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  1. Licence2Kill says:

    ‘A kind of dark realism’: Why the climate change problem is starting to look too big to solve (Washington Post)
    Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent.
    “The Trump administration is poised to roll back a significant climate change regulation on coal-fired power plants, making it easier to build new coal plants in the United States.” (NYT)
    This despite the U.S. Energy Information Administration reporting U.S. coal consumption in 2018 expected to be the lowest in 39 years Analysts at the American Coal Council’s 17th annual Coal Trading Conference cautioned that the recent strong seaborne market for U.S. thermal and metallurgical coal could soon face pressure from slowing global economic growth and escalating trade tension. And PacifiCorp just released a study showing that the majority of its 22 coal units are uneconomical. The utility, based in Portland, Ore., operates a six-state power system and is one of the country’s largest coal burners.
    Meanwhile, Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, announced an ambitious plan Tuesday to slash carbon emissions from its electrical generation by 80 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, and emit zero carbon emissions across the eight states where it operates by 2050. The announcement makes Xcel the first major utility in America to commit to zeroing out its emissions. This weekend Xcel broke several renewable energy records in Colorado: On Saturday 72.7 percent of the utility’s hourly load of customers were served by renewable energy, and 65.3 of the entire daily load was comprised of renewable generation.
    In Colorado, 28.5 percent of Xcel’s electricity last year came from renewable sources — 23 percent of that was wind, with the balance from hydro and solar. The utility also says it has since 2005 cut carbon emissions by 35 percent in its eight-state region.
    Note that in the absence of federal climate policy cities can move utilities, and utilities can move the energy industry.

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