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Spain Just Closed 47% Of Its Coal Power Plants, & Will Be 73% Soon

Spain just closed down 7 of its remaining 15 coal power plants on June 30. That’s a flick of the switch (or something a few switches perhaps) and 47% of the country’s coal power plant capacity was shut down

Ex-Alarmist Disputes So-Called ‘Climate Crisis’ In New Book

Environmentalist Michael Shellenberger got off to a rocky start with his book launch when Forbes deactivated his column apologizing for the “climate scare,” but the magazine may have done him a favor. The backlash prompted a host of feisty contrarian…

Enviros Fear Dems’ New Climate Plan Will Kill Endangered Species

Congressional Democrats today unveil a “Climate Crisis Action Plan” similar to the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last year, which sounded like a dream to many progressives and climate activists. At the heart of the proposal are…

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Maryland offshore wind farm could become stop-over for migrating sturgeon, striped bass

For the endangered Atlantic sturgeon and the commercially important striped bass, the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia coastal shelf serves as an important spring and fall migratory route. Researchers suggest that the development of wind farms on the DelMarVa coastal shelf may alter the migratory behavior of these fish as new wind turbines in this otherwise featureless region could create habitat around which fish linger.

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The IEA’s Sustainability Plan Is Not Sustainable

Governments of the world, take note. The International Energy Agency has a plan for you. If you take the sage advice of the agency’s technocrats, you will do your citizens a huge favor as you struggle to recover from the…

Energy transition 2030: Academies describe path to carbon neutrality in Europe

(Leopoldina) With the European Green Deal, the European Union has set itself the goal of operating carbon-neutral by 2050. An important element of this commitment is an energy transition away from the use of fossil energy carriers towards generation and use of renewable energies. To this end, the German Academies of Sciences recommend “no regret” measures, the introduction of a standard cross-sector CO2 price, including a minimum price, and comprehensive changes to the infrastructure.

German Auto Crisis, Tesla Autopilot Through Green Lights, Renewable Revolution — CleanTechnica Top 20

An article from a couple of weeks ago, “This Stunning Chart Shows Why Battery Electric Vehicles Win,” somehow actually led in terms of eyeballs last week, but since it wasn’t published last week, it’s not included in this top 20 list. (Good to see that it got so much love, though.)

New system uses wind turbines to defend the national grid from power cuts

(University of Birmingham) A ‘smart’ system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers at the University of Birmingham.

Norway × Tesla & EV Evolution … True Fuel Efficiency … Goodbye, PHEVs — CleanTechnica Top 20

The most popular stories on CleanTechnica last week involved Tesla sales in Norway and Norway’s EV market evolution, the efficiency of a battery electric car versus a hydrogen car versus a gasoline car, an explanation of why the plug-in hybrid phase should be exiting, and much more. Scroll down below to see the top 20 stories of the week

Carbon Pricing & The Energy Transition

We are making great progress, with costs of solar, wind, and batteries continuing their decline. But we are not moving fast enough to turn the tide on human-caused climate change. One study I saw recently said we need to be installing wind and solar at triple the current rate to get to 90% renewable just for electricity by