What is equitable and cost-effective investment in transportation? How is that changing?

Moving forward, MassDOT plans to target certain bottlenecks while taking a more active role in managing how the roads operate, clearing crashes more quickly, and working to improve people’s travel options throughout the state. New construction and technological solutions will help, but the agency will also evaluate smart pricing strategies in the most congested areas. Rail, bus, and other commuter …

Can we reach 100% renewable energy in time to avert climate catastrophe? So far the only consensus is that we need to do it.

Renewables can and be scaled up in time to meet the world’s energy demands across the three main sectors (electricity, heating and transportation). Renewables in the transportation and heating sectors will have to expand in the next few years if the worst impacts from climate change are to be avoided. Delucchi’s recent cost analysis of clean energy systems didn’t include options like …

Climate change could cost the U.S. 10.5% of its GDP by 2100, study finds

Seattle passed a 12 page GND resolution. It affirms a federal GND and calls for the government to enact policies. The hard part will be financing it at the city and state level. It’s been exciting to watch frontline communities and others working out the details. They are now creating an oversight committee that will work out even more details. …

Rooftop solar energy brings a wide variety of benefits to the grid and to society

Frontier Group, Aug 2019, excerpt Many value-of-solar studies, however – especially those conducted by electric utilities – have left out key benefits of solar energy. Policymakers and members of the public who consult these studies may be left with a false impression of solar energy’s value to the grid and society, with damaging results for public policy. To make decisions …

US spends $81 billion a year to protect global oil supplies, report estimates

CNBC SEP 21 2018 Tom DiChristopher The United States spends about $81 billion a year to protect oil supplies around the world, according to an estimate by Securing America’s Future Energy. SAFE released its study the same day President Donald Trump claimed Middle Eastern countries are hiking oil prices while benefiting from U.S. protection. Retired military commanders associated with SAFE say …

‘War on Cars’ is a misnomer when the majority of transportation investments and road space are devoted to automobile travel and those walking and bicycling are most at bodily risk

Todd Litman calls the war on cars a bad joke. He gives us a lot of ammunition in the fight to end it. Calling every bike lane or transit improvement “a war on the car” didn’t start in Toronto, but it got a big boost with our late [offensive adjectives deleted] suburban drivist mayor Rob Ford and the current Deputy Mayor, Denzil …

Zero carbon transport shift could save billions – report

“EVs will not crash our power grids, as some people misleadingly report. On the contrary, Batteries on Wheels shows that EVs can spare Europe’s grids from costly upgrades and allow more renewables to come online faster. But for this to happen, Europe’s governments have to set up systems for EVs to be charged at the right time of the day, …

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Contrary to what many utilities would have you believe, rooftop solar users are givers, not takers, the author writes. GreenTechMedia, by Emma Searson, 5 Aug 2019 26 Thinking beyond the payback period. We often define the value of something, including our clean energy investments, through a very limited cost-benefit analysis: What are my expenses related to this new thing, and …

How can cities consider mental health in green space planning?

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz in Smart Cities Dive, July 25, 2019 A new paper from an international team of researchers says that cities should consider mental health benefits as they plan nature spaces in cities. The paper, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, offers a framework for cities to incorporate and measure mental health benefits from parks, tree plantings and other green spaces.  “In …