Harvard study says tighter oil, gas rules that allow exemptions make little difference: Study reviews Pennsylvania law

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, April 29, 2021 A new study that looks at Pennsylvania’s rules for locating oil and wells, and which notes Colorado’s new regulations, found that the distance between buildings and wells didn’t significantly change when the rules were tightened because exemptions were allowed. The study by the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard …

What’s the transition plan for transit maintenance workers in the move to cleaner, lower maintenance electric buses?

Just transition needed in transit electrification, labor leaders say, April 2021 Utility Dive | Chris Teale As public transit agencies electrify their bus fleets and other vehicles, they must ensure a just transition to protect workers who may be put out of work by the new technologies, transportation labor groups warned Monday. In a joint policy statement, leaders of two …

Why Biden Is Right to Think Beyond the DOT in His Infrastructure Package

By Kea Wilson, Apr 12, 2021 When opponents of Biden’s infrastructure plan argue that most of the package isn’t devoted to building “traditional” infrastructure like roads and bridges, they’re ignoring something absolutely critical: that America’s transportation landscape will never be truly safe or sustainable until we tackle our broken social safety nets and our broken street designs. Top Republican lawmakers have decried the …

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

Offsets sound good, but in practice help perpetuate a belief in technological salvation and diminishes the sense of urgency surrounding the need to curb emissions now. We have arrived at the painful realization that the idea of net zero has licensed a recklessly cavalier “burn now, pay later” approach which has seen carbon emissions continue to soar. It has also hastened the destruction of …

Malcolm X said, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman,” he said. “The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

Racists Come for Patrisse Cullors, LA Progressive, April 2021 Malcolm X said, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman,” he said. “The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” It was true then and it’s true now. The ongoing violence against Black women has hit …

Biden DOJ echoes Trump on kids’ climate case

Maxine Joselow, E&E News, March 2, 2021 President Biden’s Justice Department signaled yesterday that it would mirror the Trump administration’s approach to the kids’ climate case. White House/Flickr President Biden’s commitment to combating rising global temperatures has not led the new administration to deviate from its predecessor’s approach in the historic kids’ climate case. The consistency with the Trump administration was …

Wildfire costs related to transmission, distributed solar could provide 30% of electricity need, more

The current benefits of avoided transmission do not include the costs of triggering wildfires. To do so we need to figure out total costs of wildfires, the probability that wildfires occur annually (100%. sigh.), the frequency/ probability with which transmission triggers/ causes said wildfire, and then spreading that cost over transmission that goes through dry-vegetation. Then we’d want to figure …

Land-grab universities: Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system

March 30, 2020, High Country News, www.hcn.org/issues/52.4/indigenous-affairs-education-land-grab-universities Robert Lee and Tristan Ahtone Image credit: Kalen Goodluck/High Country NewsMarch 30, 2020From the print edition On August 29, 1911, a Yahi man known as Ishi came out of hiding near Oroville, California. He had spent decades evading settlers after the massacre of his community in the 1860s and had recently lost the last of …