Inside Energy: Listen to U.S. Coal Production Fall Off a Cliff
America’s coal industry is hurting: In the past year, thousands of workers have been laid off and a majority of the country’s major coal companies have filed for bankruptcy. Coal production is at a 30-year low.
The drop-off in the past year is staggering. But what does it sound like? Listen to this audio clip to hear coal production fall off a cliff.
Tech Insider: Researchers Have Stumbled Upon a Battery Breakthrough That Could Change Energy Storage
There's serious demand for longer-lasting batteries.
Better battery storage can advance all sorts of technology from phones to electric cars -- but increasing battery life is no easy feat.
Luckily, researchers hailing from the University of California, Irvine may have accidentally discovered a solution that could change energy storage forever.
Bloomberg: New Record Set for World's Cheapest Solar, Now Undercutting Coal
Solar power set another record-low price as renewable energy developers working in the United Arab Emirates shrugged off financial turmoil in the industry to promise project costs that undercut even coal-fired generators.
Developers bid as little as 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour to develop 800 megawatts of solar-power projects for the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, the utility for the Persian Gulf emirate, announced on Sunday. That’s 15 percent lower than the previous record set in Mexico last month, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Vox: Climate Scientists Ask Jimmy Kimmel: "Why Would We F*ck With You?"
On his late-night talk show Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel discussed the silly new climate-denier documentary that's in theaters now.
Kimmel expresses confusion over why a scientific question has become divided along partisan lines -- and to his credit, did not blame "politics" or any other airy abstraction. He identifies the party that rejects the science: It's Republicans. (This makes him more straightforward on the subject than most professional journalists.)
And then Kimmel lets climate scientists have their say.
Portland Press Herald: Lawmakers Uphold LePage Veto, Killing Bill to Boost Solar Energy
House lawmakers upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a closely watched solar energy bill Friday in a blow to supporters who argued the measure would boost the industry and create jobs.
The House actually voted twice on the bill, but the outcome did not change despite a heavy State House presence of solar users and industry representatives. In the end, the 93-50 vote in the House was a few votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto from LePage, a frequent critic of Maine’s renewable energy policies.