2019年2月5日 星期二

Morning Volt for 02/05/2019

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US Natural Gas Prices Plummet, Defy 'Polar Vortex 2019'

Jude Clemente, Forbes
The U.S. natural gas market ignored the Polar Vortex 2019 last week and prices have plummetedThis is especially incredible since on Wednesday, total U.S. gas demand easily hit an all time record of 150 Bcf/d, half of which was for heating.The previous total demand record was January 1, 2018, when we devoured 143 Bcf/d but the market was spared because it was a holiday (i.e., less industrial facilities were in operation).Up until this past week, U.S. gas demand this January was averaging about 110 Bcf/d.

Climate Change Isn't Science

Daniel G. Jones, American Thinker
Environmentalists first predicted impending climate disaster in the 1970s, but they didn't call it global warming. Back then, it was Global Cooling that would end life on earth as we knew it. The smog of industrial pollutants was blocking out sunlight so severely, we were warned, that our planet would enter a new ice age unless we acted quickly. Magazine covers featured pictures of snowball earth.

5 Takeaways on Trump's Nuclear Decision on Russia

R. Kheel & M. Chalfant, TH
Volume 90% The Trump administration on Friday announced long-anticipated plans to stop complying with a Soviet-era arms control pact with Russia, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.President Trump pinned his decision on Moscow's years of violating the agreement. Officials from successive administrations have raised the issue in failed diplomatic talks with Russia for more than half a decade, but Moscow has long denied breaching the agreement.The treaty, signed by then-President Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, was widely credited with helping bring the...

Solar Sales Help Women Avoid Food Insecurity in Yemen

T. Welsh, Devex
Solar panels are providing women in Yemen access to energy and a way to escape famine conditions that continue to threaten the country.The nearly four-year war in Yemen has left half of the country's 29 million people hungry on a daily basis and killed an estimated 85,000 children from starvation. To tackle this pervasive food insecurity, the United Nations Development Programme is teaching women to run their own small businesses by generating energy with solar panels.

Tucker Carlson Spouts Hot Air About Wind Power

Lee Moran, HP
Fox News' Tucker Carlson called wind power a scam as he railed against the Green New Deal being proposed by left-leaning Democrats on Thursday night.The Tucker Carlson Tonight host said generating electricity from wind turbines was nothing more than an elaborate rip-off perpetuated on impoverished rural America by a few heavily subsidized corporations that are getting rich by making the landscape uglier.How is wind power going to heat your house when it's 30 below? Carlson added.

Mexico Cancels Clean Energy Auction

Staff, Windpower Monthly
Mexico's grid operator and regulator Cenace (the National Energy Control Centre) has scrapped plans for the country's 5.9TWh clean energy tender.

Germany Could Slow Phase-Out of Coal

Staff, Voice of America
Germany's phasing out of coal-fired power stations could be delayed beyond 2038 if the deadline creates problems for the security of electricity supply, a senior legislator in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party said.The phase-out, proposed last Saturday by a commission tasked with mapping out Germany's transition to a more environmentally friendly low-carbon economy, drew criticism from some in industry who fear the impact of higher energy prices.

Climate Change Will Change the Color of the Oceans

Jen Christensen, CNN
The ocean will not look the same color in the future. It won't turn pink or anything radically different; the change will be more apparent through optic sensors than though the human eye. But it serves as an early warning sign that global warming is significantly altering the planet's ecosystems, according to a new study.Essentially, climate change will make the blues of the ocean bluer and the greens greener. Scientists figured this out by creating a global model that simulates the growth of a tiny creature that lives in the oceans and affects the color we see. Their research was published...

OPEC's Oil Princes Fighting For Survival

Cyril Widdershoven, Oil Price
The already strained relationship between U.S. lawmakers and two of President Trump's staunchest supporters, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, seems to be worsening. In recent days, reports have indicated that a growing number of U.S. congressmen and women is expected to pass a resolution which will end U.S. involvement in Yemen's civil war. This resolution would represent a direct challenge to President Trump, who would then have to consider using a presidential veto. While Trump's Middle East strategy may lack clarity, it is undeniable that...

Exxon Goes All-In on the Permian

Nick Cunningham, Oil Price
ExxonMobil and Plains All American gave the greenlight to another major pipeline in the Permian basin, which would move 1 million barrels per day (mb/d) from West Texas to the Gulf Coast.The project, in partnership with Lotus Midstream, is another indication of the rising upstream production from the Permian. But the pipeline also came after Exxon gave a separate final investment decision on another project.On Tuesday, the oil major said it was moving forward on a near-doubling of its Beaumont, Texas refinery, adding a 250,000-bpd crude unit that would process light sweet oil from the...

How to Change the Minds of Climate Deniers

Kate Yoder, The Guardian
For some people, the awakening comes in science class.In the Reddit thread titled Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind? the most popular comment comes from chucklesthe2nd (probably not his real name). Chuck, as we'll call him, essentially inherited his dad's views on climate change.I grew up actively and obnoxiously denying climate change because my dad told me it wasn't real, Chuck wrote last year. Then, during a high school science course, he learned about feedback loops: It suddenly hit me. As the atmosphere heats up, more CO2 is released, which heats up the...

How Utilities Can Swap Coal Debt for Clean Energy Equity

Ron Lehr, Forbes
Relative economics between coal and renewables have irreversibly shifted toward clean energy, leading a wave of states including Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico to consider how they can quickly move beyond coal without unduly burdening consumers.Fortunately, several policy solutions can protect consumers and investors through this utility financial transition, and refinancing these soon-to-be stranded assets with low-cost capital can expedite the process.By swapping coal debt for clean energy equity, utilities can address unrecovered investment balances and retire coal plants early,...

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