Enviro News Wrap: The Real Story on Gas Prices; Chevron Execs Barred from Leaving Brazil; the Growth of Solar, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- A lot of what I know about the American oil industry I learned from Antonia Juhasz, an activist working in California who recently went on MSNBC to discuss oil prices. Her best point was this: the price of oil will no longer be lower than what it is now thus signaling the market that we need substitutes (i.e. other energy sources). The US government can either let oil companies and foreign governments reap the profits from the remaining oil reserves or they can end the enormous tax subsidies and use that money to develop the renewable energy industry to transition our energy reliance as quickly as possible to energy sources that have a reasonable and stable price. And by the way, we can switch to energy sources that don't cause millions of humans to wake up everyday to a landscape of smog and a chest full of asthma.
- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is predicting a nightmare for the global environment unless world governments can agree on a path to a low-carbon future.
- Did you know that there is a lot of methane trapped in ice, and we're melting it.
- Is it cheaper to take carbon out of the air, or just not put it there in the first place?
- Here's an environmental victory in the global paper industry.
- A Brazilian judge is reacting assertively in response to the Chevron oil spill; the local executives of Chevron have just been banned from leaving the country.
- China is like a Honey Badger, China don't care, China will steal your technology and use it almost openly to dominate the global economy, even in the wind industry.
- In case you didn't know, the solar industry in the US is growing like crazy! And there are many research and development projects that will bring down the cost of solar.