Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

EV sales have increased by roughly 41 percent annually since 2015 but exponential growth will rely on policy boost

Cecilia Keating 26 May 2021 • Business Green. Also see: Give carmakers EV sales targets to accelerate uptake, government urged But exponential growth of EVs will rely on a policy boost, report claims Current rates of deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) are consistent with ‘S curve’ shaped adoption dynamics that suggest the automotive sector could ultimately reach benchmarks consistent with …

Leading health damages from vehicle pollution in 12 states and Washington, DC: Ammonia emissions alone cause 10% of early deaths. The largest health damages were $4 million for every ton of particulate matter emitted. Ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions in 2016 led to an estimated 7,100 deaths in the NE and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US.

A new study that quantifies the total and interstate deaths from transportation-related air pollution from five vehicle types in 12 states and Washington, D.C. has been published in Environmental Research Letters. The research was led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H Chan School …

Washington State sets 2030 end date for gasoline vehicle sales: Most aggressive in the US

GreenCarReports.com, by Stephen Edelstein, APRIL 16, 2021 www.greencarreports.com/news/1131947_washington-state-sets-2030-end-date-for-gasoline-vehicle-sales-most-aggressive-in-the-us Washington State has passed a bill setting the most aggressive timeline for phasing out sales of new gasoline vehicles in the United States, aiming to accomplish that by the 2030 model year. That’s substantially earlier than the 2035-calendar-year target set by California Governor Gavin Newsom in an executive order last year. The Washington bill is also …

Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg, February 23, 2021  Washington suburb agrees to pay $169 million over 16 years  Move comes as Biden plans to electrify the federal fleet A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses. The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, …

The Clean School Bus Act is one of a suite of 8 bills

The Clean School Bus Act is one of a suite of 8 bills from Senator Cortez Masto and other climate champions in Congress that promote a comprehensive transition to clean transportation. In addition to the Clean School Bus Act, the suite of bills includes the following: The Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act: This legislation creates a ‘‘Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Initiative’’ run jointly by …

Combustion vehicle phase-outs

Volvo announced it will completely phase out internal combustion engines and make only electric vehicles by 2030. The automaker plans for half of its global sales to be all-electric by 2025 and will transition to selling its electric cars only online. As part of the announcement, Volvo will unveil its second electric vehicle. The move follows General Motors’ announcement to …

Changing to mostly EVs by 2030 would allow a much greater amount of economic activity using less energy than we do today

By Jennifer Sensiba, Clean Technica, February 3, 2021 A recent article at Bloomberg gives readers a really cool set of infographics showing how much energy EVs could save the US economy. They answer the question of “where would all that electricity come from” and make some really good points. A recent article by Liam Denning and Elaine He at Bloomberg gives readers …

EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand.

Bloomberg, Feb 1, 2021 https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-opinion-renewables-will-power-future-of-us-energy/ EVs are already greener than cars running on gasoline even with our current electricity grid. Electrifying U.S. vehicles wipes out the equivalent of our entire current power demand. The U.S. consumes a lot of energy; last year, about 100 quadrillion BTUs (equivalent to 17 billion barrels of oil; which, we’ll admit, is only marginally less abstract). But …