The Dangers of Climate Change Pseudo-Activity: we like to believe that we are doing a lot when we are, in fact, doing very little. We are flexing muscles on the shore, refusing to get our feet wet.

And here is the problem: we like to believe that we are doing a lot when we are, in fact, doing very little. The Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, is right when he says that “The threat today is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to ‘be active’, to ‘participate’, to mask the Nothingness of what goes on.”  We are flexing …

Denver’s 100% Clean Electricity by 2030 Commitment and 80×50 Climate Action Plan

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced in summer 2018 Denver’s Commitment to have 100% clean electricity by 2030.  Xcel committed to be providing 80% clean electricity by 2030. Denver is targeting 80% clean by 2050, across the board 80X50 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN Greetings Denver, Climate change is the single biggest issue we face that has negative impacts on both our environment …

Decarbonizing buildings – #1 stop constructing buildings that depend on fossil fuels. #2 raise standards

Excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com, Feb 2019 The challenges of decarbonization fall into four basic buckets.  There’s the electricity grid, which is rapidly getting less carbon-intensive as coal fades and renewables rise. transportation, where there’s a long, long way to go, but the path is clear, namely electrifying the vehicle fleet as rapidly as possible and reducing vehicle use through …

The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

You might say that producing the disaster of global climate change has taken a lot of economic policy.  Reversing direction will take the same. Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider …

Oregon and New Mexico action on climate change and energy

Oregon Any day now, Oregon state legislators are expected to introduce the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which would connect Oregon to California’s cap-and-trade system, committing it to statewide greenhouse gas reductions of 80 percent by 2050. It is widely considered likely to pass. The cap represents only the first of eight ambitious goals in Governor Kate Brown’s comprehensive climate agenda. But she was …

Starting a CCA plus electrifying buildings saves Marbleton money

New York Town Plans Profitable 100% Renewable Future, by Tom Konrad in GTMREGULATION & POLICY, 02.07.19, excerpt A community choice program and a lack of natural gas are enabling Marbletown to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity—while saving money. Saving money with building electrification Another thing going for Marbletown — though it may not appear to be the case at first — is its lack …

Batteries Cheaper Than Gas. Also Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms, Clean Technica, February 9th, 2019 Distribution system operators need more flexibility to manage congested networks This article was originally published by Fereidoon Sioshansi in the EEnergy Informer newsletter. Fereidoon can be reached at fpsoshansi@aol.com. Reprinted with permission. As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows …

The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived

The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived. ROBINSON MEYER, The Atlantic, FEB 7, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat of New York, unveils her Green New Deal proposal on Capitol Hill.JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS Long ago, in a distant geological era—when Donald Trump hosted a reality show, when Senator Barack Obama doubted whether Hillary Clinton could be president, when the Earth …

Transition to 100% renewable energy in Europe across power, heat, transport sectors will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuels and nuclear system

100% Renewable Energy Across Europe Is More Cost-Effective Than The Current Energy System, Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019  Excerpt…Energy Watch Group and LUT University combined their resources to work on a new research that proves the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The study has simulated a full energy transition in Europe across the power, heat, transport, …

David Roberts’ review of what’s in the Green New Deal

The resolution consists of a preamble, five goals, 14 projects, and 15 requirements. The preamble establishes that there are two crises, a climate crisis and an economic crisis of wage stagnation and growing inequality, and that the GND can address both. The goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, providing for a just transition, securing clean air and …