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Green Energy #19

  • Carbon pricing works
  • Clean energy in CT
  • Biden’s $2 trillion plan
  • Trash to energy?
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The Conversation

Carbon pricing works: the largest-ever study puts it beyond doubt

Putting a price on carbon should reduce emissions, because it makes dirty production processes more expensive than clean ones, right?

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Editor’s Note:

A lot of governments around the world try to curb the use of carbon by levying additional taxes on its use. A new report has suggested that such a strategy could prove to be highly effective, as this article from The Conversation highlights.

Forbes

Wind And Solar Can Power Green Recovery With Lower Risk Projects

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) held a virtual Clean Energy Transitions Summit with participation from ministers representing 80% of global carbon emissions, “making the Summit the highest-profile energy and climate discussion since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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Connecticut Mirror

Can clean energy power CT’s economic recovery?

In mid-April, as COVID-19 was paralyzing the northeast, Massachusetts made an eyebrow-raising announcement. The state’s Department of Energy Resources, in what it called an emergency order, doubled the capacity of its key solar program and declared its solar industry an essential service.

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Imperial College London

Cloud computing could be producing hidden greenhouse gas emissions

The amount of energy used for cloud computing, which contributes to climate change, needs to be more transparent says an Imperial researcher.

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New York Times

Biden announces $2 trillion climate plan

Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday a new plan to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors, part of a suite of sweeping proposals designed to create economic opportunities and strengthen infrastructure while also tackling climate change.

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Editor’s Note:

The US presidential election, among other things, may be important for environmental policy. Candidate Joe Biden has announced a new $2 trillion climate plan, dug into by the Times here.

City AM

Time for an energy revolution? Creating opportunity after a crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragic event we hopefully will not see again in our lifetime.

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Green Biz

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

One novel spin on emerging hydrogen fuel options is “clean hydrogen” made from trash.

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Mashable

The Carbon Footprint Sham

In a dark TV ad aired in 1971, a jerk tosses a bag of trash from a moving car. The garbage spills onto the moccasins of a buckskin-clad Native American, played by Italian American actor Espera Oscar de Corti. He sheds a tear on camera, because his world has been defiled, uglied, and corrupted by trash.

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Japan Times

This is the moment for Japan to rethink coal

The Japanese government has reversed course on its support for coal power. Two key decisions — one on infrastructure exports and the other addressing domestic energy policy — have been heralded by Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi as “a turning point” for Japan. Maybe there is something to be said for public shaming after all.

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Editor’s Note:

Japan continues to be a major consumer of coal-based power. This article by Brad Glosserman discusses how now could be the best time for the country to ditch fossil fuels and move towards renewable energy.

Business Live (South Africa)

GROVÉ STEYN: The path to clean energy opens — and it comes at no extra expense

Strategy can trigger large-scale green industrialisation programme without adverse electricity cost or tariff effect.

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