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Author: Charley on the MTA
David and I have been busy with work and family lately, so I apologize for the lack of content; luckily it’s a big community and our contributors have stepped up big time. My thanks.
I hope these don’t read like Larry King’s Twitter feed …
- As has been mentioned: Saving energy saves money ($460 million), creates economic value, and jobs. Duh. Again, to other states who will be trying to work with the Clean Power Plan: Cap and trade works, reduces emissions and does not croak the economy — just the opposite. Joe Stiglitz doesn’t agree that cap and trade is the answer globally. But a carbon tax can be repealed. As Dave Roberts has observed, cap and trade is harder to repeal since it creates a denser web of interests and financial relationships involved: Individuals, investors, and powerful institutions are literally more invested in conservation.
- Unmentioned in jconway’s praise of Katherine Clark was her work on getting law enforcement to take cyber-threats and harassment seriously – especially against women. This is an issue of local interest. Well done and thanks, Rep. Clark.
- Even if we kept global warming to 2°C (which is extremely ambitious), sea levels may well rise 20 feet, says an article in Science. This is the Boston area under just 10 feet sea level rise, which is an eminently plausible scenario under the plain evidence we have.
- The Baker administration is planning to purchase a vast amount of Canadian hydro power to comply with renewable energy goals, consistent with the Patrick adminstration’s plans. This is a mixed bag: the amount of flooding in Quebec necessary to create the dams has a large carbon footprint (destroying forests), and it does undercut the local, homegrown renewables industry that the Patrick administration did so much to cultivate.
- Hey this is seriously great news: More housing for Boston. Was it this easy to unclog the pipeline post-Menino? Why? As I’ve been saying for 10 years, we need a zoning-based regional approach to the housing crunch. May we never become Silicon Valley, a place only rich people can afford to live. Or is it too late?