The Green New Deal aims to get buildings off fossil fuels. These 6 places have already started: The work of reducing carbon emissions from buildings has begun

Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the GHGs in the US, primarily natural gas these days but also heating oil burned to heat (and cool) the water and space inside buildings. CA: Last year, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order that targeted statewide net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Buildings are about 25 percent of state emissions, so that necessarily …

Tons of Collusion! “102 contacts and 28 meetings between the Trump Campaign/Transition team and Russians” (+ Russia–Trump Timeline)

March 22nd, 2019 by Zachary Shahan Image via Kremlin.ru (some rights reserved) I was on the verge of titling this “Let’s Be Honest — Fox News Viewers Are Idiots,” or perhaps “Let’s Be Honest — Trump Supporters Are Idiots,” but I thought I better take the high road and not do that. Happily, I think the new title is better and I didn’t offend anyone. …

Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars. By Beth Gardiner, The Guardian, Fri 22 Mar 2019 John German had not been looking to make a splash when he commissioned an examination of pollution from diesel cars back in 2013. The exam compared what came out of their exhaust pipes, during the lab …

“Mayors are figuring out that if you do not have kids at the table … you’re probably not a very good mayor.”

Austin, Tex.—At the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual conference in Boston this past June, Gresham, Oregon Mayor Shane Bemis is the chair of the recently established U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Youth Involvement. In 2018, the task force released a 2018 survey and best practices report “in order to obtain critical information surrounding youth engagement” and “create a baseline of …

Labor Network for Sustainability 18 strategies for the GND

The Resolution lists five “Green New Deal goals” to be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization: achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers; create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all; invest in the infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st …

What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’: Freedom to be homeless, jobless, and unable to access health care when you need it

Franklin D. Roosevelt when he proposed, in January 1944, a “second Bill of Rights” to be added to our Constitution. FDR’s proposed amendments included the right to a job, and the right to be paid enough to live comfortably; the right to “adequate food and clothing and recreation”; the right to start a business and run it without worrying about “unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; the right “of every family …

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Emerging, Thanks To NZEB Goals

Clean Technica, Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Emerging, Thanks To NZEB Goals, March 2019 Incorporating solar generation in commercial building materials may finally become a mainstream practice, with both solar windows and solar panels used to create net-zero buildings. Evolving regulations in leading jurisdictions like California and Germany are driving the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) with adoption deadlines as early as next year. The …

Joined at the hip: inequality and our decaying environment

Climate-Striking Young People Get Climate Change. Why Can’t Their Elders? In deeply unequal societies, the rich and powerful never feel the environmental pain.  by Sam Pizzigati on Inequality.org, March 15, 2019 Listen to the young people of the worldwide March 15 climate strike and you can feel the frustration. They see us at the brink of climate catastrophe. Why can’t everybody else? …

The State(s) of Distributed Solar + Should Utilities Be Buying New Gas Plants?

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2018 Update BY MARIE DONAHUE | DATE: 12 MAR 2019  2018 Year-End Update Renewable energy continued to expand across the country in 2018. This expansion in renewable energy complements a growing number of states, utilities, and cities that have set ambitious goals to transition to 100 percent renewable and carbon-free power generation. New solar photovoltaic capacity, including from small-scale distributed solar …