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Updated Topic: Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
2/14/2024 -

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Nearly 200 Countries Agree To Transition Away From Fossil Fuels
1/26/2024 -

Convened by the United Nations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the nations came to a non-binding agreement after two weeks of debate. The agreement is the first time the nations have explicitly agreed to a transition away from fossil fuel use.

Montana Judge Rules in Favor of Youth: State Violated Their Constitutional Right to Clean Environment
8/17/2023 -

District Court Judge Kathy Seeley ruled that Montana’s policy for evaluating fossil fuel permit requests is unconstitutional because it does not allow state agencies to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions. The state promises to appeal the decision

California to Require 50% of All Heavy Vehicles Sold in State Be Electric by 2035
4/3/2023 -

The world’s fifth-largest economy, California, will now require that half of all heavy vehicles (garbage trucks, tractor-trailers, cement mixers, etc.) sold in the state be all-electric by 2035, the same year all new passenger vehicles sold in the state are required to be electric. California was granted approval by the Biden administration on Mar. 31, 2023 to enact the plan, which required federal approval because it exceeds federal requirements.

European Union Countries Agree to Phase Out New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035
3/30/2023 -

The European Union finalized an agreement on Mar. 28, 2023 to phase out new gas-powered cars by 2035. All new cars will have to be zero emissions, with the exception of sales of e-fueled (fuels made from captured CO2 emissions) cars at Germany’s request.

California Bans Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035
8/26/2022 -

The American state’s ban comes amid news that the island of Hainan in southern China has also initiated a ban of gas-powered cars with a goal of no new sales by 2030.

Biden Administration to Fund $3.5 Billion in Carbon Dioxide Removal via Direct Air Capture
5/23/2022 -

Part of the 2021 infrastructure bill, the carbon capture plan is part of $6.5 billion promised in the law for carbon management. The initiative will build four carbon capture hubs around the country, which are expected to pull a minimum of one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air yearly.

American Lung Association Says Switch to Zero-Emission Transportation and Non-Combustion Electricity Could Save 110,000 Lives
4/8/2022 -

The report lists benefits between 2020 and 2050 including: $1.2 trillion in health benefits, 110,000 lives saved, over 2.7 million asthma attacks avoided (among those aged 6-18 years), and a savings of 13.4 million lost work days.

Stanford University Engineers Create Solar Panels That Generate Electricity at Night
4/8/2022 -

The solar panel has a thermoelectric generator that pulls electricity from the temperature difference between the solar cell and the air, allowing the panel to generate electricity at night.

NYC to Ban New Natural Gas Hookups
12/16/2021 -

The move is expected to save 2.1 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2040.

Major Automakers and Countries Pledge to Phase Out Gas-Powered Cars
11/10/2021 -

The automakers include Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Countries include Azerbaijan, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Regional governments include Buenos Aires, California (and several cities therein), Lagos, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Rolls Royce Announces Plans to Build Nuclear Power Plants in Britain
11/10/2021 -

The jet engine manufacturer (which separated from the company’s car-making operations in the 1970s) announced plans to build 16 small nuclear power plants to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

China Announces End to Building Coal-Burning Power Plants Abroad
9/22/2021 -

Domestically, China is the biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions, largest producer of coal, and biggest financier of coal-powered plants.

Senators Whitehouse (D-RI) and Graham (R-SC) Assert Global Renewal Energy Would Make US Safer
6/18/2021 -

They stated, “[A] global transition to renewable energy would greatly assist in our nation’s fight against the world’s most corrupt and illicit regimes. If you could wave a magic wand, and transition the world away from fossil fuels, Americans would instantly be safer.”

Keystone XL Pipeline Canceled
6/10/2021 -

On June 9, 2021, TC Energy Corporation announced the termination of the project.