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Fracking cultural wars go on and on . . .

Celebrities join forces for new rendering of Sean Lennon’s Don’t Frack My Mother in effort to stop hydraulic fracturing in New York

An eclectic group of celebrities including Yoko Ono, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon have joined forces in a music video calling for New York state to ban hydraulic fracturing.

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Why DOE's Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big Deal

Why DOE's Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big Deal | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
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In a dose of bad news yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed to settle a lawsuit brought by the American Public Gas Association (APGA) that seeks to roll back gas furnace efficiency standards. As a result, the new standards, completed in 2011 and slated to take effect this May, would be eliminated in favor of yet another round of DOE hearings and studies. The losers: consumers and the environment. The bill: more than $10 billion in lost savings and an extra 80 to 130 million metric tons of completely unnecessary global warming emissions, according to DOE’s analysis.

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IEA Predicts Global Demand for Gas to Rise 50% by 2035

IEA Predicts Global Demand for Gas to Rise 50% by 2035 | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched the 2012 edition of its comprehensive publication, the World Energy Outlook (WEO). One of its stand-out predictions is that the United States could be close to self-sufficient in energy by 2035.
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Hot Air About Cheap Natural Gas

Hot Air About Cheap Natural Gas | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
"Would you build a buy-and-hold financial portfolio from only junk bonds and no Treasuries by considering only price, not also risk? Not for long. Yet those who say cheap natural gas is killing alternatives—solar, wind, nuclear—make the same error. In truth, they’re doing the math wrong: the gas isn’t really that cheap."
Amory B. Lovins & Jon Creyts, Rocky Mountain Institue

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Cheap natural gas jumbles energy markets, stirs fears it could inhibit renewables - Washington Post

Cheap natural gas jumbles energy markets, stirs fears it could inhibit renewables - Washington Post | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Cheap natural gas jumbles energy markets, stirs fears it could inhibit renewables. For the past three years, promoters of shale gas and environmentalists opposed to coal-fired power plants have hailed the sudden...

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Only use gas for back-up power finds report

Only use gas for back-up power finds report | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Gas plants should only be used as back up for renewable energy in future while the UK should put in place a 2030 decarbonisation target in the imminent Energy Bill.

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Bridge To Nowhere? NOAA Confirms High Methane Leakage Rate Up To 9% From Gas Fields, Gutting Climate Benefit

Bridge To Nowhere? NOAA Confirms High Methane Leakage Rate Up To 9% From Gas Fields, Gutting Climate Benefit | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have reconfirmed earlier findings of high rates of methane leakage from natural gas fields. If these findings are replicated elsewhere, they would utterly vitiate the climate benefit of natural gas, even when used to switch off coal.

Indeed, if the previous findings — of 4% methane leakage over a Colorado gas field — were a bombshell, then the new measurementsreported by the journal Nature are thermonuclear:

… the research team reported new Colorado data that support the earlier work, as well as preliminary results from a field study in the Uinta Basin of Utah suggesting even higher rates of methane leakage — an eye-popping 9% of the total production. That figure is nearly double the cumulative loss rates estimated from industry data — which are already higher in Utah than in Colorado.

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Not to mention leaks in gas distribution networks.

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Adapting Gas-Fired Power to a Greener Grid

Adapting Gas-Fired Power to a Greener Grid | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Modern plants are often “combined cycle” generators, meaning that the exhaust of one engine is used as the heat source for another. The hot exhaust from the jet is used to boil water into steam, and the steam is used to turn a second turbine; if the jet engine extracts 40 percent of the energy in the gas and the steam turbine extracts 40 percent of the remainder, the combination is about 60 percent efficient.
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King Natural Gas

King Natural Gas | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Will cheap natural gas give us an opportunity to reduce ­emissions while inventing new technologies? Or will we simply become addicted to another fossil fuel?

 

This MIT Technology Review article on the American natural gas revolution might be a bit too optimistic about the future of gas and a bit too negative on the future of renewables, but it has some very valid arguments.


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