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August 16, 2019

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Study: Fracking responsible for rising methane levels in atmosphere

By Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2019-08-16 04:25:13

Rising levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere have been linked to emissions from the shale oil and natural gas industry, a new study from Cornell University reveals. In a study published this morning in the European Geosciences Union journal Biogeosciences, Cornell University Ecology Professor Robert Howarth reported that an analysis of the methane found in the Earth’s atmosphere has chemical fingerprints that point to shale, an industry which uses horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to unlock oil and natural gas in tight geological formations. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

Perry: Dems live in a ‘fantasy world’ on climate change

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-16 04:27:17

Energy Secretary Rick Perry accused Democratic presidential candidates of living in a “fantasy world” on their climate positions this week during an interview with Fox News. Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, Perry was asked about Democrats’ campaign rhetoric, including allegations by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that oil companies were guilty of “criminal activity” on climate change. [ read more … ]

The background and facts about that 12-year deadline for averting climate change

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-08-16 04:27:37

A host of Democratic presidential candidates have cited a specific time frame when the world would reach a point of no return on climate change — 12 years. “Science tells us that how we act or fail to act, in the next 12 years will determine the very livability of our planet,” frontrunner Joe Biden said upon releasing his plan to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Jay Inslee, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke are among other candidates who have also used the 12-year framing. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Wyoming wind farm making same power with 80% fewer turbines

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-16 04:25:56

Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming’s first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state. Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines. The wind farm atop the barren and blustery ridge called Foote Creek Rim west of Cheyenne will continue to generate about 41 megawatts, or enough electricity to power nearly 20,000 homes.
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E.ON to Build $500 Million Wind Farm in Texas

By Riham Alkousaa, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-08-16 04:26:40

German energy firm E.ON on Thursday said it would invest $500 million (413.5 million pounds) in building a 440-megawatt onshore wind farm in Texas, adding it had already sold the subscription rights for 200 megawatts of the plant for 12 years. The construction of the plant in Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties will start at the end of the year, it said. [ read more … ]

‘Orphaned’ renewable credits get reprieve in House bill

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-16 04:26:18

An assortment of expired renewable energy sources would see long-term extensions under new bipartisan House legislation introduced this week. The “Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act,” introduced Tuesday by Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.), would extend the investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC) for qualified projects — including biomass, hydropower and marine energy, biogas, and waste-to-energy facilities — that begin construction before 2025. [ read more … ]


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