Don't Frack My Mother Says Lennon
Musician Sean Lennon and his mother Yoko Ono recently appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to tell the world about their new movement against hydraulic fracturing.
In a performance of the song “Don't frack my mother,” the son of the late John Lennon wasn't just singing about his mother, but of mother earth. The two also announced the launch of Artists Against Fracking, a movement that has already recruited some 120 artists including Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Mark Ruffalo, MGMT, Beck and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“I'm not an activist, inherently,” Lennon told Fallon. But as the controversial drilling method for extracting natural gas has spread throughout the US in recent years, “We suddenly felt like we had to do something.”
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In New York, activists are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject the drilling practice, who may be considering permitting fracking in the state's Southern Tier.
The group's website features an 18 minute short film The Sky Is Pink from Gasland Director Josh Fox, addressing Cuomo. Fox's sequel for HBO, called Gasland 2, should be out later this year.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.