Would you give up your car and switch to an e-bike for $4,000?

30 August 2022 https://traveltomorrow.com/france-is-paying-car-drivers-e4000-to-switch-to-electric-bikes/ France is paying car drivers €4,000 to trade in their cars and switch to electric bikes to cut down on carbon emissions. In an effort to cut down pollution and compensate for high energy prices, France is granting up to €4,000 for people  who trade in their car for a bike. French citizens and organizations can …

ALEC and gas companies have passed prohibitions against gas bans across 20 states: 31% of US building gas use

Only Washington has passed statewide all-electric construction requirements. New York policymakers are considering statewide mandates for both new and existing buildings. Meanwhile, local air monitoring systems (Purple Air, monitoring particulate matter and VOCs) in highly fracked areas of Ohio and found that the U.S. EPA’s regional air quality monitors often miss variations in pollution at the local level. (Energy News …

How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

Insiders, outsiders, and power – Larry Summers

https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2017/06/19/looking-back-in-anger-review-of-adults-in-the-room-the-hindu-times/ It doesn’t take long for Varoufakis to realise that Greece’s creditors are not interested in serious negotiations. They want nothing short of capitulation to the terms laid out by them. When Varoufakis doesn’t surrender, they threaten Greece with a liquidity crisis. Varoufakis’ moment of reckoning arrives one spring night in April 2015, in a hotel bar in Washington DC. …

Dying from COVID robbed each American of about a decade of life on average. As a whole, U.S. life expectancy fell by two years — similar to the impact of air pollution

Most of us simply don’t know how many people die of various causes—or that it’s possible for fewer to do so. Our acceptance of those deaths never accounted for alternatives. “When was I offered the choice between having a society where you’re expected to go into work when you’re ill or having fewer people die of the flu every year?” Wrigley-Field, …

Public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased

As Congress considers President Biden’s ”Build Back Better” bill, we are pleased to release a new report “Politics & Global Warming” based on our latest national survey, conducted in September 2021. Overall, we find that public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased since our last study in March. Large majorities of registered voters, including many Republicans, support …

A powerful oligarchy profits from business as usual is thwarting societal mobilization to make the deep changes necessary to maintain a livable planet. We need organizing for System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change is a network of North American ecosocialists united in the belief that capitalism is driving climate change and that a radical international grassroots movement can stop it. The organization was founded in 2013 by U.S. and Canadian climate activists who understood that the fossil-fueled capitalist system which caused the climate crisis was not going to …

Transcending the “Regulatory Compact:” Parsing the Legal Facts and Fictions of Stranded Assets and Cost Recovery

Jan 18, 2021 Written By Conor J. May https://www.cleanenergyaction.org/blog/regulatorycompact-xh24b Parsing the Legal Facts and Fictions of Stranded Assets and Cost Recovery Xcel Energy’s largest, newest, and most expensive coal plant in Colorado opened in Pueblo in 2010. Xcel’s local subsidiary, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), projected that they would be able to profitably operate Pueblo Unit 3 until 2070. However, as the …

The Car Crashes That Go Undetected

Safety advocates say that 30% of traffic collisions involving bikes or pedestrians in Washington, D.C., aren’t reported by police. Here’s how they’re trying to close that data gap. By Laura Bliss, CityLab, Bloomberg, July 15, 2021 Laura Bliss is a writer and editor for CityLab in San Francisco, focused on transportation and technology. She also writes MapLab, a biweekly newsletter about maps.@mslaurabliss A hallmark of …

Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …