7 reasons why new nuclear is a no go

New nuclear power costs about 5 times more than onshore wind power per kWh (between 2.3 to 7.4 times depending upon location and integration issues). Nuclear takes 5 to 17 years longer between planning and operation and produces on average 23 times the emissions per unit electricity generated (between 9 to 37 times depending upon plant size and construction schedule). …

Tropical Storms Are Getting More Intense: nearly four decades of satellite data from storms around the world, the likelihood of a storm reaching Category 3 or above, with sustained winds above 110 miles per hour, increased 8 percent per decade

 Jordan Davidson May. 19, 2020 Climate Home News The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Houston over the last few years is a direct effect of the climate crisis, which is making tropical storms stronger and wetter, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as CNN reported. The study looked …

Shifting the Paradigm toward Renewable Power and Local Ownership and Returns in Pueblo, Colo

BY MARIE DONAHUE AND JOHN FARRELL | 29 AUG 2018  Podcast (localenergyrules): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS A growing number of U.S. cities have set goals to generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming decades, each with its own unique circumstances and motivations. Pueblo, a small city of just over 100,000 residents located in southeastern Colorado, is one of these …

Leading oil and gas companies have lost an average 45% of their value since the start of 2020 – perfect set-up for public ownership/takeover

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens health and safety on an unprecedented scale, people around the world are uniting in novel ways to flatten the curve, support those on the frontlines of the crisis, and assist members of their community. But meanwhile, others are capitalizing on the crisis to line their pockets. The biggest offender? The oil, gas, and plastic industry. …

We’ve never been able to afford our car-dominated roads. Coronavirus just reveals how bad the situation has always been

To put it bluntly, in the nearly 70 years since the Federal Highway Act of 1956 gave states a 90-percent discount on a brand new freeway systems of their very own, no state has ever found a reliable way to maintain all that asphalt without extensive federal assistance. We have 50 distinct road-funding structures across 50 states, and no one has found the magic amount to …

The Green New Deal Is Cheap, Actually. Decarbonizing will cost trillions of dollars, but it’s an investment that will have big return — for the economy and the environment

By Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, April 2020 Tim Larsen/New Jersey Governor’s Office Opposition to the Green New Deal is often framed as a matter of cost. President Trump’s re-election campaign blasted the “radical” plan, claiming it would “cost trillions of dollars, wreck our economy, and decimate millions of energy jobs.” But science shows that the costs of unchecked global temperature rise are …

Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …

Health and climate benefits from California’s cap-and-trade are over 5 times greater than the program’s costs, with many benefits unaccounted

Cap and trade in California: health and climate benefits greatly outweigh costs. The report, authored by Dr. Marc Breslow and Ruby Wincele, looks at California’s cap-and-trade program and its investments – it finds that health and climate benefits from California’s cap-and-trade are 5 times greater than the program’s costs. We hope that it can give us valuable data, and leverage in the …

Big Step Decarbonization Action Areas + Health benefits are at least $94/ton of CO2 reduced

Energy Pollution: Electricity production represents about 28 percent of U.S.greenhouse gas emissions each year. Problem: Because of our heavy reliance on polluting fossil fuels to produce electricity, millions of individuals in the United States live in areas that exceed air quality standards and are at risk of serious respiratory and cardiovascular illness. In 2016, an estimated 64,200 premature U.S. deaths were caused by exposure to dangerous fine …