SNAPSHOT: Renewables and Efficiency Jobs Surge While Fossil Employment Sags

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At the level of raw numbers, job creation in 2018 was one of the simplest, most straightforward pieces of the climate change puzzle: while renewable energy and energy efficiency delivered more than 10 million jobs around the world and promised many more in the near future, oil and gas producers were trying to actively trim their work force, while a crashing coal industry continued to lay off workers by the hundred.

In May, the International Renewable Energy Agency reported that renewables had created 10.3 million jobs worldwide as far back as 2016 and was on track to employ as many as 28 million people by 2050. An early September report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was even more optimistic, projecting that “bold action” on climate could deliver more than 65 million low-carbon jobs and at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.

Environmental Entrepreneurs identified the cities that had become “America’s top 50 clean energy job engines,” with more than half of the national total of nearly 3.2 million jobs. “Each day, more than three million Americans wake up and get to work building our clean energy economy,” E2 reported. “These workers install solar panels atop our homes and commercial buildings, manufacture wind turbines, and reduce wasted energy by making our homes, schools, and offices more energy efficient. And they now work in every zip code in the country.” Renewables employment was booming in the United States in spite of trade action against the country’s solar industry and assorted uncertainties at the state level, and New York’s new energy efficiency target included training for 19,500 workers.

Canadian fossil lobbyists continued to tout their industry’s commitment to job creation despite continuing efforts to “de-man” the industry, and U.S. fossils tried to court Hispanic and African-American communities by promising employment in a re-emerging offshore drilling industry. Labour-saving efficiencies wiped out thousands of fossil jobs in Alberta, although Canada’s railways went on a bit of a hiring spree as oil-by-rail shipments set new records. A moment of relatively high oil prices produced optimism but not euphoria in the Canadian oilpatch, as analysts conceded that even a full fossil recovery would not bring a huge spike in employment. Suncor introduced driverless trucks and cut 400 tar sands/oil sands jobs, and Parkland Institute political economist Ian Hussey cited declining jobs and tax revenue as evidence that the tar sands/oil sands era is over.

Globe and Mail columnist and self-described climate hawk Denise Balkissoon said a commitment to a just job transition would help bridge the divide over the intensely controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. I’m glad the oil sands are a sunset industry: they’re an absolute environmental nightmare,” she wrote. “That doesn’t mean those who work there are bad people, but that everyone in Canada needs to help them move on.”

The Dogwood Initiative shone a light on the coastal jobs in British Columbia that would be put at risk by Trans Mountain. Colorado ski operators and their employees stood to lose billions due to warmer, drier winters; the Trump administration’s attack on tailpipe emission standards was set to undercut the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry; and questions about the future of work in a warming world were being met with deafening silence.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives issued a just transition report calling for a stronger social safety net for workers affected by the post-carbon transition. Ottawa unveiled its 2030 transition plan for coal workers and communities and appointed Hassan Yussuff of the Canadian Labour Congress and Lois Corbett of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick to co-chair its 11-member Just Transition Task Force. In early November, the task force called for a longer time span for retraining grants for coal workers. “It’s easy to say, ‘You’re going to phase out an industry, this is government policy,’” Yussuff said. “The next thing is, what will take its place? Because you can’t just shut down a coal generation facility.”

A study for Efficiency Canada calculated that the pan-Canadian climate plan will generate 118,000 energy efficiency jobs through 2030, Alberta introduced a new training course for solar and wind farm technicians, and a technicians’ course in Texas had students “climbing wind turbines to the middle class.” Coal miners and their work ethic were finding a home in the green economy.

In the United States, meanwhile, government data showed a purported coal industry recovery evaporating. The looming closure of the Navajo coal-fired generating station in Arizona imperiled 800 jobs, a West Virginia coal mine closure cost another 400, and eight coal executives took away US$10.2 million in salary and bonuses when the Westmoreland Coal Company went bankrupt. Oakland cancelled a coal export lease, Kentucky’s coal industry continued to decline despite Trump’s overblown promises to the contrary, Korean banks refused to finance the massive Adani coal mine in Australia, and the global coal industry was on track to shed 100,000 jobs this decade.


