'Exxon Hates Your Children' Ad to Air
As global average temperatures are rising at a relentless rate, 2012 proves to be the hottest year on record.
In the US alone, the first five months of 2012 were the hottest on record, breaking 164 all-time high temperature records across the country in June. Winter this year was also the driest and hottest it's ever been in the western US since records have been kept.
Now swallow this: temperatures in Australia have reached such great heights that the Bureau of Meteorology has adjusted its weather forecasting chart to include two new colors that represent temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius.
The intense “dome of heat” is contributing to more than just blistering sunburns; massive wildfires are becoming more frequent across southeastern Australia.
"You don't get conditions worse than this," the New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner told the Associated Press.
So is this what climate change looks like? Well, since there's been a significant increase in these types of events over time, yes.
"An increasing frequency of heat waves —that's one aspect of climate change you can point to," National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Carbin told the Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, critics refuse to acknowledge man's role in climate change despite a year of extreme weather and natural disasters. While Australia's news of changes in its temperature scale were spread far and wide, Fox News failed to cover the milestone. So, the “liberal media” has decided a new approach: comedy.
Tomorrow, climate-action advocates will air a viral mock-advertisement “Exxon Hates Your Children” on the left-leaning MSNBC.
"Americans are back to believing that something is happening with our climate and that mankind has a role to play in that," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told USA Today. "These are not natural phenomena."
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.