image missingTrue Value Metrics (TVM)
Meaningful Metrics for a Smart Society
image missing Navigation ... HOME
HOME
CONTEXT
ISSUES
POSSIBILITIES
HOW THE
WORLD
WORKS
SECTOR
PROCESS
IMPACT
STATE
ALL THE
CAPITALS
ACTORS
PEOPLE
ORGANIZATIONS
PRODUCTS
STUFF
CONSUMPTION
PLACE
COMMUNITIES
COUNTRIES
PEOPLE
QUALITY
OF LIFE
NATURE
SOURCE of
all VALUE
ECONOMY
MONEY
LIQUIDITY
TRUEVALUE
DATA at
the CENTER
ABOUT
VISION
STRATEGY
SITE NAVIGATION >>> SITE-NAVIGATION (0) TVM-BRIEF (1) How the World Works (2) STATE - All Capitals (3) FLOW - Activities (4) MANAGEMENT
Date: 2019-04-20 Page is: DBtxt001.php txt00013371

Climate / Renewable Energy
Cities taking the lead

Mayors Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent Of U.S. Electricity To Renewables By 2035 ... The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is prompting more than 1,400 mayors to make their own pledges.

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess

By Alexander C. Kaufman

06/23/2017 07:50 am ET | Updated 1 day ago


POLITICS / CLIMATE CHANGE Mayors Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent Of U.S. Electricity To Renewables By 2035 ... The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is prompting more than 1,400 mayors to make their own pledges.

The country’s largest coalition of cities plans to vote this weekend on a pledge to make 100 percent renewable power a top policy priority over the next decade.

The resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors ― who represent a 148 million people and 41.8 percent of the country’s electricity use ― would be the broadest rejection of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. If each of the federation’s 1,481 cities actually converted to zero-emissions electricity by 2035, U.S. emissions of planet-warming gases would fall by 619 million metric tons, according to a Sierra Club analysis shared exclusively with HuffPost.

That’s equal to the total combined carbon footprint of the five worst states emitting greenhouse gases: Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Ohio.

“The more cities that not only pledge to move to 100 percent renewable energy but pass that into a local law or ordinance and begin to work on that transition,” Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign, told HuffPost by phone Wednesday from the mayors’ conference in Miami, “the closer we can get to meeting the Paris goals through city-level action.”

The Paris Agreement, a pact signed by every nation except Syria and Nicaragua, set broad, non-binding targets for countries to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause the planet to warm and alter the climate. The U.S., historically the world’s biggest emitter, agreed to scale back pollution by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Trump announced plans to pull out of the deal this month after shredding virtually every policy meant to meet those goals.

An alliance of more than 1,200 cities, counties, businesses and state leaders, led by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, formed soon after, announcing plans to meet the Paris Agreement targets anyway. The group, called We Are Still In, includes some smaller municipalities than the U.S. Conference of Mayors, whose members have populations of at least 30,000.

SIERRA CLUB


The Sierra Club outlined three potential scenarios for cities helping to reach the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

The Sierra Club analysis, based on data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, considered two additional scenarios. If the 34 cities who already have plans in place to transition to 100 percent clean energy achieve their goal, the U.S. emission from electricity would fall by 19.1 million metric tons. The number increases to 34.5 million metric tons, equal to 3.4 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, if an additional 84 cities whose mayors pledged to completely switch to renewables but have yet to pass a formal policy also meet their target. Of the 100 who committed to that promise, 16 already approved policies to convert their electricity supply to solar or wind.

Getting the entire U.S. Conference of Mayors to adopt solar and wind power remains the ideal, if lofty, goal, Van Horn said.

“This is the good, better, best scenario,” she said, referring to the three situations outlined in the report.

The analysis comes just days after new research sparked fresh debate over the feasibility of converting to 100 percent renewable energy. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warned that the costs of shifting the U.S. electricity grid to renewables by 2050, as Democratic senators proposed in April, could prompt a political backlash.

“If we push down the avenue of 100 percent renewables, it will become very obvious very quickly that it is neither cheap nor effective,” Christopher Clack, the study’s lead author, told InsideClimate News. “We worry that it could be used by our opponents to diminish the role of renewable energy on the grid. We worry if we oversell them, it will lead to disappointment and backlash.”

Rather, Clack proposed policymakers should aim for a number closer to 80 percent renewable energy.

That public discussion of clean energy has progressed at all to the percentage of renewable energy, rather than its merits compared to fossil fuels, struck Van Horn has a victory in itself.

“We think the academic debate is healthy,” she said. “A few years ago, we wouldn’t have been having a debate.”

CLARIFICATION: This post was updated to include the official resolution’s deadline of 2035.

The text being discussed is available at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mayors-renewable-100_us_594be6cae4b0a3a837be0251
and
target = _blank > 'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Cities/Sierra-Club-RF100-Report-2017.pdf'>


TrueValueMetrics (TVM) is an Open Source / Open Knowledge initiative.
It has been funded by family and friends plus donations from well wishers who understand
the importance of accountability and getting the management metrics right.
SITE COUNT
Amazing and shiny stats
Blog Counters Reset to zero January 20, 2015

CAVEAT. The information on this website may only be used for socio-enviro-economic performance analysis, personal information, education and limited low profit purposes
Copyright © 2005-2019 Peter Burgess. All rights reserved.