- At their sole function at COP23, US delegates promoted “clean” fossil fuels as a solution to reduce emissions. The Governor of California Jerry Brown ridiculed the attempt to promote fossil fuels, and dozens of activists chanted “Keep it in the ground” over the speech of executive director of the United States Energy Association. [Deutsche Welle]
After the walkout, the audience was members of the press and a few White House guests (Twitter image)
- Protesters interrupted an event sponsored by the US climate delegation at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany on Monday with a repackaged version of the song “God Bless the USA” before staging a mass walkout. Then the room was empty, aside from the press, panelists, and White House guests in the front row. [Common Dreams]
- The Rocky Mountain Institute published a report at COP23 that provides cities worldwide with “22 ready-to-implement, no-regrets solutions that have proven success” to help move them toward climate-neutrality and provide results within a year. The solutions in The Carbon-Free City Handbook have been proven in use. [CleanTechnica]
- Iberdrola said it decided to phase out its coal generation capacity completely and accordingly asked for permission to decommission two plants totaling 874 MW in Spain. About 170 employees at the plants will either be relocated to other facilities or engaged in the decommissioning process, which will cost €35 million ($40.8 million). [Renewables Now]
- Two years ago, Gov Jerry Brown signed a law ordering California utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. It looks like they may hit that goal a decade ahead of schedule. An annual report by California regulators found the state’s three big utilities are on track to reach 50% by 2020. [San Francisco Chronicle]
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