Last week, 78% of Germany’s electricity came form renewable sources.

Last week, Germany hit an extraordinary milestone: On July 25th, 78% of the country’s electricity was generated by renewable energy sources. How did they do it? The nation aggressively invested about 120 billion euros into low-pollution energy in the past decade — and then last week the perfect conditions helped them break their previous record.

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Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.

This 50-state plan for good, clean, renewable energy would create jobs, reduce air pollution related deaths, and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Sounds pretty good if you ask me!

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Here’s What The Future Of Energy Might Look Like. And It’s Pretty Amazing (VIDEO)

You’re already familiar with solar power, wind power, and even water power. But when it comes to the future of energy, those renewable power sources soon could be old news. Scientists and engineers are now building mashup versions of the renewable sources we’re using today with the goal of generating power with even greater efficiency and sustainability.

“The next category is sort of putting together elements that already exist but haven’t been put together,” John Rogers, senior energy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The Huffington Post in a telephone interview. “What comes to mind is solar and wind… or putting solar panels in places they haven’t been put before.”

That’s not all. Work is continuing on fusion energy, and scientists are also exploring ways to harness energy from space. Check out the video above, and/or read the transcript below for four promising sources of energy that may power our future. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below. C'mon, talk nerdy to me!

Storm is a goddamned elemental deity. She can control weather so precisely that she’s able to rain down lightning at the leisure of her own baffling catchphrases. She can summon the tornadoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes needed to solve droughts; create renewable wind energy; or demolish a small country of her choosing. But, most importantly, she can produce electricity from her own body, like a sexy Tesla Coil.

6 Powers You Never Realized Your Favorite Superheroes Had

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Ditching Fossil Fuels and Switching to 100% Renewables No Problem, Says Stanford Study
Researchers from Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley have developed a state-by-state plan to convert the country to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

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The study, published in the Energy and Environmental Sciences, showcases how each state can replace fossil fuels by tapping into renewable resources available in each state, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and even small amounts of tidal and wave power.

You can check out an interactive map summarizing the plans for each state at The Solutions Project, an organization of scientists, business leaders and other forward-thinking minds with a mission of accelerating the world’s transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Here’s the link to the Solutions Project, and its interactive map. I decided to pick on a state I don’t write about much, Tennessee. (I should write more about Tennessee, considering that I went to law school at Vanderbilt in Nashville. I’ve always liked Tennessee. It’s also fun to keyboard “Tennessee.”)

Tony Abbott recently complained to radio host Alan Jones that wind turbines are hideous and cause health risks.

“That’s why we need to reduce the renewable energy target - pure aesthetic.”

“We’re getting messages from our call line that people are violently yelling into their phones that there’s absolutely no evidence your claims of health risks is remotely true,” said Jones. “But of course those bleeding heart left wingers are always trying to discredit us by citing “sources” and “facts.” Absurd. Please continue talking while I give you free airtime to spout whatever crap you want.”

“Thank you Alan. Wind farms undeniably cause cancer and renewable energy is worse for us than coal - the future of humanity. If we use up all the wind on the wind turbines then where will the breeze come from? I, like my fellow human beings - which I most definitely am one and not a lizard in disguise -”

“Weird clarification there mate, fellow human,” Alan said as he licked his eyes with his abnormally long tongue.

“- am accustomed to a nice relaxing breeze. That’s why we shouldn’t encourage the new jobs, businesses, and investment into renewable energy that would an economic blessing and stick with my costly Direct Action plan that’ll cost us $20 billion instead,” said Tony.

“What we want to do is increase the cost of people’s electricity bill, much like we accused Labor of doing despite evidence their Carbon Tax wasn’t a major factor in that, but in an environmentally damaging way instead of helping the environment and that’s a very important distinction to make.”

“Oh yes, I definitely feel like the main thing to take away from this discussion is that you are not at all like the dysfunctional shameful lying intergenerational thieves known as Labor,” replied Jones. “Good point. You truly are a hero there, Tony.”

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This Is What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy
A clean energy rush is transforming California so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable sources.

This article is one of the best I’ve read about the energy transformation in the State of California. Because some of my volunteer work engages my organization directly with utility grade solar and wind power facilities, we’ve seen the growing pains and benefits as more and more of the power consumed in California is generated through renewable sources. The article also points out some of the problems, including battles with desert conservationists (such as yours truly), bird deaths, habitat destruction, a transmission system that has its kinks, and what about excess energy generated when the sun is shining without a cloud in the sky and the wind is blowing strong.

Now if only some of that renewable energy magic can be converted into water, all problems would be solved.

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NOVA NEXT: Solar energy is clean, renewable and abundant—so why do we still burn fossil fuels to generate the majority of our electricity?

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The Abbott Government has extended its ban on the CEFC from investing in wind farms to include small scale solar projects too.

“We want to keep energy costs down,” a spokesperson for the Abbott government said. “That’s our excuse this time. Take it or leave it. Honestly I don’t even care. I get paid to talk nonsense anyway ribbit fibbit get pumped brah isnack 2.0 was a good brand name idea and it will one day replace the union jack on the flag if Scotland ever separates from the UK. Any questions?”

