How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, November 17, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on June 26, 2019. Law experts say there are several ways President-elect Joe Biden can address climate change without risking court challenges. Francis Chung/E&E News President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a …

SDSN: America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan and Accelerating Decarbonization in the US: Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions

The SDSN USA Network was launched in December 2018 with the mission to implement the SDGs in the US by building and mobilizing a national network of academic institutions. The priority on energy and climate work originated during discussions at the SDSN USA launch, in response to a need for an actionable national strategy for a just transition to achieve net zero …

Guidance from CDPHE Air Pollution Division for Xcel was led/drafted by a former Xcel staffer

Further, an unadvertised “stakeholder” group only allowed entities not supporting rapid decarbonization by the electricial sector or anything that could impinge on Xcel profits, even a mere study bill of Community Choice Energy Clean Energy Plan Guidance – Draft Release for Public Comment Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Air Pollution Control Division, September 25, 2020 Introduction During …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Democracy Collaborative: We must move away from current system prioritizing corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability. The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important.

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability.  The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important. However, the incredible rise of the intangible economy has dramatically altered these systems and our wider economic …

Pope to International Association of Penal Law: Destroying the Earth — the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem — should be a crime

Addressing the International Association of Penal Law in the Vatican on 15th November 2019, Pope Francis proposed that “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church and went a step further, saying “ecocide” should be a fifth category of crimes against peace at the international level. The Pope described acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: …

A near-term to net zero alternative to the social cost of carbon for setting carbon prices

Nature Climate Change (2020), 17 August 2020 by Noah Kaufman, Alexander R. Barron, Wojciech Krawczyk, Peter Marsters & Haewon McJeon Cite this article Abstract: The social cost of carbon (SCC) is commonly described and used as the optimal CO2 price. However, the wide range of SCC estimates provides limited practical assistance to policymakers setting specific CO2 prices. Here we describe an alternate near-term to net zero (NT2NZ) approach, estimating …

The Azores will become a testing ground for electric mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

 AUGUST 04, 2020, by TZVETOZAR VINCENT IOLOV Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Azores Islands Autonomous Government, inaugurated a pilot project called ‘Energia sobre Rodas – V2G Açores’ (Energy on Wheels – V2G Azores) yesterday during a visit in São Miguel. This multi-partner initiative is part of a wider governmental policy which wants to see the Atlantic archipelago at the forefront of …

Deliberate decline focuses on the deep shifts in established systems that are necessary to realize decarbonization

Daniel Rosenbloom and Adrian Rinscheid, 26 July 2020 https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.669 Promoting low‐carbon innovation has long been a central preoccupation within both the practice and theory of climate change mitigation. However, deep lock‐ins indicate that existing carbon‐intensive systems will not be displaced or reconfigured by innovation alone. A growing number of studies and practical initiatives suggest that mitigation efforts will need to engage …