The good news is, greenhouse gas emissions have seen declines in Minnesota, even as the state’s adding people and its economy is growing. The bad news is, the state isn’t meeting the goals it set more than a decade ago to reduce release of these gases, which trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere like a blanket and warm the planet, according to a report released this month by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. That’s despite the fact that emissions from electricity generation — once the biggest greenhouse gas emitting industry — have dropped markedly as the state has turned away from coal and toward less polluting power sources. But as Minnesota looks toward its future, reducing greenhouse emissions significantly will require tackling what’s now the biggest cause of greenhouse gas pollution: transportation. Not meeting goals As part of a bipartisan effort under Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota passed the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act, … [Read more...] about Minnesota has done a pretty good job reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation. Reducing emissions from transportation could be harder
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One in ten families in Scarborough could face higher fuel bills this winter because they aren’t connected to the gas mains. Despite a pledge by the UK energy regulator to get more homes connected to the grid, government data reveals 5,060 households in Scarborough do not have access to gas.That’s 10% of all homes.The energy regulator Ofgem says access to gas can make a big difference to living standards for people in fuel poverty, as gas is a cheaper method of cooking or heating a home than other fuels.A spokesman for the charity National Energy Action said: “Off-grid gas properties can have significantly higher energy costs than those with connections due to a reliance on expensive alternatives such as oil, LPG or electricity in order to heat homes.“This high cost means households can struggle to adequately heat their properties, which can lead to poor health, wellbeing and even mortality.”Around 12% of households in Scarborough are in fuel poverty, … [Read more...] about More than 5,000 homes in Scarborough face higher bills due to lack of gas supply
I recently posted a simple Internet meme suggesting that if we subsidized solar energy like we subsidized fossil fuels that this could be good. I posted that on Google Plus an it engendered way over 300 comments, many of which attempted to explain, often rather impolitely, that solar energy was inefficient or in some other way bad. I'm pretty sure most of those comments come to us courtesy of the bought and paid for climate change denialist campaign, funded by Big Oil to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars to date. Most of the commenters were saying similar things, most of which were either incorrect or irrelevant, and far too many of them showed up on this comment at once to be explained by normal internet behavior, at least on my Google Plus page. This was a move made by the denialists, and rest assured ... they are doing this more and more often as time goes by. What I found interesting about this is the fact that the main complaints were about how inefficient, expensive, … [Read more...] about Is Solar Energy Totally Bogus or Something that Gives Hope?
Charles Fleming Los Angeles Times Published 4:02 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Bring on the hate mail: I love electric motorcycles. I love their power, their torque and their stealthy silence. I love their ease of operation and their low cost of maintenance. Although I am not alone in this, I don’t have a lot of company. Resistance to electric motorcycles is fierce. Detractors — many of whom have not actually ridden the battery-powered machines — describe themselves as dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts who live for the roar and rumble of a big internal combustion engine. They love the smell of the gas, the sound of the pipes and the sensation of pulsing vibration between their legs. But they also have practical objections to electrification. Battery bikes cost too much, recharge too slowly and have insufficient range, they say. Some riders even believe electric motorcycles are more dangerous than their gasoline counterparts, because they don’t make enough noise to be … [Read more...] about Zero DSR electric motorcycle is wickedly quick
Sunday, July 15, 2018 by: Edsel Cook Tags: Clean Energy, concentrated solar power, Ecology, environ, falling particle receiver, future tech, goodscience, green energy, heat energy, pollution, renewable energy, solar, solar energy (Natural News) The U.S. Department of Natural Energy (DOE) has bestowed a $10.5 million grant on a New Mexico-based research and development laboratory. In return, the researchers will come up with a cheaper and better version of an existing utility-scale solar power system, an article in News Wise states. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) will be refining “concentrated solar power” technology. This method uses a large array of mirrors to redirect sunlight onto a receiver at the top of a tower. The heat of the concentrated sunlight will be absorbed by the receiver. It can either be used in a heat exchanger to produce electrical power, or stored within the material of the receiver – which can be a solid, liquid, or gas – for … [Read more...] about Sandia National Laboratories receives $10m from DOE to design a cheaper and more efficient solar energy system