Don’t be fooled by an old fool…

Solar power is big business!

In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

 

 

 

In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.

 

 

Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.

 

 

IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”

Source: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/energy-transition-to-generate-us10-trillion-in-benefits-by-2050-iea-irena

British Petroleum buys jet fuel made from Garbage

bp-logo1“BP Plc (British Petroleum Public Limited Company) will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which makes biofuel from garbage, in a new partnership designed to curb airplane pollution. The London-based oil-producer also signed a 10-year deal to buy 500 million gallons (1.9 billion liters) of biofuel from Fulcrum’s North American plants, according to a statement by BP on Tuesday. BP will distribute the aviation fuel to planes through its unit Air BP Ltd., which sells about 7 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually.

airplane1Airlines facing pressure to clean up their pollution last month brokered a landmark deal in Montreal. Their accord created a global system that requires them to fund environmental initiatives from 2020 that may cost as much as $24 billion annually by 2035.” By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, November 2016

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/11/bp-buys-jet-fuel-made-from-garbage.html

New York is getting charged up!

According tNey York flago our friends at Renewable Energy Magazine, “Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor New York City, has announced the launch of the NYC Clean Fleet – a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet of any US city.

PriusThe Clean Fleet plan will cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035 – and serve as a model for the private sector and other 21st century cities in fighting climate change.

The proportable car charging stationsject is the latest in a series of ambitious but necessary climate initiatives outlined in the Mayor’s OneNYC plan which sets a long-term goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions across New York City by 80 percent by 2050. Currently, the transport sector accounts for nearly one-quarter of citywide greenhouse gas emissions.”

From Renewable Energy Magazine’s 12/02/2015 issue: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/new-york-city-mayor-launches-the-largest-20151202

I HATE fireworks!

Ugh, doFireworksn’t get me started on fireworks. We live in a fireworks frenzied neighborhood, and the madness starts at least two weeks before the 4th (although fireworks are illegal in Pasadena). People can still buy them legally in towns all around us so it’s very easy for the warmongers to get ahold of them. “Warmongers” may seem like a strong word, until you read your history and understand that fireworks represent bombs going off in the war of independence. Am I Un-American for saying this? No, it just means that I can read, and can comprehend what I’ve read.

4th of July fireworksWe live 5 minutes away from the Rose Bowl, and can hear them testing their fireworks for several days before the show, and our neighborhood, in an orgasmic display of warmongering, I mean, patriotism, set the darn things off for weeks before the 4th. Then the glorious day comes and the idiots start at about 4 in the afternoon, and keep blowing them up until well after midnight. Add to the cacophony the dogs barking in sheer terror, and the kids crying and you are starting to get the picture. When I called the police at 1 am Sunday morning to come handle the crowd of happy drunks on the street behind us who were still blowing off their patriotic energy, the dispatcher curtly informed me they had 40 calls ahead of mine and they’d “get to it when they got to it”.

american flagThis morning I awake to an eerily quiet street, the birds have been blown out of their trees by the noise, the dogs are exhausted from hours of sustained terror, and thankfully, everyone is out of fireworks to blow off.

Add to these objections the fact that fireworks are exceptionally polluting to the air, land and water, dispersing poisonous perchlorate and other substances into the air, and you have the trifecta of what I dislike most (pollution, loud noise and warlike behavior). Does my opinion make me Un-American? Absolutely not. By law, I have the right to dislike war, and mock war, to enjoy my peaceable life and love of Nature, and to express my opinions on it BECAUSE I am an American!

Thought Provoking Quote for the day by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

rocket“There must be progress, certainly. But we must ask ourselves what kind of progress we want, and what price we want to pay for it. If, in the name of progress, we want to destroy everything beautiful in our world, and contaminate the air we breathe, and the water we drink, then we are in trouble.”- Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American environmentalist

Good news about the Environment, for once!

clouds in blue sky with sunGood news about the Environment for Green Grove Thursday…

read all about greenhouses gas emissions that are lower than in 1990 at http://www.planetark.com/enviro-news/avantgo/68792

The fight against coal, with the click of a mouse

Dear Environmental Friends,

Pollution from the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants prematurely kills 42 people every year. That human cost is paid entirely by the communities who live in the shadows of these two aging plants. You won’t find it on Edison International’s bottom-line.

But the community in Chicago is fighting back. And we have an important role to play in supporting them.

Edison International is a national company and is part of a broader industry that affects all of us. They need to hear the message not just from community activists, but from the American public.

Join me and tell Edison International CEO Ted Craver to shut down the Fisk and Crawford plants by 2013 by clicking the link below…

http://us.greenpeace.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=851&s_src=taf