A chronological log of events in global energy, climate change and related issues. Key events from this chronicle are distilled in the serialised front-line eye-witness account, The Winning of the Carbon War
Paris climate deal takes shape, France sets example with sweeping energy bill, oil drill ships burn cash parked at sea, UK government reneges on commitments to renewables investors: Week 29, 2015July 26, 2015
Oil groups shelve $200bn in new projects as second oil-price slump hits. Wood Mackenzie reports 46 big oil and gas projects deferred. Only a handful of major projects fully approved.
US companies pledge financial and political support for UN climate deal. 13 announce new low carbon investments, and 1.6GW of new renewables to be brought online.
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Ocean warming now unstoppable for centuries, wildfire risk soaring, Church of England votes for divestment, Shell hopes to drill in Arctic without safety kit: Week 28, 2015July 19, 2015
Chinese-built electric bus will begin service in London in autumn. Designed and built by BYD, the initial group of five will utilise high-efficiency batteries.
France seeks short, concise, but long-lasting legal core for Paris climate change deal. One is being prepared for climate ministers attending prep talks in Paris 19-21-June.
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UK ends zero carbon homes and slaps retrospective cuts on renewables, UK shale-bonanza advocate “steps down”, Pope says unbridled capitalism fuels climate change: Week 27, 2015July 12, 2015
Gas overtakes coal in US electricity generation for the first time in April. Gas is now 31%, coal 30%. There were 593 coal-fired plants in 2009, down to 518 by 2013 (303 GW).
Australian government extends renewable energy investment ban to solar. A directive already bans the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from investing in wind.
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Episcopal Church votes to divest, Prince Charles divests, crucial UK fracking licence rejected, Renault may leave Formula 1 for Formula E, climate negotiations moving at “snails pace”: Week 26, 2015July 5, 2015
List of more than 1,076 chemicals used during fracking process remains unknown. UCS says the recent EPA study was “a literature review.”
US solar and wind industries appeal for tax breaks to compete with gas. The current tax breaks expire in 2017, leading BNEF to forecast reduced investment.
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Medics say climate change threatens 50 years of advances, Dutch court forces climate action on government, American Petroleum Institute launches regulation rollback campaign: Week 25, 2015June 28, 2015
Dalai Lama supports Popes message on climate change – at Glastonbury. Long-term fans describe his appearance as the highlight of all festivals attended.
Formula E the “right way to go” says head of world motorsport. Former Ferrari chief Jean Todt tells RTCC he’s behind new electric series, as fans turn out in thousands for London finale.
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Pope calls for rich to pay their debts on climate, US bishops agree with him, US Republican candidates disagree with him, US shale industry faces mass bankruptcy in face of debt mountain: Week 24, 2015June 21, 2015
“The Shale Industry Could Be Swallowed By Its Own Debt”: Bloomberg. “The debt that fueled the U.S. shale boom now threatens to be its undoing.” Debt $235 bn Q1, up as revenue fell.
UK public split on fracking. Tories & UKIP pro, Labour, LibDems & Nats mostly against. March poll: 24% in favour of extracting shale gas, 26% against... read more...
G7 agrees historic accord on fossil-fuel phase out this century, BP talks of fossil-fuel watershed, huge increase in public perception that fossil-fuel investments are risky: Week 23, 2015June 14, 2015
Shale bust brings huge debt to drill towns. Williston owes $300 million. This comes on top of the crime wave that the boom spawned.
US conservative climate deniers launch pre-emptive attacks on the Pope. They fear mass conversion of currently climate-denier Catholics who have been core to political conservatism.
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The Day of The Atmosphere: eyewitness account of the last night of the Kyoto Climate Summit. How will Paris compare?June 8, 2015
Chapter 11 of “The Carbon War”, by Jeremy Leggett (Penguin 2000)
Kyoto, Japan: November – December 1997
In the wooded hills fringing the ancient city, autumn was lingering to welcome the thousands attending the Kyoto Climate Summit. Temples centuries old vied for wintry sunlight in the roofscape as I looked across the city from my hotel to the wooded... read more...
Carbon Tracker says utilities are in coal ‘death spiral’, coal groups defiant, former Shell Chairman says fossil-fuel divestment is ‘rational’, IKEA pledges €1bn renewables investment by 2020: Week 22, 2015.June 7, 2015
Big hopes remain for Patagonian shale despite low oil price. The Vaca Muerta holds the 2nd largest reserves of shale gas in the world after China, and the 4th largest reserves of shale oil.
African nations chide rich nations for meanness, threatening Paris, in Bonn. “We in Africa are being asked to cut emissions. OK, we say, but help us. Give... read more...
Norway tells oil fund to quit coal, EU oil giants ask for direct climate negotiations with governments, ExxonMobil CEO cries “fake” and mocks renewables, gas bridge unlikely to work: Week 21, 2015May 31, 2015
Six oil and gas groups seek direct climate negotiations with governments. So ask BP, Shell, Total, Eni, Statoil and BG in a letter to the UNFCCC. ExxonMobil CEO says he refuses to “fake it.”
US rig count decline is effectively over. So Art Berman reports. The horizontal Bakken, Eagle Ford & Permian rigs fell by 2 this week, none last: normal fluctuation... read more...