testimony, would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from approving plans written by electric utilities to...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

One on One: World-renowned wind energy expert Paul Gipe talks about California's energy future

February 19, 2019,   by Robert Price

World-renowned wind energy expert Paul Gipe of Bakersfield joined The Californian's Robert Price for his weekly "One on One" webcast to talk about California's energy future. Gipe said PG&E's...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Japanese Energy Companies Scrap 2 Gigawatt Coal Project

February 5, 2019,   by Joshua S Hill

Three Japanese energy companies announced last week that they have decided to scrap plans to build a 2 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired power station in the Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, saying that the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

January 26, 2019,   by Erik Kirschbaum

The announcement marked a significant shift for Europe’s largest country — a nation that had long been a leader on cutting CO2 emissions before turning into a laggard in recent years and badly...

Category: Fossil Fuels

New campaign will ask coal users to face the 'cold hard economic case' against them

October 22, 2018,   by Herman K. Trabish

With 150 GW of U.S. coal set to remain in service after 2020, the Rocky Mountain Institute aims to prove the resource is raising electricity costs.

Category: Fossil Fuels

What if Canada had spent $200bn on wind energy instead of oil?

June 15, 2018,   by Stephen Leahy

In explaining Canada's decision to nationalise the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5bn, Bill Morneau went hard on the economic argument. “Make no mistake,” the finance minister said....

Category: Electric Vehicles, Fossil Fuels

KunstlerCast 298 — Solar and Wind in Vermont with David Blittersdorf of All Earth Renewables

January 4, 2018,   by David Blittersdorf

"Grind up the SUVs and build wind turbines with them," says David Blittersdorf, founder of AllEarth Renewables. Podcast with more provocative thoughts on renewables, transit, and energy policy in...

Category: Fossil Fuels, News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

Environmental Costs of Electric Power Generation in Germany

January 2, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Oy Vey! It appears I've been following scientific estimates of the environmental costs from conventional electric power generation for at least 30 years. It's probably been longer, but I found...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming

January 1, 2018,   by Benjamin Franta

But I would [...] like to mention another reason why we probably have to look for additional fuel supplies. And this, strangely, is the question of contaminating the atmosphere. [....] Whenever you...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Keeping coal plants open: the Spanish government’s costly intervention in the power market

December 7, 2017,   by Gerard Wynn and Paolo Coghe

Spain’s proposal on 13 November to give the government a veto on power plant closures is an extreme example of power market interventions in Europe, which is already burdened with capacity payments...

Category: Fossil Fuels

SaskPower's carbon capture future hangs in the balance

November 23, 2017,   by Joelle Seal

he fate of carbon capture and storage in Saskatchewan is coming to a crucial decision point. SaskPower and the provincial government must soon decide the future of the technology in Saskatchewan, as...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Enough tiptoeing around. Let’s make this clear: coal kills people

September 17, 2017,   by Tim Hollo

Burning more coal, knowing what we know, is a deliberate act of arson. We must urgently come to grips with this fact and reconnect with nature and our communities.

Category: Fossil Fuels

It’s time to accept carbon capture has failed – here’s what we should do instead

August 23, 2017,   by Tom Baxter

The problem is that the process is costly and energy intensive.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Germany's Transition From Coal to Renewable Energy Offers Lessons for the Rest of the World

August 14, 2017,   by Emma Bryce

"I am very happy that the Ruhr region has become so green and healthy. I am glad the youth today will have a better childhood than I did."

Category: Fossil Fuels

4 Reasons Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Supporters Criticizing 100% Renewable Energy Plan Are Wrong

August 8, 2017,  

Proponents of 100% renewable energy face harsh criticism, even well-respected scientists like Mark Jacobson. He has been arguing for countries to switch to an all-renewables grid for years, both...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Nova Scotia's Donkin coal mine racks up dozens of safety violations in first few months

August 4, 2017,   by Frances Willick

Cape Breton operation has had at least 10 compliance orders and 29 warnings since it opened in February

Category: Fossil Fuels

Baseload myths and why we need to change how we look at our grid

August 3, 2017,   by Sara Hastings-Simon, Binnu Jeyakumar

It is a meaningless concept at the least and dangerous at its worst

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Grid Integration

Opinion: Alberta should hold inquiry into oilsands subsidies

July 21, 2017,   by Laurie Adkin

These subsidies take many forms, such as capital cost allowances, exploration tax credits, research and technology development tax credits, or direct government financing of research & development...

