City green transport planning: Promote shared-use EVs, create a robust system of multiple efficient modes, & ensure smart, optimized use of public space

Shruti Vaidyanathan, GreenBiz, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Autonomous vehicles could help cities address their climate goals, if they start planning now Cities need to lay the groundwork now for the arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to ensure that AVs contribute to rather than detract from their transportation and climate objectives. An ACEEE toolkit highlights fundamental strategies that cities can pursue and gives …

Cross-state air pollution from the electric power sector continues to kill Americans. Decade’s coal plant closures saved 26K lives in US: study. Fracking bills introduced.

Midwestern states are the biggest exporters of air pollution, while Northeastern states are the leading importers. BY REBECCA BEITSCH, The Hill, 01/06/20 The decline of coal could be saving thousands of lives as power plants reduce air pollution by switching to natural gas, according to a study published Monday. More than 26,000 lives in the U.S. were saved over the course of …

Big oil is the new big tobacco. Congress must use its power to investigate

Americans had the right to know the harms of smoking. They have the right to know the harms of the energy industry, too. By Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran, in The Guardian, Mon 20 Jan 2020  Greta Thunberg summed up 2019 in five words: “Our house is on fire.” In Australia, this is now literally the case. Wildfires there have been raging for more …

Natural gas (and the hydrogen economy) is a bridge to nowhere

Lloyd Alter, Twitter: lloydalterJanuary 20, 2020 Everybody is hopping on the hydrogen train, but it’s being driven by natural gas. Lloyd Alter@lloydalter · Jan 18, 2020Replying to @MikeHudema They run on natural gas that has been steam-methane reformed into hydrogen, making lots of CO2 in process, because stringing wires on that route is too expensive. https://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/it-time-hop-hydrogen-train.html …Is it time to hop on the …