“Move Fast and Break Things” shouldn’t only be Facebook’s motto. Everyone engaged in climate policy needs to understand that we need to adopt a new kind of war footing: get new ideas into prototype as fast as possible, try them out, then choose the ones that can scale the quickest and most effectively. This is not a time for political candidates to tread cautiously on climate, hoping that people will divine their true intentions behind the rhetorical timidity.
A recipe for climate disaster! Barclays’ recent study shows how hard it is to cut oil use, let alone get to “zero net carbon” emissions by 2050. Under “most likely” scenario, world oil demand peaks in 2030-2035, with 2050 demand about 5% above today, 105 million barrels/day. What can we do to change this?
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke unveiled yesterday a detailed proposal a week after Earth Day for a net zero carbon US economy by 2050, costing a mere $5 trillion. In so doing, Beto ups the ante for every other Democratic candidate to respond with a similar climate change proposal. Bernie Sanders and Jay Inslee are already there, but that leaves 17 other stalwarts behind.
The one book the green building movement needs to read...
Reinventing Green Building is a unique insider’s critique of why certified green buildings are failing to provide large-scale carbon reduction. It is a potent vision for the future that the green building industry needs NOW.
"There is no Plan-et B." An interview by Virginia Cinquemani with Jerry Yudelson, the "godfather of green", author of the wonderful Reinventing Green Building and one of the eminent people that have been working in sustainability for the longest time. We talked about what's wrong with current building certification, including LEED and BREEAM, and what we should do instead.