Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline

January 15, 2019 by  
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After a solid decline for the past three years, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States rose in 2018. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), power generation, natural gas and oil consumption resulted in an emissions increase of 3.4 percent, marking the second largest annual gain since 1996. The only year that emissions increased at a more significant rate was 2010, when emissions went up 3.6 percent after a huge recession-driven decline the year before. Even though a record number of coal-fired power plants closed last year, natural gas replaced the majority of the lost generation rather than instead renewables — and also fed the demand for electricity growth. The result of using natural gas over renewables meant a 1.9 percent increase in power sector emissions. However, the biggest source of emissions for the third year in a row was the transportation sector due to the growing demand for diesel and jet fuel that offset a noticeable decline in gasoline consumption. Related: University of Waterloo has created a CO2 powder which could help fight climate change Because of unusual cold weather in the beginning of 2018, the building and industrial sectors also showed significant emissions gains. But, there has also been very little progress in these sectors when it comes to decarbonization strategies. In the United States, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels peaked back in 2007 at approximately 6 billion tons, but thanks to the great recession and the switch in power generation from coal to natural gas, wind and solar, emissions fell by 12.1 percent (an average of 1.6 percent per year) between 2007 and 2015. Yet in the last couple of years the pace of emissions decline has slowed down. Not to mention, the lack of a proper climate change policy will leave the U.S. at risk of putting the Paris Agreement reduction goals (26-28 percent cut below 2005 levels by 2025) out of reach. + Rhodium Group Image via cwizner

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Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration

September 26, 2013 by  
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Royal Dutch Shell PLC recently joined Chevron in its abandonment of oil-shale projects in Colorado. After spending nearly $30 million in exploration, the company decided to leave the Western Slope shale rock deposits. They exited citing a shift in energy markets since they began their project in 1982. Read the rest of Shell Pulls Out of Oil-Shale Project in Colorado After Spending Millions in Exploration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black sunday , Chevron , colorado , Exxon , fossil fuel , government subsidies , jet fuel , kelly op de weegh , natural gas , oil expploration , oil prices , oil shale , parachute , rockies , royal dutch shell plc , Utah , west slope , wyoming        

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US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

June 10, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock With ambitious long-term energy goals, US Navy is at the forefront of alternative energy and energy efficiency. Now, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has partnered with Cobalt Technologies , the U.S. Navy and Show Me Energy Cooperative in order to create a sustainable, cost-competitive fuel for jet fighters using biomass feedstock such as switchgrass . Read the rest of US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomass , biostock , cobalt technologies , emissions , energy department , jet fighters , jet fuel , National Renewable Energy Laboratory , NREL , show me energy cooperative , sustainable fuel , switchgrass , us military , US Navy        

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New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

November 9, 2012 by  
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Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes a new technique developed by researchers at UC Berkeley that can create biofuels powerful enough to be used as jet fuel. Created using bacterial fermentation and chemical catalysis , the amped up biofuel is ten times more powerful, and it can serve as a viable power source for large industrial vehicles and airplanes. Read the rest of New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , acetone , biodiesel , biofuel , carbon , chemical catalysis , chemical process , Clostridium acetobutylicum , ETHANOL , fermentation , green fuel , green jet fuel , jet fuel , Nature , plane , renewable energy , renewable jet fuel , uc berkeley , westfalia

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process To Transform Seawater Into Green Jet Fuel

September 27, 2012 by  
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Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you’re not the U.S. Military . Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for greener alternatives, including research by scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop a process that could transform abundant seawater into fuel for Navy jets. If successful their efforts could have a huge impact; in 2010 alone the Department of Defense shelled out approximately $11 billion on “operational energy,” the energy used by military forces in the execution of their field missions. That’s the equivalent of the entire budget of the state of Tennessee. And that’s doesn’t even include all the energy needed to power vehicles and military bases here at home. Read the rest of US Navy Scientists Develop Process To Transform Seawater Into Green Jet Fuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , alternative fuels , biofuels , department of defense , fossil fuels , fuel consumption , fuel efficiency , jet fuel , Naval Research Laboratory , seawater , US Navy

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Lufthansa pilots algae jet fuel plant in Europe

September 21, 2012 by  
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German airline brokers deal to fund production, while Australian biofuel company will take home the profits.

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Lessons on the road from Rio: A post-mortem

August 13, 2012 by  
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Was the Rio + 20 shindig a colossal waste of time, jet fuel, and stratospheric ozone? Well, yes and no.

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Virgin Atlantic Announces Plans to Fuel Airplanes With Waste Gas

October 11, 2011 by  
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Airline mogul and billionaire Richard Branson just announced that in three years Virgin Atlantic airplanes will be fueled by waste gas from power plants, steel works, and aluminum plants. Within 24 months the company will be able to take waste gas from these industrial sites and turn it into aviation fuel for their commercial airplanes. The process will reduce the carbon footprint of Virgin’s airplanes by as much as 50 percent. Read the rest of Virgin Atlantic Announces Plans to Fuel Airplanes With Waste Gas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon offsets , green aviation , green jet fuel , jet fuel , low emissions jet fuel , Richard Branson , sustainable jet fuel , Virgin America , virgin atlantic , virgin atlantic sustainability

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