Biden urged to back water bill amid worst US crisis in decades

Water Act proposes massive injection of federal dollars as millions of people go without access to clean, safe, affordable water By Nina Lakhani in New York, 25 Feb 2021, The Guardian Democratic lawmakers and advocates are urging Joe Biden to back legislation proposing unprecedented investment in America’s ailing water infrastructure amid the country’s worst crisis in decades that has left millions of people …

GHG reduction pledges are ‘staggeringly short’ of 1.5 C target

NY Times, Feb 27, 2021 The global scientific consensus is clear: Emissions of planet-warming gases must be cut by nearly half by 2030 if the world is to have a good shot at averting the worst climate catastrophes. The global political response has been underwhelming so far. New climate targets submitted by countries to the United Nations would reduce emissions by less …

EV Feb 2021

Chevy releases a new version of the Chevy Bolt EV and introduces its first all-electric crossover: the Chevy Bolt EUV. Chevy is offering the 2022 Bolt for $31,995 –– a $5,500 drop from the 2021 model. The EUV is only a tad dearer: $33,995. Both cars have a range of roughly 250 miles and can get 90 miles of charge …

Utility racketeering in Ohio

Nexus: 2/22/2021: UTILITY CORRUPTION: Avalanche of legal issues cloud FirstEnergy’s future (E&E $), dark money group admits racketeering in Ohio bribery case (AP) Dark money group admits racketeering in Ohio bribery case By JULIE CARR SMYTH and MARK GILLISPIEFebruary 19, 2021 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A political dark money group that authorities say was used as part of a $60 …

Colorado Demand-Side Management Roundtable

In Colorado, Xcel/PSCo works with the Public Utilities Commission and stakeholders to provide regulatory filings that follow Colorado laws and rules. Below are links to Xcel Demand-Side Management plans and reports, roundtable stakeholders meetings and information, 60/90 Notices for program changes, as well as various Colorado DSM program evaluations and studies. DSM Plans & Annual Reports 2021/2022 2021/2022 DSM Plan …

Cleaning up America’s electricity system by 2035 with a federal Clean Electricity Standard

By Leah Stokes and Sam Ricketts  Feb 4, 2021 Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigned on a bold climate plan that included cleaning up America’s electricity system by 2035 with a federal Clean Electricity Standard (CES). A national CES, which would require utilities increase their share of renewable and carbon pollution-free electricity, is an old idea. But the ambition — 100 percent clean electricity by …

California’s IOU Intervenor Compensation Program is a model

CA Intervenor Compensation Program – public advocates can also get paid for their costs to intervene. Saves 14x as much money as it costs in reduced rates, not to mention equity and justice, health, climate The Financial Cooperative calls its task “nonextractive” or “regenerative finance.” The goal is to give control of capital to communities that have been most marginalized, …

Virginia House passes bill that would let customers choose and shop for renewable power, Allen Best’s overview of CO GHG Roadmap, etc.

By Elizabeth McGowan February 9, 2021 Virginia Del. Jeff Bourne in the House chamber at the Virginia State Capitol. The Richmond Democrat’s House Bill 2048 would allow Virginians to purchase 100% renewable energy from competitive service suppliers. The House passed the bill Friday on a 67-32 vote. The proposal, which passed Friday on a bipartisan 67-32 vote, would allow renewable …

Harvard Study: Fossil Fuel Pollution Responsible for 1 in 5 Deaths Annually. Is It Fair To Say That ExxonMobil Has Murdered Millions Of People With Its Product’s Air Pollution?

A new study from Harvard that looks specifically at PM2.5 from fossil fuels, which found that in 2018, fossil fuel pollution caused more than 8 million early deaths — approximately one in five deaths that year. For decades, polluters and their apologists have conducted a concerted campaign to discredit and destroy science they knew showed how burning fossil fuels is …