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@SunCountryHwy @voyagevixen Stanford study says fossil-fueled cars will vanish in 8 years as ‘big oil’ collapses #EVs Bye Bye ICE? *****UK coal: Fiddlers Ferry & Aberthaw didn't run at all during April. None of UK coal plants ran for more than 20% of hours – @AuroraER_Oxford. *****Frontier hydrocarbons: China makes 'flammable ice' breakthrough in South China Sea - May. 19, 2017. The fuel-hungry country has been pursuing the energy source, located at the bottom of oceans and in polar regions, for nearly two decades.

*****Frontier hydrocarbons: China makes 'flammable ice' breakthrough in South China Sea - May. 19, 2017

China's minister of land and resources, Jiang Daming, said Thursday that the successful collection of the frozen fuel was "a major breakthrough that may lead to a global energy revolution," according to state media. Experts agree that flammable ice could be a game changer for the energy industry, similar to the U.S. shale boom. But they caution that big barriers -- both technological and environmental -- need to be cleared to build an industry around the frozen fuel, which is also known as gas hydrate.

*****First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution. Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says.

*****First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

The energy provider said Friday's lack of coal usage was a "watershed" moment. Britain's longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours - first achieved last May, and again on Thursday. The government plans to phase out Britain's last plants by 2025 in order to cut carbon emissions. Friday is thought to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate electricity since the world's first centralised public coal-fired generator opened in 1882, at Holborn Viaduct in London.

Cordi O'Hara of the National Grid said: "To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. *****It looks likely that today will be the first ever working day in Britain without #coal since the industrial revolution! *****Europe's #Coal Power Is Disappearing Quicker Than Anyone Thought. *****We must reach peak carbon emissions by 2020, says former UN climate chief. The ticking clock counting down to disaster is a Hollywood staple.

*****We must reach peak carbon emissions by 2020, says former UN climate chief

James Bond and other movie heroes often take us to within seconds of armageddon before choosing the correct wire to snip or delicately removing the trigger from the latest doomsday device. Now, Christiana Figueres, the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is using Hollywood’s technique of narrow escapes for the launch of her latest crusade to save the world from the ravages of uncontrolled climate change. Using #2020DontBeLate, the campaign pinpoints 2020 as the ‘climate turning point’, the last moment at which we can still roll back the clock and reverse the effects human activity has already had on our planet’s climate. Three years to prevent a climate disaster “Everyone has a right to prosper, and if emissions do not begin their rapid decline by 2020, the world’s most vulnerable people will suffer even more from the devastating impacts of climate change.

*****We must reach peak carbon emissions by 2020, says former UN #climate chief @CFigueres #2020DontBeLate. *****Have Chinese CO2 emissions really peaked? Peak coal? In the 2002 Outlook, the IEA wrote that in 2030 “Chinese emissions remain well below those of the United States”.

*****Have Chinese CO2 emissions really peaked? Peak coal?

In the 2006 Outlook, the IEA wrote that China will likely emit more than the US before 2010, and then a year later in the 2007 Outlook acknowledged that China had already passed the US. Being fair to the IEA, no one else predicted the growth in Chinese emissions during the 2000s. One of the biggest uncertainties in climate policy is our ability to predict the future. This is China’s strongest statement yet on climate action Given this, be cautious of statements that Chinese emissions have peaked. *****Projections show coal phase out by 2022, decline in gas, massive increase in nuclear& renewables. Imports peaking in mid-20s.

*****Stranded assets: Saudi Arabia wants $2 trillion for its state oil company. But can we burn 70 years' worth of Saudi oil? February 2017 in review – MyGridGB. In this blog, I compare the electricity generation in February 2017 to the same period last year.

February 2017 in review – MyGridGB

For readers concerned about carbon emissions, there is good news. Electricity was less carbon intensive and there was lower demand in February 2017 than there was for the same month in 2016. Peak gasoline predicted by 2021. Have we hit peak oil yet? China has decided not to build more than 100 coal-based power plants. Read more. The tale of how Transition Network began. Contains photos of us all looking an awful lot younger. Gas Prices, 1939. Fossil fuel firms are still bankrolling climate denial lobby groups. The oil giant BP has announced that they will no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), a lobbying group that routinely misrepresents climate science to US state legislators.

Fossil fuel firms are still bankrolling climate denial lobby groups

It is the latest sign that some of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies appear to be warming to the overwhelming evidence that the unabated use of their products poses severe risks of disrupting the climate. Last month, BP and Royal Dutch Shell announced their support for shareholder resolutions calling on them to commit to reduce heat-trapping emissions, invest in renewable energy, and show how their current business model would hold up against the strict limits on future emissions needed to limit the risk of major climate disruption. Shell chief executive Ben van Buerden recently stated that “climate change is real and a threat we want to act upon. We are not aligning with sceptics.” More stranded assets. "Peak oil" discussion moves to "peak demand" realization.

***Norway fund could trigger wave of large fossil fuel divestments, say experts. Norway’s decision to dump all coal-focused investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund could unleash a wave of divestment from other large funds, according to investment experts.

***Norway fund could trigger wave of large fossil fuel divestments, say experts

The fund, the largest in the world, is one of the top 10 investors in the global coal industry. The move, agreed late on Wednesday, is one of the most significant victories to date for a fast-growing and UN-backed fossil-fuel divestment campaign. Ireland passes law to become world's first country to fully divest from fossil fuels. Ireland has voted to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels.

