2GreenEnergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities2016-12-07T21:24:15Z http://www.2greenenergy.com/feed/atom/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png craigshields <![CDATA[No Long-Term Prognosis for Fossil Fuels]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63516 2016-12-07T21:24:15Z 2016-12-07T19:06:15Z ]]> The Migration to Renewable Energy Has Achieved Critical MassThose who foresee slow, incremental change in the energy industry should take a peek at this. Google, the company with the second highest market cap on in the U.S., will receive 100% of the (considerable amount of) energy it consumes from renewable resources beginning next year.

It’s just another data point showing the inevitable conclusion:  All Trump’s men won’t be able to put the fossil fuel industry back together again.

And ironically, the fundamental reason for the burgeoning success of renewables is capitalism itself, i.e. lots of people are making lots of money investing in clean energy all over  the world.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Is It Really “Shocking” that Donald Trump will Eliminate NASA’s Climate Research Program?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63508 2016-12-06T22:55:15Z 2016-12-06T22:53:50Z ]]> Is It Really "Shocking" that Donald Trump will Eliminate NASA's Climate Research Program?I thought I’d publish the email I just got from the Sierra Club (of which I’m one of about 2.5 million members), and offer a comment or two at the end:

“SHOCKINGLY STUPID!” That’s what one climate policy expert called reports Donald Trump will eliminate NASA’s climate research program.

Just when you thought Donald Trump’s plans for the environment couldn’t get more outrageous or short-sighted: a top Trump advisor recently announced the new administration will eliminate ALL climate change research conducted by NASA.

We know from experts that NASA plays a critical role in understanding climate change. What Trump advisor Bob Walker calls a crackdown on “politicized science” is a blatantly political move to pander to corporate polluters at the expense of essential research and human health.

Saving our planet from Trump and his pro-polluter advisors is going to require a 24-7, full-court press. We’re mobilizing supporters and formulating strategies to fight the anti-environment forces descending on Washington as I write, but we can’t do it without you. Will you rush a donation now?

NASA’s research into climate phenomena is valued by the world’s scientists and policymakers. Eliminating the agency’s Earth science work would devastate international efforts to understand and decelerate human-caused climate change.

As the president-elect taps Big Oil barons and climate-change deniers as top advisors, federal scientists are increasingly concerned their work will take a backseat to Trump’s plans to boost and deregulate the fossil fuel industry. Gutting NASA’s Earth science division, warned one scientist, could put us back in the “dark ages” of climate research.

Since Trump’s election, I’ve seen what our Sierra Club community is capable of, and I know you won’t go back to the dark ages quietly. Please, stand with the Sierra Club today — we have never needed you more.

We’re so grateful to have environmental champions like you on our side. In the last few weeks, over 150,000 of you have sent a message or called the White House. More than 80,000 people have signed up as new supporters. Tens of thousands of people like you stood in solidarity with Standing Rock in more than 200 cities. And that grassroots pressure worked — just two days ago the Obama administration announced that it will not grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers will conduct an environmental review and explore alternate routes for the project.

We’re fighting like hell for the planet we love. Your support helps us do it. Thank you.

 

My notes:

Anyone who’s shocked that the Trump Administration plans to scuttle NASA’s efforts to perform research and reporting on climate change isn’t really paying attention. The Republican oil-puppets in the senate have been trying to make this happen for years.  Now this pro-fossil fuel corruption comes with the full force of the executive branch as well. What precisely did we expect?

There is no doubt that collective action helps, and yes, the spear that the Obama Administration just put through the Dakota Access Pipeline is one of the best examples of this phenomenon in the history of humankind.  It’s hard not to admire the many thousands of people, including the latest barrage of 2000 U.S. military vets, who descended on the area to support the water protectors and brought this outrage to the attention of the international community.

There is similarly no doubt that defending our planet against environmental destruction is going to require a “24/7 full-court press.” I applaud people who have the stamina to participate—even those who (like me) make modest donations to help the cause. I know there are people who have given up, and, though I’m not joining them, I find it hard to find fault with them.

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craigshields <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Gioietta Kuo-Petravic: HFCs AND FLUORIDES – GREENHOUSE COOLANTS HARMFUL TO GLOBAL WARMING]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63500 2016-12-06T19:05:17Z 2016-12-06T19:03:24Z ]]> HFCs AND FLUORIDES - GREENHOUSE COOLANTS HARMFUL TO GLOBAL WARMINGABSTRACT: The world found that the use of chlorofluorocarbons CFCs used in refrigerants and air conditioners was causing the depletion of the atmospheric ozone layers which protect us from harmful ultra violet rays from the sun.   In 1987, 24 countries met to produce the MONTREAL PROTOCOL ON SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER  to phase out the use of CFC’s.  It is one of the rare successes of international cooperation.   However, in doing so the world replaced CFC’s by  hydrofluorocarbons, HFCs, which though do not harm the ozone layer but stay in the atmosphere for a very long time  having a large effect on global warming.    In July 2016, countries of the Montreal Protocol met in Vienna to try to replace HFC’s.   Fortunately alternatives exist such as Hydrofluoroolefins – HFOs which break down in the atmosphere in some days instead of years.

