Why mixing hydrogen and methane to heat your home is a bad idea: The Climate Minute

The utilities are touting a mixture of hydrogen and natural (methane) gas for home heating. Listen to experts explain why this is a bad idea.

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Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Activists discuss Don’t Look Up: The Climate Minute

The recent movie “Don’t Look Up” is creating a stir. Is it a good movie? Does it move us forward? Listen in as five climate hawks talk to each other about this thought provoking movie.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


What your MLP can do to go green: The Climate Minute

The recent report “What’s the Score?” provides a comparative analysis of Massachusetts’ Municipal Light Plant’s (MLP) clean energy and climate action performance. Part of the report provides pragmatic recommendations for how MLPs can improve their performance. Listen in as we speak with an author of the report.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

 

 


What’s the Score? MCANs new report: The Climate Minute

Municipal Light Plants (or MLPs) are local utilities in individual towns in Massachusetts. These utilities are responsive to the democratic process- the ‘light board’ is often an elected position. The MLPs are also on a journey to decarbonization. MCAN has published a report assessing the efforts, successes and opportunities for these MLPs. We discuss the report with the authors.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


The Future of Clean Home Heating: The Climate Minute

Massachusetts needs to decarbonize all homes in the state. We discuss the specifics of “The Future of Heat” bill currently before the legislature. (These are Senate bill S.2148 and House bill H3298.) The bill provides a path where everyone, from home owners, renters to the utilities can move smoothly to a green future.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

 

 


A vision of clean home heating for everyone: The Climate Minute

Massachusetts faces a challenge in finding climate friendly ways for everyone to heat their homes. We talk to an expert about a concept that meets the scale and urgency of the work.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Repair, don’t replace those gas pipes! The Climate Minute

A well-intentioned plan to fix gas leaks in MA has gone astray. By prioritizing the costly replacement of pipelines over simple repair, the project locks us into decades of carbon emissions. Listen as an expert explains this problem and recommends ‘triage and transition’ as the path forward.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Decoding your monthly gas bill: The Climate Minute

The big utilities like Eversource get paid a lot to build those gas pipes in the street in front of your house. Who does the paying? As a ratepayer, you do. Every month your bill carries obscure charges that fund more pipelines. We talk with an expert on how all this money changes hands and why climate activists should understand some details.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Maine vote raises questions for Massachusetts: The Climate Minute

Maine’s recent referendum vote rejecting a clean energy transmission line raises large questions about how Massachusetts will achieve it’s climate goals.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Has the time come to get rid of Storrow Drive? The Climate Minute

The pandemic, climate change, and mass transit planning all come together to allow new ideas about the future. A recent opinion piece in Commonwealth Magazine proposes that the City of Boston turn Storrow Drive into a clean energy mobility corridor. In many ways, doing so would cut the Gordian Knot of Boston traffic. We talk to the author, and find out why this is the moment to act.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre



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