Ireland passes law to become world's first country to fully divest from fossil fuels

The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of dropping coal, oil and gas investments from the €8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic’s National Treasury Management Agency. The bill, introduced by Deputy Thomas Pringle, is likely to pass into law in the next few months after it is reviewed by the financial committee. Trump comments on Paris Climate deal. Thomas Edison's brilliant quote about #solar and #coal. He didn't see the revolution in his lifetime, but we will in ours.

***incl cumulative bar - UK wind power overtakes coal for first time. Windfarms across the UK generated more electricity in 2016 than coal power plants over a year for the first time, according to an analyst’s estimates.

***incl cumulative bar - UK wind power overtakes coal for first time

Three major coal power stations closed last year, leading coal electricity generation to plummet to 9.2%, down from 22.6% in 2015. Wind power provided 11.5% of generation in 2016, slightly down from 12% in 2015. Coal’s collapse was described as a “milestone” by climate analysts Carbon Brief, and saw coal-fuelled electricity output at its lowest in 80 years. UK wind power overtakes coal for first time. ***Article From 1917: Don't Worry About Coal, They'll Definitely Be Using Something Else By 2017. ***Renewables are taking the lead. The age of fossil fuels is over. Two charts show how UK coal use is collapsing. 22 December 2016 16:01 Two charts show how UK coal use is collapsing CoalTwo charts show how UK coal use is collapsing The amount of coal burned in the UK is falling rapidly, new government data shows.

Two charts show how UK coal use is collapsing

The collapse has been particularly dramatic in the power sector, where monthly coal use is down 70-80% compared to last year. India to halt building new coal plants in 2022. Draft government plan finds no need for new coal stations beyond those already under construction, calls for massive renewable energy push India needs no extra coal power stations until at least 2027, according to the government’s latest draft National Electricity Plan. The plan, released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for public consultation, makes no room for further generation capacity beyond the 50GW coal fleet that is under construction. *** 2025: Fracking, in the end, will turn out to have been a relatively minor thing. ***Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – Medium. If you’re an American, you’re likely misinformed about the most dire crisis in our world.

American journalists, pundits and media executives have largely convinced themselves that climate change is not a serious political issue, because they think the polls tell them that. A majority of American voters regularly tell pollsters they don’t think climate change is a critically important election issue, so therefore the media decides it must not be an important political issue at all. Unfortunately, that conventional wisdom blinds us to both to the actual bedrock reality of this era, and — as I see it — the defining aim of the in-coming Trump administration: delaying climate action.

Trump has surrounded himself with more oil industry and oil industry connected people than any president in history (even George W. Finland Set to Become First Country in the World to Ban Coal. The Finnish government has announced plans to stop using coal, one of the the dirtiest fuels on the planet, by 2030. "Finland is well positioned to be among the first countries in the world to enact a law to ban coal ... This will be my proposal," Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn told Reuters. This is all part of Finland's ambitious target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. "Giving up coal is the only way to reach international climate goals," Rehn added.

According to The Independent, the "Energy and Climate Strategy for 2030 and Beyond" is the country's plan to phase out coal within 14 years. Commodities: How To Draw A Diamond. Tech overtakes oil: the world’s 5 most valuable companies in 2006 and 2016. From smartphones and social media, to virtual reality and artificial intelligence, the tech-oriented world we live in today looks very different to how things were just 10 years ago. In 2006, oil giant Exxon Mobil headed the list of the world’s most valuable companies and Microsoft was the only tech firm near the top. Fast forward to August 2016, and Apple, Google’s Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook dominate the list, while ExxonMobil is the only oil company left in the top five. France to shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2023. France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023, president Francois Hollande has announced.

Speaking at an annual UN climate change conference on Wednesday, Mr Hollande vowed to beat by two years the UK's commitment to stop using the fossil fuel to generate power by 2025. Mr Hollande, a keynote speaker at the event in Marrakech, Morocco, also praised his US counterpart Barack Obama for his work on climate change, and then appeared to snub president-elect Donald Trump. Mr Trump is reportedly seeking ways to withdraw from the Paris agreement, a global treaty to limit climate change. “The role played by Barack Obama was crucial in achieving the Paris agreement,” Mr Hollande said, before adding, in what has been perceived as a dig at Mr Trump, that becoming a signatory to the treaty is “irreversible”. “We need carbon neutrality by 2050,” the French President continued, promising that coal will no longer form part of France's energy mix in six to seven years’ time. Peak oil? Not until 2040 says the International Energy Agency.

China risks wasting $490bn on new coal plants, say campaigners. China to suspend new coal mine approvals amid pollution fight, East Asia News. Beijing to bid farewell to coal mining in four years. Peak oil? Not until 2040 says the International Energy Agency. Peak oil? Not until 2040 says the International Energy Agency. What’s Driving the Decline of Coal in the United States. One Of The Largest Coal Companies In The United States Just Filed For Bankruptcy. Huge deposit of untapped oil could be largest ever discovered in US. I give up, we’ve reach peak engineering. BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, America's Energy Independence. Farewell oil, hello tech: the world’s 5 most valuable companies in 2006 and 2016.

Saudi Arabia To Start Investing Heavily In Solar Power; Is This The End For Big Oil? Subscribe to read. Saudi Arabia approves ambitious plan to move economy beyond oil.