(Repost, from my third Science Fiction Climate Change Novel “Last Week”, in answer to this Tweet by ClimateProgress):
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Part 22 of my third global warming science fiction novel “Last Week”. Link to Part 01: “Back To Paradise Era”.
Friday, February 10, 2023, 3:27 P.M.
Angel and Satoshi were back from swimming in the hotel pool and re
That’s a question Zachary Shahan just discussed on Cleantechnica under the headline “What Are Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Doing To Oil Prices?”
I just entered the following comment to that:
All things equal, more renewable energy in the mix will reduce demand for oil. Reduced demand means prices go down.
All things equal, putting caps on fossil fuel because of global warming concerns will reduce supply of oil. Reduced supply means prices go up.
The EU Emission Trade System sets a cap on CO2 emissions. That cap is reduced by 1.74% each year (Article 9 of Directive 2003/87).
There is no equivalent cap on EU oil imports. Let’s imagine for a moment that such a cap would be enacted. It would start out with last year’s record of 3,652,941,000 barrels (imported at a price of over $360 billion).
Let’s also imagine yearly reductions of this cap, set at 10%.
What would be the effect of doing so?
Some hackers were able to insert a spam link into the header of this blog. Two of my readers kindly informed me by mail of that fact.
I have installed a new version of the latest WordPress software from scratch. I hope this solves this problem. If not, it may at least help to find out what is happening.
It will take some time to get everything up back running. But as long as the spam links are gone, I will switch off maintenance mode and make the blog accessible, even if there
David Roberts got a lot of attention for a recent post saying that global warming is a difficult problem.
I have a couple of comments.
For one, I was surprised to read this:
The IPCC scenarios that come in below 2°C require BECCS to remove between 2 and 10 gigatons of CO2 a year from the atmosphere by 2050. By way of comparison, all the world’s oceans combined absorb about 9 gigatons a year; all the world’s terrestrial carbon sinks combined absorb about 10 gigatons
Hans Bienfait sent me the following open letter in a comment, and asked for my thoughts on this proposal. I generally agree with this open letter. Therefore I am happy to reproduce it in full. I will add some comments at the end.
H.E. Mr. H. Kamp, Groningen, 2015, May 8th Minister of Economic Affairs Postbox 20401 2500 EK Den Haag Dear Mr. Kamp,
In this open letter, the text of which will be available on our website, we request that supplementary to the
The feed-in tariff system in Germany has worked. It has grown capacity to the point where one third of weekday peaks is covered by solar alone. It has made Germany Number One in solar installations. It has radically brought down prices for solar panels, making large-scale installations in China possible.
Obviously, adding all that solar energy to the mix means that some other source needs to be replaced. Right now, most of the replacement room comes from the nuclear phaseout and incre
Moncef Ben Abdallah is a Senior Advisor to the Tunisian Ministry of Energy. Christian Roselund interviewed him, an eight minute video is here.
(Note aside to SolarPV-TV: I was unable to embed this video in my WordPress blog.)
They talk in that video about the plans to increase solar energy in Tunisia. I learn that Tunisia now relies to 96% on gas for their energy. They want to diversify. They want to keep their own gas resources for longer, and stop importing gas from Algeria.
So I had this idea of making some geoglyphs with solar panels last Sunday, when discussing advertising income as a funding source for solar projects.
If you look at pictures of solar park installations, you see large numbers of solar panels without any advertising message. And they all look the same.
One way to change that would be to go for a geoglyph. That is an inscription on the Earth (geo means Earth and glyph means writing). The Nazca Lines in Peru are the most famous ex