[GWSG] Electric buses; resilient cities; S FL water; SunShot 70%; restless oil shareholders; solar trumps fossil fuel search

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Thu May 26 10:12:16 EDT 2016

1.  Electric buses are now the most economical choice for urban transit, thanks to cheaper batteries, efficient systems such as regenerative braking, and fast on-route charging technologies.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/24/3778463/proterra-tesla-electric-buses/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cptop3&utm_term=3&utm_content=12  Santiago, Chile, will have the first transportation system to run mostly on solar power.  http://cleantechnica.com/2016/05/24/worlds-first-public-transport-system-run-solar/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29

2. The number of cities with chief resilience officers is growing rapidly.  Their duties are climate focused-how to cut emissions, how to deal with the changes brought by climate change.  That task leads them into issues of inequity, public health, neighborhood connectivity, housing, and other factors of building a more resilient community.  http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060037645

The Rockefeller Foundation has completed its roster of 100 Resilient Cities.  The Guardian profiles the final 37.  http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2016/may/25/resilient-cities-addis-yiwa-manchester-washington-in-pictures

3.  Saltwater intrusion into the Everglades from sea level rise will contaminate the Biscayne Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to the region.  http://kawc.org/post/rising-seas-push-too-much-salt-florida-everglades

4.  The ten-year SunShot initiative of the Department of Energy is now five years old, and 70% accomplished.  A set of eight research reports detail the progress in lowering the cost and broadening the adoption of solar power in the residential, commercial, and utility sectors, and training 75,000 solar technicians (with a special opportunity for veterans).  http://energy.gov/articles/new-study-examines-progress-toward-sunshot-initiative-goals-identifies-emerging-solar

The research reports:  http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/path-sunshot  On the solar technician training program and the new training sites on five military bases:  http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-launches-five-new-solar-ready-vets-training-locations-announces-10

5.  Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil (a Private Enterprise Council Member of ALEC, that filthy nest of scoundrels), told his shareholders that ending the burning of oil was "not acceptable for humanity."  He was chiding a minority for suggesting that the corporation make public its vulnerability to climate change and the energy transition.  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/25/exxonmobil-ceo-oil-climate-change-oil-production  Other oil companies are experiencing similar shareholder unrest.  http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/big-oil-struggles-with-pace-of-renewable-energy-transition-33547

6.  There are now more people in the US working in the solar industry than on oil and gas extraction.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/solar-jobs-rising_us_569409e5e4b0cad15e65be87  ?

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