Energy

LNG planned protest groups

Has the White House Gone Green?

A mix of celebration and scrutiny has followed Biden’s announcement of a pause on LNG export approvals. Whether this dramatic policy shift was spurred more by dogged activism, desperate vote-seeking, saturated markets and pissed off gas execs, or simply by resource depletion, it is a win for frontline communities and the environmental justice movement.

February 23, 2024

Nissan Leaf battery pack

Inexhaustible Flows?

It should not be surprising that we have not yet been—and may never be—able to engineer long-term-sustainable modernity (i.e., high-tech). I strongly suspect that’s not even a thing. Why on Earth would we just assume that it’s possible?

February 21, 2024

megadam

Dam, Dam, Dam!: Is There a Place for Hydropower in a Warming World?

Hydropower won’t help solve the climate crisis, but new dam projects may lead to war over one thing key to our survival — access to fresh, clean water.

February 20, 2024

Onkalo nuclear waste storage facility in Finland

Nuclear Waste and the Polycrisis

The unique risk profile of nuclear wastes has therefore in recent decades compelled governments and other authorities to seek a remedial strategy which is commensurate with the challenge whilst also being effective,

February 20, 2024

New York City in smog

1963 Conference Put Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change in the Spotlight

At 9:30 am on March 12, 1963, in Room 1-B of Manhattan’s Rockefeller Institute, six experts gathered to discuss the implications of a newly identified atmospheric phenomenon: the rising level of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

February 14, 2024

COP 28 flags at Dubai

After Dubai — Towards a “just, orderly, and equitable” fossil fuel phase out

The COP28 text does not simply call for transitioning away from fossil fuels but rather stipulates that this transition must be “just, orderly, and equitable,” a much more challenging prospect.

February 13, 2024

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How many solar panels can dance on the head of a pin? Thoughts on the eschatology of energy transition

The main pushback of substance I’ve had to my book Saying NO to a Farm-Free Future is that this era of clean energy abundance indeed is upon us, making manufactured food feasible and confining my arguments for agrarian localism and a small farm future to the dustbin of history. I doubt that, and in this post I’ll try to elucidate some of those doubts.

February 12, 2024

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