How to think about our rising electricity rates

Electricity providers are raising rates. How should you think about this? From a climate perspective, we should recognize the long term problem and build more renewables.   This discussion continues our journey understanding the MA roadmap toward net zero and while it helps me “make sense of climate”, we hope it helps with your understanding as well.

Topics covered this time

  • Electric rate increases
  • Machin and side deal
    • FERC role mentioned for aiding in interstate transmission role
  • Ezra Klien podcast with Jesse Kenkins
    • Scope of work required
    • Heat pump explanation
  • Affordable housing, zoning for residential & commercial neighborhoods

Jesse Jenkins https://netzeroamerica.princeton.edu/   and https://repeatproject.org/

Podcast link

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5zaW1wbGVjYXN0LmNvbS84MkZJMzVQeA/episode/NzEwY2Y1NTMtMGFjYS00YmI0LTg3YWUtMGUxYjAxNjk2Zjgw?ep=14

There is a great section on heat pumps as well as an explanation on the side effect of reducing premature deaths due to improved air quality

Other climate podcast referral -> https://www.volts.wtf/p/welcome-to-volts

See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html

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


Manchin folds. Now what?

In a big win for climate activists, Joe Manchin withdrew his flawed permitting bill. Climate folks should be impressed with their growing political clout, but what comes next? How does our country, in an equitable way, build the urgently needed transmission infrastructure that we need?

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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Is the new MA climate bill an end or a beginning?

Massachusetts has passed a historic climate bill, but it is only a beginning of the work we must do. Representative Jeff Roy talks about what comes next.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Jeff Roy on the new MA climate bill, Part 1

Representative Jeff Roy explains the motivations for the new climate bill.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


The making of a River Keeper

We talk to Maya Van Rossum about how she came to be an environmental activist.

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


why not a right to clean air August 31 2022

Our Constitutions, at the state and Federal level, explicitly lay out protected, enforceable rights. You have a right to free speech, to have a gun and to practice your favorite religion. Your 5th Amendment right is currently in vogue. Why not a right to clean air and water? We speak with the leader of an effort to put enforceable rights to a working environment into our fundamental law. Her galaxy brain idea is a constitutionally protected individual right to a safe environment.

GREEN AMENDMENTS are self-executing provisions added to the bill of rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and a healthy environment.

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


Equity v Profitability

As the world warms, our economy grinds forward on the assumptions of infinite growth and endless inputs from the natural world. Is capitalism the friend or foe of climate solutions? How do we move to a world of economic equity and long-term sustainability? What form of capitalism would be beneficial? Is there a way to tame capitalism to serve the needs of humanity? We discuss big philosophical questions with an author who has studied corporate sustainability.

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

 


Rhode Island Acts on Climate

Rhode Island may be a small state, but it has taken big steps to address climate change. We talk to an expert on climate politics in the Ocean State.

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 new report on gas leaks near schools

A new report matches up leak locations to nearby MA schools. The leaks were fixed, but who wants methane leaks near their kid’s schools? For better or worse, this is the system working as intended. Listen in to consider better ways to heat our school buildings.

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


Burials in a green future

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA is gem. It is a national historic site, as well as an active burial ground, a wildlife sanctuary, an art gallery and a repository of stories. Now Mount Auburn is taking the lead in understanding how its mission to commemorate the dead interacts with climate change. Listen in for a fascinating discussion.

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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