“Is the government aware that this will have the opposite effect on electricity prices than it says? That solar is cheaper than non-renewables already and investment in coal makes no sense? Especially considering the heavy subsidies for non-renewables that amount to $10 million per minute?” asked a political journalist who was seriously reconsidering her career choice. Maybe she should’ve been a florist like her father was. There were no lying politicians in flower shops…

“Fucking probably but who cares at this point what they do or don’t know it’s all just scraping rock bottom trying to see what’s underneath the rock at this point. Next question.”

“Non-renewable energy subsidies are larger than the world’s government’s spending on health.”

“That’s not a question. That’s a statement. Are you sure you know how this works? See? That was a question. Try again.”

“When’s the next election?”

“14th of January 2017 at the latest but probably earlier than that.”

Tony Abbott, it is Not Okay.

All Government departments are answerable to the Government. But in the end, the Government must answer to the people that elected it. 

So when did it become okay to hide behind the guise of “Operational Matters” in regards to children being abused in detention centres? When did it become okay for a Prime Minister of a developed country to accuse the Human Rights Commissioner of having a political agenda against the Government for speaking out against these issues? On top of that, attacking the United Nations over breaches that the Government made in relation to treatment of asylum seekers? 

When did it become okay for a Prime Minister of a developed nation to attack the public broadcasting network for not being on the government’s side, when the entire point of the network is that it isn’t on any side? North Korea has a network like that. Is that what we want? Is that what he wants?

When did it become okay for a conservative businessman, who is no longer an Australian citizen, to own 75% of the news media in a single country and use that monopoly for biased political purposes? People seeking the news should be able to receive unbiased and non-politically motivated information, allowing them to form their own opinions about the world around them.

When did it become okay for a Government to launch an attack on renewable energies, slashing the Renewable Energy Target, and declaring coal is “good for humanity” whilst wind-farms are “visually awful” and are apparently hurting people, seeking to cut funding to them and solar power? And how can a top government business advisor claim that Climate Change is a United Nations led ruse to take over the world, and still maintain his position? The current government doesn’t even have a committed Minister for Science, and the funding for research purposes has also been cut, so how is this country supposed to invest in its future when the flow of money is being diverted into royal commissions into wind farms?

The Budget Emergency under the Labor Government has been solved… by blowing out the debt to $100bn by 2018

How is it okay for the government to justify the discrimination of same-sex couples by denying them the opportunity to get married? Or for Senators to claim that same-sex marriage will lead to polyamory; falling victim to the Slippery Slope Fallacy? 

When will the blatant lies stop? When will the Government take responsibility for its actions? When will the people stand up for the future of the country their children will inherit?

“To sin by silence, when we must protest, makes cowards out of men.” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

New Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal

The new generation of wind power is cheaper than coal. New and better design, increased efficiency, and better turbine layout have all lead to this. For instance, a recent study found that the turbines are more efficient when staggered rather than being in a straight line.

In Australia the cost of a new wind farm is between $80 and $113 per megawatt-hour, while a new coal plant would be around $176/MWh according to Guy Turner of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Innovation is not the only factor behind wind power’s drop in price. It has become much, much harder to build a new coal plant due to strict environmental regulations and investors are uncertain if these plants could operate under these new regulations.

—Adam

Image: EVWIND

Sources:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23159-wind-power-is-now-cheaper-than-coal-in-some-countries.html

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10546-012-9757-y

http://about.bnef.com/2013/02/07/renewable-energy-now-cheaper-than-new-fossil-fuels-in-australia/

Brilliant SALt lamp runs 8 hours on just 1 glass of salty water

Rural communities in the Philippines will soon be trading in candles and battery-powered devices for lamps that run on salt water. The Sustainable Alternative Lighting project, known as SALt, has given this nation of 7,000 islands an important tool to use their most ubiquitous resource, salt water, in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.

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…a 2012 study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives compared the public value from a $5 billion pipeline— the rough cost of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway— and the value that could be derived from investing the same amount in green economic alternatives. It found that if $5 billion is spent on a pipeline, it produces mostly short- term construction jobs, big private sector profits, and heavy public costs for future environmental damage. But if $5 billion is spent on public transit, building retrofits, and renewable energy, economies can gain, at the very least, three times as many jobs in the short term, while simultaneously helping to reduce the chances of catastrophic warming in the long term. In fact, the number of jobs could be many times more than that, according to the institute’s modeling. At the highest end, green investment could create thirty- four times more jobs than just building another pipeline.
—  Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything
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UK government cuts  financial support for renewable energy.
"Renewable energy subsidies revised to ensure consumers are protected from higher energy bills."

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary said, “We can’t have a situation where [the renewable energy] industry has a blank cheque and that cheque is paid for by people’s bills,” which is a) wrong, and b) could easily apply to several other far more damaging industries anyway.

Renewable energy needs financial subsidies for a good reason: the other option is fracking the planet into an early grave.