This week’s News Update is brought to you by Last Week Tonight. Last Sunday evening John Oliver gave one of his best performances to date and it is all about the coal industry in the U.S. You can see the segment in its entirety here:
However, I would encourage you to do so soon. Oliver has attracted a defamation suit by one of the coal executives he critiques in the segment.
Although it is too early to know if this will even make it into a court room, HBO may eventually take down the clip from youtube just as a precaution. Enjoy!
Data analytics is saving oil companies billions of dollars and they are all investing heavily in expanding this technology. The intersection of big data and big oil could be a very timely research topic.
At least in China, many aspects working against petroleum. There are austerity measures, a social movement encouraging people to drive less and the arrival of bike sharing programs in some of the largest cities. Electric cars are still far in the minority, but these other issues must be having an impact on the market.
A number of groups are preparing reports in preparation for the DOE analysis of the US grid that was ordered by Rick Perry. Most likely will come out in the next week. The AEE report can be found here.
It appears the possibility of a strike has been resolved.
The Intercept is really expanding their coverage on TigerSwan and its attempt to shift its surveillance tactics beyond Standing Rock and into a variety of environmental movements.
Quite a bit of pipeline news this week.
This has definitely been the most talked about issue in Energy News this week.
Modi’s Smart City Mission (India Times)
I typically tell people that local government in the US is corruption free. Ha! Proven wrong again.
I love how IEEE’s tagline for this article is “It may be more than you like”
I hope that I will write this Update long enough so that at some point I will need an “Intrastellar Energy” section 🙂 For now, check out the Press Release from NASA as well.
Outstandingly detailed article on EV motor engineering, reviews the past as well as current technology. Gotta love these IEEE titles too! 🙂
The Focus is also a very popular car in China, so there are probably operational expenses that can be reduced by shifting all of the production to China. Not to mention the fact that there are no real unions in China.
Western earthquakes likely connected to wastewater injection (Houston Chronicle)
Foot off the gas: Increased reliance on natural gas in the power sector risks an emissions lock-in (Climate Action Tracker)
For a copy of the full report see here.
Reassess dam building in the Amazon (Nature)
For those interested in the detailed article behind this critical examination of dam building in the Amazon see this link
Council Report Details Bonneville Power Fish/Wildlife Costs For 2016: $621.5 Million (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
Here is a link to the Council’s full report.
News of this tragedy is still developing. The last report I saw said 148 were killed.
This is an interesting way to look at the conflict between oil corporations and climate change. If countries really do intend to meet their targets, then these corporations are just bleeding money for no reason.
Long title and a long read!
It is depressing to think that any company willfully would want to collaborate on this project. At least the AP wrote a fact checking article about this.