Obama stops Arctic drilling

Obama stops Arctic drilling

Greenpeace: “We’re closer to saving the Arctic because of you”

In his last days as the US president, Obama banned future drilling in Atlantic and Arctic waters. 

Obama relies on a law from 1953, which allows governors to exclude areas at sea of drilling because “it is in the public interest.” Read More

Paris signed, what’s next?

Paris COP21 agreement

At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.

The Paris COP21 agreements have been signed by 160 countries. 

This many signatures in one day have been a record for an international UN document.

The treaty aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, which gives it a symbolic boost.

This is needed because the last few months, climate changing has again assert worldwide. Read More

US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama

US Supreme Court freezes Climate Power Plan Obama, Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted.”

Coal plants account for a majority of US greenhouse gas emissions. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said the supreme court decision was “an unfortunate setback and short sighted”

The Clean Power Plan from Obama to green the energy production in the United States, does not need to be performed. That is the ruling of the US Supreme Court.

By 2030, Obama wants the US power plants, to decrease with 32 percent greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

Obama in State of the Union: We should boost renewables

Obama wants to continue big investments in renewables

President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations

In his last State of the Union, US President Barack Obama pointed climate change.

“We’ve got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy.”

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Obama cuts Methane Emissions 45% by 2025

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Methane effects greenhouse  20 times more than CO2

In Obama’s Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions, he has announced a goal of cutting methane emissions by 40-45% from 2012 levels by 2025.

Unfortunately the methane plans do not not cover pipeline transmission and gas distribution losses.

The administration will also continue its policy of suggesting and supporting voluntary oil and gas industry efforts to harness methane from drilling. 

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Obama annouces $12B to give a boost to the African power sector

 

Less than 10% of rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity

Less than 10% of rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity

President Obama proposes $12 billion to help strengthen Africa’s electric power infrastructure. This new commitments brings total funding of the program to more than $26 billion! The funds are meant to make sure the continent adds 30,000 megawatts of additional capacity and expand access to electricity to at least 60 million households and business. Read More