Fossil fuel risk bond programs underway in Oregon and Washington, now part of national legislation

Center for Sustainable Economy’s (CSE) work on fossil fuel risk bond programs (FFRB) – a signature ‘polluter pays’ project on fossil fuel infrastructure that was launched about 2 years ago — would provide a major deterrent for building new fossil fuel infrastructure as well as incentives to retire existing infrastructure early in any jurisdiction that adopts it.   2019 and 2020 brought …

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 …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

U.S. regulates vehicle greenhouse gas emissions on the basis of an automaker’s average fuel efficiency across its entire catalog

The U.S. regulates its greenhouse gas emissions on the basis of an automaker’s average fuel efficiency across its entire catalog, rather than setting hard caps on the allowable emissions for individual automobile models. In practice, that means that every electric vehicle that GM introduces will give it a little more room to release a high-polluting vehicle that could erase the …

Hawaii, Oregon, Washington Virginia are banning coal

E&E News Miranda Willson / Energywire July 21, 2020 The coal-fired AES Hawaii Power Plant near Kalaeloa, Oahu, Hawaii. Following in the footsteps of several other states with clean energy goals, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill this month banning utilities from using coal in a bid to curb carbon emissions, reduce electricity costs and promote environmental justice in the island …

Gas bans in Seattle and California – Dec 2020

December 4, 2020 Utility Divehttps://www.utilitydive.com/news/san-jose-oakland-join-growing-list-of-california-cities-to-ban-natural-gas/591650/ Both the San Jose City Council and Oakland City Council on Tuesday approved measures to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in newly constructed buildings, adding to the growing list of more than 40 California cities to pass such ordinances. The San Jose measure, passed in an 8-3 vote, makes it the largest U.S. city to require …

Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

Over 20 California cities took steps to phase out fossil fuels in buildings, along with Brookline, Massachusetts. Cities in a handful of other states may follow suit next year. America has done this before: in forty years, coal went from the majority heating fuel in American homes to nearly gone in 1980. But this time, we have only thirty years, if that. January …

Barbara Freese on Industrial Strength Denial

By Editor in https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/barbara-freese-on-industrial-strength-denial/ September 9th, 2020 Faced with proof that they are engaged in mass crime and violence, corporations have a long history of denying evidence, blaming victims, complaining of witch hunts, attacking their critics’ motives, and otherwise rationalizing their harmful activities.  Denial campaigns have let corporations continue dangerous practices that cause widespread suffering, death, and environmental destruction.  Barbara Freese, …

Deliberate decline focuses on the deep shifts in established systems that are necessary to realize decarbonization

Daniel Rosenbloom and Adrian Rinscheid, 26 July 2020 https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.669 Promoting low‐carbon innovation has long been a central preoccupation within both the practice and theory of climate change mitigation. However, deep lock‐ins indicate that existing carbon‐intensive systems will not be displaced or reconfigured by innovation alone. A growing number of studies and practical initiatives suggest that mitigation efforts will need to engage …

These Colorado Cities Are Closing Streets This Summer To Help People Stay Socially Distant

By Nathaniel Minor May 28, 2020, Colorado Public Radio At least a dozen Colorado cities are making plans — or thinking about making plans — to temporarily close streets to give restaurants and other businesses more space to serve their customers.  That supports the state’s new guidelines that allow restaurants to reopen while encouraging more outdoor dining to help ensure social distancing. Some …