The good news is, greenhouse gas emissions have seen declines in Minnesota, even as the state’s adding people and its economy is growing. The bad news is, the state isn’t meeting the goals it set more than a decade ago to reduce release of these gases, which trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere like a blanket and warm the planet, according to a report released this month by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. That’s despite the fact that emissions from electricity generation — once the biggest greenhouse gas emitting industry — have dropped markedly as the state has turned away from coal and toward less polluting power sources. But as Minnesota looks toward its future, reducing greenhouse emissions significantly will require tackling what’s now the biggest cause of greenhouse gas pollution: transportation. Not meeting goals As part of a bipartisan effort under Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota passed the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act, … [Read more...] about Minnesota has done a pretty good job reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation. Reducing emissions from transportation could be harder
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One in ten families in Scarborough could face higher fuel bills this winter because they aren’t connected to the gas mains. Despite a pledge by the UK energy regulator to get more homes connected to the grid, government data reveals 5,060 households in Scarborough do not have access to gas.That’s 10% of all homes.The energy regulator Ofgem says access to gas can make a big difference to living standards for people in fuel poverty, as gas is a cheaper method of cooking or heating a home than other fuels.A spokesman for the charity National Energy Action said: “Off-grid gas properties can have significantly higher energy costs than those with connections due to a reliance on expensive alternatives such as oil, LPG or electricity in order to heat homes.“This high cost means households can struggle to adequately heat their properties, which can lead to poor health, wellbeing and even mortality.”Around 12% of households in Scarborough are in fuel poverty, … [Read more...] about More than 5,000 homes in Scarborough face higher bills due to lack of gas supply
John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Jan 5, 2019 Gas prices have dropped below $2 a gallon for unleaded regular in Michigan and a lot of people are happy about that. But more than a few people also fret over what cheap gas means for our roads and our climate. Inexpensive fuel means more driving and thus more stress on our already-battered roads. And cheaper fuel translates into more pollution as motorists take to the roads. Maybe the marginal difference isn’t that great over the volume of traffic we see now. But with “fix the damn roads” a political mantra in Michigan and with climate change becoming an ever more urgent problem, we ought to worry about any increase in potholes and pollution. So what to do about it? One obvious idea that suggests itself is to raise the gas tax. That would immediately make gas more expensive at the pump and, according to Econ 101, would reduce the amount of driving we all do. By the way, what we call the … [Read more...] about Why cheaper gas prices could mean trouble for roads, climate
I recently posted a simple Internet meme suggesting that if we subsidized solar energy like we subsidized fossil fuels that this could be good. I posted that on Google Plus an it engendered way over 300 comments, many of which attempted to explain, often rather impolitely, that solar energy was inefficient or in some other way bad. I'm pretty sure most of those comments come to us courtesy of the bought and paid for climate change denialist campaign, funded by Big Oil to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars to date. Most of the commenters were saying similar things, most of which were either incorrect or irrelevant, and far too many of them showed up on this comment at once to be explained by normal internet behavior, at least on my Google Plus page. This was a move made by the denialists, and rest assured ... they are doing this more and more often as time goes by. What I found interesting about this is the fact that the main complaints were about how inefficient, expensive, … [Read more...] about Is Solar Energy Totally Bogus or Something that Gives Hope?
opinion Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 10:14 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 Toyota and its luxury-brand Lexus dominated Consumer Reports' reliability rankings again this year, and it’s easy to see why. While brands like Tesla (third to last) and Volvo (last) innovate with new but glitchy technology, the Japanese brands beaver along with proven, dependable hardware. Take the big Toyota Avalon that I’ve been driving with its dependable gated shifter, dependable infotainment display and dependable V-6 engine. They should call it the Toyota Dependable. But for all their metronomic reliability, the Tokyo titans are hardly vanilla. Bucking design tradition, they’ve reached into the Hollywood wardrobe and assembled some of the most radical designs in autodom. Lexus in particular has walked off the deep end, wearing costumes with more angles than Dr. Strange’s cape and a face that only Darth Vader could love. It's even more bonkers … [Read more...] about Payne: Toyota’s new Avalon is a Lexus-beater