Category: Fossil Fuels

How Ontario is getting back into the coal-power business

July 20, 2017,   by David Reevely

Ontario taxpayers will soon be part-owners of one of the biggest coal-fired power plants in America west of the Mississippi River, making money off pollution in the U.S. Northwest that would be...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Mississippi power plant's shutdown confirms that 'clean coal' as an industry savior is a myth

July 5, 2017,   by Michael Hiltzik

The faith of coal advocates in the doctrine of “clean coal”— technology that would allow utilities to burn coal for electricity without somehow poisoning the environment — has suffered a possibly...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Coal can’t compete with renewables: AGL chief Andy Vesey

June 21, 2017,   by Ben Potter

AGL energy chief executive Andy Vesey and other power bosses said the economics of investing in new coal plants don't add up compared with wind and solar power.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Covfefe: “Carry on to VICTORY! Fossil energy. FOSSIL ENERGY”

June 1, 2017,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Under this theory, “covfefe” stands for the principle of “FOSSIL ENERGY FIRST”, an important pillar of modern Republican policy. Never mind the bad press. Just make sure those lobbyist funds keep...

Category: Fossil Fuels

“A climate solution where all sides can win”

May 19, 2017,   by Charles Komanoff

The council’s Conservative Case For Carbon Dividends is the first Republican-based carbon tax proposal to insist not only on starting high (at $40 per ton of CO2) but also “dividend-ing” the revenues...

Category: Fossil Fuels

State Carbon Taxes Can Pave the Way

April 26, 2017,   by Charles Komanoff

Campaigns for state carbon taxes educate the public and advance the idea on the policy map. A carbon tax in one or more states will create facts on the ground that can appeal to Left and Right alike...

Category: Fossil Fuels

US Coal Plant Closures Likely To Eliminate 30 Million Tons Of Annual Coal Demand

April 24, 2017,   by Joshua S Hill

The United States is closing 46 coal-fired generating units at 25 electricity plants across 16 states over the next few years, transitioning to natural gas or intentionally closing them, and a new...

Category: Fossil Fuels

TransAlta Board Approves Plan for Accelerating Transition to Clean Power in Alberta

April 19, 2017,  

“The Company is taking steps today that will position us as a leader in clean power generation and improve our competitive position as we consider a future where carbon is a high cost input to power...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Trump Energy EO no Big Surprise

March 31, 2017,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

To help the coal industry you need regulation that actively steps in and guarantees feed-in tariffs for coal.

Category: Fossil Fuels

European Perceptions of Climate Change (EPCC)

March 15, 2017,  

The belief that climate change is primarily an anthropogenic phenomenon has been shown to be related to support for climate mitigation policies. We define an ‘attribution sceptic’ as someone who...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Into the Mire: A Closer Look at Fossil Fuel Subsidies

March 14, 2017,   by Radoslaw (Radek) Stefanski

The overwhelming majority of the world’s fossil fuel subsidies stem from China, the U.S. and the ex-USSR; as of 2010, this figure was $712 billion or nearly 80 per cent of the total world value of...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Southern Company Says Kemper Not Viable as Clean Coal Plant, Blames the PSC

February 25, 2017,   by Dan Zegart

In an apparent first salvo in a public relations campaign to shift blame for the Kemper power plant boondoggle away from himself and corporate management and onto state regulators, Southern Company...

Category: Fossil Fuels

German renewables sector calls for carbon tax

February 24, 2017,   by Craig Morris

German renewables association BEE has therefore proposed a carbon tax, but critics of the plan say it would only weaken the ETS further.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

The Dutch step away from their gas

February 20, 2017,   by Craig Morris

The Economist coined the term Dutch disease for the perceived inability of the Netherlands to innovate itself out of economic downturns (not to be confused with the recent Dutch Coal Mistake:...

Category: Fossil Fuels

 Progressives Need to Get Over Themselves and Support This GOP-Backed Carbon-Tax Plan

February 14, 2017,   by  Charles Komanoff

Purist objections scuttled Washington State’s market-friendly carbon tax plan in November. Let’s not let that happen at the national level.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Japan's Kansai Electric cancels plans to switch oil-fired power station to coal

February 1, 2017,  

Japan's Kansai Electric Power has canceled plans to switch a 1,200 megawatt oil-fired power station to coal as demand for electricity fell amid a push to cut the country's emissions after it signed...

