Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in February

02/28/2019

How Do We Know Humans Are Causing Climate Change?

Rollback of light bulb standards would cost consumers billions — $100 per household each year

The Department of Energy’s plan to rescind the expansion of energy efficiency standards for light bulbs would cost consumers billions of dollars and increase pollution that harms public health and the environment. [ACEEE]

Stellar Energy Efficiency Programs Cut Costs and Pollution

A new report salutes dozens of state and regional utility customer-funded energy efficiency programs for their innovative, cheap, and effective efforts that conserve resources, reduce emissions, and save customers money.  [NRDC]

How Can the Green New Deal Deliver Environmental Justice?

There’s a reason why climate-change legislation failed in the past. Environmental-justice advocates don’t want the Green New Deal to repeat those mistakes. It would be wise, then, to ensure that the people who live in the most climate-imperiled parts of the country would have a substantial say in what the “Green New Deal” means for them. [CityLab]

Tariffs Take A Bite Out Of American Solar Jobs

After seven years of steady growth, the census reports an overall decline of nearly 8,000 solar jobs compared to 2017, marking the second consecutive year that solar jobs have declined. It’s not a coincidence that those are also the two years in which the industry was dealing with the looming reality of increased costs from tariffs coming down the pike, followed by their implementation and enforcement. [SEIA]

D.C. Will Feel Like Mississippi In A Generation If We Don't Slow Climate Change

Want to know what climate change will bring 60 years from now? To get a taste of D.C.’s future weather, there’s no need to wait. Just hop in the car, hit the road, and drive 970 miles southwest, to Greenwood, Mississippi. [WAMU]