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A wave of alarmed and hopeful commentary has been building since the U.S. presidential debate last Thursday evening, when Democratic candidate Joe Biden acknowledged that his country will have make the transition off oil.

As Economic Divide Widens, Debt Impedes Vulnerable Countries from Building Back Better

Vulnerable countries will be forced to choose immediate survival over climate action should the rest of the world fail to commit to more effective debt relief, climate resilience funding, and the wholesale renovation of international tax laws, say sustainable development experts.

Renewables Jobs Provide Lifeline for Laid-Off U.S. Fossil Workers

The renewable energy industries are providing a lifeline for oil and gas workers in the United States who’ve been laid off since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, according to a recent analysis by consultants at Deloitte.

Net-Zero Commitment Could Bring Australia $63 Billion in New Investment by 2025

A commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 from Australia’s notoriously coal-friendly government would unlock A$63 billion in new investment over the next five years and open up carbon farming as a major new opportunity, according to new analysis commissioned by a group of institutional investors that deliberately looks beyond the even bigger opportunities in renewable energy.

EVs Hit ‘Historic’ 61.5% of New Car Sales in Norway

UK Exceeds 50 GW of Offshore Wind Under Development

Fossils Cheer as Alberta Lifts Curbs on Oil Output

Toronto Plans Pilot for Driverless Electric Shuttles

Passive House Project in Northern B.C. Boosts Efficiency, Creates Jobs

Christian Charity Becomes Ontario’s Biggest Passive House Builder

Trump Moves to Open Tongass National Forest to Logging

Iowa Nuclear Plant Won’t Reopen After ‘Extensive’ Storm Damage

Utilities Plan Major Boost for New Hampshire Energy Efficiency Programs

France Completes Auction for 1.5 GW Demand Response, 600 MW Solar

IRENA Sees Offshore Wind Hitting 228 GW by 2030

UN Agency Connects Geothermal to Food and Agriculture

Rising Seas Sharpen Miami’s Social Divide

Bigger Wind Turbines Can Help Reduce Bird Strikes

Soil Carbon Conservation Boosts Farmland Health, Productivity

Regenerative Ag Includes Financially Sustainable Family Farms

Fossil Investors Bail as Pandemic and Oil Politics Hold Prices Down, Renewables Stocks Surge

In Canada and around the world, a growing number of investors are rushing for the exits in their haste to abandon a crashing fossil fuel industry.

France Delays $7-Billion LNG Import Over West Texas Methane Emissions

France is slamming on the brakes on a US$7-billion liquefied natural gas import deal by energy trader and utility Engie, out of concern that the product coming from a Texas fossil is too emissions-intensive.

Ottawa City Plan Sets Sights on Zero Emissions, 4.4 GW of New Renewables by 2050

The City of Ottawa has released a long-awaited energy transition plan that has it eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions, phasing out all fossil fuel use, shifting all heating and transportation to electricity or other zero-emission options, and adding 4.4 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity by 2050.

IEEFA Foresees ‘Stranded Assets, Depleted Finance’ in British Columbia’s LNG Strategy

The Conference Board of Canada stands accused of “doubling down on a bad hand” after the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reviewed its latest assessment of British Columbia’s prospects for a successful liquefied natural gas (LNG) boom.

