EPA Loses Big in Today’s SCOTUS Ruling on life-sustaining CO2 and economy-sustaining Energy

“The issue here is whether restructuring the Nation’s overall mix of electricity generation, to transition from 38% to 27% coal by 2030 [is the ‘law of the land’]. Precedent teaches that there are ‘extraordinary cases’ in which the ‘history and the breadth of the authority that [the agency] has asserted,’ and the ‘economic and political… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court About to Issue New Climate Change Related Ruling

“On the very last day of court opinions being issued in their current session, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a new climate change related ruling, bringing an end to a string of high-profile cases announced in recent days. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court is West Virginia vs. Environmental Protection Agency… Continue Reading

‘Get a real job’: NSW deputy premier lashes out at Blockade Australia protesters

“The New South Wales…police made 10 arrests across Sydney. Blockade Australia protesters were among a group of 50 to 60 activists who converged on Hyde Park about 8am on Monday, before marching towards the harbour, chanting, playing drums, with some pulling down signs, dragging wheelie bins onto the road and blocking intersections. One of those arrested… Continue Reading

One more blockbuster Supreme Court decision could still be coming even after Friday’s abortion ruling

“Believe it or not, overturning Roe v Wade may not be the Supreme Court’s most dramatic decision this year. Instead, its ruling on West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency could prove far more consequential. It could literally upend how our government works. For the better. The case involves the Clean Power Plan, which was… Continue Reading

United States Energy Inflation Soars

“Energy inflation in the United States accelerated to 34.6% in May of 2022, the most since September of 2005, due to gasoline (48.7%), fuel oil (106.7%, the largest increase on record), electricity (12%, the largest 12-month increase since August 2006), and natural gas (30.2%, the most since July 2008).” Originally published here at Trading Economics… Continue Reading

Soaring Global Coal Use Is Obliterating Emission Reductions Achieved in the U.S. Since 2005

“In April, China announced it will increase coal output by 300 million tons this year. In May, India said it aims to increase domestic coal production by more than 400 million tons by the end of next year. According to the Energy Information Administration, burning a ton of coal releases about 2 tons of carbon dioxide. Thus, the 700 million… Continue Reading

CO2 Coalition Files Brief Calling Biden’s “Social Cost of Carbon” Rule “Scientifically Invalid”

“CO2 Coalition, a group established in 2015 to remind the world that carbon dioxide — that much-vilified greenhouse gas — actually does many good things for the planet, filed an amicus curie brief in Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden administration’s Social Cost of Carbon rule. In their brief, CO2 Coalition argues that Biden’s Social Cost of… Continue Reading

Electric vehicles could significantly increase demand on the power grid, trials underway to change energy use behaviour

“With the threat of blackouts a reality amid higher prices and demand, Origin’s general manager of e-mobility Chau Le said the network would struggle once EVs became more popular. [Therefore] Origin Energy has teamed up with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to understand ways to change the behaviour of electric car owners before their mass adoption in Australia.” Originally published… Continue Reading

CO2 Coalition files amicus brief in 5th Circuit Court

CO2 Coalition Tells Court Carbon Regulation “Scientifically Invalid” Filed yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the amicus curie brief said, “There is overwhelming scientific evidence that fossil fuels and CO2 provide enormous social benefits.” It asked that the rule be enjoined from further use pending outcome of a hearing by… Continue Reading

Life cycle resource use of nuclear power generation considering total material requirement

“In this study, the total material requirement (TMR) was used as an indicator in an analysis of the life cycle resource use of nuclear power generation[.] … [T]he TMR of nuclear power generation is considerably lower than that of thermal power generation and is similar to that of renewables. It can be concluded that nuclear power… Continue Reading

The Coal Price is a Real ‘Hockey Stick’ Graph

“Newcastle coal futures, the benchmark for top consuming region Asia, consolidated below the $400-per-tonne mark as surging inventories and prospects for weaker demand amid signs of slowing global growth continued to pressure the market. Global coal supply investment is forecasted to grow by 10% in 2022 as tight supply continues to attract investment in new… Continue Reading

Idaho Ranches Threatened By Potential Wind Farm Development

“Massive swaths of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are being targeted to become wind farms. Much of that land includes ranchers’ grazing allotments. While grazing allotments would be affected by the wind farms themselves, numerous farms, ranches, and rural residences would also be affected by the power lines that would need… Continue Reading

