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Plunging renewable energy prices mean U.S. can hit 90% clean electricity by 2035–at no extra cost

Silvio Marcacci – Forbes, June 9, 2020

Renewable energy has been considered too expensive and too unreliable to power our grid, but new research has overturned that trope for good. Plummeting wind, solar, and storage prices have fallen so fast that the United States can reach 90% clean electricity by 2035 – without raising customer costs, and actually decreasing wholesale power costs 10%…

 

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How South Korea, France and Italy are using the COVID-19 response to fight climate change

Umair Irfan – Vox, 6/8/20

With clear roads, clear skies, oil prices plummeting, businesses needing bailouts, and political capital to spend, countries like South Korea, Italy, and France have decided that the pandemic response is an opportunity to rethink energy, infrastructure, industry, and government in ways to cut pollution and reduce emissions contributing to climate change…

 

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Climate change and coronavirus: Five charts about the biggest carbon crash

Matt McGrath – BBC News, 5/6/20

We’re living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded. No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as Covid-19 has in a few short months. But even though we will see a massive fall this year, the concentrations of CO2 that are in the atmosphere and warming our planet won’t stabilise until the world reaches net-zero…

 

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America’s renewable energy sources produced more electricity than coal every day for 40 days straight

Jason Murdock – Newsweek, 5/5/20

Renewable sources including solar, wind and hydropower generated more electricity than coal-based plants every single day in April, a new report says. Analysis based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), said the finding marks a major “milestone” in an energy transition that is now underway…

 

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How to Cut U.S. Emissions Faster? Do What These Countries Are Doing.

Brad Plumer and Blacki Migliozzi – New York Times,  2/

The United States is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions far too slowly to help avert the worst effects of global warming. But what would happen if the country adopted seven of the most ambitious climate policies already in place around the world?

 

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