We’ve never been able to afford our car-dominated roads. Coronavirus just reveals how bad the situation has always been

To put it bluntly, in the nearly 70 years since the Federal Highway Act of 1956 gave states a 90-percent discount on a brand new freeway systems of their very own, no state has ever found a reliable way to maintain all that asphalt without extensive federal assistance. We have 50 distinct road-funding structures across 50 states, and no one has found the magic amount to …

Inequality doesn’t just make pandemics worse – it could cause them

Laura Spinney Historically, disease outbreaks have happened at a time of social inequality and discord Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage, Sun 12 Apr 2020 The Guardian A lot has been written about how this pandemic is exacerbating social inequalities. But what if it’s because our societies are so unequal that this pandemic happened? There is a school of …

11 member nations of the European Union demand to use the continent’s Green Deal policy guidelines as a framework for economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

April 11, 2020 On Friday, 350.org welcomed a new demand from 11 member nations of the European Union to use the continent’s Green Deal policy guidelines as a framework for economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We have a choice to make now: do we try to tackle one crisis while ignoring another, or do we decide to build back better …

Coal

Central Banks Have a $12 Billion Coal Problem They Must Solve The world’s leading central banks own more than $12 billion in bonds and stocks exposed to coal, according to a new report from a London-based think tank. If those assets aren’t purged, it puts the banks in financial peril, as countries transition to cleaner energy, the report concludes. (Bloomberg) …

Shared mobility shows how to dramatically reduce emissions and traffic

OECD International Transport Forum, April 2020 This report examines how new shared services could change mobility in Lyon. It presents simulations for five different scenarios in which different shared transport options replace privately owned cars in the Lyon metropolitan area. The simulations offer insights on how shared mobility can reduce congestion, lower transport greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions and free public …

Nationalizing the Power Industry Isn’t Radical: The US has a long history of nationalizing in times of crisis. The publicly owned clean power proposal is actually pretty tame.

By KATE ARONOFF, March 2, 2020, in The New Republic Whether Sanders’s platform really calls for taking over “major parts” of the economy is up for debate. In the 1970s, Sanders talked favorably about “public ownership of utilities, banks, and major industries,” and he urged President Richard Nixon to “give serious thought” to nationalizing oil companies during the 1973 oil crisis. That’s a …

Learning and cost curves, and why a dollar spent on coal, oil, gas, or nuclear infrastructure represents an investment that will be stranded, and probably very soon

Excerpt from George Harvey on Clean Technica, June 2019 …we have a tool allowing us to predict not only that the price of PVs, concentrated solar power (CSP), and hydrogen will fall, but, given their past history and with a little careful analysis, the approximate rate at which they may continue to fall. This is equally true for the other …

The Green New Deal Is Cheap, Actually. Decarbonizing will cost trillions of dollars, but it’s an investment that will have big return — for the economy and the environment

TIM DICKINSON, Rolling Stone, April 2020 Tim Larsen/New Jersey Governor’s Office Opposition to the Green New Deal is often framed as a matter of cost. President Trump’s re-election campaign blasted the “radical” plan, claiming it would “cost trillions of dollars, wreck our economy, and decimate millions of energy jobs.” But science shows that the costs of unchecked global temperature rise are far …