LA seeking to regulate Uber and Lyft, require electric vehicles and data-sharing

Los Angeles Looks to Require Ride Share Companies to Use Electric Cars. The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles wants to require Uber and Lyft to use electric cars. Mayor Garcetti said: “We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric.” …

Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Puts Businesses in Driver’s Seat of EV Revolution

V2G technologies and their income streams mean businesses more than consumers could drive EV adoption. John Parnell, GreenTechMedia, Sept 19, 2019 V2G could mean big money for EV fleet operators. (Shutterstock) 2 Vehicle-to-grid technologies and the income streams they will generate mean businesses — rather than consumers — could become the key driver of EV adoption, according to one U.K. …

Utilities worked with coal and rail companies to promote climate denial. New eyeballs on the methane problem.

Utilities Worked with Coal, Rail Companies to Promote Climate Denial U.S. Is Unprepared for Climate Damages, Experts Tell Congress Historic Urgenda Climate Ruling Upheld by Dutch Supreme Court In a big win for both the climate and human rights, the Netherlands’ Supreme Court upheld the landmark ruling in Urgenda v. the Netherlands, ruling that governments have a human rights duty …

Dialog between an organizer and an elder

The following exchange is between 33-year-old organizer Yotam Marom and 82-year-old George Lakey, whose activism, organizing and training spans over 50 years. As journalist/activist Bill McKibben says, even Congress cannot suspend the laws of physics. Growing failure on the environmental front produces what political scientists consider a recipe for rapid change and even revolution: the demonstrated inability of a government …

What will it take to get people out of their cars?

Study found that people didn’t change from driving because 1) the employees got free parking, so were not paying the full cost of driving2) taking transit or carpooling is “less convenient for an individual commuter.” 3) “these approaches required changing a habitual behavior, which is notoriously difficult to change.” By Lloyd Alter, December 26, 2019 Researchers looking at the question …

Candidates Debate Climate in Sixth Democratic Debate, The Short Word on Nuclear

By Olivia Rosane Dec. 20, 2019, POLITICS The climate crisis had its strongest showing to date in the sixth Democratic primary debate hosted by Politico and PBS in Los Angeles Thursday. For the first time, a climate question was asked during the first 30 minutes of the debate, HuffPost reported. The issue got 13 minutes total of discussion time, according to Grist, and those …

Gus Speth, After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate: The important thing is for people to redouble their efforts. Now that we’ve got a fighting chance, we really have to fight.

Gus Speth: The important thing is for people to redouble their efforts. Now that we’ve got a fighting chance, we really have to fight. We all should be engaged with a Green New Deal. I think one reason the idea is getting so much attention is that it is not just about climate and the environment. They are seeing the connections …

Energy system modeling: Public transparency, scientific reproducibility, and open development

Author links open overlay panel RobbieMorrison https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.010Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons license open access Highlights Growing calls for policy-based energy system models to be “opened up”. Energy system modeling projects are adopting open source development methods. Energy system database projects are co-evolving to serve datasets to open models. Source code distributed under standard copyright cannot be legally used, built, …

e-bikes will be the top selling EV in the next decade

130 million e-bikes are expected to be sold globally between 2020 and 2023By Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk  Dec 16, 2019, 48 The next decade is going to be defined by a revolution of battery-powered transportation, and the vehicle that will lead the charge won’t be the Tesla Model 3 or even the wildly polarizing Cybertruck. And it definitely won’t be an electric scooter. It …

How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis?

Bernie Sanders on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News AUG 24, 2019 “There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy.”—Bernie Sanders, May 2019 Been There Tropical Storm Irene, which in 2011 caused the deaths of six people in Vermont, forced thousands from their homes, and washed away hundreds of bridges and miles of …