Three-Quarters of BP’s 10,000 Job Cuts Will Be Involuntary

Saskatchewan Gives Smaller Fossils a Break on Federal Carbon Price

All-Canadian EV Designers Aim to ‘Avenge the Avro Arrow’

Enbridge Accused of Engineering Dismissal of Minnesota Cabinet Secretary

German Environment Minister Wants 75-80% Renewables by 2030

Carney Urges Vastly Bigger Global Market for Carbon Offsets

Shippers Lay Plans for Ammonia-Powered Container Vessel

Researchers See Big Tidal Potential in New Zealand’s Cook Strait

IEA Sees Solar as Europe’s Biggest Power Source in Five Years

ICCT Offers Guidance on Greening Supply Chains

BREAKING: First Nations Fear ‘Losing Everything’ as Communities Face ‘Climate Exacerbated Food Poverty’

Indigenous people who live off the land are increasingly at risk of food insecurity and the health problems it causes thanks to federal policies that ignore the impacts of climate change on traditional foods, concludes an 18-month study released this morning.

Wilkinson Interested in Carbon Border Adjustment as Analysts Scan Biden Trade Policies

The Trudeau government is expressing warmer interest in carbon border adjustments (CBAs) as a way to control industrial greenhouse gas emissions without putting Canadian companies at a competitive disadvantage internationally, just as the European Union and the United States begin serious musings about taking similar steps, the Globe and Mail reports this week.

Federal Nuclear Funding Announcement a ‘Dirty, Dangerous Distraction’, 30 Groups Warn

A collection of 30 local, regional, and national public interest organizations from across the country is rallying against next-generation nuclear power development after the federal government announced a C$20-million infusion for the industry tied to its 2050 net-zero emissions target.

Inventor Combines Physics with Ancient Knowledge to Create Fuel-Free Cooling System

A fundamental law of physics coupled with 21st-century nanotechnology has yielded a product that could significantly reduce the emissions generated by the world’s 3.5 billion-plus air conditioners and refrigerators—at low cost.

Op-ed: Alberta’s Managed Coal Power Plummet a Climate ‘Success Story’

Alberta’s turn away from coal has been a “climate action success story” thanks to key policies—many unpopular—set by former premier Rachel Notley, according to a recent essay written by two Alberta economists.

30% of Gulf of Mexico Oil Production Still Offline after Hurricane Delta

Mitsubishi Looks for Offshore Wind Opportunities on U.S. Side of Great Lakes

Russian Oil Drilling Could Fall 20% in 2021

Ontario Set for New Conservation/Demand Management Framework in 2021

Whitby Adopts New Green Growth Standard

Comox, B.C. Gets First Home Built to Passive House Standard

Illinois Utility Looks to Early Retirement for Four Money-Losing Nuclear Plants

Maine Turns to Solar to Meet Energy Transition Goals

Climate Change Since 2000 Will Harm U.S. Economy Through 2050

IEEFA Sees Wind-Solar Hybrids Driving Renewables Growth in India

Construction Begins on Mekong River Delta Wind Project

Homeowners Fret about High Cost of EU ‘Renovation Wave’

Kenya Finishes Construction on 105-MW Geothermal Plant

Nigeria Carbon Target at Risk as Flaring Reduction Plan Stalls

Geothermal Supplies One-Third of Nicaragua Electricity

New IMF Climate Action Blueprint Maintains GDP, Factors in Human Health

Rejecting the oft-cited dictum that growth must be sacrificed to cut emissions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a “blueprint” for getting to net-zero by 2050 without economic pain—and with a healthier global population.

Building Retrofits, Clean Transportation Lead Green Budget Coalition’s 2020 Recommendations

The Green Budget Coalition is calling on the Trudeau government to include C$10 billion for building energy retrofits, $4.8 billion for clean transportation, $4.8 billion for protected areas, and $2.6 billion for nature-based climate solutions in its 2020 budget.

Horgan Takes Fire for Boosting Fossil Subsidies as B.C. Election Nears [Sign-On]

With British Columbia five days away from a provincial election October 24, and mail-in voting already well under way, Premier John Horgan’s New Democrats are taking fire for doubling down on the subsidies the previous Liberal government had extended to the province’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.

In Run-up to U.S. Election, Youth Activists Bring Politicians a Literal Wake-up Call

As the United States election campaign enters its final weeks, youth climate activists are out in force, “naming and shaming” politicians who are ignoring the climate emergency.

