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July 8, 2021

Top Story

Climate Change Drove Western Heat Wave’s Extreme Records, Analysis Finds

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-08 15:10:29

The extraordinary heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest last week would almost certainly not have occurred without global warming, an international team of climate researchers said Wednesday. Temperatures were so extreme — including readings of 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Ore., and a Canadian record of 121 in British Columbia — that the researchers had difficulty saying just how rare the heat wave was. But they estimated that in any given year there was only a 0.1 percent chance of such an intense heat wave occurring. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Large-Scale U.S. Solar Growth to Top Wind for First Time in 2022

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-08 15:11:16

Growth in large-scale U.S. solar capacity is projected to exceed that of wind next year for the first time. That’s according to a report Wednesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Solar’s surge comes as the country boosts its dependence on renewable power. The EIA’s short-term energy outlook estimates that wind and solar capacity will reach 15% of U.S. generation by 2022 from 11% last year.
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Climate

North America Has Its Hottest June on Record

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-08 15:10:12

Last month was the warmest June on record in North America, researchers said Wednesday, confirming the suspicions of millions of people who endured some of the hottest temperatures ever experienced on the continent. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, an agency supported by the European Union, said that average surface temperatures for June in North America were about one-quarter of a degree Fahrenheit (0.15 of a degree Celsius) higher than the average for June 2012, the previous record-holder.
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The scientists hired by big oil who predicted the climate crisis long ago

By Emma Pattee, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-07-08 15:12:41

As early as 1958, the oil industry was hiring scientists and engineers to research the role that burning fossil fuels plays in global warming. The goal at the time was to help the major oil conglomerates understand how changes in the Earth’s atmosphere may affect the industry – and their bottom line. But what top executives gained was an early preview of the climate crisis, decades before the issue reached public consciousness. [ read more … ]

States

California Scrambles to Find Electricity This Summer as Blackout Risks Grow

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-08 15:11:53

California’s power-grid manager is taking emergency steps to secure extra electricity as a hot, dry summer increases the risk of blackouts. The California Independent System Operator is soliciting power producers across the West to sell more megawatts to the state in July and August in anticipation of regionwide heat waves that will substantially boost electricity demand. [ read more … ]

EVs

Can Biden build his charging stations?

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-08 15:11:29

The bipartisan infrastructure deal would deliver less than one-tenth of the money President Biden sought for electric vehicles — leaving nothing for new consumer subsidies, factory retrofits or supply chain development. To cast that as a victory, the White House is emphasizing a different number. Biden’s deal, they say, would fulfil his promise of building 500,000 charging stations. [ read more … ]

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