The States will have to make up for what the Federal Government can’t do for the climate.
The Brookings Institution reported this month that between 2000 and 2014, 33 states and the District of Columbia cut carbon emissions while expanding their economies. That list includes red states run by Republican legislatures, like Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia.
In some states, including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Texas, new wind turbines can generate electricity at a lower cost, without subsidies, than any other technology, according to a report published this month by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
States Will Lead on Climate Change in the Trump Era http://nyti.ms/2ivLwpp
Climate change shouldn’t be framed as a war. There’s no us vs. them. The author makes that case that we need to see it as a revolution. In so doing we don’t need a war machine to produce our way out of the problem. We need to revolutionize the way we produce and consume energy and who does and doesn’t benefit from that.
if we understand that the enemy is not our physical environment, but the unjust social relations that allow some to gain at the expense of and risk to others, then technological solutions can be a part, but only a part, of the plan.
We Don’t Need a ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution http://nyti.ms/2dUh36w
Sweet. Sometimes the system does work. Most likely it’s just one of those rare alignments of profit motive and doing the right thing. Either way there will be benefits to the environment.
A Rare Agreement on Climate Rules http://nyti.ms/2bvIcuy
Here’s what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy
An interesting look at the real cost of red state economics and politics. They’re unsustainable over time, but boy do people like sprawl and cheap energy.
NYTimes: Is Life Better in America’s Red States?
Finally, some news which says renewable energy is making headway.
Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset.
Some experts say the electricity business is entering a period of turmoil beyond anything in its 130-year history, a disruption potentially as great as those that have remade the airlines, the music industry and the telephone business.
NYTimes: Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
Minnesota has it figured out.
“energy consumption is growing more slowly than Minnesota’s robust economy, and greenhouse-gas emissions have basically been level since 2000.”
“We’re going to push the utilities harder than they want to be pushed, but we want them to make money while they’re doing it,”
Energy conservation doesn’t have to come at the expense of profit. Utilities world wide could learn a lot from those in Minnesota. They’ve been cleaning up their act for years and still profiting. The key appears to be flexibility in how the utilities go about improving.
while the state oversees the utilities’ renewable energy and carbon-reduction goals, the market largely chooses how they are met.