‘Guilt Trip Tips’ in Climate Education Drive Down Public Support for Climate Action

Well-meaning “eco-tips” are often received as nagging guilt trips, triggering resistance to climate action just when it is needed most, says a new study out of Georgia State University.

New York Looks to Replace Six Gas Peaker Plants, Brings Environmental Justice Groups Into the Process

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is considering replacing six gas-fired peak power plants in the New York City area with battery storage and other advanced energy options, and promised last week to plan the transition in partnership with environmental justice groups.

Western Australia Greets 26-GW Asian Renewable Energy Hub as Job Creator, ‘Major Contributor’ to Carbon Reductions

The state government in Western Australia has issued planning approvals for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, a vast solar, wind, and green hydrogen production complex whose backers have increased their long-term production target to 26 gigawatts.

Indiana Poll Shows ‘Even Republicans’ Put Environment Over Economy

U.S. Communities Pay Higher Prices for Long-Term Coal, Hydroelectric Projects

Hawaii Utility Looks for 300 MW New Solar, 2,000 MWh Storage

Solar, Wind Exceed 50% of Australia’s Electricity Supply Despite Coal-Obsessed Government

France’s 250 Ski Resorts Embrace Hydrogen-Powered Snow Grooming Machines

Siemens Will Build Gas Turbines for Mozambique LNG Megaproject

Poland Pledges Coal Mine Shutdown for 2049

Lithium-Ion Batteries Due to Fall Below $100/kWh Benchmark by 2023

EVs Cost Half as Much as Internal Combustion to Maintain

Developer Plans 4.4 GW Offshore Wind for Taiwan

Solar the ‘New King of Electricity’, Trans Mountain at Risk as IEA Analysis Sinks In

An acknowledgement that solar now delivers the “cheapest electricity in history” and a new source of uncertainty for Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are two of the takeaways emerging from the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2020—amid criticism that the release still falls short of the analysis that would guide governments and investors to a 1.5°C future.

IEA’s ‘Gold Standard’ Energy Modelling Still Gives Short Shrift to 1.5°C Pathways, Trout Says

Kelly Trout is a senior research analyst with Oil Change International. In this feature interview, she talks about the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (WEO), the agency’s long-standing allegiance to the fossil fuel industries, and what it would take for the IEA to really deliver “gold standard” energy modelling in an era of climate emergency.

Why Canada Needs a Royal Commission on What the Hell Do We Do Now

Let’s face it Canada, as things go in this troubled world, we’re not doing badly. But that’s exactly when we need to take a breath and consider all the things either going wrong outside our borders, challenging us beyond today at home, or just upending all our old expectations from, oh, let’s say, January. An opinion piece by veteran journalist and former Energy Mix co-curator Chris Wood.

Study Urges Fast Transition Off Fossil Fuels for Asia’s Electricity Grids

It’s time for Asia—the region that British Columbia and Alberta are counting on as a future market for oil and gas exports—to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and risk of stranded assets by embracing low-cost renewable energy options, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes in a new report.

Prioritize Degrowth over Electrification to Meet Paris Targets, Study Urges

A mass shift toward electric transport is not enough to bring global transportation emissions in line with the targets in the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a new study that calls for aggressive “degrowth”— encompassing radical mobility shifts—to keep warming below 2°C.

