Success of Drunk Driving Laws is Limited … If Drivers Have No Alternatives

Study: Success of Drunk Driving Laws is Limited … If Drivers Have No Alternatives (Streetsblog USA) By Kea Wilson, Aug 16, 2021 Lowering the threshold for how much a driver can drink before he gets behind the wheel may not actually make our streets safer — at least if communities don’t provide drinkers other ways to get around besides driving, a …

Electric Yellow Schoolbus Will Try To Make Vehicle To Grid Power Work

Brad Templeton, Forbes, 2021 The renewable power grid of the future needs energy storage and lots of it. Many have been attracted to an idea called “Vehicle to Grid” (V2G) as a possible solution. The idea is that the giant fleets of electric cars that are coming have tons of spare battery capacity. With the right gear, if they are …

Good answers to the question/concern that ending fossil fuel subsidies will raise gas prices: Research from EESI shows that more than 95% of fossil fuel subsidies go to profits that benefit investors and executives, not workers or consumers. Execs lay people off, collect lavish bonuses, and declare bankruptcy.

By Drew Hudson, RE: Good answers to the question/concern that ending fossil fuel subsidies will raise gas prices, which are already high enough that Biden has asked OPEC to pump more oil. “No. Ending fossil fuel subsidies will not raise gas prices.” And here’s one more excellent report (thanks Public Citizen!) about why: Dozens of fossil fuel executives received lavish …

VGI top 10 gaps – Aug 2021

The 10 gaps are: Submetering and separate EV service metering issues and constraints relevant to integration of VGI resources with other behind-the-meter DER resources like solar and energy management systems. Demand response programs suited for VGI participation and directly addressing the existing barriers to VGI participation in DR programs. Support for bidirectional (V2G and V2B) applications broadly that can create …

An Equity-Based Primer on Paying to Pollute

Nuts, Bolts, and Pitfalls of Carbon Pricing While carbon pricing and emissions trading schemes have been a part of climate policy discussions for decades, the concept has gained popularity in recent years. The term usually refers to two common policy mechanisms, “cap and trade” and a “carbon tax,” which are market-based measures that create a carbon market by putting a …

Mega impacts already here

BY TOM ENGELHARDT,AUGUST 12, 2021, LA Progressive, https://www.laprogressive.com/slow-motion-apocalypse/ Whether you’ve been sweating and swearing under the latest heat dome; fleeing fires somewhere in the West; broiling in a Siberia that’s releasing startling amounts of heat-producing methane into the atmosphere; being swept away by flood waters in Germany; sweltering in an unprecedented heat-and-fire season in Greece (where even the suburbs of Athens were being evacuated); baking in Turkey or on …

‘We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer’ – MLK. Voter Suppression Then and Now

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on What W. E. B. Du Bois Taught Us “We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer because of the contributions a militant, passionate Black giant left behind him. — Dr. Martin L. King …

Biden pushes for increased fossil fuels. Meanwhile, pro-fossil fuel Facebook ads were viewed 431 million times in one year.

Alberta officials say the Biden administration’s push for OPEC to increase production “smacks of hypocrisy” after the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Financial Post) Researchers say that even if carbon is captured, so-called “blue hydrogen,” set to receive a massive influx of funding under the federal infrastructure bill, is likely worse for the climate than just burning the natural …

‘Stick-on’ solar panels in France secure EU funding

The TotalEnergies-controlled solar manufacturer will secure an, as yet undetermined chunk of a new €118.6 million low-carbon innovation fund to start producing its frameless, glass-free solar roofing products at Porcelette, in northeastern France, July 29, 2021, PV Mag by Max Hall Maxeon SunPower-shareholder-controlled solar manufacturer Maxeon Solar Technologies has been named as one of 32 recipients who will split €118.6 million (AU$190.7 …

Many who worked from home during COVID want to keep it that way, with no commute, increased productivity, and fewer interruptions

As large swaths of the office-worker community went remote during COVID and showed that it could work, many want to keep it that way, including folks who took the latest What’s Working survey on working from home. Most respondents did at one time or another during the pandemic (73.7%) and still do (63.2%).   https://coloradosun.com/2021/08/14/work-from-home-remote-jumpstart-united-airlines-jobs/ Increased productivity was key, said Linda Chadwick-Wirth, …