Morning Volt for 05/19/2017

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Trump Feeling Pressure From Coal-Centric Democrats

Ford Carson, RealClearEnergy

Fossil fuels hold a prominent position on many Democratic senators? agendas despite the trend in government funding to support renewable energy and a push by liberal senators to get rid of the…

What’s Next For The Keystone XL Pipeline?

David Iaconangelo, CSM

TransCanada Corp. has the approval of the Trump administration to build and operate this oil pipeline across the US-Canadian border. But opposition on multiple fronts could still derail the project. The Keystone XL pipleine project has been in the works since 2008, but it looked as if the last leg of it would never get built, after then-President Barack Obama rejected the permit application in 2015. However, the Trump administration reversed that decision in March, setting in motion again the process of local reviews.

Evidence of a Decline in Electricity Use by U.S. Households

Lucas Davis, Energy Atlas

It has been slowing down for decades, but is electricity use by American households now going down? Americans tend to use more and more of everything. As incomes have risen, we buy more food, live

Que Barbaridad! Antarctica ‘Greening’ Due to Climate Change

Anthony Watts, WUWT

From the greening of the planet must be a bad thing department and the UNIVERSITY OF EXETER comes this breathless missive. Note: one species of moss is not equal to the implied

Iowa Senator Slams Rick Perry For Grid Study

Valerie Volcovici, Reuters

Iowa’s Republican senator on Wednesday raised concerns that U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has commissioned a “hastily developed" study of the reliability of the electric grid that appears “geared to undermine" the wind energy industry.

How Dependent are GISTEMP Trends on the Gridding Radius?

Lewis, Climate Audit

A guest post by Nic Lewis Introduction Global surface temperature (GMST) changes and trends derived from the standard GISTEMP[1] record over its full 1880-2016 length exceed those per the HadCRUT4.

World’s Largest Wind Turbines May Double in Size Before 2024

The Telegraph

The wind developer behind the world’s largest working wind turbines has said the size of its giant offshore blades, currently in UK waters, will double again within seven years. Dong Energy will officially open the second phase of its giant Burbo Bank offshore wind farm off the coast of Merseyside coast later today by showcasing its 8MW turbines, the largest ever used.

The Way Forward on Cap-and-Trade in California

Alex Jackson, LegalPlanet

California is in the process of defining the next chapter of its world-renowned climate leadership. Having pioneered a set of policies over the past decade that have put the state on course to meet

Scoop: Trump’s Plan to Cut Fossil-Fuel, Nuclear Funding

Amy Harder, Axios

The rhetoric on clean coal doesn’t match the spending plan. The Trump administration wants to cut the Energy Department’s offices for nuclear power and fossil-fuel energy by 31% and 54%, respectively, according to a draft administration budget document viewed by Axios.

A Stubborn Oil Glut Despite OPEC Cuts

Catherine Ngai, Reuters

After the first OPEC oil production cut in eight years took effect in January, oil traders from Houston to Singapore started emptying millions of barrels of crude from storage tanks.

Most Powerful Magnet Made For Fusion Test Plant

Fusion for Energy

The world’s most sophisticated superconducting magnet is made in Europe. It is 14 m high, 9 m wide and weighs 110 tonnesas much as Boeing 747! This is the first of the 18 Toroidal Field (TF) coils that will operate in ITER, the biggest fusion machine that will demonstrate the feasibility of this energy source for the future.

OPEC Expected to Prolong Curbs to Ease Global Glut

Mark Shenk, Bloomberg

OPEC will extend an accord that trims production, even as surging U.S. output threatens the group’s goal of draining excess supply, according to a Bloomberg survey.

The Global Race for Advanced Nuclear

John Milko, Third Way

Third Way’s Clean Energy Program unveils a new global map documenting the nations racing to develop advanced reactor technology.

Canada’s Permian of the North

Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg

Drilling rigs and roughnecks are hot commodities once again across the Montney shale formation in northern British Columbia and Alberta, and companies like Grimes Well Servicing Ltd. are having a hard time keeping up with demand.

India Looks to Build 10 Nuclear Reactors as Coal Plant Scrapped


Cabinet approves plans for 7GW of nuclear reactors, while Gujurati state officials cancel plans for 4GW coal plant in order to refocus on renewables,Nuclear ,Coal,nuclear,India,Toshiba

OPEC vs. Shale — Round 3

Adam Ritchie, Energy Intelligence

Opec ministers meet in Vienna next week to debate an extension to their current output agreement, a decision that will once again be taken with half an eye on the state of US shale production. Opec faces a dilemma. If it maintains or deepens output cuts to support prices, it risks also supporting the economics of US shale producers and encouraging another surge in production. But the alternative, a return to the laissez-faire market forces strategy it famously adopted in November 2014, risks hurting its own members more than any of its problematic peers in the US shale patch.

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