Category: Fossil Fuels

The year coal collapsed: 2016 was a turning point for Britain’s electricity

January 6, 2017,   by Grant Wilson, Iain Staffell

Britain’s electricity was the cleanest it had been in 60 years, as coal collapsed and renewables rose to record levels.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Why Trump might not make much of a difference to action on climate change

November 14, 2016,   by Dave Toke

For a start the Paris Agreement already has enough national states as signatures representing a high enough proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions to remain valid with a US withdrawal. The...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Trump Contribution to Global Warming Policy

November 12, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Trump has been elected president. Most people expect this to be bad news for climate policy. But Trump has already contributed strongly to the effort.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Fighting in the Trenches Doesn’t Excuse Ignorance on Carbon Taxes

October 28, 2016,   by Charles Komanoff

A charitable way to view Food and Water Watch’s intemperate and misguided attacks this week on carbon taxing is that these energetic activists are so consumed with fighting fracking, pipelines and...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Washington State’s I-732: A Climate Measure for the Society We Have

October 18, 2016,   by Charles Komanoff

If climate change is a war, the millennials are fighting while the establishment is hiding. Calling out the old guard’s “deafening silence” (or worse) on the Washington state carbon tax.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Indiana’s Gas Boom & Subsequent Bust Comes Full Circle

August 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

An item in the Indianapolis Star prodded me to pull out an article I started work on two years ago. It’s been in my inbox all that time. I’ve been busy with my day job and writing about the tragedy...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels

The Danger of “Clean Energy”

August 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

When clean energy doesn’t mean what you think it does.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and the Democratic Party Platform 2016

August 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Democratic Party Platform calls for a global summit to solve the climate crisis within the first 100 days of the new administration and a WWII-level mobilization to combat climate change. If...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Carbon pricing: The Alberta Climate FAQ series | No. 3

July 21, 2016,   by Sara Hastings-Simon

In this FAQ we examine the commonly asked questions about Alberta’s carbon levy, which is seen by experts as the most effective, efficient and fair way to reduce emissions in the province, and the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

The impact of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan on electricity costs

July 8, 2016,  

This is the first in a series of six publications aimed at answering frequently asked questions that have emerged from the spread of misinformation following the implementation of Alberta's Climate...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Nuclear and coal power when renewables are curtailed

June 12, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Have I mentioned before that Germany does not have too much renewable power, it has too much baseload? The state of Schleswig-Holstein, which had just over 100% renewable power net last year, is a...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Alberta continues to lead the way on climate

May 29, 2016,   by Rick Smith

Alberta’s ambitious plan has a variety of elements, including phasing out dirty coal-fired power plants, creating a provincial electricity efficiency strategy, and capping emissions from the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Worst Possible Phaseout Strategy

May 27, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

I still think that global warming is easily solved once the fossil fuel owners understand how to profit from the phaseout.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Backtracking on Clean Energy, Clinton Turns Chameleon on Coal

May 3, 2016,   by Lauren McCauley

Campaigning in Appalachia on Monday, Hillary Clinton claimed she "misspoke" when previously declaring her opposition to coal, telling voters that as president she would work to ensure that the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

California has too much coal and nuclear

April 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

A political arrangement is being passed off as a technical issue. Stop protecting nuclear and coal; get rid of baseload.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Leading global coal miner Peabody files for bankruptcy

April 13, 2016,   by Tracy Rucinski and Tom Hals

Leading global coal producer Peabody Energy Corp BTU.N filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a sharp drop in coal prices left it unable to service debt of $10.1 billion, much of it...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Phaseout Profit Theory Is an Exit Strategy

April 12, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

As the share of renewable grows, demand for fossil fuel goes down. All things equal, that would mean lower prices for fossil fuel.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Longannet switch-off ends coal-fired power production in Scotland

April 9, 2016,  

"While the power station has served the nation for many years, the world is moving forward to cleaner, cheaper forms of renewable energy generation."

Category: Fossil Fuels

Energy policy and uninformed opinion

March 27, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

But there is another reason for resistance to careful thinking; it can be difficult and distressing, especially if it leads to conclusions that are uncomfortable or contrary to our current beliefs....

