In a Major Move Away From Fossil Fuels, General Motors Aims to Stop Selling Gasoline Cars and SUVs by 2035

General Motors (GM) has announced that it plans to end production of all diesel and gasoline powered cars, light trucks and SUVs by 2035, reports the Independent. The paper continues: “The company also aims to shift its entire fleet to electric vehicles by that date, as part of a plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. To achieve that goal, GM is aiming to use 100% renewable …

People take better care of public places when they feel like they have a stake in them. Most “pedestrian” infrastructure projects are remedial and performative; their real purpose is to serve faster car traffic.

January 27, 2021, Suzanne Shu, John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing, Cornell University Takeaways People can feel “psychological ownership,” a sense of personal attachment, even for parks and other public places. These feelings lead them to see property they don’t own as being more valuable and boost their sense of responsibility to take care of it. A recent series of …

PV costs just 11% of what it did a decade ago. Installing solar utility generation has been cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation

Plummeting prices for solar panels in the past decade mean the cost of generating by the sun is now only 11% of what it was 10 years ago, and with various tax credits, significantly cheaper than building fossil fuel plants.  By 2018, installing solar utility generation was cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation.  …

Democracy as Dignity: Every person needs a sense of agency or personal power, meaning, and connection to experience dignity. Dignatus connotes a sense of worthiness

January 21, 2021 Frances Moore Lappé in Common Dreams Dispersions of power, transparency, and mutual accountability To save the democracy we thought we had we must take democracy to where it’s never been. (Photo: Small Planet Institute) Celebrating the inauguration of a new president and an end to years of attacks on democracy is a perfect moment to probe together: …

CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Dec 2020 report outlines solutions for curbing U.S. carbon emissions

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 • By Julie Poppen Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  Download the full report The report, Accelerating the U.S. Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions by Sector, explains why urgent and comprehensive action is needed to avoid the worst impacts …

Trees Talk to Each Other and Recognize Their Offspring

By Derek Markham Updated January 11, 2021, Treehugger The Lorax might have spoken for the trees, but it turns out that trees can speak for themselves. At least to other trees, that is. While it’s not news that a variety of communication happens between non-human elements of the natural world, the idea of mycelia (the main body of fungi, as opposed …

Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

17 core policies analyzed in the report, the state established a framework that looked at each recommendation using four metrics: a policy’s potential for decreasing emissions, climate justice considerations, economic implications and the legal feasibility of implementing a policy. For the first time, it points policymakers beyond electricity, calling on them to phase out natural gas in buildings.  The climate strategy …

Coal’s endgame: The dirtiest fossil fuel is on the back foot

See Leslie Glustrom’s response to RMI proposal on securitization The Economist Coal’s endgame – The dirtiest fossil fuel is on the back foot: Time to topple it for good, Dec 3rd 2020, https://www.economist.com/briefing/2020/12/03/the-dirtiest-fossil-fuel-is-on-the-back-foot Escalante, a coal-fired power station north of New Mexico’s Zuñi mountains, is designed to produce some 250mw of electricity. Since August, however, it has produced none. Nor will it …

Powell Memorandum: Call to Arms for Corporations + Admission that War On Drugs Was to Target Black People and War Protesters

Also TOP ADVISER TO NIXON ADMITTED ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ WAS POLICY TOOL TO GO AFTER ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS AND ‘BLACK PEOPLE’ https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ex-nixon-aide-war-drugs-claims-article-1.2574918 “If this was indeed true, it would have been the Nixon-Ehrlichman private agenda. I can’t believe (Nixon administration official Egil) Bud Krogh would run the program with that agenda knowingly.” Dean said he never heard Nixon or Ehrlichman speak …