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The real reason Joe Manchin is sabotaging the US clean energy plan [update]

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Coal investor and US Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) opposes his own political party’s clean energy program. And since not a single Republican will support the infrastructure bill that contains the program, Manchin has disproportionate power to sink the US plan to decarbonize in order to slow global warming and meet the Paris Agreement target of net-zero by 2050. Why does he oppose it?

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26% of US households use electricity as their only energy source – but there’s a caveat

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In 2020, 26% of US households – that’s 32.25 million out of 123.53 million homes – used electricity as their only source of energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. But what the EIA doesn’t note is what fuels that “electricity as the only source of energy.”

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In a world first, solar and wind generated 10% of power for 50 countries in 2021

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Wind and solar, the fastest-growing sources of electricity, reached a record 10% of global electricity in 50 countries in 2021, according to a report released today by independent energy think tank Ember. Overall, clean sources generated 38% of the world’s electricity in 2021, beating coal, at 36%.

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EGEB: China led as the world installed 6.1 GW of offshore wind in 2020

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • 6.1 GW of global offshore wind was installed in 2020, down slightly from a record 6.24 GW in 2019.
  • More than half of the world’s fossil fuels have to stay buried to slow global warming.
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EGEB: World’s largest offshore floating wind farm is now complete

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, the Kincardine Offshore Wind, is now installed.
  • The IMF is undermining global climate goals by advising countries to invest in fossil fuels.
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EGEB: A Florida nonprofit ran a solar boot camp with guaranteed jobs for 27 young adults

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • A Florida solar boot camp provides guaranteed jobs for young adults.
  • The Swiss government says it can reach net zero by 2050 – with fossil fuels.
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The IPCC climate change report – what it says and what we can do

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The world’s largest-ever report about climate change was published today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group of nearly 200 leading climate scientists that looked at more than 14,000 scientific papers. It’s pretty grim – but far from hopeless. There are things we all can and must all do. As US Senator Ed Markey says, “We can’t agonize – we must organize.”

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EGEB: Petroleum use dropped a record 15% in the transport sector from 2019 to 2020

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • From 2019 to 2020, petroleum consumption decreased in every energy-consuming sector.
  • 25 fossil fuel giants used Facebook ads to fight President Joe Biden’s clean energy plan.
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EGEB: Maryland offshore wind plans make a great leap forward

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Baltimore-based US Wind announces a new offshore wind farm and other major developments.
  • Costa Rica is considering a permanent ban on fossil fuel exploration and extraction.
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EGEB: Watch the TVA blow up its oldest coal-fired plant (and they want to replace it with natural gas)

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority implodes its oldest coal-fired power plant.
  • The UK’s Ministry of Justice installs £1.1 million of roof-mounted solar on courts and prisons.
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EGEB: In 2020, the US produced the lowest energy emissions in nearly 40 years

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • In 2020, due to the pandemic, US energy emissions fell to the lowest level since 1983. 
  • Belfast, Maine, sees 7 megawatts of community solar launch for Central Maine Power customers.
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EGEB: Final turbine is in place at the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The final floating turbine is connected at the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.
  • 2021’s most and least energy-expensive states, according to a new WalletHub study.
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