One in four U.S. homes is all electric. Share of houses with heat pumps instead of gas heating rose from 8% to 12% between 2005-2015.

MAY 1, 2019 One in four U.S. homes is all electric USEIA Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration; 2005, 2009, and 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Surveys A growing number of homes in the United States are all electric, with 25% of homes nationwide using only electricity according to EIA’s 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The share of all-electric homes has risen in each census …

One in every three Americans struggle to pay their energy bills, and that burden is three-times greater on low-income households.

One in every three Americans struggle to pay their energy bills, and that burden is three-times greater on low-income households. One in three U.S. households faced challenges in paying energy bills in 2015 Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their home in 2015. According to the …

Giving fair warning: state/province/national bans on sale of gas-powered vehicles, now in BC and proposed by Senator from Oregon

British Columbia has just passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) into law, and it could transform the Canadian province’s roads in the coming years. Under the new rules, 10 percent of all light-duty cars and trucks sold in BC by 2025 must be emission-free (electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen fuel cell) vehicles. By the time 2040 rolls around, the province will …

India Offers $360 Million Subsidy For 5,000 Electric Buses and sets deadlines starting in 2021 for EV conversion of Uber and Ola, motor cycles and scooters, and new commercial vehicles

June 8th, 2019 by Smiti on Clean Technica The Indian government plans to incentivize cities to include electric buses to their public transport fleet through financial subsidies. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) document to invite proposals from states, government departments, transportation departments, and municipal bodies for procurement of electric buses across 40 cities. The subsidy …

Breaking: Fossil Fuels Choke Denver With Air Quality 3 Times Worse Than Beijing

Kyle Clark, a 9 News anchor, reported that 30 to 40 percent of ozone levels — a related form of pollution that is not responsible for the brown cloud — result from the state’s oil and gas industry. Traffic generates similar levels, he tweeted. By Andy Bosselman, StreetsBlog, Mar 6, 2019,  link to original article Downtown Denver viewed today through the haze of …

Electrification of gas heating and cooking

Let’s learn from what’s working in California too! Require every home to allow for consumer choice, meaning all fixtures that have gas delivered must also have sufficient power and a dedicated circuit for future fuel switching. This approach was pioneered with the code requirements for pre-wiring for car chargers and solar panels. Target indoor air pollution from gas stoves–see the …

How Will Life Change If We Transition Away From Fossil Fuels?

May 16th, 2019 by Barry A.F.  in Clean Technica As part of the trashing of the Green New Deal, the political right wing has claimed the deal will essentially ruin life as we know it, ban air travel, and even lead to cannibalism (no joke). Let’s take a look at reality. Today, if you want to go somewhere, you usually travel by vehicle. If …

Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All, New Global Study ClaimAir pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review, with 8.8 million deaths per year, double earlier estimates

Air pollution may be the greatest environmental risk to health in the world.1 According to the Global Burden of Disease estimates, one component of ambient (or outdoor air) pollution, fine particulate matter, or particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter < 2.5 μm (PM2.5), is the fifth leading risk factor for death in the world, accounting for 4.2 million deaths (7.6% of total global …

7.6 percent of global deaths come from air pollution effects in five categories alone, according to 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution, data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study

The Lancet, VOLUME 389, ISSUE 10082, P1907-1918, MAY 13, 2017 Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015 Dr Aaron J Cohen, DSc  et al. Show all authors Open AccessPublished:April 10, 2017 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30505-6 Exposure to ambient air pollution increases morbidity and mortality, and is a leading contributor to …