Population and car traffic are growing, oil and gas drillers set up more suburban operations, and summer wildfire smoke blows in from across the West. Sunlight cooks the emissions stew over the metro area and wedge the mix against the foothills.

The number of days where Colorado officials have called an “air quality action day,” meaning children and vulnerable populations are advised to avoid outdoor exertion, have risen from 18 in 2014 to 55 last year. ** Going along with fossil fuel dependent utilities and coal, oil and gas companies also mean shortened lives within Indigenous, Black, brown, and low-income communities, …

The Real Welfare Queens: Walmart is one of the top 4 employers of SNAP and Medicaid beneficiaries in every state. McDonald’s was in the top 5 in 9 states

November 19, 2020 by Common Dreams ‘The Real Looting in America Is the Walton Family’: GAO Report Details How Taxpayers Subsidize Cruel Low Wages of Corporate Giants “I say to the Walton family: Get off welfare,” declared Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to the government study he commissioned. “Pay your workers a living wage—at least $15 an hour.”by Jon Queally, …

CCS masquerading as a climate solution

November 2020 update CCS masquerades as climate solution while locking us into fossil fuels and increasing emissions, not to mention diverting public dollars that could be better used to help facilitate a just and equitable transition off fossil fuels. The Scary Politics of Capturing Carbon from Coal: Why climate advocates say funding the unproven technology is a costly mistake ~ Judith Lewis …

Dangerous cycle triggered around .5 C of warming: irreversible processes like melting of permafrost, drying of rainforests, or acidification of surface waters

ESCIMO is a “reduced complexity earth system” climate model which we run from 1850 to 2500. In ESCIMO, the global temperature keeps rising to 2500 and beyond, slower or faster depending on how fast humanity cuts the emissions of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, but already, dangerously passing irreversible limits. This cycle appears to be triggered by global warming of a …

Tesla microgrids spread as U.S. grid ‘gets worse and worse’

Tesla microgrids spread as U.S. grid ‘gets worse and worse‘ A Tesla Inc. executive made a stir last week when he revealed that the company is operating more than 120 microgrids. The online comment by Michael Snyder, Tesla’s director of engineering and construction for energy projects, signaled that a company known for its cars and batteries is restlessly encroaching on other parts of the energy system. …

The Case for Reining in Car Advertising

The Case for Reining in Car Advertising by Andy Furillo – October 8, 20203 Also: Connecting people and places: Exploring new measures of travel behavior – Brookings.edu, and pedestriansfirst.itdp.org – a new tool helps you measure the walkability of your neighborhood. And finally: Proof: Bike paths are good for the local economy – Streetsblog USA Automobiles impose staggering costs on society. Informed mobility …

Biden said we need to transition from the oil industry, that “pollutes significantly” and “has to be replaced by renewable energy over time”

Biden admitted in the last presidential debate that he hopes to transition from the oil industry, saying it “pollutes significantly” and “has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.” Biden released his climate platform in June, which focuses on achieving net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. Since 80% of energy-related emissions came from fossil fuels last year, the industry will have to eventually …

Food, Ag, and GHG reductions

November 7, 2020. A new study warns that the world cannot meet its most ambitious climate targets without reducing its reliance on meat, the Independent reports. The findings show that, even if fossil fuel emissions were immediately halted, some degree of dietary change will be necessary to keep global warming to below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the paper explains. The …

Biden can do plenty without Congress

https://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/latimes/default.aspx On climate, Biden can do plenty without Congress BY ANNA M. PHILLIPS WASHINGTON — Climate change is fueling record-breaking fires, hurricanes and floods. Global emissions of greenhouse gases are returning to pre-pandemic levels. And America — which has emitted more planet-warming gases than any other nation — has just become the only country to quit the Paris climate agreement. President-elect …