Dems 100×50 bill – Nov 2019

The Democratic Party has released its first major bill (pdf) with the goal of achieving a “100 percent clean energy economy by 2050,” calling for a radical transition from traditional sources of energy to renewables such as wind and solar power. Referred to as the “100 Percent Clean Economy Act of 2019” or the “100 x 50 Act,” the bill focuses on …

New Mexico GHG reduction roadmap

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reiterated her commitment to addressing the causes and effects of climate change as a panel of experts concluded that New Mexico needs to pick up the pace if it wants to meet its goals over the next decade. The governor’s climate change task force released its initial report, summing up the …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

Transitioning off gas: system transitions

https://gridworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CA_Gas_System_in_Transition.pdf California needs to acknowledge these emerging trends and begin formulating a gas system transition plan. Prudent long-term planning and management of the gas transition will allow us to minimize and stabilize rate increases. The consequences of failing to do so would be detrimental for California’s economy, causing energy cost inflation, industry destabilization, job loss, and significant hardship for the …

US leads in per capita and total emissions. It’s time to shut off fossil fuel development.

https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-019-02711-4/index.html …issues of moral responsibility and social justice, by focusing on evidence that climate disruptions will most harm the people who have contributed least to the problem. Such concerns led Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, to declare that climate change is “an unconscionable assault on the poor” in a report to the Human …

6 states and 131 American cities, led by a mix of Republican and Democratic mayors, have committed to 100% clean electricity

There are now six states that have made commitments to 100 percent clean electricity. At the local level, 131 American cities, led by a mix of Republican and Democratic mayors, have committed to that goal.  Since 2009, the United States has increased its solar power generation 40-fold and upped its electric production from wind by more than 270 percent, according to a …

Al Gore: We can do it, but we need significant policy change and new people in office

Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires ignite and …

Getting to 100% in Cities

by John Farrell, ILSR, 2018. Updated presentation. Resolutions Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––http://bit.ly/VoicesOf100 Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set …

Climate Strike Demands

Here are the demands of the Climate Strike listed at https://strikewithus.org/#demands Green New Deal Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately  Indigenous Sovereignty Honor …

If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …