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Energy and Environmental Regulation in the Age of Trump: The Role of the States, Part 2

Energy Bulletin - 23 February 2017 - 11:18am

Scott Pruitt has now been sworn in as the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Agency. It is likely the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), and ultimately much of the Agency itself, will begin in short order.

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In-depth: The Whole System Costs of Renewables

Energy Bulletin - 22 February 2017 - 12:15pm

Dramatic cost reductions mean wind and solar can now compete on price with conventional sources of energy in many parts of the world, including the UK. This turns the spotlight onto the so-called “whole system costs” of integrating renewables into the electricity system, which include backing up intermittent generation and strengthening grids.

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Battery Power Boost to Renewables

Energy Bulletin - 21 February 2017 - 3:04pm

Researchers at the John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University in the US say in an article published in ACS Energy Letters that they have now developed a long-lasting flow battery capable of storing renewable power that­ could operate for up to 10 years, with minimum maintenance required.

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Peak Oil Review – Feb 20 2017

Energy Bulletin - 20 February 2017 - 10:21am

A weekly roundup of Peak oil news. Oil prices have moved little since they jumped from the mid-$40s to the mid-$50s in late November. Last week was no exception.

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Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism: State of Play on 20th February 2017, one month into the Trump presidency

Energy Bulletin - 20 February 2017 - 10:00am

Suddenly believers in the possibility of a better civilization, one rooted in increasing human co-operation and harmony, find ourselves in a world where demagogues can now realistically plot the polar opposite: a new despotism rooted in rising isolationist nationalism and human conflict. The more we dig into how the demagogues and their supporters have organised their recent successes, in particular in using technology to manipulate voter beliefs on an industrial scale, the more terrified many of us find ourselves.

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EU Coal Plants ‘Should all Close by 2030’

Energy Bulletin - 16 February 2017 - 1:31pm

EU countries should close all of their coal plants by around 2030 if they want to stick to the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is the conclusion of a new report by research non-profit Climate Analytics. The cheapest way to meet Paris targets is to replace EU coal power with renewables and energy efficiency, it says.

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Climate Science Part 1

Energy Bulletin - 15 February 2017 - 12:39pm

With President Trump fully embracing fossil fuels and indicating that he intends to abandon US efforts to address climate change (and even the scientific inquiry underlying those efforts), there is no time like the present to refresh what we know about climate change, what we can do about it, and what kinds of research still need to be done to improve our understanding.

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On Oil Spills, Alberta Regulator Can’t Be Believed: New Report

Energy Bulletin - 15 February 2017 - 12:22pm

A study commissioned at the request of a First Nation says the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has not reported accurately on the scale or impact of daily crude oil and salt water spills in the petro province.

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Questioning “Our Renewable Future”

Energy Bulletin - 14 February 2017 - 11:01am

We can and must shift to renewables, but there must also be dramatic reduction in energy consumption, rich world “living standards” and GDP.

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Failing States, Collapsing Systems: Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence: Review

Energy Bulletin - 13 February 2017 - 2:07pm

…[A]n unfortunate side-effect of the explosion of information that the Internet has provided us with is the even further erosion of the signal-to-noise ratio.

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Peak Oil Review – Feb 13 2017

Energy Bulletin - 13 February 2017 - 11:32am

A weekly roundup of peak oil news.

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Transition Ingredients Cards: in English, Italian and Chinese!

Transition Culture - 13 February 2017 - 10:54am

Our great Transition resource, the Transition Ingredients Cards, are now available in three languages.

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Transition meets Degrowth on a Caribbean island

Transition Culture - 8 February 2017 - 8:08am

Degrowth and Transition debated on Dominican TV show…

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Peak Oil Review – Feb 6 2017

Energy Bulletin - 6 February 2017 - 10:11am

A weekly roundup of peak oil news. With the advent of the Trump administration and Republican control of the Congress, the world oil situation seems likely to become more uncertain than usual.

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Richard Heinberg on ‘America First’.

Transition Culture - 6 February 2017 - 7:37am

“Transition is more important than ever in a world of Donald Trump”, Richard Heinberg tells us.

