Category Archives: Energy

Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

The ECOreport published an OP-Ed, Trump’s Rollback of America’s Energy Infrastructure Takes A Giant Leap Today

By Roy L Hales

America’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the development of approximately 570 million acres where there are coal deposits. Less than 1% of that is currently under development.1 That is about to change. President Donald Trump’s rollback of America’s energy infrastructure takes a giant leap today.

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  1. FEDERAL COAL PROGRAM, Programatic Environmental Impact Statement – Scoping Report, Bureau of Land Management, January 2017, p Es-1

Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future

The ECOreport publishes an Op-ED about plans to expand North America’s fossil fuel production, Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About Our Future 

By Roy L Hales

Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.

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  1. Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92
  2.  Ibid, p 115

Trump’s DOE Promotes Wind & Solar

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from the Unites States, Trump’s DOE promotes wind & solar

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Tina Casey 

All of those folks who were cautiously optimistic about former Texas Governor Rick Perry as head of the US Department of Energy might be feeling a little more cautiously optimistic now. In the past several days, the agency has pushed out some news and social media messages hinting that the agency will continue to follow through with support for renewables.

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Are 80% Of US Rooftops Suitable For Solar?

The ECOreport reposts news of solar’s potential impact, Are 80% Of US Rooftops Suitable For Solar?

Clean Technica via Solar Love

By Steve Hanley 

Google has updated its Project Sunroof to include 3-D models of every rooftop in all 50 states. The new software takes into consideration the trees on your property, how much sun or shade hits your rooftop, and figures in the prevailing weather in your area. Then it takes all that data and builds a computer model that tells people how much electricity a rooftop solar system could generate if the homeowner decides to acquire one.

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Youth Win Fracking Suit Against Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

The ECOreport reposts news from Colorado, Youth Win Fracking Suit Against Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Press release from Our Children’s Trust

Today in a 2-1 decision, the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s order denying a youth-brought rulemaking petition against fracking, and a lower court’s order upholding the denial. The Court remanded the case to the district court and the Commission, finding that the Commission erred in its interpretation of Colorado law:
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Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed critical of the 2017 budget, Canada’s Budget Props Up Failing Tar Sands Industry

Editor’s note: Canada is a Petro-state, whose currency fluctuates with the rise and fall of oil prices. This would not be a healthy situation even if fossil fuel emissions were not triggering climate change. The  government needs to develop other industries without collapsing our Petro-economy.

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

While the federal government invests in moving Canada towards a low-carbon economy, Budget 2017 throws good money after bad in its attempts to prop up a failing tar sands industry.

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Climate Actions in Canada’s 2017 Budget

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED supportive of the Liberal Government, Climate Actions in Canada’s 2017 Budget 

From Climate Action Network Canada

By Catherine Abreu

Today’s budget provides the financial backing we need to begin the serious work of implementing Canada’s climate framework and generating good, long-term jobs for Canadians. It also highlights several areas that need more work, particularly in building clean technology markets and ending fossil fuel subsidies.”

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Reducing Grid Bottlenecks with Smart Markets

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from Germany, reducing grid bottlenecks with smart markets 

Press release from Agora Energiewende

The number of wind turbines and photovoltaic panels installed across Germany continues to rise as part of the country’s ambitious Energiewende, or energy transformation. The vast majority of new renewable energy systems are connected to local distribution grids, thus increasing the volume of electricity that must be transported between regions using high-voltage transmission lines. However, grid bottlenecks often prevent transmission between certain regions from taking place. To address this problem, Germany’s grid operators are forced to throttle the production of wind energy and/or activate alternative sources of power. The costs associated with redispatch and feed-in management exceeded one billion euros in 2015. With the further progression of the energy transformation, grid bottlenecks are expected to become an increasingly frequent occurrence.

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Site C’s Real Force of YES

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Site’s C’s real force of YES:
Yes, save the farmland;
Yes, save the forests;
Yes, save the money,
Say NO to the proposed Site C Dam

By Roger Bryenton

Why is BC Hydro building the Site C hydro-electric project, flooding valuable farmland along our Peace River Valley in north-east BC, destroying forests needed for carbon sequestration to help offset climate change, and eliminating fish that the First Nations rely upon for an essential food?

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Big Oil Receives Political Favours For Gifts Given To California Democrats

The ECOreport reposts an Op Ed, Big Oil Receives Political Favours For Gifts Given To California Democrats

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

State officials and the mainstream media have for many years portrayed California as the nation’s “green leader,” but a new analysis exposing a correlation between oil industry gifts and California lawmakers’ voting records shows a much different California, one heavily influenced by the oil and gas industry.
This report reveals that California legislators received $253,771.98 in 2016 in free trips, dinners, and hotel stays from groups at least partly funded by or affiliated with companies from the oil and gas sector, according to legislators’ financial disclosure forms released last week and analyzed by the Energy and Policy Institute, a pro-clean energy watchdog organization.

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