U.S. Expects Coal-Fired Electricity to Grow Next Year

Ardern Promises to Phase Out Coal, Cut Emissions as October 17 Election Looms

Keystone XL Brings ‘Mini-Boom’ to Oyen, Alberta

Alberta Will Make Good on $1.5 Billion in Green Line LRT Funding

Nunavut Hamlet Gets Approval for Solar Array to Run Community Freezer

Fracking CEO Faces Fraud Lawsuit

Bankrupt Murray Energy Rebrands, Rehires Union Workers

7,332 U.S. Schools Install Solar, Mostly with Third-Party Funding

U.S. Regulator Breaks 40-Year Precedent on Small-Scale Solar

Illinois Startup Raises $90M for Solar-Electric Kits for Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia, Egypt Launch Cyber-War for Water

Homeowners in Coal-Obsessed Australia Embrace Rooftop Solar

Goldman Sachs Touts $12-Trillion Green Hydrogen Market

Daimler’s Long-Haul Hydrogen Truck to Start Customer Trials in 2023

BREAKING: ‘Baby Steps’ in Annual Analysis Make International Energy Agency a ‘Threat to Climate Safety’

The International Energy Agency is taking intense criticism this morning for a set of energy futures scenarios that factor in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognize the transition taking hold in global energy production, but still guide governments, corporations, and investors toward decisions that will drive average global warming far above 1.5°C.

Small, Mid-Sized Fossils May Face Cash Crunch as Bankers Get Jittery

November may be emerging as a crunch month for Canada’s small and mid-sized fossil producers, as banks go through a semi-annual review of whether their borrowers’ financial health and future prospects justify the level of operating loans they depend on—particularly with a second wave of the pandemic gaining momentum.

Air Pollution ‘Nanoparticles’ Linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

New research is showing a link between pollution “nanoparticles” and the forms of molecular damage that are hallmarks of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. While causality has yet to be confirmed, experts are sounding the alarm, given that polluted air is a day-to-day reality for 90% of the world’s population.

2020 Ties U.S. Record for Most Damaging Climate Disasters

2020 has already tied the U.S. record for the largest number of climate disasters that produced at least US$1 billion in damage. And the year still has nearly three months to go.

Natural Gas ‘Bridge’ Gets ‘Shorter and Narrower’ as Corona Drives Down Demand

Natural gas is quickly declining as a supposed “bridge” between coal-fired electricity and renewable energy, without even factoring in the climate-busting methane emissions that come along with natural gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

With World’s Cheapest Crude, Saudi Aramco Aims to Cash In on Global Fossil Decline

With the COVID-19 pandemic driving down global oil demand, prompting analysts and fossil execs to declare that the moment of peak oil production has arrived, Saudi Aramco is doubling down on its plan to be the last producer standing as the global economy decarbonizes.

Global Energy Storage Could Hit 741 GWh by 2030

Global energy storage capacity could hit 741 gigawatt-hours (GWh) by 2030, an astonishing threshold that would be driven by compound annual growth of 31%, according to a new assessment by Wood Mackenzie that shows the United States accounting for almost half of the global total.

U.S. Corona Plan Hands $5B to 133 Fossils with No Strings Attached

Canada Would Need Minimum $117 Carbon Price without Other Emission Reduction Programs: PBO

Trans Mountain Work Force Hits 5,600 as Campaigners Question Construction Schedule

VW Canada Plans All-Electric SUV for Mid-2021

Zinc-Air Battery Designer Wins U.S. Innovation Award

Tesla Plans to Mine Its Own Lithium

Billionaire Pipeliner Kelcy Warren Steps Down as Energy Transfer CEO

$100B in Stimulus to Advanced Energy Would Bring California $700B in Benefits

UK Wind Farm Expansion Could Power a Million Homes

Myanmar Issues Call for 1 GW of Solar, Receives Low Bid of 3.48¢/kWh

Solar Module Manufacturing Gets Rolling in Burkina Faso

Montana Coal Production Drops 21% Since 2019

Federal, Ontario Governments Announce $590 Million for Ford’s Oakville EV Plant

The federal and Ontario governments will each invest C$295 million to help Ford Motor Co. retool its assembly plant in Oakville to make electric vehicles.

Job Losses Hit Newfoundland as Three Fossils Announce Shutdowns

Newfoundland and Labrador is reeling from a series of fossil job losses this week, with three different companies all announcing definite or likely cuts.

