An aerial view of the flooding at the Camp Ashland, Nebraska on March 17, 2019. The levee to the north of the camp broke and water from the swollen Platte River poured thousands of gallons of water into the low-lying area trapping vehicles on the high ground and damaging buildings. Nebraska has experienced its worst flooding ever; displacing hundreds of people and causing millions of dollars in damages to homes, farmland, and cities. (Nebraska National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Herschel Talley)
While scientists warn that climate change is a likely factor in the unprecedented flooding that inundated eastern Nebraska in March, directors at the state’s largest utility largely do not see the event as a call to hasten the utility’s transition away from fossil fuels. Continue reading here.
Below, AP Photo by Josh Funk of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant during Nebraska’s 2011 unprecedented floods.
OPPD News Release OPPD Contracts With EnergySolutions To Support Nuclear Decommissioning The Omaha Public Power District has entered into a contract with EnergySolutions, an industry-leading nuclear services company, to provide technical support for the safe, efficient decommissioning of OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station (FCS). After 43 years of service, FCS was permanently taken offline and defueled in 2016. The site is located 19 miles north of Omaha, Nebr. OPPD’s Board of Directors has endorsed an accelerated DECON method of decontamination and deconstruction. The move is projected to save ratepayers around $200 million and have the site substantially dismantled in the mid-2020’s.
KIOW: Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the United States, from the health impacts of air pollution to natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years. However, Ryan Wiser, a senior scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said some of those costs could be offset if more states commit to renewable energy. Click here to read more.
Coal plant retirements create opportunity for solar in Texas, PV Magazine. Texas was the 2nd-largest solar market in the United States during the second quarter of 2017, with GTM Research and Solar Energy Industries Association reporting 378 MW installed. There could be much more in the future, and the retirement of these plants bodes well for the state’s solar market.
NEW BOOK Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions, Island Press
The contributors offer their perspectives and approaches to climate and clean energy from rural Mississippi, to the South Bronx, to Californian immigrant and refugee communities, to urban and semi-rural communities in the Northeast. Taken together, the contributions in this book show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like.
Book Description Contents Excerpt: 4 Energy Cooperatives Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future
Abigail Swann makes a point of telling students what she’s doing to reduce her own carbon footprint when teaching about potential climate change solutions—such as biking to work or eating less meat. Swann, an assistant professor of atmospheric science and biology at the University of Washington in Seattle, said the strategy is just common sense, because “it certainly resonates with students when you show … you make decisions in your own life that are consistent” with what she’s teaching. A study published [on June 16th] in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change confirms Swann’s instinct and concludes that climate researchers with low carbon footprints are seen as more credible than those who use a lot of energy in their personal and professional lives. Read more.
Excerpt Carpooling, using public transportation and turning off the lights are a few of the small lifestyle changes people can make to help curb climate change, Pope Francis said Thursday in an encyclical on the environment.
The Rev. Kim Morrow, executive director of Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, said those types of changes would help solve the problem but, “We have to look at the scale of the crisis.”
“Americans are beginning to connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather, jobs, national security, faith and values, making it here and now,” Anthony Leiserowitz stated in the recent Heuermann Lecture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Leiserowitz is Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and research scientist in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale Unviersity.