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Why This Matters: Transportation accounts for 23% of carbon emissions globally according to the IPCC. As long as gas is cheap, car companies will keep making gas guzzlers and the public will keep buying them. But the bill is going to come due in a decade or two — indeed it already is — and we are just paying the cost in disaster aid. Leadership matters. GM is not leading and neither is our government. They claim that these new longer and heavier trucks will actually have improved gas mileage above the current dismal 15 mpg in the city, but they won’t say how much. We are not buying it. We are wondering why the government bailed GM out a decade ago — GM continues to “cost” the government and the public dearly by expanding its line of carbon-emitting gas guzzlers.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
We sat down with Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) to talk about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or “Hot FERC Summer,” as we like to call it. According to Rep. Casten, though FERC is often thought of as “a sleepy agency that is, frankly, kind of nerdy” — it can be a powerful force to […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new study published by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) reports that the world must cut its coal, oil, and gas production by more than half by 2030 to limit global temperature rise and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The world’s fossil fuel industry currently plans to […]
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