Craig Morris writes about recent comments from Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser.
Morris takes issue with a comment about Alaska pineapples. According to Kaeser, it makes as much sense to have solar in Germany as to grow pineapples in Alaska. That comment has more punch in the original German version (Ananas in Alaska) because of the alliteration that gets lost in translation.
Morris doesn’t agree with that. And he discusses some problems Siemens had with their unfortunate timing.
Marc Gunther published another very interesting article at the Guardian titled “In Washington, a handful of corporations lobby against climate change”.
The article documents that most lobbyists in the United States are opposing meaningful policies to accelerate the switch away from fossil fuels.
Lobbyists are not without influence on American politics. Much of that influence comes from two facts. Lobbyists have money. Politicians need money (campaign contributions) to buy the
That’s what Margaret Atwood recommends.
I learned about that at this blog post by Daniel Bloom titled “The Everything Change Bagel”.
I agree with the reasons for this proposal. It is true: “Climate Change” sounds like you are talking about the weather. What’s the big deal if it gets a couple of degrees warmer? That happens every day.
In reality, climate change will radically change everything on an unprecedented scale. So a different term may be more fitting.
Karel Beckman has published an article at RenewEconomy about the strategy of oil companies under the title “Why the strategy of oil companies is doomed to failure”. It is built mostly around an interview with Adriaan Kamp, who has spent some time as a manager at Shell and is now running an energy consulting firm.
I was interested in one thing Kamp said:
Oil people still “live in a bubble”, says Kamp. “They lead a very good life. They operate in a very strange environment: the
Rod Adams kindly replied with a couple of tweets to my latest article on Phaseout Profit. I am pleased with the opportunity to discuss why my idea might not work. He raised three points.
History is clear. If prices are high, more drilling in sensitive resource areas like Arctic, deep ocean, & tar sand
That is true. Higher oil prices make it possible to drill in more expensive places. It is also true that oil companies are unlikely to drill anywhere
That’s the headline of a new article by Marc Gunther at the Guardian.
I was excited to read that headline. Has the time finally come that someone else has figured out the solution to global warming?
I recall that I have been preaching on this blog again and again that global warming is easily solved in a week with time to spare once the oil companies join the fight on the same side as Bill McKibben. Phaseout Profit Theory. Having more fossil fuel stay in the ground means
German Chancellor Merkel has commented on the “leading position of Germany in the renewable energy world market”. She wants to keep and increase that lead. See this report at Manager Magazin (in German).
That’s nice to hear.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Germany has set a new negative record for new solar installations. In February, for the first time in eight years, less than 100 MW of new solar capacity was installed (Klimaretter).
These numbers mean that new solar c
I just finished reading the first couple of chapters of a new book by Jeremy Leggett released today. I recall having reviewed (favorably) his 2013 book “The Energy of Nations” on this blog.
The title of this book is “The Winning of the Carbon War”. Leggett has released the first part as a free download today and plans to publish later parts once a month. The whole thing will then be condensed into a book some time next year.
I found the first part interesting and inspiring. Le
According to SPIEGEL (in German), the German government has sued the EU Commission over their decision to treat the German feed-in tariff as “State aid”, with the consequence of requiring approval by the EU Commission for all German legislation in this area. Thanks to this Tweet by Energiewende Germany for the link.
I applaud this move. How Germany legislates on renewable energy is none of the business of the EU Commission. They have been engaged in an illegal power grab that is incom
As Spiegel and many others report, the German Wind Energy Association BWE has announced figures for 2014. They are a new record 4.75 GW, breaking the 12 year old record of 2002 (3.2 GW).
That sounds like good news, and it is.
The bad news is that much of that is built by people who think that the 2014 reform of the Renewable Energy Law will make projects harder to build. They have finished their projects early to avoid being hit by these changes.
I have just written a