Category: Fossil Fuels

Coal ash & breaker boys

March 27, 2016,   by Sarah Forth

In Los Angeles, coal supplies 33 to 40 percent of the electricity provided by the L.A. Department of Water and Power, our city-owned public utility.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Oregon says yes to coal-free electricity

March 20, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

But negotiations between the two groups resulted in a legislative compromise--dubbed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan--that will wean the state off coal-fired electricity no later than...

Category: Fossil Fuels

German coal is worthless

March 17, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Vattenfall has failed to find a buyer for its coal assets in Germany. The focus is now on alternative models, such as a fund to protect workers.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Peabody shares plunge; coal producer raises bankruptcy risk

March 16, 2016,   by Jessica DiNapoli

Peabody Energy Corp (BTU.N), the largest U.S. coal producer, may have to seek bankruptcy protection, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday, citing poor economies in countries that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Nova Scotia Power's coal is "drenched in blood"

December 3, 2015,   by Sarah Wilbur

During his recent tour of the Maritimes, Cuellar described how both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have unwittingly become complicit in environmental devastation, forced displacement, disappearances...

Category: Fossil Fuels

A Call to Paris Climate Negotiators: Tax Carbon

November 29, 2015,   by Charles Komanoff

The Carbon Tax Center released a letter signed by 32 notable individuals calling for a carbon tax--from right to left--from Robert Reich to Jerry Taylor (Cato, ALEC) to George Schultz of the Hoover...

Category: Fossil Fuels

The UK's energy plan visualized

November 26, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Line up energy sources by unpopularity, and you have the British government's priorities listed; in other words, the government is doing exactly what the British public don't want

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Britain: Payments to fossil fuel plant now being counted as 'environmental' by Treasury

November 25, 2015,   by Dave Toke

In a move that will astonish many the Treasury have decided to count payments to existing fossil and nuclear power stations for providing capacity as 'environmental' levies'.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Austria phases out coal?

November 25, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Essentially, Austria is simply shutting down plants that are not making money. Two out of three of them happen to be coal-fired.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Road to COP21 and Beyond: The Missing Analysis of the Kyoto Protocol and its Failure

November 24, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

It’s strange yet on the eve of COP21 in Paris, starting on November 30th, where humanity will try to save itself, that reasoned, careful analysis of previous such attempts have been heedlessly left...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Alberta just became Canada’s carbon leader. Yes, really.

November 23, 2015,   by The Globe and Mail Editorial

Canada’s leader on climate change is now Alberta. Just like that, the province has gone from pariah to paragon. On Sunday, Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democratic government unveiled a program to...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

November 22, 2015,  

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

UK's Amber Rudd re-set: a do-nothing fantasy policy

November 19, 2015,  

Amber Rudd today compounded the fantasy that surrounds UK energy policy by declaring that the future would depend on new gas fired and nuclear power stations without any realistic policies of...

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Saskatchewan energy to be 50 per cent renewable by 2030

November 19, 2015,   by Emma Graney

By 2030, half of Saskatchewan’s power will come from renewable sources, with wind, solar and geothermal energy all thrown into the mix.

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Syria, climate change and the horror in Paris

November 15, 2015,   by Curt Cobb

A study released earlier this year suggested that the first link in the causal chain that led to the current conflict in Syria was a severe drought lasting from 2006 through 2009, a drought that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Keystone XL rejection signals change in the pipeline: analysis

November 12, 2015,   by Tyler Hamilton

A shift in cultural attitudes and technology is giving political leaders more license to act on climate.

Category: Fossil Fuels

The Road To COP21: Where is the “Locus of Control” of Effective Climate Action?

November 10, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

While we need international institutions like the UN to facilitate a global energy and land-use transition, the UN cannot function, as it has in the past, as a tar-pit or morass to entrap the good...

