David Roberts, writing on a recent bipartisan effort from State Governors to help renewable energy in the United States:
People are more likely to accept a story in which they are the heroes than one in which they are the villains. In that way, the spread of renewable energy softens the ground for greater acceptance of climate change science.
If true, it would help things if fossil fuel interests could become heroes of climate change policy. Right now they are villains, at lea
President Trump lost a preliminary round in the legal fight about his Muslim travel ban. I for one hope he will be able to turn this around later on.
It is true that this travel ban doesn’t help securing the population of the United States against violent crime. If preventing lethal attacks was the most important consideration, the first to go would need to be the policy of handing out guns to everyone in sight. How many people died because of this irresponsible policy? How many died
President Trump has started his term a couple of days ago. And I stand corrected. A couple of my recent predictions were clearly wrong.
For one, the White House has (as of now) not been repainted in black, in honor of Trump’s fossil fuel industry sponsors.
I also haven’t heard any news of a fracking project on the South Lawn yet.
Those predictions were not really serious. But I did expect to see the Obama solar panels disappear on day one.
As far as I can tell
The numbers for 2016 are in, and they don’t look good.
As Hans-Josef Fell points out in this comment, renewable sources provided 186 TWh in 2016. That’s not bad, but only 3 TWh over the result of 2015. That’s stagnation. And it shows that the move to an auction model from 2014 on is a policy failure.
Other countries should learn from this failure and avoid making the same mistake.
Germans should learn from this failure and vote Green in the next election.
A law enacted in June 2016 introduces regulation for bitcoin exchanges in Japan. As of now, the law is not yet in force.
On December 28th, the Financial Services Agency published drafts for executive orders on the details. The draft concerning bitcoin exchanges is here.
People so inclined can comment on this draft until January 27th, 5 p.m. Japanese local time. The FSA notice says that the law is scheduled to come into force in April.
I have a couple of comments.
The Great State of Texas has enacted legislation in 1919 that says in its Article 1:
Natural gas and crude oil or petroleum shall not be produced in the State of Texas in such manner and under such condition as to constitute waste.
That legislation is titled “An Act to conserve the oil and gas resources of the State of Texas”. You can read it here, courtesy of Hathi Trust.
A century ago, people didn’t understand the threat of global warming, though the science ex
I posted this in April 2013. With the recent bitcoin price increase, it’s worth republishing:
Bitcoin has been getting some initial attention lately. Much of that comes from the fact that someone buying bitcoins at $2 only about two years ago would have made a profit of 10,000% if they had sold at the latest record high of over $200. That’s not bad for two years. It’s a way to get rich, and some people sure have.
When I wrote my second global warming science fiction novel “Tas
Congratulations to President-elect Trump. An Electoral College coup failed to materialize. So, in a couple of weeks, he will be President Trump.
I wonder how long it takes until he rips the solar panels off the roof of the White House.
That’s because one of the most popular posts of this blog was titled “Why THE FUCK are there still no solar panels on the White House”. I wrote that in 2013 and got a nice Reddit reaction out of it.
Former President Reagan got rid of the
Kurt Cobb posted about various climate related litigation and mentioned a recent German case.
That’s a good opportunity to write about that, though I couldn’t yet find a full copy of the recent decision (Landgericht Essen, decision of December 15, 2016, file number 2 O 285/15). I could only find a press release from the Regional Court. The next best source of information is the page on this case at Germanwatch, a NGO supporting the plaintiff.
The plaintiff lives in the to
They have just published an overview for their new Energy Outlook, which explains their view on the long term energy developments.
The first bit of good news is that the world will only emit 10 percent more CO2 compared to today, even with a 25 percent population growth. They see emissions peaking sometime in the 2030s and declining from then on.
They also assume a whopping 4 percent of energy coming from wind, solar and biofuels in 2040.
If you are worried about clima