Tag Archive | America

“As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion”


Rising costs from flooding and erosion are prompting Americans, military bases and government agencies to opt for more natural alternatives. State and federal governments are changing permitting rules and taking other steps to encourage the switch, which can improve water quality, support fisheries and protect against storms and rising seas.


“Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate”


Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are among dozens of companies that pledged their support for policies combating climate change following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

“Americans Tilt Toward Protecting Environment, Alternative Fuels”

Americans' Views on Energy Trade-Offs


Given a choice, the majority of Americans think protecting the environment should take precedence over developing more energy supplies, even at the risk of limiting the amount of traditional supplies the U.S. produces. An even larger majority would prioritize developing alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power over the production of oil, gas and coal. Although these have been Americans’ preferences for some time, support in the past two years has been at record highs.

“Global Warming Concern at Three-Decade High in US”

American concern about global warming and climate change


Record percentages of Americans are concerned about global warming, believe it is occurring, consider it a serious threat and say it is caused by human activity. All of these perceptions are up significantly from 2015.

“Combined Wind and Solar Reach 7.2% of Total US Electricity in 1H 2016”

Share of US Electricity Generation in 1H 2016 by Source


The transition to renewables, wind and solar power in particular, has typically run ahead of expectations this decade and fresh data from the United States illustrates this phenomenon nicely. In the first half of this year, combined wind and solar provided 140.97 TWh of the 1959.20 TWh generated in the country.

“U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says”



An agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops,World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.

Issues Close to Home



More Chinese than Europeans identify themselves as environmentalists

Survey finds Chinese environmentalists more socially conservative than liberal American and European counterparts

China’s massive pollution problems have given rise to a new force of environmental campaigners, with double the number of Chinese identifying themselves as environmentalists compared to Europe and the US, new research finds.

In Europe, financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda and populist movements see environmentalism as a hobby of European elites.

Meanwhile in the United States, the 11 September attacks of 2001 pushed energy security to the top of the political agenda.

But in China, the world’s biggest polluter, some 64% of Chinese identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the US, a report published on Wednesday by Dutch research agency Motivaction finds.


People are more concerned with issues that directly affect their livelihoods.

“While The West Dries Up, The East Is Drenched”



While the East Coast was pummeled by rain this week, several western and Midwestern states remain in severe drought.



Extreme weather has become a continental problem rather than just  a global one.

“Germany’s Energiewende”



Energiewende – the transition to carbon-free power generation as a challenge in market design

What’s at stake: Managing Germany’s highly ambitious plans for a transition to electricity generation from renewable sources will be a main task of the incoming German government. The aims for the “Energiewende” in the new coalition agreement are for renewable energy to account for 40-45% of energy consumption in 2025 and 55-60% in 2035. A key challenge will be to implement a new market design in the electricity market that allows a cost-effective integration of energy from renewable sources, as the current subsidy scheme is coming under increased pressure, both from domestic consumers and companies for its costs and from the European Commission for its compatibility with state aid regulations.



That’s amazing, the Germans actually have a word for what my survey is trying to find out about who should pay the cost of environmental protection. There is a lot to play for because German energy costs are the highest in Europe and are now starting to slow economic activity. America looks to have the industrial competitive advantage with Shale Gas. No wonder America hasn’t signed up for Kyoto!!!So far it looks like the German Taxpayer has been subsidizing industry through clean energy subsidies, but the money is drying up. Germany is now considering reinventing cheap Coal to balance the cost of expensive clean energy. But how can it still meet its ambitious 2025 and 2035 emissions targets, if its burning more Coal?  Energiewende doesn’t seem to add up.

Please don’t forget my own “Energiewende” survey.