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Morning Volt for 02/04/2019

02/04/2019
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BP to Explain How It Chimes With Paris Climate Deal

Adam Vaughan, TG
BP has bowed to pressure from investors, including the Church of England, by backing a plan to explain how its strategy and investments are consistent with the Paris climate agreement.The UK oil and gas company supported a resolution, put forward by a group of shareholders including the investment arms of HSBC, Legal & General and the C of E, forcing it to be more transparent on climate change.But BP urged investors to reject a tougher climate resolution brought by a Dutch shareholder activist group, which it said was too prescriptive.The moves are part of a wider, growing wave of shareholder...

PA Gov Seeks Natural Gas Tax to Raise $4.5 Billion

Staff, Reuters
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday proposed a tax on extracting natural gas to pay for his plan to spend $4.5 billion over the next four years to improve the state's infrastructure.The state legislature, however, has refused to approve the tax over the past couple of years.Wolf said Pennsylvania is the only state in the country without a severance tax on extracting natural gas.Pennsylvania is the second biggest gas-producing state behind Texas. The state produces about 18 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins, which is a little over 20 percent of...

Data is 'The New Oil,' Blowing Past the Zettabyte Era

Mark P. Mills, RCE
The world creates some 40 zettabytes of useable data each year. So just how much does that much data weigh? After all, the physical realitiesi.e., the hardware and the energy needed to power the equipmentare where the rubber meets the road.The answer? The world's annual data traffic weighs about ten million tons.How do we know? Thank Amazon for helping to frame this aspect of the physics of information.A few years ago, the Web giant launched its oddly named Snowmobile. It's a 33 ton, 45-foot-long truck, a semi-trailer chock-a-block filled with digital memory that can hold 100 petabytes...

What Happens When You Campaign on Climate?

David Roberts, Vox
Since climate change was first introduced to US politics, most attention and debate have focused on a federal solution, but most actual policy progress has taken place at the state level. States are where everything from cap-and-trade systems to renewable energy mandates have actually become law.And so it remains today. Most of the buzz in current climate politics, especially with the presidential race beginning to take shape, is around a Green New Deal, a grand, comprehensive set of federal investments and regulations.But a GND is a long way off, even if everything goes well. Meanwhile, once...

Why Are These People so Dumb on Television?

J. Holmes, Esquire
We live in the dumbest time in history. Certainly, there were times when human beings had less knowledge. But now we have more information at our fingertips than our ancestors could possibly have imagined, and we have chosen instead to promote stupidity in general, and our society's biggest dipshits specifically. Ignorance is a virtue, expertise is elitism, and the president's favorite teevee show features professional morons tasked with making sure the elderly caucasians tuning in each morning are all jumped up on resentful liberal-bashing so they'll stay tuned in for more resentment...

Solar Research Study Investigates Rapidly Declining Costs

J. Richardson, CT
MIT researchers studied the steady decrease in solar PV module costs over the last several decades and had their results published in the December 2018 issue of the journal Energy Policy. In their study paper, the authors wrote that of the energy technologies, solar PV has undergone the fastest cost decline. More specifically, they referenced this striking fact, PV module costs fell by about 20% with every doubling of cumulative capacity since the 1970s.

Germany's Anti-Coal Stance by the Numbers

Ellen Wald, Forbes
Germany is making plans to end all coal power generation by 2038. On the one hand, it is admirable to limit the burning of coal to cut pollution. The trendy topic is climate change, but it is simpler than that: burning coal makes the air dirty. No one wants to burn coal. However, such a bold move away from coal is geopolitically reckless for a country that has no other domestic carbon-based energy sources and refuses to use more nuclear power.

America Should Better Utilize Advanced Coal

Jude Clemente, Forbes
Lest we forget:"Advancing the development of clean coal technologies is an important part of President Obama's strategy to develop every source of American energy and ensure the United States leads the world in the global clean energy race and continues to take advantage of domestic resources here at home, said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, 2012Indeed, one of the great myths in our ongoing energy-environment discussion is that only renewable energy systems are evolving. The reality, of course, is that fossil fuel-based technologies are constantly improving as well. Our use of fossil...

Kids Break Down Climate Change for Trump

Claire Elise Thompson, Grist
No, despite the cold snap, the Midwest does not need more warming. Ever since President Trump's infamous Global Waming tweet, a lot of folks have been chiming in to set the record straight. NOAA. Cable TV hosts. Bill Nye. But two adorable kids just stole the freaking show.On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, 10-year-old Kaitlynn and 8-year-old Apollo took turns breaking down basic science for the president of the United States. As Kaitlynn put it: Don't get angry, Mr. President it's just science.

Oil Surges, Best January on Record

Tom DiChristopher, CNBC
U.S. crude oil surged this month to post its best January performance on record, breaking a three-month losing streak that saw futures lose nearly half of their value.Crude futures have powered through a steady flow of weak economic data from China, the world's second biggest oil consumer, amid an ongoing trade dispute with Washington. The energy complex has been boosted by OPEC-led production cuts aimed at draining oversupply and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, which threaten to disrupt global trade flows and bolster prices.U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude prices ended Thursday's session down...

Oil Prices Rise as US Reports Surge in Employment

Reuters, CNBC
Oil prices jumped with the stock market on Friday after the United States reported a surge in employment in its monthly jobs report.U.S. payrolls rose by 304,000 in January even as the country weathered the longest government shutdown in history.International Brent crude oil futures were up $1.01, or 1.7 percent, at $61.85 per barrel around 11 a.m. ET (1400 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures were up 74 cents, or 1.4 percent, at $54.53 per barrel.

No Nuclear Airplanes?

Christian Ruhl, The Atlantic
The U.S. Navy recently asked Congress for $139 billion to update its fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. Unlike conventional submarines, which need to surface frequently, nuclear submarines can cruise below the sea at high speeds for decades without ever needing to refuel. Defense planners expect that the new submarines will run on one fueling for the entirety of deploymentup to a half century.The advantages of nuclear submarines over their conventional cousins raise a question about another component of the military arsenal: Why don't airplanes run on nuclear power?

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