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This is what would happen if we stopped offshore drilling expansion

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Halting offshore drilling expansion, along with the phase-down of existing production of fossil fuels as clean energy is adopted, would deliver up to 13% of the annual emission reductions needed to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis, according to new analysis from ocean conservation nonprofit Oceana.

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The US Supreme Court EPA ruling is really bad, but here’s why all is not lost

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The US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling this morning, “sharply curtailed” the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) options to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants – the second-largest source of emissions in the US. Greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change.

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The European Commission wants to label nuclear and gas as ‘green’ – and many say that’s greenwashing

The European Commission wants to label some natural gas and nuclear power plants as sustainable, calling them “transitional” sources of energy in rules proposed yesterday. But that label comes with strings attached, and many, from environmental groups to countries, call the proposal a greenwash.

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These new, affordable electric heat pumps can easily replace gas boilers

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Fossil fuel heating is bad for the environment and super expensive right now: Three Democratic legislators wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today asking them to protect consumers from unfairly high energy costs. Geothermal heating is fantastic, but it’s not yet widely available – and it’s still financially out of reach for many. Enter Swedish energy giant Vattenfall with high-temperature heat pumps that can easily replace gas boilers.

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COP26 Daily Briefing: 3 big things that happened on November 12

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The COP26, aka the United Nations Climate Change Conference UK 2021, has officially finished in Glasgow. But the final agreement has not yet been put in place, and that will likely come over the weekend. Here’s Electrek‘s daily roundup of the key happenings at the world’s most important summit ever.

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Opinion: Joe Manchin wants the world to drive coal-fueled Model Ts

In case people to the left of, say, Mitt Romney (Republican, UT) or Susan Collins (Republican, ME) needed an additional reason to despise coal-addict Joe Manchin (For Rent, WV), the most dependably conservative-abetting senator gave it to them this week in comments mocking sustainable and clean air proposals while defending billionaires from higher taxes to fund those proposals.

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EGEB: Oil and gas lobbyists are trying to stop clean energy with Facebook ads

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Fossil fuel lobbyists are using Facebook ads to try to thwart crucial climate-change initiatives.
  • GM says it will source 100% clean energy for its US sites by 2025.
  • SolarReviews launches a new solar calculator that doesn’t require you to sign up.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.
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EGEB: China led as the world installed 6.1 GW of offshore wind in 2020

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • 6.1 GW of global offshore wind was installed in 2020, down slightly from a record 6.24 GW in 2019.
  • More than half of the world’s fossil fuels have to stay buried to slow global warming.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.
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EGEB: How Hurricane Ida will impact EV and gas drivers, and power

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Hurricane Ida will affect the price of gas for ICE-car drivers across the US.
  • Were widespread power outages from Hurricane Ida avoidable?
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.
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EGEB: The UN announces the official end of leaded gas worldwide

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The end of leaded gas use globally will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths.
  • Electrifying transport could add $47 billion annually to the US Southeast’s economy.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.
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EGEB: Petroleum use dropped a record 15% in the transport sector from 2019 to 2020

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • From 2019 to 2020, petroleum consumption decreased in every energy-consuming sector.
  • 25 fossil fuel giants used Facebook ads to fight President Joe Biden’s clean energy plan.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.
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EGEB: US was No. 1 producer of natural gas and petroleum in 2020

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US produced more petroleum and natural gas than any other country in 2020.
  • Average US solar construction costs continued to fall in 2019.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.
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