Back from the holidays and catching up on some news and wanted to share a couple of things..
This short update points out how important fracked oil & gas may be in 2012 and going forward:
Another chapter in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard:
Raises really interesting questions about how to manage a LCA without having preference for local sourced fuel to avoid emissions from transport and avoid violating the commerce clause… or maybe we need to ignore this commerce clause since locally produced and used fuel seems like the way we should be headed?
The EPA releases its mercury standards (reposted from the AAAS):
EPA Releases Historic Mercury and Air Toxic Standards. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released its Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (PDF file) to reduce toxic emissions, such as heavy metals and acid gases, from coal- and oil-fired power plants larger than 25 Megawatts. According to an EPA fact sheet (PDF file), power plants are the largest producer of mercury and acid gas pollution, and the new standards will reduce mercury emissions by 90%, have annual costs of $9.6 billion, and will provide $37-90 billion in health benefits in 2016. This rule, which stems from the 1990 Clean Air Act mandating that the EPA regulate toxic air emissions, was shaped by over 900,000 public comments and is projected to affect 1,400 plants
And this article supports the idea (that I’m starting to believe more and more) that we need to move towards renewable electricity generation to support as much of our energy needs as possible: