Keystone XL is not just about the toxic mining of Alberta bitumen tar and its pipeline across America. It is emblematic of the loathsome avarice within the fossil fuels industry that is enriching a handful of billionaires at the expense of the rest of us. If we are going to lead the world in addressing climate change we cannot allow this pipeline on American soil. Instead of being an advocate for oil billionaires, our government needs to make a stand for the rest of us and deny Keystone its pipeline.
With enough sunlight falling on home roofs to supply at least half of America’s electricity, scientists today described advances toward the less-expensive solar energy technology needed to roof many of those homes with shingles that generate electricity.
Shingles that generate electricity from the sun, and can be installed like traditional roofing, already are a commercial reality. But the advance ― a new world performance record for solar cells made with “earth-abundant” materials ― could make them more affordable and ease the integration of photovoltaics into other parts of buildings, the scientists said.
The logic of saying, ‘We don’t have to take this into account, because it will happen anyway,’ is sort of self-defeating,” he said. “That kind of thinking just keeps us trapped in the dilemma that we’re in.
A Vermont Law School faculty member said on Sunday that the report on the potential environmental effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which said the pipeline wouldn’t worsen carbon pollution to a large degree, doesn’t change the notion that burning carbon-intensive fuel will continue to damage the climate.
Patrick Parenteau, the senior counsel for the law school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, said he was also baffled by what he called the “pretzel logic” of the U.S. Department of State, which released the report on Friday.
We have done a lot of work studying how eagles respond to the presence of turbines. A three-year observational study we conducted at these wind farms found that eagles adjust their movements through the wind farm once turbines are installed. They also alter their behaviour in response to whether the turbines were active or not, and under different weather conditions.
The key finding was that eagles demonstrated an awareness of the turbines, and usually actively avoided them.