ALEC and gas companies have passed prohibitions against gas bans across 20 states: 31% of US building gas use

Only Washington has passed statewide all-electric construction requirements. New York policymakers are considering statewide mandates for both new and existing buildings. Meanwhile, local air monitoring systems (Purple Air, monitoring particulate matter and VOCs) in highly fracked areas of Ohio and found that the U.S. EPA’s regional air quality monitors often miss variations in pollution at the local level. (Energy News …

How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

Insiders, outsiders, and power – Larry Summers

https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2017/06/19/looking-back-in-anger-review-of-adults-in-the-room-the-hindu-times/ It doesn’t take long for Varoufakis to realise that Greece’s creditors are not interested in serious negotiations. They want nothing short of capitulation to the terms laid out by them. When Varoufakis doesn’t surrender, they threaten Greece with a liquidity crisis. Varoufakis’ moment of reckoning arrives one spring night in April 2015, in a hotel bar in Washington DC. …

Fare free or zero fare transit could address equity and ridership issues. Here’s how some cities are making it happen.

INNOVATIONS TRANSPORTATION https://www.planning.org/planning/2021/fall/can-zero-fare-transit-work/ Also: By 1980, there were more than 40,000 miles of road in the interstate system (most 90% covered by federal investment). Highway engineers have since added more than 5,000 miles aimed at speeding up traffic and easing congestion, especially for suburban commuters (with federal participation at the 80% level)…in the first 20 years of the interstate highway system, …

San Diego Decarbonizes New Building Development Starting 2023 for Residential and Commercial Development. Zurich starts in 2025.

San Diego released their draft CAP this past month.  Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization of the Built Environment Measure 1.1: Decarbonize Existing Buildings 2030 Target: Phase out 45% of natural gas from existing buildings 2035 Target: Phase out 90% of natural gas from existing buildings Measure 1.2: Decarbonize New Building Development 2030 Target: All-electric reach code starting 2023 at new residential …

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan – Mobility and Land Use Measures and Actions

The Climate Action Plan draft is now out: Climate Action Plan Draft The City of San Diego’s new Climate Action Plan establishes a community-wide goal of net zero by 2035, committing San Diego to an accelerated trajectory for greenhouse gas reductions. PDF: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/climate_action_plan_draft.pdf or read and comment online at: https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/strategies-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/plan-overview Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization …

Democratic Vistas, the union of the ideal and the actual: Rorty proposes that “we build our philosophical reflections around our political hopes: around the project of fashioning institutions and customs which will make human life, finite and mortal life, more beautiful.”

Chris Lehmann August 18, 2021 The New Republic, https://newrepublic.com/article/163297/richard-rortys-warning-authoritarianism-pragmatism-book-review Richard Rorty’s Warning Against Authoritarianism: After Trump’s election, Rorty’s prophecy of social collapse went viral. His final book is perhaps the clearest account of his political thinking. “Dewey’s God, his symbol of what he called ‘the union of the ideal and the actual,’” Rorty writes, “was the United States of America …

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. …

A case for transparent net-zero carbon targets and risk management: rate of emission reduction over this decade is key. Ensure temperature limits are not breached by enacting stringent near-term targets.

Nature, Published: 04 February 2021, Stephen M. Smith, Communications Earth & Environment volume 2, Article number: 24 (2021) Cite this article https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00095-w Perceived risks from carbon dioxide removal have led to calls for net zero targets to be split into separate goals for removals and emissions. A better approach is to accompany net targets with ambitious near-term action, disclose measures to achieve them and closely monitor and …

Undoing Equivalence: Rethinking Carbon Accounting for Just Carbon Removal

Front. Clim., 16 April 2021 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2021.664130 by Wim Carton1*, Jens Friis Lund2 and Kate Dooley3 – 1Lund University Center for Sustainability Sciences (LUCSUS), Lund, Sweden; 2Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark; 3Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fclim.2021.664130/full Concerns are increasingly raised over the centrality of carbon removal in climate policy, particularly in the …