‘Stakes never higher’: energy board releases capacity market blueprint

“[Australian] Coal- and gas-fired power plants could be paid to stay in business to bolster the stability of the main electricity grid and attract enough investment to build the equivalent of 50 times the original Snowy Hydro scheme by 2050, according to a high-level design paper released by the Energy Security Board. The fossil fuel generators… Continue Reading

Newly-discovered SE Greenland polar bear subpopulation: another assumption proven false

“This newly-discovered population of SE Greenland bears apparently uses marine-terminating glacier fronts (including calved pieces of freshwater glaciers) that exist in deep coastal fjords as platforms to hunt ringed seals when the land-locked fast ice disappears. … In other words, ringed seals and polar bears throughout the Arctic are almost certainly capable of utilizing glacier-front… Continue Reading

Michael Mann Warns ‘Less Than a Decade’ To Save the Planet

“We have less than a decade now to bring carbon emissions down globally by 50% if we are to remain on a path that keeps warming below that, sort of, catastrophic one-and-a-half degree Celsius, three degree Fahrenheit warming of the planet where the things that we’re starting to see now become much worse and we… Continue Reading

Germany to fire up coal plants as Russia turns down the gas

“Germany must limit its use of gas for electricity production and prioritize the filling of storage facilities to compensate for a drop in supply from Russia,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Sunday. “In a move that goes against the principles of his environmentally-friendly Green Party, the country will also have to increase the burning of coal,” Habeck… Continue Reading

Heatwave lockdowns: Region in France bans outdoor gatherings

“Officials in France banned people from attending concerts, outdoor gatherings, and events due to safety concerns over a heatwave. … Outdoor events – including, ironically, annual ‘Resistance’ celebrations – are banned until the officials declare the heatwave is over. They’re even restricting some indoor events that don’t have air conditioning. … Nonetheless, rather than let… Continue Reading

Oil Companies Unload

“Biden penned a letter to seven major oil companies Tuesday insisting they increase oil refining operations to counter declining fuel supplies and inventories nationwide. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) sent a letter to the White House Wednesday evening, saying energy companies are refining at an increasingly high rate and government policies… Continue Reading

Lawsuit challenging interim estimates for the social cost of greenhouse gases

“[T]he U.S. Supreme Court denied [on May 26th] an application by Louisiana and nine other states to vacate the Fifth Circuit’s stay of a district court’s preliminary injunction barring federal agencies from using the work product of the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases[.] … Briefing on the merits of the preliminary… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Orders Massive Interest Rate Hike as Economy Crumbles

“The Federal Reserve announced a 75 basis point increase to interest rates on Wednesday — the largest since 1994 — amid skyrocketing inflation and [gasoline prices]. The decision means that the Fed’s benchmark short-term rate for consumer and business loans will increase to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%.” This was originally posted here at… Continue Reading

Automakers Ask Congress to Lift Electric Vehicle Tax Cap

“Major automakers are asking Congress to lift the cap on how many people can receive tax credits for buying a hybrid or fully electric vehicle. Currently the number of tax credits allowed is capped at 200,000 per company. … [They] want the cap lifted until ‘the EV market is more mature’, they said, without giving… Continue Reading

Aussies face potential blackouts from Tuesday night

“The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued fresh warnings that up to five states could be impacted by blackouts, as the energy crisis worsens. … The shortages come as skyrocketing power prices led to the AEMO setting an energy price cap on Sunday[.] … Households across Australia already facing rising cost of living pressures… Continue Reading

You Just Paid More RGGI Tax, Virginians

“Do not for one minute allow yourself to be fooled into thinking this money is not coming out of the pockets of Virginia’s citizens or businesses. Do not fall for the ploy Dominion Energy Virginia is attempting by claiming it will charge it off to ‘base rates’. The pea is still under your walnut shell.”… Continue Reading

CO2 Coalition Comment: SEC Proposal on Climate Change Disclosures

“The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposal to require that businesses take extraordinary measures to account for climate risks is based on a false premise that there is a climate emergency because emissions of carbon dioxide from human activity threaten Earth with catastrophic warming. None of this is so. In fact, carbon dioxide is a beneficial gas absolutely necessary… Continue Reading

NEW BOOK – Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students: Facts on 30 Prominent Climate Topics

“In Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students: Facts on 30 Prominent Climate Topics, authors Anthony Watts and James Taylor use cold, hard facts and well-established data to debunk some of the most prominent climate myths.” This April 2022 book can be purchased here at Amazon. < As ‘they’ say, “children are the future.”… Continue Reading

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