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Risk, double-edged swords and imagining the worst

Energy Bulletin - 5 February 2017 - 6:18pm

Those who can imagine the worst ought to be regarded as prudent planners rather than overwrought Cassandras. After all, Cassandra turned out to be right. Her curse was that no one would believe her.

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Two Charts Show how Fossil Fuels could Peak by 2020

Energy Bulletin - 3 February 2017 - 1:20pm

According to fossil fuel companies, the world will continue to rely on their products for decades. They even have sophisticated scenarios, outlooks and modelling to prove it.

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‘Essential Guide to Doing Transition’ published in French

Transition Culture - 3 February 2017 - 7:00am

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer la publication de la version française du ‘Le Guide Essentiel
de la Transition‘. Traduit par Caroline Durieux et ses collègues de Réseau Transition, le Belgian Transition Hub, c’est un merveilleux ajout, rejoignant les versions anglaise et espagnole déjà existantes, et les prochaines versions russe et chinoise.

We are delighted to announce the publication of the French version of ‘The Essential Guide to Doing Transition’.  Translated by Caroline Durieux and colleagues at Réseau Transition, the Belgian Transition Hub, it is a wonderful addition, joining the English and Spanish versions already existing, and the forthcoming Russian and Chinese versions.

Also available fullscreen or as a .PDF

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February 2017 – Transition Newsletter

Transition Culture - 2 February 2017 - 4:05pm

We offer antidotes to feeling daunted, such as a real example of how good can overcome hate, enthusiasm for Transition in France, local community activism in Hungary, and ‘Rooting in Tooting’.  Responding to the US election with a heartfelt call for empathy and we have insights into community change. The challenges and opportunities Dominica has could apply to many places, as do these characteristics of doing Transition in an University.

How do I know good can overcome ignorance, spite and hate? Because I’ve seen it.
A tweet moves Rob Hopkins to share a personal experience from his family’s life.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/know-good-can-overcome-ignorance-spite-hate-ive-seen/

“Now you’re all here, and it feels fantastic”: 3 days in France.
Grenoble’s city government are holding a Biennale in March on the theme of ‘Villes en Transition’ (‘Towns in Transition’). Rob Hopkins was at the launch and reports back from a packed 3 day programme of talks and events in France.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/now-youre-feels-fantastic-3-days-france/

7 characteristics of doing Transition in an University
Last week we published our new guide, ‘How to do Transition in your University/College’ by Maria Cooper. Today we share an excerpt from it, which sets out seven key characteristics of doing Transition in a University setting.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/7-characteristics-transition-university/

THINKING ALOUD

Inauguration Day: Kicking Against the Prick(s)
Rob Hopkins offers, through somewhat gritted teeth, some reflections on Donald Trump’s inauguration.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/kicking-against-the-pricks/

The New Economy in 50 words?
In the shortest blog of his life, Created for the latest edition of Stir Magazine, Rob Hopkins offers 50 words that capture the future of the economy.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/new-economy-50-words/

Change Starts With Communities
We talk community development with Cormac Russell.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/cormac-russell-change-starts-communities/

COMMUNITY

Transition Town Tooting celebrate Aviva Community Fund award
Chuck Whitehead of Transition Town Tooting shares exciting news from the ‘Gardens of Refuge’ partnership project.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/transition-town-tooting-celebrate-aviva-community-fund-award/

A her-story of Transition Wekerle: an experience of local community activism in Hungary
Tracey Wheatley of Transition Wekerle in Hungary shares her initiative’s story.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/story-transition-wekerle-experience-local-community-activism-hungary-2/

10 keys to Transition in Dominica
Naresh Giangrande‘s final report from his recent adventures with a round up of his time spent in Dominica, and the challenges and opportunites the country has.
http://transitionnetwork.org/news-and-blog/10-keys-transition-dominica/

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“I give my every waking moment to the creation of a new narrative, one rooted in possibility, imagination, care, connection and action. It’s my daily practice.”
Rob Hopkins

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Alternative Geologies: Trump’s “America First Energy Plan”

Energy Bulletin - 2 February 2017 - 11:01am

Donald Trump’s official Energy Plan envisions cheap fossil fuel, profitable fossil fuel and abundant fossil fuel. The evidence shows that from now on, only two of those three goals can be met – briefly – at any one time.

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