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Coal Is Dead, But China Is Reviving It

Yves here. Not that the US is making great strides towards reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, but some readers took umbrage at the notion that China is retreating from its earlier plans to move towards greener energy sources and cut its use of coal. Towards its close, this story cites a Reuters report that China has been adding coal-fueled generator capacity. By Irina Slav, a writer for Oilprice.com with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry. Originally...

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Wealthy Countries’ Approach to Climate Change Condemns Hundreds of Millions of People to Suffer

Yves here. Perhaps I am being churlish, but I find this post to be an exercise in climate change delusion. It is true the advanced economies owe emerging economies a debt for the climate damage they’ve done, and the fact that that would constrain their development if everyone were to get as serious as they need to be about climate change now. However, the author proposes having wealthy countries fund the rapid development of greener technologies in poor parts of the world. This again runs...

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J.D Alt: The People’s Money (Part 4)

Yves here. This post introduces the touchy topic that a Green New Deal level mobilization of resources looks like it will create more spending power than a resource-constrained planet can support. J.D. Alt leaves readers cliffhanging but promises that he’s got an answer for this “money” or more accurately, fiscal spending problem in his next post. One assumes it’s taxes but perhaps he has other wrinkles, like an emphasis on services rather than goods. By J. D. Alt, author of The Architect Who...

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An Introduction to the State of Energy Storage in the U.S.

Yves here. This piece on batteries and other energy storage approaches covers quite a lot of ground in a relatively short space. Notice in particular its discussion of projected growth in demand….which only reinforces my view that what we need most is radical conservation, but that is highly unlikely until it is forced upon us when we need to have gotten serious about it already. It’s discouraging to see this article discuss the need for enormous new infrastructure to accommodate the energy...

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Decrying ‘Utterly Inadequate’ Efforts to Tackle Climate Crisis, UN Chief Declares ‘Our War Against Nature Must Stop’

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres decried the “utterly inadequate” efforts of governments to curb planet-heating emissions and called for “a clear demonstration of increased ambition and commitment” from world leaders to tackle the crisis. “For many decades the human species has been at war with the planet. And the planet is fighting back,”...

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America’s War Exceptionalism Is Killing the Planet

By William Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and history professor. His personal blog is Bracing Views. Originally published at TomDispatch Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I’ve been arguing against America’s forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign...

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Oil and Gas Industry Rebukes Fracking Ban Talk as UN Shows Just How Much Fossil Fuel Plans Are Screwing Climate Limits

By Dana Drugmand, a freelance writer and attorney who writes about climate issues. Originally published at DeSmog Blog The American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas trade association, is promoting a new video touting domestic natural gas production as essential to energy security. The video, titled “America’s Energy Security: A Generation of Progress At Risk?” comes at a time when calls for halting new fossil fuel production and infrastructure are getting louder and...

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Neoliberalism and Climate Change

By Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College and author of numerous books, including The Overworked American (1991), The Overspent American (1997), and True Wealth (2011). From the text of a speech presented at the 45th anniversary celebration for Dollars & Sense, which maintains Triple Crisis blog, on November 14 at the Nonprofit Center in Boston, Mass. Originally published at Triple Crisis We are in the midst of a terrifying climate emergency. Whether it’s the...

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Financing a Global Green New Deal: System Change Needed

Please extend a warm welcome to Lynn Fries, a former producer for The Real News Network whose beat was global political economy. She’s produced an independent segment under her banner, GPEnewsdocs, which she is graciously allowing Naked Capitalism to release first, which is an exciting development. Please share this interview and give her helpful feedback. I hope you will enjoy this discussion of the much-debated question of “How to pay for a Green New Deal”. We’ve embedded Lynn’s talk with...

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With Coal’s Decline, Pennsylvania Communities Watch the Rise of Natural Gas-fueled Plastics

By Julie Dermansky, a multimedia reporter and artist based in New Orleans. She is an affiliate scholar at Rutgers University’s Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Originally published at DeSmogBlog. For Beaver County, just northwest of Pittsburgh, the construction of Royal Dutch Shell’s towering new plastics factory overshadows the closure of the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, the state’s largest coal power station, located along the same stretch of Ohio River in western...

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