74% support regulating CO2 as pollutant and 82% support rebates for PV or EVs. Even amidst pandemic, a majority of registered voters support making climate action a high or very high priority 66% said developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority

82% support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels. 82% support funding more research into renewable energy sources. 80% support generating renewable energy (solar and wind) on public land in the U.S. 78% support providing federal funding to put solar panels on the roofs of public schools. 74% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant. …

Soil respiration is stimulated by climate warming: Temporal changes in global soil respiration since 1987

A new study on soil respiration (the release of carbon from soil) finds that rates increased between 1987 and 1999, but remained unchanged between 2000 and 2016. Soil respiration is “stimulated by climate warming”, but according to the paper, the “magnitude and dynamics of such stimulations” is still highly uncertain. The steady rate of soil respiration from the year 2000 …

How Much Did “The Culture of Narcissism” Get Right?

Forty years ago, Christopher Lasch described a soulless society headed toward a “war of all against all.” Are we there? A look back at the book TK readers chose for review By Matt Taibbi, Jan 17, 2021 It is symptomatic of the underlying tenor of American life that vulgar terms for sexual intercourse also convey the sense of getting the …

From Nazism to Democracy: Lessons from Germany

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.PHOTO BY JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP / GETTY IMAGES The U.S. finds itself in a different place and time than postwar Germany, but the challenge is similar. Why you can trust us BY SYLVIA TASCHKA The Conversation & Yes Magazine, Jan …

Honoring the Radical Evolution of Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of Dr. King goes so much deeper than the “I have a dream” soundbite and his message of nonviolence. In the wake of an armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — a mob that included overt white supremacists and fueled by lies about voter fraud with roots in Jim Crow racism — the more challenging parts of King’s …

US auto sales were down 15% in 2020, whereas Tesla’s US sales were estimated to be up 9%

January 2021, Clean Technica, Zach Shahan, Tesla’s Position Among US Auto Brands (Charts) https://cleantechnica.com/2021/01/18/teslas-position-among-us-auto-brands-charts/ On Saturday, I published a new CleanTechnica report showing that US auto sales were down 15% in 2020, whereas Tesla’s US sales were estimated to be up 9%. Only two companies other than Tesla had their US sales increase in 2020 — Volvo and Alfa Romeo, each by 2%. …

Systematic review of the outcomes and trade-offs of ten types of decarbonization policy instruments

Renewable electricity traded as ‘green certificates’ can redistribute wealth from consumers to energy companies – with 83% of the available evidence suggesting they have a “negative impact”, along with 63% of the evidence for energy taxes, which can disproportionately affect rural areas. A review of ten types of policy used to reduce carbon suggests that some costs fall on those …

Gov. Polis claims Colorado has already achieved a 40% GHG reduction ahead of milestones

And thus that analysis provided by third-party entities on Colorado’s lack of progress and need to phase out coal by 2025 or stop expanding fossil fuel production are irrelevant… Polis did say the roadmap calls on the Public Utilities Commission, for example, to make the target 80% reduction in electric power emissions by 2030 a “floor” rather than the ceiling, and Polis …

People of Colorado v. the State

The state relies on the Suncor polluters to tell it what’s happening. In so doing, it holds fast to the neoliberal playbook of putting corporate interests and profits before people’s health and wellbeing. Suncor has a state permit to emit 800,000 tons of pollutants a year. That is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from 174,000 cars on the streets …

Electric utilities in Washington must eliminate coal-fired power by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

Washington state adopts rules to guide utilities to coal-free status by 2025, carbon-free by 2045 Utility Dive | Emma Penrod The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) and Washington State Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that they adopted rules in late December to guide implementation of the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act. Under the law, electric utilities in Washington …