Category: Fossil Fuels

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels or You have to be Kidding

November 4, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Yep, only in Bakersfield, the oil capitol of California. Sunday morning I went down the drive to pick up the newspaper after gazing up at Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. What do I see? A special tag stuck...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels

Yes, ExxonMobil Committed “Unparalleled Evil” Yet that Evil Can Distract From Taking Action

October 28, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

The causal framework that blames only fossil fuel companies also excuses us consumers who were and are only too happy to continue the fossil-fueled party, especially with no visible impingements on...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Coal power down, renewables up in Germany

July 2, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Overall, electricity from lignite dropped by 3.6 percent, mainly because so much wind power was produced during the winter that it actually cut into this baseload electricity. In contrast, power from...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Fossil Fuel Feed-In Tariffs

May 17, 2015,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

It would work exactly like the successful solar tariff, with one small change. There would be a cap on the fossil fuel electricity bought under the system. That cap would be calculated from the...

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Guardian: Fossil fuel firms accused of renewable lobby takeover to push gas

January 22, 2015,   by Arthur Neslen

Big energy firms such as Total, Iberdrola, E.On and Enel have together adopted a dominant position in trade bodies such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Photovoltaic...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

Conservative Forces at Work: The Opposition to Wind power in Australia

August 6, 2014,   by Neil Barrett

In the short to medium term the fossil fuel interests and their supporters – both witting and unwitting — are fighting the battle of their corporate lives to preserve the privileged position they’ve...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

Danish Energy Agency: An energy system without fossil fuels is technically possible

May 20, 2014,   by Ture Falbe-Hansen

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

SPP: UK successfully lobbies for fossil fuel protection in state aid guidelines

April 10, 2014,   by John Parnell

The UK has successfully lobbied to have a clause removed from the new EU state aid guidelines that would have hampered support for fossil fuels.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Wind Blog: Update on Gas in Storage

March 27, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Natural gas in storage in the US continued its decline in the most recent update from the US Energy Information Agency. (Why doesn’t Canada publish this type of data?) The ongoing cold winter reduced...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Natural Gas Less than Reliable in a Country “Awash” in Gas

February 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

California’s over reliance on fossil fuels for generating electricity, notably natural gas, led the state’s electricity system operator to call an emergency on Thursday, 6 February. The move called...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Guardian: Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'

December 23, 2013,   by Nafeez Ahmed

Richard Miller was particularly critical of the UK government's policies, including abandoning large-scale wind farm projects, the reduction of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy, and support for...

Category: Renewable Energy, Great Britain, Fossil Fuels

Renew Economy: How wind displaced coal in Spain

August 18, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Goldman Sachs says Spain is a good example of how increases in renewable energy production has to be offset by a lower average load among fossil fuel plants. “Rising generation from solar plants in...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Fossil Fuels

The implication for climate change and peak fossil fuel of the continuation of the current trend in wind and solar energy production

May 3, 2013,   by Mark Leggett and David Ball

The study finds that the peak fossil fuel risk will start to be critical by 2020. If however the future growth rate of wind and solar energy production follows that already achieved for the world...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Sharp decline in 2012 [Danish] CO2 emissions

March 22, 2013,  

Danes are consuming more renewable energy and less fossil fuels and emitting less CO2, 2012 energy statistics show. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Independent: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

January 24, 2013,  

Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Fossil Fuels

Is the Unthinkable Possible: Feed-in Tariffs for Coal and Nuclear?

October 29, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Conservative State of Indiana First Out of the Gate with Coal Gas Tariff--British Nuclear Tariffs Expected Shortly . . .[more]

Category: Great Britain, Indiana FIT, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

PEI: Germany's RWE quits nuclear and puts all fossil fuel plants on hold

June 18, 2012,  

German utility RWE (RWE.XE) has today permanently withdrawn from building nuclear power plants and has also put on hold any plans for new fossil-fuelled projects. . .

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Giant Germany Utility Swears Off New Coal

June 15, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

  RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, has announced it will not build any more new coal plants. RWE currently gets 2/3 of its generation from coal. RWE by 2025 will get only 1/4 of its...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Fossil Fuels

Wind Power’s Displacement of Fossil Fuels by Charles Komanoff

April 21, 2009,   by Charles Komanoff

[W]hen wind turbines are operated as parts of an interconnected grid for which the dominant share of energy is provided by generators burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), wind power...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration, Fossil Fuels

California's Power Crisis, A Personal View

March 2, 2002,   by Paul Gipe

2003 Note: This was written at the height of California's Power Crisis. Some who read this piece criticized it for not capturing the "true causes" of the crisis. I feel vindicated by later events,...[more]

Category: California Power Crisis, Fossil Fuels

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