- Climate change is causing the sea to rise. Mismanagement of water resources and pumping water and oil causes some land to subside. Now, the state of Louisiana is coming up with a plan that declare much of coast to be uninhabitable and aggressively force the abandonment of the region by offering buyouts and raising taxes on those who remain. [CleanTechnica]
- In November, 1959, the well-known physicist Edward Teller was the guest of honor at an American Petroleum Institute celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the oil industry in America. In his remarks, he warned that climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions would cause rising sea levels and destroy coastal cities. [CleanTechnica]
- A NOAA study said cacao plants, which are the source of chocolate, face the threat of extinction as a result of climate change. The cacao plants require specific conditions including uniform temperatures, abundant rain, high humidity and a nitrogen-rich soil to thrive. But scientists at UC Berkeley hope to save them with genetic modification. [inUth.com]
- Due to a forecast snowstorm for Jan 4, the three-member Vermont Public Utility Commission postponed a public hearing on the petition to allow Entergy to sell the dormant Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to NorthStar for decommissioning. The PUC says it plans to reschedule the meeting to either Jan 16 or Jan 17, at 7 pm. [Commons]
- “Why 2018 will be a make or break year for renewables” • The coming year will make or break US renewable energy markets, as state and regional governments defend their 21st century policies against a Trump administration plan to end competition in the nation’s power markets and begin new subsidies for old coal and nuclear plants. [GreenBiz]
- New York state confirmed a procurement for at least 800 MW of offshore wind power in two solicitations in 2018 and 2019. The proposal is included in governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State address. The state has plans to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030. New York is also seeking to develop 1.5 GW of energy storage by 2025. [reNews]
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