Analysis: Alberta Natural Gas Plan Has Kenney Venturing Boldly Backwards

The Jason Kenney government in Alberta is pitching hydrogen, plastics recycling, and even geothermal energy as elements of an economic diversification strategy that leans heavily on natural gas to create tens of thousands of jobs and reboot the province’s sagging economy.

Study: Hotter Days, No A/C Brings Lower Test Scores for Black, Latinx Students

A new study has correlated warmer air temperatures with lower test scores among Black and Latinx students in the United States, likely because they’re less likely than their white peers to have air conditioning in their homes or—most notably—their schools.

IMF Urges Governments to Spend Big on Green Recovery as Businesses Press G20 on Climate

The International Monetary Fund is calling on member governments to spend big and create millions of jobs with long-term infrastructure projects, particularly green infrastructure, even as many of the world’s leading businesses urge the G20 countries to step up in response to the climate crisis.

University of Calgary Sees Plummeting Enrolment for Oil and Gas Sciences

University of Calgary undergrads are fleeing en masse from oil and gas-friendly majors as job security in the industry plummets. And renewable energy studies are picking up the slack.

U.S. Solar, Wind Grow 15.5% Despite Pandemic

UK Olympians, Paralympians Join Call for Climate Action

Europe’s Rail System May Be ‘Unfit for Climate Fight’

Energy-Efficient Buildings in UK Will Need ‘Retrofit Army’

Vattenfall Refines Focus to Offshore Wind Projects in Europe

Ontario’s Gain from Low-Carbon Energy Could Drive a Wedge Between Ford, Kenney

The economic advantages of renewable energy, accentuated by new federal incentives for low-carbon investment, may be driving a wedge between kindred conservative governments in Ontario and Alberta.

California Internal Combustion Vehicle Ban Will Help Automakers, Boost the Grid, RMI Says

California’s decision to ban sales of internal combustion vehicles after 2035 is good news for both automakers and the electricity grid, Rocky Mountain Institute CEO Jules Kortenhorst writes in a recent blog post.

Analysts See ‘Green’ Hydrogen Costing Less than Fossil-Sourced Product within a Decade

While the definition of “clean” or “green” hydrogen is still distinctly fuzzy, the truly green variety produced from wind- or solar-generated electricity could become the cheapest form within a decade, far sooner than analysts previously expected.

26% of Childless U.S. Adults List Climate Change as a Motivator

More than one-quarter of childless U.S. residents identify the climate crisis as a significant factor in their decision to not have kids, according to a recent poll.

Deloitte Withdraws Study Suggesting Economic Benefits from ‘Fastest Warming Scenarios’

Global management consulting giant Deloitte has withdrawn a ludicrous report that concluded extreme climate change would deliver GDP gains to one-third of the world’s economies through the end of this century.

Rocky Mountain Institute Sees Clean Energy Cancelling U.S. Gas Plants

North Sea Flares Enough Gas to Heat One Million Homes

Irving Declares Permanent Closure of Come By Chance Refinery

Canada Infrastructure Bank to Name New CEO

Ontario Phases Out Time-of-Day Electricity Rates

U.S. Democrats, Republicans Can Agree on Jobs Plugging Abandoned Wells

North Dakota Consultants Look to Wind to Diversify Oil and Gas Jobs

Projection Shows Drop in Indonesia Coal Use

Offshore Oil Strike Could Cut Norway Output 22%

Fossils Plan to Rebuild Business by Flooding Africa with Plastics

Analysts Say Slower Auto Sales Won’t Crimp EV Demand

Majority of UK Fossil Workers Would Welcome a Shift to Renewables, Offshore Wind

Just over four-fifths of offshore oil workers in the United Kingdom would consider leaving the industry, more than half would be interested in working in renewable energy or offshore wind, but 91% had never heard the term “just transition”, according to survey results released last week by Platform London, Friends of the Earth Scotland, and Greenpeace UK.

