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September 21, 2015

Popular pope comes with a climate change message that Congress may not want to hear

Malavika Vyawahare, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-21 04:46:11

Climate change in this country has mostly been viewed as a debate over scientific evidence and economic calculations, but very little has been said about the moral aspects of it. “Elected members may easily dismiss secular environmental groups when it comes to climate change,” Annett said. “Brushing off the pope is another matter altogether.” [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Energy Can Deliver Big Carbon Cuts for Coastal States

By Shiva Polefka and Elise Shulman, Center for American Progress  •    •  Posted 2015-09-20 06:48:28

About one year from now, on September 6, 2016, all states must submit their plans, detailing how they intend to meet their individualized targets using their own unique set of industries, technologies, and resources, or formally request an extension. In coastal states, particularly along the Atlantic seaboard, governors and state legislatures should look to a massive, untapped source of zero-carbon energy sitting just beyond their shores and large enough to sustain most of their required carbon pollution cuts: offshore wind power. [ read more … ]

Electric cars will be the quickest way to decarbonize the U.S., says industry-enviro group report

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-21 04:45:42

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) issued an executive order in April that set a goal to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and eventually 80 percent by 2050 compared with 1990 levels. “I don’t know how you’re getting anywhere close to that without electrification,” Ted Craver, CEO of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison Co., said in an interview with ClimateWire yesterday, referring to that 2050 target.”This research points to the importance of two fundamental and parallel trends in energy and the environment,” Mike Howard, EPRI president and CEO, said in a statement. “First is the continuing decarbonization of the electricity sector and second is the electrification of energy use in transportation and industry.”
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Wind industry says could supply 25 percent of EU electricity by 2030

By Susanna Twidale, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-21 04:46:36

Wind farms could supply a quarter of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2030 if member states come good on energy and climate pledges, an industry report said on Wednesday. Wind energy provides around 10 percent of the bloc’s electricity but lobby group, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said it expects wind capacity could reach 320 gigawatts over the next 15 years, making a near 25 percent contribution to overall electricity supply. [ read more … ]

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