Valuing Public Transportation

Public transit is critical for efficient and equitable transportation. It is currently under threat due to fears of COVID-19 contagion. Now, more than ever, planners must communicate transit benefits and respond to inaccurate criticisms. Todd Litman, Planetizen | June 12, 2020 DargaseaWikimedia Commons Public transportation plays unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transportation system. It provides affordable mobility for …

Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane

Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace by Nichola Groom, Reuters, 16 June 2020 SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short …

New climate modeling shows that worst-case scenarios do not go far enough

Modelling suggests climate is considerably more sensitive to carbon emissions than thought, by Jonathan Watts 13 Jun 2020, Guardian Worst-case global heating scenarios may need to be revised upwards in light of a better understanding of the role of clouds, scientists have said. Recent modelling data suggests the climate is considerably more sensitive to carbon emissions than previously believed, and experts …

Electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target. Publicly owned utilities have been moving faster and offering cheaper electricity.

Australia: ACT electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target, RenewEconomy, June 2020 (article further down) ** There is a “flexibility and nimbleness” to a small, city-owned utility. These characteristics will help the transition to clean energy — a fact made apparent by some of the cities that have already achieved their 100% renewable goals, like Burlington, Vt. and Georgetown, Texas. Both …

7 reasons why new nuclear is a no go

New nuclear power costs about 5 times more than onshore wind power per kWh (between 2.3 to 7.4 times depending upon location and integration issues). Nuclear takes 5 to 17 years longer between planning and operation and produces on average 23 times the emissions per unit electricity generated (between 9 to 37 times depending upon plant size and construction schedule). …

Tropical Storms Are Getting More Intense: nearly four decades of satellite data from storms around the world, the likelihood of a storm reaching Category 3 or above, with sustained winds above 110 miles per hour, increased 8 percent per decade

 Jordan Davidson May. 19, 2020 Climate Home News The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Houston over the last few years is a direct effect of the climate crisis, which is making tropical storms stronger and wetter, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as CNN reported. The study looked …

Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power and Local Ownership and Returns in Pueblo, Colo

BY MARIE DONAHUE AND JOHN FARRELL | 29 AUG 2018  Podcast (localenergyrules): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS A growing number of U.S. cities have set goals to generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming decades, each with its own unique circumstances and motivations. Pueblo, a small city of just over 100,000 residents located in southeastern Colorado, is one of these …

Leading oil and gas companies have lost an average 45% of their value since the start of 2020 – perfect set-up for public ownership/takeover

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens health and safety on an unprecedented scale, people around the world are uniting in novel ways to flatten the curve, support those on the frontlines of the crisis, and assist members of their community. But meanwhile, others are capitalizing on the crisis to line their pockets. The biggest offender? The oil, gas, and plastic industry. …

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 …

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 …