Race to Zero Emissions

In a new series entitled “America’s race to zero emissions”, Guardian journalists Oliver Milman, Alvin Chang and Rashida Kamal explore how the country will have to change over the next 30 years in order to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The authors report that the “fading era of coal” would need to end completely in the next decade and that use of oil and …

Global CO2 Emissions Rose 60% between 1990 and 2013

https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/DogvG/2/ Global emissions of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas and driver of climate change, increased from 22.4 billion metric tons in 1990 to 35.8 billion in 2013, a rise of 60 percent. The increase in CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases has contributed to a rise of about 0.8 degrees Celsius in mean global temperature above pre-industrial times. Read …

Imagine: when the babies born this year are all grown up, they will not know the smell of traffic fumes. They will never have to wave their hand in front of their face trying to fan away the stench of a passing car or truck

By Christiana Figureres, March 2021 Imagine: when the babies born this year are all grown up, they will not know the smell of traffic fumes. They will never have to wave their hand in front of their face trying to fan away the stench of a passing car or truck as they walk their children to school. Their bodies won’t …

LA Times: New homes need to be fossil fuel-free

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 2, 2021  In September, while touring the charred wreckage left by yet another devastating wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared: “This a climate damn emergency.” The state’s ambitious strategies to curtail greenhouse gas emissions were not enough to counter the effects of a warming planet, Newsom warned, and he pledged to “accelerate all of them, across …

The case for a national clean electricity standard that phases fossil fuels out of electricity by 2035

This popular and proven climate policy should be at the top of Congress’s to-do list. By Leah Stokes and Sam Ricketts  Feb 4, 2021, Vox.com https://www.vox.com/22265119/biden-climate-change-renewable-energy-clean-electricity-standard-congress https://www.fox5ny.com/news/congestion-pricing-back-in-play-for-new-york-city Last year, presidential candidate Joe Biden campaigned on a bold climate plan that included cleaning up America’s electricity system by 2035 with a federal Clean Electricity Standard (CES). A national CES, which would require utilities increase their share of …

Transportation GHG action: March 2021 CO & national

Comments: Seattle’s trip reduction rule and programs are the best in the nation. Learn and copy as much as possible. The analysis only mentioned. SanFrancisco, NewYorkCity, programs requiring employers to provide commuter pre‐tax benefits and Portland, OR program where employers must provide commute alternatives to employees designed to minimize cars driven to work. WA State’s successful program requires employers to …

CLEAN bill

The CLEAN bill, while having the excellent things below, has “gas plants generating clean energy credits for the 2020s, then in the 2030s declining slightly from every single natural gas plants to a quarter to a third of the gas fleet.  While biomass and nuclear are baked into something like this, gas needn’t be…” Progressives Warn House Climate Bill Falls Short …

Oppose False Solutions to the Climate Crisis: CCS, Biogas, Offsets Generally, any nuclear building for the foreseeable future

The expansion of fossil fuels threatens our climate, public health and economic prosperity.  It necessitates an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure and production, along with a managed decline of the industry. To stay alive, the fossil fuel industry is pushing a number of policies that further investment in fossil fuels, under the guise of addressing the climate crisis. Chief …

Natural gas utilities lobby for pre-emption against gas bans and building decarbonization

Across the country, natural gas utilities and their lobby, the American Gas Association, are lobbying state legislatures to adopt laws preempting cities and municipalities from banning new natural gas infrastructure in order to combat climate change. Preemption laws are an anti-majoritarian tool increasingly used by business lobbying groups and conservative lawmakers to stem grassroots progressive momentum. Gas Industry Lobbies In …

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 …