As natural gas bans go national, can cities fill the gap? Regulators need to examine how to wind down utilities’ gas businesses

Fossil fuels burned in residential and commercial buildings contributed to 28,200 premature deaths in the U.S. in 2018, according to a February study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that was published in the journal Nature (E&E News PM, Feb. 12) David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporterPublished: Monday, August 3, 2020 Building electrification strategies are gaining strength nationally to improve efficiency and cut …

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

August 17, 2020 By Ethan Howland Microgrid Knowledge Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. By ART STOCK CREATIVE/Shutterstock.com The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC includes …

‘Risk rules’ decision for UC investments going fossil free

By JAGDEEP SINGH BACHHER AND RICHARD SHERMAN, SEP. 17, 2019 Our job is to make money for the University of California, and we’re betting we can do that without fossil fuels investments. We are investors and fiduciaries for what is widely considered the best public research university in the world. That makes us fiscally conservative by nature and by policy — …

Coal ash: ‘They deserve to be heard’: Sick and dying coal ash cleanup workers fight for their lives

Hundreds of workers fell ill after cleaning up America’s largest industrial disaster without proper gear. At least 50 have died. Twelve years later, they’re still waiting for help by Austyn Gaffney Mon 17 Aug 2020 This story was produced through a partnership between Southerly and the Guardian, with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Doug Bledsoe opened his mouth to order sweet tea …

Why an urgent shift is needed now, without further delay

In the US we take pride in having better air, but air pollution here, at low levels, still causes inflammation, many diseases and ill mental and physical health.  Air pollution has been found to cause 21% of Alzheimer’s and dementia cases.[i] Currently 18,000 people die every day worldwide as a result of air pollution just counting the disease sets cost-benefit analysis …

Why it’s time to relinquish our power to the commons

Land grabs, structural adjustment policies, colonisation, resource extraction, illicit financial flows, tax havens, paywalls, enclosure, gentrification, systemic inequalities and oppression, barriers to access, cash cropping, glass ceilings, slavery, privatisation, unfair immigration laws, terminator seeds — there are so many words and ways that wealth and resources have been taken or stolen at the expense of others and hoarded or managed …

The Real Reason Buses Were Losing Riders Even Before COVID-19: Labor off-loaded to gig economy workers averaging $9/hr rather than union labor

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Aug 26, 2020 Bus ridership had dropped like a stone even before COVID-19 — and if we want to stanch its decline, we need to end public subsidies to car drivers. That’s the conclusion of a Georgia Tech study that reviewed national bus-ridership data and found that the number of passenger trips declined every year from 2012 …

Air pollution is a driver of residential electricity demand, study finds

Science Daily, August 17, 2020 A new study reveals that households respond to ambient air pollution by increasing electricity consumption, which in turn increases the carbon emissions that are co-produced in supplying the electricity. A study conducted by Associate Professor Alberto Salvo from the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences …

Widespread Electric Vehicle Adoption Would Save Billions of Dollars, Thousands of Lives

Aug. 17, 2020 — A new study found that if EVs replaced 25% of combustion-engine cars currently on the road, the United States would save approximately $17 billion annually by avoiding damages from climate change and air pollution. Widespread Electric Vehicle Adoption Would Save Billions of Dollars, Thousands of Lives.’ A new study found that if EVs replaced 25% of combustion-engine …

The climate crisis is an emergency, not an ‘issue’

By Mark Hertsgaard for Columbia Journalism Review, AUGUST 20, 2020 This article is adapted from The Climate Beat, the weekly newsletter of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative strengthening coverage of the climate story. IT’S RARE TO HEAR THE TERM “CLIMATE EMERGENCY” in media and political discourse in the United States, even though that is the term thousands of scientists say most …