Climate Plan, Coalition Tensions Put Denmark’s 70% Emissions Cut at Risk

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has thrown her country’s 2030 emissions reduction target of 70% into doubt, and may have jeopardized her governing coalition, with a climate plan that falls short of coalition partners’ expectations and steps away from past promises to tax pollution.

Green Hydrogen Could Decarbonize Steel Production by 2050 in ‘Multi-Billion-Dollar Opportunity’

The global steel industry is on the verge of a transformative, multi-billion-dollar opportunity, with plummeting renewable energy costs and green hydrogen pointing to a possible pathway to completely decarbonize an extremely energy-intensive industry by 2050, writes Rocky Mountain Institute principal Thomas Koch Blank in a recent blog post.

Global Survey Reveals Wide Support for an Equitable ‘New Normal’ Post-Pandemic

A global Ipsos survey conducted for the World Economic Forum this past summer reveals a deep, widely-shared desire that the world not return to its profoundly inequitable and unsustainable pre-COVID “normal”.

China’s Carbon-Neutral Shift Will Crash Australia Fossil Industry in 20 Years

BP Stocks Hit 25-Year Low

Wet’suwet’en Petition for Judicial Review of Coastal GasLink Certificate

Muskrat Falls Blames Pandemic, Software Glitches for $435-Million Cost Increase

Indiana Looks to Green Energy to Attract New Investment

Michigan Utilities Will Shift Plan to Match Governor’s Carbon-Neutral Goal

Ratings Agency Fitch Sees Continuing Lag in Asia Coal Prices

IEA Says Climate Goals ‘Virtually Impossible’ without Carbon Capture

Decades of Redlining Leave Poor Neighbourhoods to Suffer in Extreme Heat

Walmart Works with Energy Automation Giant to Shift Suppliers to Renewables

Infrastructure Bank to Pour $6 Billion into Clean Grid, Building Retrofits, Zero-Emission Buses

Climate and energy analysts are mostly praising a new two- to three-year, C$10-billion “growth plan” that includes $2.5 billion for clean power and storage, $2 billion for building energy retrofits, $2 billion to extend broadband access to underserved communities, $1.5 billion for zero-emission buses, and $1.5 billion for agriculture infrastructure, unveiled yesterday by the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Fossils Announce Flurry of Job Cuts as Low Demand Continues

The last few days have brought a flurry of job reductions across a slumping fossil industry, with Royal Dutch Shell, TC Energy, and oil refiner Marathon Petroleum all announcing layoffs.

Study Casts Plug-In Hybrids as ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ with Minimal Emission Reduction

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” with tailpipe emissions 2.5 times higher than the results of automakers’ official tests, according to a new assessment conducted by Transport & Environment and Greenpeace UK.

New Study Places Long-Term Cost of Carbon Emissions at $100,000 Per Ton

Carbon dioxide emissions will ultimately cost humanity US$100,000 per ton, according to a shocking new study released earlier this month by the University of Chicago.

Utility-Scale Solar Could Replace Coal Jobs in Appalachia

Climate Strikers Accuse CPC Leader O’Toole of Grabbing Their ‘Take Back Canada’ Slogan

Ann Arbor, Michigan Launches Solar-Powered Resilience Hub

Germany Lays Plans to Triple Spending on Climate, Energy

Fitch Sees Solar, Asia Pacific Setting the Pace as Renewables Rise

Cameroon Plans $3-Billion Hydropower Dam to Feed Power Exports

France Puts Hold on Environmental Tax for Airlines

UK Shipping Industry Demands £1 Billion Bailout to Curb Emissions

Germany’s Diesel Too Cheap to Push Faster Climate Target, VW CEO Says

Portuguese Climate Youth Sue 33 countries

Midwest Fast Charger Network to Boost Interstate EV Travel

Researchers Urge Supply-Side Fossil Cuts by Governments

Renewables Employed 11.5 Million in 2019, Could Approach 30 Million by 2030, IRENA Reports

