Breathe Clean, North Shore! The Climate Minute

Peabody residents are rapidly learning about the dirty gas powered peaker plant proposal. (Google “2015A”.) Listen is as one longtime resident describes what it would mean for the area along with what she (and you) can do about it. For example, you can attend Breathe Clean North Shore’s zoom meeting on 5/25/21.

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


Home Electrification has health and climate benefits: The Climate Minute

Most homes use natural gas in some fashion- usually for cooking food, heating water or keeping the house warm. Addressing climate change means we need to convert to (clean) electricity for these everyday activities. We discuss a new report from Environment America. It makes the case that there are good electrical options. Can you say ‘Heat pump’ or ‘Induction cooktop?’ They work well.

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


An update on the Peabody Peaker: The Climate Minute

The legal process for a proposed gas fired peaker plant in Peabody has been paused for 30 days. This is a surprising- and good-development. MCAN and its allies have been instrumental in this success. Listen in to hear MCAN’s Executive Director lay out the state of play and tell us what comes next. Spoiler alert: we must keep pushing!

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


Floors, Ceilings and Net Zero Building Codes: The Climate Minute

MA has the opportunity to construct buildings that meet the climate challenge. Hear the Executive Director of MCAN explain why a Net Zero Building Code is critical.

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 sea change in financial markets: The Climate Minute

The Biden Administration’s climate efforts include improved regulation of financial markets. We talks to an expert from Ceres to understand how global warming represents a risk both to corporations and the entire system of finance.

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


Roy lays out the Roadmap: The Climate Minute

An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy has been signed by the Governor and is truly a law of Massachusetts. We speak with Rep. Jeff Roy (D-Norfolk 10th) on the content and implications of this new future for our 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


The Peabody Peaker comes before the DPU: The Climate Minute

The Peabody Peaker Plant came before the MA Department of Public Utilities, in a bid to get a financing go-ahead. We get an update on the state of play from MCAN’s Executive Director.

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 for Transportation in MA: The Climate Minute

How would you spend money to improve public transit? Listen in to a transit expert’s great vision of how build a transit infrastructure that makes people, towns and climate a priority.

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 is a Peaker Plant? The Climate Minute

A peaker power plant makes electricity only when demand is high. Listen in for a simple discussion of how utilities balance supply and demand, and why climate hawks should care.

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 investors should ask about climate risks: The Climate Minute

Some banks want to make 30 year investments without considering climate change. We talk with an expert about the risks that banks and investors take if they do not have full disclosure of the implication of climate change on an investment. Those risks are so large, they threaten the entire financial system.

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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