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Green Energy #20

  • Renewable lighthouses
  • Green crowdfunding
  • New nuclear power
  • 21st century New Deal
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GovTech

Platform Crowdfunds Green Projects, Including for Government

Preferring not to wait for sweeping federal action to transition the U.S. to renewable energy, an Obama adviser and Yale scientist have created an investment platform, Raise Green, to fund local projects.

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Irish Independent

‘There’s nothing like sleeping in a lighthouse on a bad night with driving rain and big waves breaking – Irish lighthouse guardians facing the end of an era

‘I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse,” George Bernard Shaw once said. “They were built only to serve.”

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Editor’s Note:

Green energy is changing a lot of places you may not think about often, like lighthouses. Here is a look into how the switch from diesel energy has impacted how lighthouses in Ireland are taken care of.

The National

‘The great reset’ to clean energy cannot be led by government players alone

Covid-19 has demanded government action and intervention on a scale that we have never seen before. World leaders and intra-governmental agencies have directed mass shutdowns of industrial activity to steer the public towards safety. As a result greenhouse gas emissions have been slashed.

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Popular Info

Fact-check of viral climate misinformation quietly removed from Facebook

A fact-check of a viral climate misinformation article was quietly removed from Facebook earlier this month, a joint investigation by Popular Information and HEATED reveals.

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Vox

An FBI investigation shows Ohio’s abysmal energy law was fueled by corruption

Update, July 23: On Thursday, the day after this article was first published, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called for the repeal of HB 6, the energy bill passed in 2019 now tied to a bribery scandal in the Ohio legislature.

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Editor’s Note:

One important element of fossil fuels is how their industry has mixed with political systems. Here Leah C Stokes looks at a case in Ohio and seems to have gotten some results.

Bloomberg

Frackers Are in Crisis, Endangering America’s Energy Renaissance

Twenty years ago, before the U.S. oil industry became a global energy power that strikes fear into Saudi Arabia, brothers Dan and Farris Wilks started Frac Tech Services LLC in tiny Cisco, Texas. The company provided equipment for hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, the breaking up of tight sedimentary rock by blasting water, sand, and assorted chemicals through horizontal bores at fantastically high pressure.

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Vox

A women-led, progressive group takes a new approach to nuclear power

Nuclear power has long been a divisive issue in the environmental community. The enormous momentum of anti-nuclear sentiment from the ’70s and ’80s has clashed in recent years with a new wave of advocates who claim that deep decarbonization — eliminating the greenhouse gases that drive climate change — requires the assistance of nuclear power.

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The Namibian

Green bond injects N$66 million in clean energy

NAMIBIA’S first listed green bond has raised N$66 million, funding the generation of various types of renewable energy around the country, envisioned to reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

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Politics Home

A Green Recovery can deliver for the economy, society and our planet

The £3bn for energy efficiency is welcome but we must go further and move faster, in line with advice from scientists like the Committee on Climate Change.

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The Hill

A 21st century New Deal

Will Joe Biden be the new FDR? Is he up for a big, bold 21st century New Deal to help confront a crisis that, as he has said, “eclipses what FDR faced?”

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Editor’s Note:

There has been a lot of talk of a Green New Deal as a new version of US reforms in the 1930s. Here the grandsons of FDR and Henry Wallace make their case for a new New Deal.