- “Little NASA Electric Airplane Soon Coming To Life” • NASA’s first piloted experimental plane in two decades is the all-electric X-57. It has twelve “high-lift motors and propellers” along its wings and a larger motor with a five-foot propeller at each wing tip to capture energy that would otherwise be lost to wingtip vortices. [CleanTechnica]
- “JEA Loses Plant Vogtle Nucelar Power Plant Lawsuit” • A decision handed down by a US District Judge presiding in the northern district of Georgia, means Florida utility JEA is stuck with purchasing power at a steep cost for 20 years after Plant Vogtle’s two new reactors are finished, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union. [WJCT]
- “Rig Count Falls For 15th-Straight Week To Another Record Low” • The US rig count fell for the 15th straight week to yet another record low as energy companies continue to shut down oil production. Energy companies are operating 266 drilling rigs nationally, down more than 60% since mid-March and more than 72% from a year ago. [Houston Chronicle]
- “Vatican Asks Catholics To Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments” • The Vatican urged Catholics to consider closely where they invest their money and to take a close look at the environmental impact of the companies they may hold shares in, Reuters reported. Pope Francis has frequently criticized wanton greed that led to the climate crisis. [EcoWatch]
- “Big Auto’s Decision To ‘Wait And See’ Gives Tesla A Growing Lead” • By most accounts, Tesla’s EV technology is about five years ahead of anything any other automaker can muster. The majors’ EV strategies are best described as “wait and see.” But as they do so, Tesla is actually building experience and expanding the lead it already has. [CleanTechnica]
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