To reduce car dependence, increase transit frequency, provide free passes (also boosts school attendance). Telecommuting does not always translate to reduced travel

Excerpt, May 2021 https://ssti.us/2021/03/30/do-telecommuters-really-travel-fewer-miles/ Telecommuting does not always translate to reduced travel and can have hidden environmental costs. A recent California-based study reaffirms these findings and builds on what previous studies have already told us: travel behavior of telecommuters is more complex and often results in higher non-work VMT. Researchers from University of California at Santa Barbara surveyed a mix of California residents to …

Demonstrate Real Climate Leadership, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Stop Supporting False Solutions

 IT TAKES ROOTS, April 2021 As President Joe Biden convenes world leaders at a climate summit, the It Takes Roots Alliance calls for leadership and concrete commitments from the United States at the national and global levels, not just symbolic gestures. Biden must demonstrate real commitment to climate leadership by first stopping fossil fuel extraction in the U.S. and taking drastic …

Pressley, Markey Introduce Fare Free Public Transit legislation. LA will start fare free public transit for students in August and low income riders in January.

LA moves closer to offering zero-fare transit, June 10, 2021, by Jason Plautz https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/la-moves-closer-to-offering-zero-fare-transit/601580/ The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) is moving closer to eliminating fares for students and low-income riders, an effort that could make bus and train rides free for more than 70% of Los Angeles passengers. The L.A. Metro Board of Directors voted unanimously last month to explore …

“Air quality is the largest environmental contributor to human health damage” And an estimated 16% comes from air pollution from raising livestock

Air Pollution From Raising Livestock Accounts for Most of the 16,000 US Deaths Each Year Tied to Food Production, Study Finds Food production, primarily the raising of livestock, causes poor air quality that is responsible for about 16,000 deaths a year in the United States, new research found. That’s roughly the same number from other sources of air pollution, including …

How offsets just don’t work

Here is a ProPublica piece on additionality and a forestry project backed by Audubon. As folks have noted, we need to be careful about the narrative that we just need to fix offsets, but I think this article really shows how these programs are a scam that no amount of tweaking will fix. And there are these gems: “I think …

America’s Broadband Problem

A county-by-county look at the broadband gap, by Russell Brandom and William Joel  May 10, 2021 https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/Ol08y/15/ For example, Park County CO has just 10% at broadband speeds. Percentage of people using the internet at 25Mbps or above per county. Blue< 15% of population has broadband internet speed. Gray ≥ 15% If broadband access was a problem before 2020, the pandemic turned it into a crisis. As …

How to spot the difference between a real climate policy and greenwashing guff

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/06/difference-real-climate-policy-greenwashing-emissions By Damian Carrington Unless actions by governments and corporations cut emissions in the here and now, a dose of scepticism is in order So it’s goodbye climate deniers, hello – and you’ll pardon me for being blunt here – climate bullshitters. The impacts of the climate emergency are now so obvious, only the truly deluded still deny them. Instead, …

Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015 and at least two-thirds of residents in those cities would be exposed to heat-related illness

A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, according to a new study. Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015 in three large U.S. cities, the research found. As climate change …

Health care legislation on a state level, short of Medicare for All

Julia Rock, April 2021, The Daily Poster On the campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to create a nationwide public health insurance option that would lower patient costs, improve medical care, and help small businesses deal with soaring health care costs. While a Medicare-for-All, single-payer health care system would be simpler, cheaper, and guarantee universal coverage, Biden and Democrats in competitive …

30 Times More Jobs from Rooftop Solar, Utility Filing Says

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 30 APR 2021 |  Institute for Local Self Reliance In late 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the state’s electric and gas utilities to discuss what infrastructure projects they had in queue that could be accelerated to support the COVID-battered economy. Tucked into a proposal from Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric company, was a comparison of two proposed …