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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

May 14 News

Opinion:

  • “It Doesn’t Matter If We Never Run Out of Oil: We Won’t Want to Burn It Anymore” – Mainstream analysts see “peak oil” emerging not in supply but in demand, because modern technologies to save or displace oil cost far less than oil. [The Atlantic]
  • US Media reports routinely fail to inform the public about the fossil fuel industry funders behind climate change contrarian think tanks, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

World:

  • While Europe is adding generating capacity for wind, solar, biomass, and gas, its capacity for nuclear and coal is declining. The increased use of coal for generating electricity is probably not a long-term phenomenon. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • According to Synapse Energy Economics, adding more wind power to the grid in the PJM region of the Eastern Interconnection can reduce regional wholesale energy market prices, saving nearly $7 billion per year in the mid-2020s.[CleanTechnica]
  • Congressional lawmakers from both parties are moving closer to making master limited partnerships open for renewable resources. They are tax breaks that have been available for 32 years to fossil fuel companies for expansion.[Kitsap Sun]
  • Based on the falling costs of solar and rising electric prices, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of the largest utilities in the country that serves northern California, may not be able to compete with residential solar soon. [RenewableEnergyWorld.com]
  • The Environment and Energy Commission of Columbia, Missouri is asking the city to increase the percentage of power generated from renewable sources by two percent every year. The goal is to reach 100% by the middle of the century. [KBIA]
  • Wisconsin utilities’ statewide Focus on Energy program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, increased energy savings significantly in 2012, 17% more than the previous year. [Environmental Expert]

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