Five Stories: Canada Shifts Course on Energy, Environmental Policy


Here are five recommended reads for today (10/20/15).

  1. With the election of a new, Liberal government in Canada, Climate Progress explains “How Canada’s Election Could Change The Course Of The Country’s Climate Policy.”
  2. According to RenewEconomy, “The amount of battery storage capacity installed in Australia will grow 50-fold over the next 10 years, a new report has predicted, and the rapidly falling costs of the technology will make electric cars competitive with conventional cars within the next 20 years.”
  3. InsideClimate News reports: “Climate activist Bill McKibben has already written editorials about recent revelations that Exxon Mobil had deep knowledge of climate change as far back as the 1970s. He had taken to social media to spread the word. But last week, he felt that wasn’t enough and decided to protest and get himself arrested at an ExxonMobil station in Burlington, Vt. That’s how angry McKibben was that the energy giant had known for four decades that burning fossil fuels was changing the earth’s climate—and then chose to ignore it and fund efforts to deny it.”
  4. According to Discovery, a new “study by researchers from several different universities, published in the scientific journal Endocrinology, found that prenatal exposure to a mixture of fracking chemicals, at levels found in the environment, lowered sperm counts in male mice when they reached adulthood.”
  5. Midwest Energy News reports: “PJM’s controversial new capacity performance rules being phased in over the next couple of years make it more difficult for some demand response providers to participate because they have to promise to be available year-round, not just during the summer. Now, a coalition of environmental and consumer advocates, with assistance from PJM, think a pilot program in the Chicago area could be an answer. In the simplest terms, the program seeks to bundle demand response and distributed energy resources to assemble a clean energy portfolio that is more valuable than its individual parts.”

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