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Power for Puerto Ricans, not Private Investors

Energy Bulletin - 31 October 2017 - 12:11pm

It has been almost a month since Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Since then, most of the island’s 3.4 million residents have been without electricity or running water. The power grid was effectively destroyed, with only 7 percent back online to date. This means that the entire system, from generation to distribution, will need to be rebuilt. The question now is: how?

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Religiously Grounded Pipeline Resistance

Energy Bulletin - 30 October 2017 - 2:58pm

Two days ago, on October 27th, Lancaster Against Pipelines in central Pa. organized their third action in the last two weeks at the site where the Williams Partners company is laying pipe for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. At the previous two actions a total of 29 people were arrested in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience.

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Peak Oil Review: October 30, 2017

Energy Bulletin - 30 October 2017 - 12:19pm

London futures closed above $60 a barrel last week for the first time since 2015. New York futures are now about $6 a barrel lower than London, increasing the incentive for foreign refiners to buy and export more US oil. 

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World’s Largest Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Forced to Calculate Climate Impact

Energy Bulletin - 26 October 2017 - 9:44am

Last month one of the largest fracked gas projects in the Pacific Northwest was dealt a legal blow when its development permit was canceled for failing to fully account for the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions. The project, backed by Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), would refine fracked gas into methanol, an industrial feedstock used in chemical production, that would be shipped in bulk from Kalama, Washington, to China, where backers say it will produce plastics.

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Tesla’s Solar Vision Gets its First Big Test in Puerto Rico

Energy Bulletin - 26 October 2017 - 9:28am

Tesla is only the most prominent company to bypass the conventional avenues of rebuilding to install renewable power and batteries. Other companies and nonprofits have been marshalling resources to fill the void left by federal relief efforts. German renewable energy outfit Sonnen has pledged to build microgrids in priority areas, working with local partner Pura Energia to install donated batteries to power first aid and community centers. Another group, Resilient Power Puerto Rico, is distributing solar generators to remote communities, where they can serve as hubs for immediate necessities like charging phones and filtering water.

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Environmental Pollution and Students Role to Control It

ASPO International - 25 October 2017 - 5:01pm

We have only one Earth, and most people recognize that it’s important to keep the environment safe and protected. While many may feel that the onus of controlling pollution should fall on the largest polluters, governments, and corporations, there is much that students can do to help make the environment cleaner and safer for all…

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Clean Energy and the Environment in the Age of Pence

Energy Bulletin - 24 October 2017 - 9:38am

Increasing speculation on the early retirement of Donald Trump from the presidency naturally leads to thoughts of how federal clean energy and climate programs would fare under President Mike Pence. The short answer, based on his history of public service is not well.

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Peak Oil Review 23 October 2017

Energy Bulletin - 23 October 2017 - 11:15am

Oil prices were little changed last week with New York futures trading around $52 a barrel and London around $57. Numerous factors continue to affect oil prices: Baghdad’s seizure of the Kirkuk oil fields and the consequent reduction in exports; a stronger US dollar brought on by the prospect of a tax cut; a falling US oil-rig count; a large drop in US crude inventories due to the recent hurricanes and unprecedented exports; the brightening prospects for a nine-month extension of the OPEC production freeze; and finally a warning that the China’s economy may not be doing as well as many believe.

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Renewables will Give more People Access to Electricity than Coal, says IEA

Energy Bulletin - 23 October 2017 - 11:14am

Today’s new IEA report shows that coal’s role in expanding electricity access is set to decline dramatically. Renewables, both on and off the grid, will provide most new connections, as the population without access falls by another third to 700 million. If the world hopes to meet its goal of universal electricity access by 2030, then the IEA report suggests it is solar – not coal – that will bridge the gap.

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An ecological view of Trump’s trade war

Energy Bulletin - 22 October 2017 - 4:08pm

From an ecological viewpoint President Donald Trump’s trade war takes on a deeper, more significant meaning, one that creates a window onto our troubled energy future.

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China Is Showing the World What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like, Says New IEA Report

Energy Bulletin - 19 October 2017 - 11:41am

The Renewables 2017 report takes a deep dive into renewable energy deployment across all industries and throughout the world, but the dominance of solar PV stands out. As a whole, renewables represented nearly two-thirds of new electricity capacity additions last year, far outshining coal and natural gas growth. For the very first time, solar PV additions grew faster than any other resource, surpassing coal growth.

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Your Money or your Morals: Capitalism and Fossil Fuel Divestment

Energy Bulletin - 18 October 2017 - 11:12am

The fossil fuel divestment campaign has become one of the most rapidly growing divestment movements in history and has unified an impressive diversity of supporters—from liberal Californian universities to the Rockefeller’s family trust. But the contradictions between divestment and the logic of neoliberalism are enduring, and arguments between campaigners and their opponents are typically framed by questions relating to efficiency, feasibility, and the ethics of using fossil fuels.

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Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home

ASPO International - 17 October 2017 - 1:56pm

The Wisest of Penny Pinchers It can often feel like there aren’t many things that we have direct control over in this world, and we’re always looking for ways to make those things we do control a little better, or a little easier. What we spend our money on is something that we at least…

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Impact of Virtual Reality on Green Design

ASPO International - 5 October 2017 - 12:20am

When it comes to understanding the potential impact of virtual reality on society as a whole, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface. Since the advent of this new technology, certain professions and industries have clearly been influenced more than others. As a result, these professions and industries have also developed innovative ways…

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Not Every Alternative Energy Company Is Legitimate

ASPO International - 22 September 2017 - 6:10pm

Are You Getting “Greenwashed” By Deceptive Marketing? You’d think a company that makes the effort to be eco-friendly would have integrity. However, that’s not always the case. Eco-friendly companies are not immune to being founded on a lack of morality that gets them sued. Before installing a new sustainable energy system, or even supporting your…

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12 Tips for Throwing an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party

ASPO International - 21 September 2017 - 3:45pm

Throwing a green birthday party may seem an impossible task, but in fact, there are plenty of eco-friendly choices you can make. The following tips will be your guide to throwing the best green birthday party ever: 1. Buy Fresh Instead of Packaged One of the biggest sources of waste at birthday parties is food,…

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Earth-smart Buyers Looking to Sustainable Metal Homes: Here’s Why

ASPO International - 18 September 2017 - 9:25pm

Until recently, most U.S. homebuyers had to settle for one particular building material: wood. Sure, other materials found geographical or climatological niches, but the wood was king. For better or worse, wood remains the dominant residential construction material in most of the United States. But earth-smart buyers — in particular, the eco-savvy millennial cohort that…

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5 Ways To Be Environmentally Friendly When Building Your Business

ASPO International - 18 September 2017 - 3:09pm

Are you in the process of building your business? Are you hoping to hit it big in the months and years to come? Are you also concerned about being environmentally friendly along the way? There is nothing more exciting than building a business from the ground up. This is one of the best ways to…

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5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Boating

ASPO International - 14 September 2017 - 7:27pm

How to be a Friend of the Water: 5 Tips for Green Boating Boating should be fun, safe, and healthy. Unfortunately, not every boater follows the rules, which often makes it a dangerous recreational activity. And while summer is winding down, there’s still time to implement some new eco-friendly practices that you can carry over…

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European Energy Union: Make it a triple win, says European civil society

ASPO International - 11 September 2017 - 5:17pm

Concerns over the social costs and the financing of the energy transition ran through all panel discussions at the EESC’s European Energy Dialogue, organized by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 8 September. The event focused on the European Commission’s proposed Clean Energy for All Europeans package as seen by a wide…

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