Renewable energy created 11.5 million jobs around the world in 2019, up from 11 million in 2018, according to the latest in a series of annual reviews released this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Financing Canadian Carbon Reduction Target is ‘Very Doable’, ‘Eminently Achievable’, Researchers Conclude

A new report released yesterday by Queen’s University’s Institute for Sustainable Finance concludes that meeting Canada’s Harper-era greenhouse gas reduction targets under the 2015 Paris Agreement would cost just a fraction of a percent of GDP—though the Trudeau government would still have to boost its climate investments, and the analysis relies on carbon capture technologies that are far from being proven or cost-effective.

Ford Workers Ratify Deal that Brings EV Manufacturing to Oakville

Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Fossil Execs Think Oil Production Has Peaked

Climate, Indigenous Campaigners ‘More Powerful Together’

Uber Canada Says Drivers Shouldn’t Bear Burden of EV Shift

New Chicago Transit Plan Stresses Equity

Swedish Utility Wants to Close Germany’s Biggest Coal Plant

Turkey Virtual Power Plant to Combine Geothermal, Renewables

Melting Svalbard Glacier Floods Arctic Coal Mine

Climate Leaves Europe’s Key Inland Shipping Routes High and Dry

Campaigners Publish FAQ on Oil and Gas, Poverty

South Africa’s Informal Coal Miners Push for Just Transition

UK Government Admits Wind, Solar 30-50% Cheaper than Thought

Rocky Mountain Institute Urges New Approach to Cooling

BREAKING: ‘First Blueprint’ Lays Out China’s Path to Carbon Neutrality

China would rely on a massive increase in solar, nuclear, and wind capacity while cutting its coal consumption 96% between 2025 and 2060 under a “first blueprint” for fulfilling the carbon neutrality target unveiled by President Xi Jinping at last week’s United Nations General Assembly.

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Wilkinson Promises Five-Year Emissions Targets While O’Regan Announces $320 Million for Newfoundland Fossil Industry

Within hours of each other Friday, Environment and Climate Minister Jonathan Wilkinson vowed that a series of five-year emissions targets through 2050 will be his top legislative priority this fall, while Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan unveiled a C$320-million cash infusion for the struggling fossil industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ottawa Needs Wide-Ranging Programs to Match Big-Picture Throne Speech, Torrie Says

Ralph Torrie is a senior associate with the Sustainability Solutions Group, partner in Torrie Smith Associates, and one of Canada’s leading energy and carbon modellers. He helped design and lead a series of green recovery webinars and publications that laid some of the groundwork for last week’s Throne Speech. In this interview, he talks about what the speech got right, the tough path to 1.5°C, and what’s still needed to get Canada’s transition off carbon on track.

Youth Around the World Demand Action During Friday’s Global Climate Strike

From Vienna to Seoul, Pretoria to Warsaw, Saskatoon to Hong Kong, youth climate activists—masked and social distancing—returned to the streets last week for a Global Climate Strike calling for a green and just recovery.

Canadian Youth Climate Lawsuit to Begin Hearings This Week

Even as it declares that its recovery plans are rooted in climate action, the Canadian government is working hard to dismiss a climate injury suit launched a year ago by 15 Canadian youth activists, including a teenager from Haida Gwaii who is witnessing the devastation of rising seas first hand.

World Nuclear Industry Loses Ground to Cheap Renewables as Canada Considers Small Modular Reactors

The world nuclear industry “continues to be in stasis,” with power plants shutting down at a faster rate in western Europe and the United States, the number of operating reactor units at a 30-year low, and the few new construction projects running into “catastrophic cost overruns and schedule slippages,” according to the latest edition of the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR), released last week.

Corona Drives Up Food Waste, Carbon Footprint While More Go Hungry

Indian Industrialist Pens Climate Week Poem Urging Rapid Action

Canada’s Green Recovery Will Depend on Rail

U.S. Storage Providers Set 100-GW Target by 2030