John Constable’s talk at Universidad de las Hespérides

By Andy May h/t Wim Röst The Universidad de las Hespérides is in the Canary Islands, off the coast of Morocco. The Hespérides are the nymphs of the evening and golden sunsets, so I imagine it is a beautiful location to travel to. Dr. Constable’s talk can be viewed in full here. The beginning isContinue reading “John Constable’s talk at Universidad de las Hespérides”

Australia Warns Ferries about EVs

By Andy May h/t Don Keiller and Ken Gregory Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority has issued a domestic commercial vessel safety alert on the risks of ferrying battery powered cars (EVs), download it here. Each ferry operator must conduct a risk assessment for their vessel to ensure that they are capable of dealing with potential EVContinue reading “Australia Warns Ferries about EVs”

Leah Stokes, PNAS, and Conflicts of Interest

By Andy May Leah Stokes is the senior author of a new paper in PNAS, Prevalence and predictors of wind energy opposition in North America, in which she blames White people for opposing wind projects. She goes on to say that “…wealthier, Whiter communities [opposition] leads to continued pollution in poorer communities, and communities ofContinue reading “Leah Stokes, PNAS, and Conflicts of Interest”

Total Energy Used and petrochemicals

By Andy May It came up in conversation: How much oil and gas goes into plastics and fertilizer production? It turns out the IEA has a 2018 report on this very topic. They have a separate 2020 report on total energy used in 2019. The reports contain some interesting graphs and data. Below is aContinue reading “Total Energy Used and petrochemicals”

European Energy Prices set Records

By Andy May According to the Wall Street Journal yesterday, due to a rare lack of North Sea wind, already high European energy prices are climbing higher. “Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make up the shortfall from wind. Natural-gas prices, already boosted by the pandemic recovery and a lack of fuelContinue reading “European Energy Prices set Records”

The Texas Energy Disaster

By Andy May I live in Texas and write about climate science and energy, so I get a lot of questions about the recent problems. My wife and I are OK, we have a natural gas powered generator and did not lose power like most people did earlier this week. We also had a brokenContinue reading “The Texas Energy Disaster”

We can eliminate fossil fuels, no problem!

By Andy May French President Macron has implemented a new fuel tax to discourage drivers from burning fossil fuels in their cars. The resulting higher fuel prices have caused more than 250,000 people to protest, with some rioting. Polls indicate that 62 percent of the population think that prioritizing man-made climate change over fuel pricesContinue reading “We can eliminate fossil fuels, no problem!”

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