How offsets just don’t work

Here is a ProPublica piece on additionality and a forestry project backed by Audubon. As folks have noted, we need to be careful about the narrative that we just need to fix offsets, but I think this article really shows how these programs are a scam that no amount of tweaking will fix. And there are these gems: “I think …

America’s Broadband Problem

A county-by-county look at the broadband gap, by Russell Brandom and William Joel  May 10, 2021 https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/Ol08y/15/ For example, Park County CO has just 10% at broadband speeds. Percentage of people using the internet at 25Mbps or above per county. Blue< 15% of population has broadband internet speed. Gray ≥ 15% If broadband access was a problem before 2020, the pandemic turned it into a crisis. As …

How to spot the difference between a real climate policy and greenwashing guff

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/06/difference-real-climate-policy-greenwashing-emissions By Damian Carrington Unless actions by governments and corporations cut emissions in the here and now, a dose of scepticism is in order So it’s goodbye climate deniers, hello – and you’ll pardon me for being blunt here – climate bullshitters. The impacts of the climate emergency are now so obvious, only the truly deluded still deny them. Instead, …

Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015 and at least two-thirds of residents in those cities would be exposed to heat-related illness

A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, according to a new study. Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015 in three large U.S. cities, the research found. As climate change …

Health care legislation on a state level, short of Medicare for All

Julia Rock, April 2021, The Daily Poster On the campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to create a nationwide public health insurance option that would lower patient costs, improve medical care, and help small businesses deal with soaring health care costs. While a Medicare-for-All, single-payer health care system would be simpler, cheaper, and guarantee universal coverage, Biden and Democrats in competitive …

30 Times More Jobs from Rooftop Solar, Utility Filing Says

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 30 APR 2021 |  Institute for Local Self Reliance In late 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to discuss what infrastructure projects they had in queue that could be accelerated to support the COVID-battered economy. Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed …

The GHG reduction measures the government set out are “not sufficient to ensure that the necessary transition to climate neutrality is achieved in time,” said Germany’s top court.

Germany’s top court has demanded changes to the country’s climate law, reports the Financial Times, saying it places too much of a burden on future generations to reduce carbon emissions. In what the paper describes as a “key victory for young climate campaigners”, the court said the law “violate[s] the freedoms of the complainants, some of whom are still very …

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Biden’s Climate Commitment Falls Far Short of U.S. “Fair Share”

The majority of Americans (excluding the millions of children who were unable to vote) went to the polls last November to elect a new administration and today our new Executive Branch’s political verdict on climate is in. And it is not good news. The Biden administration has just released the United States’ Nationally Determined Contributions (“NDCs”), defining the level of damaging …