There is so much to be angry about, if you are a clean energy guy. Every day, so many things that happen around the world make me angry when I look at them with lenses colored by the climate change chaos unfolding everywhere around us. And I am especially angry because I know we can solve the climate change crisis if we were only trying.Each week, I will share with you a few topics that struck me and that I was very angry about – and this will generally have to do with climate change, solar or wind power, plastic pollution, deforestation and reforestation, environmental degradation, wildlife, the oceans and other related topics.
There is something sordid taking place out there. Over the past few weeks, shareholders – that is, investors, asset management firms, banks and pension funds - blocked proposals to accelerate carbon emission reductions at oil & gas producers including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Shell and TotalEnergies. But, wait: aren’t we in a climate emergency with clarion calls by the IPCC and the IEA to have zero new oil, gas and coal developments anywhere in order for the world to have a chance to reach net zero by 2050? The Angry Clean Energy Guy on why a far harsher light should be shone on what institutional investors are actually doing, rather than wasting time listening to their rivers of words about climate “action”, “responsible” investing and ESG “policies”.
While India was roasting under a record heatwave; the Amazon was recording record after record of deforestation destruction; dust storms were sending thousands to hospital in Iraq; Ethiopia was facing its worst drought in at least 40 years; and global average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were reaching their highest level on record for any calendar month in April, consultants McKinsey were busy preparing yet another report obfuscating the reasons why climate finance flows continue to be appallingly inadequate.
Perhaps the McKinsey consultants should consider stopping to "research" and publish reports that waste hundreds of people's time and are filled with platitudes, and consider instead quitting to act on climate instead. Enough with the time wasting: we should be developing and implementing tools which allow citizens to take direct climate action at scale.
The Angry Clean Energy Guy on why your "luxury cruise" is just a floating garbage trash can; how the shipping industry in its entirety has gone rogue in terms of climate action, ocean pollution and public health impact; and why the International Maritime Organization needs to be either fundamentally restructured or closed: it's not fit for purpose and it's doing everything in its power to do absolutely nothing at all.
The Angry Clean Energy Guy on the top 5 climate action myths busted by the Ukraine war: the different ways governments and big business had justified, sometime for decades, why they couldn't take this or that climate action, then suddenly took them in days in a different context. And on why we should label “non-sense” anything we read about why we should not immediately break our addiction to oil and gas and coal and instead – as argued by fossil fuel stooges – we should ramp up destructive fracking or build LNG terminals
Greenwashing - drowning consumers with vague or false claims to deceive them into believing that a business' products or image are green - has gone viral: Most businesses are at it, irrespective of their sectors, some more vociferously than others. Here are the Angry Clean Energy Guy's "Greenwashing Top 15:" the Top 15 ways we are being deceived - on a daily basis if not more frequently - by Big Oil, businesses, the financial sector, politicians and many others.
The Angry Clean Energy Guy on why the blockchain is possibly one of the most powerful tools for citizen climate action, in particular for those angry about how little their governments have been doing for 30 years about climate change. We (citizens!) can leverage its power and potential to drive hundreds of billions more to accelerate the renewable energy revolution, fight deforestation, clean up the oceans, push back on the plastic epidemic and so on - all because it allows us to do what we want to, as opposed to what big governments, politicians, banks, the capital markets and corporations are prioritizing and doing.