MISO, the regional grid operator for 11 states in the upper Midwest and part of Canada, just announced that it reached a new record wind peak output of 10,012 megawatts last week, adding up to more than 25 percent of the system’s energy use. Word of the milestone comes as a group of veterans
Everyone loves solar. Well, ok, not everyone, but the HUGE majority of people. It’s been like this probably as long as the idea of solar power has been around. Thomas Edison was clearly a huge fan: Now, a new study conducted by Hart Research on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association, shows that Americans of
New Worldwatch Institute report discusses the rise in subsidies for renewable and fossil fuel-based energy production Washington, D.C.—-Total subsidies for renewable energy stood at $66 billion in 2010, but are still dwarfed by the total value of global fossil fuel subsidies estimated at between $775 billion and more than $1 trillion in 2012, according
As the corruption in our system continues unabated and the interminable Republican primary season continues its buffoonery of ‘solutions’ for our failing state, there is some highly unusual behavior taking place independent of either. It’s the behavior of the weather for most of the country, an unprecedented string of warm days even before Spring
by Bill McKibben Hey everyone, Yesterday was one of the truly fun days in this whole wild year of organizing. We had hundreds of referees outside the Capitol, and we blew our whistles like crazy, and we threw penalty flags, and we had a hell of a good time. My favorite scene, actually, was watching hundreds
Everything is connected: the things we do, the things others do, affect people’s lives. The aura of our material planet is a body of energy that is part of us and extends around us from the inside out. This connectivity is showing up willfully in our streets. Bill Mikkiben points out: “We cannot solve the carbon problem until we solve the power problem.” He also acknowledges the good timing of now-linking movements of activism. The time of putting positive energy into a collective force is in action now as a space to heal these gaping wounds in culture and environment unfolds.
Here’s some of the biggest global warming and environmental politics news and commentary from the last week or so, along with some fun cartoons. Rocket Fuel in Our Water? The inspiration for the cartoon above, among other things: information that there is rocket fuel (or a component of it) in water supplies across the U.S.
Here is an excellent guest post by an energy veteran and businessman on the costs of clean energy compared to old, dirty energy. We’ve been writing on clean energy more and more these days. It is clearly one way to address global climate change, air pollution, and water pollution. And with another offshore oil production