Progress is being made and in October 2016 amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out HFCs has been reached  in Kigali, Rwanda.

Read the entire article here.

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Will Environmentalists Find the Actions of the Trump Administration To Be “Interesting?”]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63484 2016-12-05T23:06:36Z 2016-12-05T18:07:18Z ]]> Will Environmentalists Find the Action of the Trump Administration To Be “Interesting?"My colleague Jon LeSage writes in his Green Auto Digest: “There’s one thing I can guarantee you about 2017: industry conferences and events are going to be very interesting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s abrupt decision on November 30 to leave in place its greenhouse gas emissions standards for light vehicles through the 2025 model year before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, is guaranteed to be discussed during speaker panels next year.

That, plus decisions by the Trump administration and new agency heads on the fuel economy and emissions standards, electric vehicle tax incentives, climate change, and the very existence of the EPA, will keep people on the edge of their seats.”

Of course, Jon’s right as usual, though one could pick nits and ask him to define the word “interesting.” To the chagrin of decent people everywhere, the cabinet appointments and surrounding discussions over the past few weeks have demonstrated that the Trump administration is going to be quite earnest in its attempt to inflict every bit of the damage to environmental protection that he promised in his campaign. Trump, through both direct fiat and appointments to important positions, has the absolute authority to erase virtually all the progress that has been made vis-à-vis the environment over the last half century and permanently destroy the reputation the U.S. has had for justice and leadership on the world stage.  And, at this point, there’s no reason whatsoever to believe that he’s not going to do exactly that.

My point on quibbling on the word “interesting”: If I announced that Shaquille O’Neal had challenged me to a one-on-one basketball game, I doubt anyone would be interested to see the outcome.

On the other hand, Trump’s already dealing with the resistance of many millions of people.  Resistance in what sense?  Check  out this post that’s going “viral,” if you want to see some real hard-hitting honesty (and you’ll put up with some obscene language).  It’s in response to the latest “Saturday Night Live” all-too-real parody of Mr. Trump, below:

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Andrew Alcal <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Andrew Alcal: Elon Musk and Trump’s Energy Policies]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63482 2016-12-05T23:18:42Z 2016-12-05T04:12:53Z ]]> Elon Musk and Trump's Energy Policies

Elon Musk recently accomplished his goal of merging SolarCity with Tesla. This bold move is meant to rescue SolarCity from excessive revenue losses in previous quarters while also attempting to create a more streamlined energy service. But Musk may have a new problem to face in the form of president-elect Donald Trump and his energy policies.

Donald Trump’s campaign focused heavily on job creation in the United States. He plans to lift regulations on oil drilling and fracking in hopes of stimulating job growth and relieving dependency on foreign oil. This includes increasing offshore drilling and leasing federal land. His energy policies also extend internationally, “His promises include actions like ‘canceling’ the Paris agreement and dismantling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as repealing restrictions on domestic energy development”. Policies such as these could exacerbate the harsh climate effects seen today.

Regardless of other politics many Republicans, including Trump, believe climate change is a hoax and deny any increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Although Trump has stated he is open to renewable energies but will not prioritize their initiatives over fossil fuels. Unfortunately this could mean his energy policies will benefit non-renewable energy companies more than renewable ones. Renewable energy generates revenue in the long term which could make oil and coal more appealing to politicians and the public.

Under the Obama administration Musk has received subsides for SolarCity and funding for SpaceX. Currently Tesla offers a $7,500 tax credit and a limited number of free charges. Other incentives include California and Nevada’s carpool lane access and reduced vehicle charging rates. But many of these benefits will be up for renewal in congress which is now Republican controlled. Many companies have already criticized Tesla for their autopilot car crash in spite of auto accidents becoming common even in the workplace.

Musk’s biggest threat is market control by non-renewable energy companies. Trump’s policies favor these companies because they are already well established. Not only Tesla but new energy companies will also have a hard time breaking into cities with high existing business growth. Musk has already experienced difficulty breaking into the Nevada energy market, “Because power companies operate in a highly regulated industry, they stay close to elected officials. NV Energy’s ties in Nevada were particularly strong.” Trump’s policies are based on the belief that regulation hinders productivity and efficiency.  But too few regulations can create monopolies and more complications for new companies.

After the election many energy stocks fell and fluctuated but since have returned to normal. Tesla’s increase in production could be what Musk needs in Trump’s job centered administration. Tesla is increasing production because of a record breaking pre-orders of the Model 3, their cheapest produces vehicle. This also led to the creation of the Tesla Gigafactory born out of necessity to relieve dependency of lithium and supply enough batteries to support vehicle demand. Elon Musk is not worried though saying, “I don’t think it’s very high, it’s not going to make too much of a difference honestly”.

