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Commentary from Industry Pros
Much has been made of the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe's evolving energy mix. However, its progress has stalled in recent years with concerns around cost, complexity and potential health and safety risks.
On 6/25/13, the Obama administration released their "Climate Action Plan" (CAP). This re-confirmed the nation's 2020 goal from the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, to reduce carbon emissions to a level 17% below 2005.
At the start of the New Year, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his Administration announced final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth's waste stream by 30 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050. Will the implementation of the ban be a model for other states? The answer may be an outstanding, yes!
In what equates to an even amount of political agenda and appalling foolishness, Wyoming has become the first state to reject a new science curriculum proposed by national education groups because it dares to include man-made climate change as fact.
The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more likely and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from heat-loving insects.
It's very clear Latin America has one of the world's brightest solar power market outlooks. High power prices and volatile fuel supplies have made solar cheaper than fossil fuels in many countries, driving new investment and capacity additions. Consider Chile, Uruguay, and Costa Rica were three of the just seven nations worldwide to show an increase in renewable energy financing in 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
It is certain that fossil fuels are likely to be exhausted sooner or later. It is rather satisfying that ‘Fossil Fuels’ sustained the global energy needs till date. Although there were no serious issues of this generation initially, gradual awareness on Environment posed many problems, over the last few decades. This awareness has gained considerable momentum with 'Climate change' in the forefront.
On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Clean Power Proposal for reducing CO2 emissions from existing plants in accordance with Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The agency's goal is to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants by 30% from 2005 CO2 emissions levels by 2030.
The earth is getting warmer. There's no doubt about that. The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4 degrees fahrenheit over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years. Some are even predicting an increase by as much as 11.5 degrees fahrenheit, and with these temperature changes come environmental changes. Droughts, heat waves, rising sea levels, and melting ice caps are slowly becoming the norm, taking a permanent residence on the back burner instead of where they should be...front and center!
Climate Change and the American Economy: Our Market Based Economy Must Have a Price on Carbon Dioxide EmissionsThe 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA) was recently released, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While President Obama has pledged action and the electricity industry nervously awaits new EPA regulations for power plant emissions, the most appropriate action remains politically impossible: carbon taxes, cap and trade and carbon pricing are all consistently used as divisive issues to excite the conservative base of the GOP.