Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Hydrogen energy is poised for extreme growth

"The critical debate over hydrogen development is how best to extract it at scale."

As we continue to follow energy-related developments that impact our members, the rapid growth of hydrogen production is of particular interest, with implications for Boilermaker jobs and the continued use of fossil fuels with carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).

Hydrogen energy is poised for extreme growth

As we continue to follow energy-related developments that impact our members, the rapid growth of hydrogen production is of particular interest, with implications for Boilermaker jobs and the continued use of fossil fuels with carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).

On infrastructure and clean energy, America must play to win

The Rural Electrification Act was signed into law 85 years ago this month. It was a visionary infrastructure program for the 20th century, the centerpiece of a federal energy investment strategy that brought growth and prosperity to the South, the West, and across rural America. Because of these investments, generations of Americans were wealthier, healthier and led better lives.

The Dark Side of Congo’s Cobalt Rush

In June, 2014, a man began digging into the soft red earth in the back yard of his house, on the outskirts of Kolwezi, a city in the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the man later told neighbors, he had intended to create a pit for a new toilet. About eight feet into the soil, his shovel hit a slab of gray rock that was streaked with black and punctuated with what looked like blobs of bright-turquoise mold. He had struck a seam of heterogenite, an ore that can be refined into cobalt, one of the elements used in lithium-ion batteries.

Scientists Call For Massive Global Network of Carbon Capture Plants

If we want any chance of meeting the ambitious climate goals laid out by the 2015 Paris Agreement, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we’ll need to find a way to actually reverse past emissions.

That’s why a team of scientists from the University of California San Diego and Texas A&M University published a call to arms, Wired reports, saying that a “wartime-like crash deployment” of carbon capture technology will play a crucial part in saving us from climate change-induced devastation.

What Boilermakers seek in Biden’s climate policy

Way forward must include CCUS and the preservation—and growth—of good union jobs and pensions

Once President-elect Joe Biden has been inaugurated on Jan. 20, his administration will begin implementing a range of policies that will shape U.S. governance for the next four years, perhaps longer. 

The Biden climate policy, above all others, will directly impact Boilermaker jobs, pensions and the future of our union. It is critical, therefore, that we remain engaged as this policy unfolds and that we strongly communicate our needs and expectations.

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