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June 27, 2021

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Surfside condo’s neighbors fear for their safety

By Steven Mufson,, Lori Rozsa and Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post

June 26, 2021 at 7:32 p.m. CDT  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:33:49

The collapse in Surfside could be a wake-up call for towns along America’s coastlines. “Coastal America is experiencing a slow motion crisis,” said Carl Pucci, founder and president of EO59, a Richmond-based firm that analyzes current and past satellite data down to millimeter levels. Pucci said his 13 employees were poring over data for every building in Surfside to determine whether there had been shifting in the ground movement and how much. “We are working very hard to determine if the residents are safe in those structures,” Pucci said. He said there had been movement in some structures but he wouldn’t quantify it. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

What the clean energy future looks like from a 262-foot wind turbine

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:34:25

Hundreds of feet above the ground, suspended by ropes and battered by powerful winds, Matthew Kelly is living his best life. Kelly is a wind turbine technician, and my colleague Brian van der Brug recently took pictures of him repairing a fiberglass blade at a wind farm in California’s Montezuma Hills, at the northeastern end of the Bay Area. Brian’s pictures are worth a thousand words and then some. [ read more … ]

Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?

By Aurora Almendral, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:36:30

Shipping. It produces 2.9 percent of global carbon-dioxide emissions, almost as much as the entire continent of South America. With every country benefiting from global trade, it could be argued that shipping is everybody’s responsibility, but it is treated as if it is nobody’s. In the vast but liminal space of the ocean, cargo vessels — some of the largest machines on the planet — have generally operated in obscurity. The industry’s greenhouse-gas emissions have only grown as world trade has expanded, about 10 percent in the last six years. Shipowners, charterers and regulators have done little about the situation. [ read more … ]

Ask Sam: Why Do All Wind Turbines Look The Same?

By Sam Evans-Brown, New Hampshire Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:37:15

“How come all wind turbines — onshore and offshore — look the same? They all have three blades. And I’ve certainly seen designs for ones that look like egg-beaters and things that vibrate and all that kind of stuff and I just want to know why are they so boring and unimaginative in their design?”  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. Bans Imports of Some Chinese Solar Materials Tied to Forced Labor

By Thomas Kaplan, Chris Buckley and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:35:49

The White House announced steps on Thursday to crack down on forced labor in the supply chain for solar panels in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, including a ban on imports from a silicon producer there. A significant portion of the world’s polysilicon, which is used to make solar panels, comes from Xinjiang, where the United States has accused China of committing genocide through its repression of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. [ read more … ]

Biden Balances Climate Need With Human Rights in Chinese Solar Ban

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:35:07

The Biden administration’s narrowly focused ban on Chinese solar products is designed to confront alleged human-rights abuses in the Xinjiang region without stifling the fast-growing use of renewable energy in the U.S. The order imposed Thursday, which affects the import of silica-based products made by Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., Ltd., represents one of President Joe Biden’s biggest steps yet to counter alleged mistreatment of China’s ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Omits Big Climate Measures

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:36:55

A deal reached Thursday between President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators for $579 billion in new spending to repair the nation’s roads, rails and bridges does relatively little to fight climate change, an issue that the president has called an “existential threat.” The deal does provide funding for public transit, passenger and freight rail, electric buses and charging stations for electric vehicles, all designed to try to reduce pollution from passenger vehicles and trucks. And it includes $47 billion to help communities become more resilient to disasters and severe weather caused by a warming planet. Still, it contains few of the ambitious ideas that Mr. Biden initially proposed to cut the fossil fuel pollution that is driving climate change. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan lawmakers back clean electricity standard, but fall short of Biden goal

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:35:27

Bipartisan House lawmakers are showing support for a standard aiming to reduce the electric sector’s carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2050.  The legislation gives bipartisan support to an idea endorsed by President Biden while also falling significantly short of the emissions reductions for which the president has called. The White House has endorsed making the entire electric sector emissions-free by 2035. [ read more … ]

Grid

Prysmian Group Awarded $900M SOO Green HVDC Link Project, a Key Milestone in Building a US Clean Energy Grid

By AP News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:34:48

SOO Green HVDC Link today announced that the Prysmian Group as its preferred supplier of high-voltage direct current cable systems for this first-of-its-kind transmission project to be installed underground along existing railroad rights of way. The 2,100-megawatt interregional project considered the first link in a national clean energy grid, will connect two of the largest energy markets in the US. By linking the Midwest Independent System Operator serving the central US, to the eastern PJM Interconnection, SOO Green will deliver abundant, low-cost renewable energy to population centers from Chicago to the mid-Atlantic region. [ read more … ]

EVs

Where We Are on the Road to Electric Vehicles

By Elisabeth Behrmann, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-27 15:36:05

Are we there yet? No, but we’re definitely on the road. After decades of doubt, the world’s automakers have made up their minds about electric vehicles. The car world was rocked in January by General Motors Co.’s pledge to stop selling gas-burning cars by 2035, and industrywide EV investment plans now top $230 billion. [ read more … ]

 

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