Guest commentary: Polis must get Colorado on track to meet climate goals

By JEREMY NICHOLS and EAN THOMAS TAFOYA  Denver Post, July 6, 2020, While Colorado is leading the way on climate action, its accountability to climate justice remains elusive as the state is still way off track to meet legally required greenhouse gas reduction targets. This lack of climate progress is putting Colorado’s most disproportionately impacted populations—Black and Latino communities, low-income neighborhoods, and indigenous …

Can a town go fossil fuel-free? Takoma Park and Ann Arbor are about to see

In the fight against global warming, how far should governments go in forcing residents to change? One Maryland suburb is testing the limits. This story is part of an occasional series on “Climate Realities.” Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science MonitorA house in Takoma Park, Maryland, sports solar panels on March 30, 2020. The suburb was one of the first …

Planning that works – getting to 100%

The Platte River Power Authority — serving Ft. Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, and Longmont, CO — is not a (Wall Street) Investor Owned Utility so has more accountability to and governance by the communities it serves. Here is a cogent presentation on how they are getting to 100% renewable by 2030. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4_nv1Jbv4&feature=youtu.be

Black children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room for asthma than white children in St. Louis

In January 2019, the St. Louis Equity Indicators Baseline Report found that “Black children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room for asthma than white children.” This environmental justice issue is not only a St. Louis issue: historically marginalized communities are disproportionately likely to live near a toxic emitter nationwide. St. Louis is committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035. …

NY updates roadmap to 70% renewable electricity by 2030

N.Y. releases plan for 70% renewables by 2030 E&E News | David Iaconangelo June 22, 2020 Officials in New York have unveiled a draft road map for getting 70% of the state’s power from renewables by 2030, a key milepost on its path to eliminating nearly all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The white paper also took on the thorny …

Already cost-effective, no-regrets actions to get us to 90 percent zero carbon electricity while reducing wholesale electricity costs 10 percent

The technology-neutral policies laid out in this paper are no-regrets actions to get us to 90 percent zero carbon electricity while reducing wholesale electricity costs 10 percent. The United States could deliver 90% clean electricity nationwide by 2035, without the need for new fossil fuel plants, according to a study released today from the University of California, Berkeley — with the right …

Research Shows ‘Linking Climate Policy to Social and Economic Justice Makes It More Popular’: The public wants a Green New Deal. The public wants green stimulus. The public wants to address inequality

June 12, 2020, Common Dreams. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunrise NYC, a climate activist group, rallies in front of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office in Midtown Manhattan demanding that he support the Green New Deal. (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Amid persistent calls for a green and just recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism and injustice, …

Three EU countries have gone coal free already. Ten more will be coal-free by 2030. 8 more have never had any coal power to speak of. UK to close remaining coal by 2025.

June 2020. By 2030, 13 EU countries will be coal-free. Belgium was the first to cut ties with coal in 2016. France, Slovakia, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, and Denmark are expected to end coal by 2030. According to NS Energy, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, and Switzerland “have never had any capacity to speak of.” The …

Electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target. Publicly owned utilities have been moving faster and offering cheaper electricity.

Australia: ACT electricity prices to drop after reaching 100% renewable target, RenewEconomy, June 2020 (article further down) ** There is a “flexibility and nimbleness” to a small, city-owned utility. These characteristics will help the transition to clean energy — a fact made apparent by some of the cities that have already achieved their 100% renewable goals, like Burlington, Vt. and Georgetown, Texas. Both …