NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, September 14: THE STUNNING SPEED OF THIS CLIMATE CHANGE; TEXAS UTILITY GIVES SOLAR AWAY; COSTS AND BENEFITS OF DRIVING ELECTRIC

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, May 25:

  • TTTA Thursday-New Study Explicitly Refutes Trump EPA Head’s Denial
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Jobs Lead U.S. Economy
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Gets Endorsement From U.S. Utility Giant
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Solar Surging, States Responding
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Big Solar-Residential Solar Face Off
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Hard Road To A New Solar Paradigm In Montana
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Most Energy Efficient Cities Right Now
  • QUICK NEWS, May 23: How To Tell Kids About Climate Change; California Takes A New Look At Wind; Mercedes Benz Goes Solar – With Batteries
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Solar For Everybody Else
  • QUICK NEWS, May 22: The Plan To Beat Climate Change; Ready For The Offshore Wind Boom; Solar Research Faces Trump Cuts
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: Forget The Planet, Save The Pizza
  • Weekend Video: Wind Power Shines Its Light
  • Weekend Video: Storing Solar As A Liquid
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Inner Circle Of Climate Action
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Europe Building Wind For A Continent
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Global Solar Is A Better And Better Buy
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Big Wind A Go-Go Near Home of Beatles’ Beat
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • FRIDAY WORLD, May 26:

  • Obama Talks Global Food In A Time Of Climate Change
  • Global New Energy Jobs Keep Booming
  • Record-Breaking Solar Sales In India
  • China Wind Will Re-Train U.S. Coal Workers

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    QUICK NEWS, September 14: THE STUNNING SPEED OF THIS CLIMATE CHANGE; TEXAS UTILITY GIVES SOLAR AWAY; COSTS AND BENEFITS OF DRIVING ELECTRIC

    THE STUNNING SPEED OF THIS CLIMATE CHANGE Scientists: Climate change morphing ecosystems in 'blink' of geologic time

    Jacob Barker, September 11, 2015 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

    “…Higher levels of carbon dioxide are beginning to change [African grasslands] into forests…And studies show those trees will be bigger the more carbon there is…In some parts of Africa, [it may be necessary] to get rid of trees to preserve (biodiversity)…[A]s species within an interdependent ecosystem are thrown out of balance, the whole system is put at risk, threatening agriculture or causing other unintended consequences…Many of the Earth’s ecosystems and organisms, including humans, evolved during what was a period of carbon ‘starvation’...Just 200 years of burning fossil fuels has increased carbon to levels not seen in millions of years. Carbon dioxide has reached concentrations equal to or greater than current levels periodically throughout geologic time, wrought by changes in the Earth’s systems over millions of years…But continuing to emit carbon at current rates could raise atmospheric carbon dioxide to levels last seen tens of millions of years ago in the ‘blink’ of geologic time…” click here for more

    TEXAS UTILITY GIVES SOLAR AWAY Take My Solar Panel, Please!; San Antonio just announced a brilliant new business model for renewable energy.

    Daniel Gross, September 11, 2015 (Slate)

    “The business model surrounding rooftop solar has changed dramatically in the past decade…[C]ompanies like SolarCity changed the game by creating the solar lease—which required no money down but a long-term financial commitment that promised to lower monthly electricity payments…[Now San Antonio’s CPS Energy will offer residents cash—in the form of monthly credits on their electricity bills—if they [will] agree to let a third party put solar panels on their roofs…CPS is the largest municipally owned utility in the U.S...[M]unicipally owned utilities have the ability to approach the business in unorthodox ways. As a result, they frequently take an aggressive approach to renewables…CPS is already pretty progressive [with only 28% coal and 15% New Energy]…CPS hit on an insight. It could rebalance the grid, and rebalance the rollout of solar, by putting its money where its low-emission plans were…” click here for more

    COSTS AND BENEFITS OF DRIVING ELECTRIC Climate benefits from electric car equals $425, study says

    Morgan Lee, September 9, 2015 (San Diego Union Tribune)

    “…In the western United States, where electricity is generated from a relatively clean mix of fuels and methods, replacing a mid-sized conventional car with a plug-in electric vehicle can avoid pollution damages equivalent to $425, [according to From Cradle to Junkyard: Assessing the Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Electric Vehicles from] the University of California, Davis…That estimate of pollution benefits is below government subsidies attached to all-electric vehicle sales, including a $7,500 federal tax credit, California’s $2,500 rebate and a variety of state-by-state perks such as reduced vehicle registration fees and unrestricted access to car-pool lanes…[The analysis] looks at what would happen if an average household in the U.S. were to buy a new mid-sized electric vehicle instead of a comparable gasoline-drive car…The study admittedly left out other health and societal benefits linked to electric vehicles, such as protecting certain populations from highway-related soot and smog, or decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil…” click here for more

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