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craigshields <![CDATA[Tesla Made More Money Last Quarter than the Entire US Oil Industry Made Last Year]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63471 2016-12-04T22:08:06Z 2016-12-04T21:48:23Z ]]> Tesla Made More Money Last Quarter than the Entire US Oil Industry Made Last Year

Here’s another wonderful article that supports the raw truth about the obsolescence of fossil fuels. The world goes where the money is, and it’s in cleantech.  Trump and his cronies can prop up the oil industry, but they can’t do it forever.

Patriotic Americans need to realize one very important thing:  The strength of the U.S. economy over the coming decades will be tightly correlated to its embrace of cleantech, the defining industry of the 21st Century.

 

 

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craigshields <![CDATA[Can We Power the World with Renewable Energy?]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63467 2016-12-04T21:18:17Z 2016-12-04T21:18:17Z Can We Power the World with Renewable Energy?Here’s a 10-second clip featuring “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

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craigshields <![CDATA[Making Our Way Towards Sustainability]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63458 2016-12-04T19:59:11Z 2016-12-04T19:47:21Z ]]> Making Our Way Towards SustainabilityThe populations in most countries are becoming increasingly eco-conscious, as evidenced by reports like this one,  indicating that there are now more bicycles than cars in Copenhagen.  To be fair, it’s possible that a cause on this is the 100% tax on automobiles in Denmark.  Yet this has been in place for a very long time, and it’s clear that the Danish take enormous pride in the efforts they’ve made in the direction of things like clean energy. 

This phenomenon (obviously) is a considerable boon to our civilization’s path to environmental sustainability.  I believe, however, that this trend is of secondary importance,  behind the rapidly increasing cost-effectiveness of renewable energy, efficiency solutions, energy storage,  electric vehicles, etc. Ironically, it appears that we will decarbonize our energy and transportation sectors whether we give a damn about our environment or not.

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craigshields <![CDATA[What You Need To Be Reading from the Harvard Business Review]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63394 2016-12-04T22:14:47Z 2016-12-04T03:20:35Z ]]> What You Need To Be Reading from the Harvard Business ReviewHere’s a hopeful article in the Harvard Business Review called “The Fortune 500 Can’t Go Along with a Rollback on Climate Policy.

As much as I try to stay away from cynicism, I have to say, “Good luck with that.” With each passing day, we learn more about the incoming administration in the U.S. federal government, and all of it sounds like a grim jest to those of us concerned about environmental and/or social justice.  So far, we have a climate denier, a CEO of an oil company, a neo-Nazi, an overt racist, and even Sarah Palin.  Who on Earth thought he’d ever hear her name again outside of a comedy act?

If the next four years follow in the direction of the last few weeks, they are going to have a surreal, this-can’t-possibly-be-happening feel to them.

 

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Anica Oaks <![CDATA[From Guest Blogger Anica Oaks: Four Ways We Can Move Our Energy Systems Away from Coal Dependency]]> http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=63417 2016-12-02T19:36:57Z 2016-12-03T19:34:07Z ]]> Four Ways We Can Move Our Energy Systems Away from Coal DependencyThe use of coal, as an energy source, not only dominates the world’s industrial culture, but it is also among the most detrimental to the environment. It is a leading cause of acid rain and creates more than 300,000 tons of waste to be disposed of. With the world racing toward a more sustainable future, finding a dependable, renewable source of energy is imperative.

Powdered Metal

Until recently, the problem with replacing fossil fuels has been finding an energy source that produces an equivalent supply of power. Finely ground iron is believed to have greater energy density than coal and gasoline but without any carbon emissions. Scientists have already demonstrated its ability to carry its own flame, and are expecting it to provide a cheaper, recyclable alternative.

Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion replicates energy similar to that of the sun. The technology, although not fully implemented in the mainstream world, has been successfully proven to power a steam turbine. The technology uses atomic power to drive to clusters of protons and neutrons (called atomic nuclei) together. As of to 2013, the fusion has produced significant energy, and by 2022, it is expected to have an active role in the industrial world.

Solar Power

Solar power has seen a boost in funding, an indication that companies are showing more interest in its development. This change in direction can be attributed, in part, to a drop the in cost of solar power generation. Not to mention that new technology is improving the efficiency and scalability of solar systems.

The advantage solar has over coal is the fact that it is powered by an infinite source of energy. Although coal is known to generate greater levels of electricity, continued demand for stronger solar technology could lead to advancements in the near future with the help of scientists and community designers with a master in civil engineering.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is generated by drawing water from reservoirs and funneling it into power plants, where it is used to run turbines. Currently, the United States is the world’s largest producer of geothermal energy, having invested billions of dollars into the program. Although it has been around since the early part of the 20th century, it wasn’t until recently that the world began to regard it as a reliable energy source.

Recently, investments in coal and oil companies have plummeted, while many alternative energy producers are seeing a rise in stocks. Even companies, like Southern Company, that made their fortune on oil and gas are shifting toward renewable energy, evidence that zero-emissions fuel is paving the way toward a cleaner world.

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