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Senate committee unanimously approves $1 billion for EV, natural gas and hydrogen fuel infrastructur

(Credit: Wikipedia Commons ) The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to advance a broad bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is working to bring it before the full Senate this fall. S. 2302, the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, earmarks $1 billion in funding for competitive grants to support the development of fueling infrastructure for electric, natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The bill also directs federal agencies to transition their vehicle fleets to hybrid-electric, electric and alternative fuels within a year of enactment. Sponso

Only taxes can close aviation’s carbon gap

An Australian commercial aircraft prepares to land in the haze at Sydney's International Airport July 15, 2014. LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Aviation’s dreams of a green future rest on second-hand cooking oil and wishful thinking. By 2050, the industry wants to halve net CO2 emissions from 2005 levels even though traffic is set to treble. It’s hard to see electric planes or jet fuel made from plants or kitchen grease flying to the rescue. Instead, governments may have to squash demand by imposing carbon taxes. Unlike carmakers, which can switch to zero-carbon batteries, or power stations that can run on wind, nuclear or solar, airlines are stuck with fossil fuels. Basically, nothing matc

New York’s climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

A rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York. In the background are apartment buildings in Manhattan. ConEdison Solutions installed 3,152 solar panels on the roof of Building 293 in 2016. The new panels will generate 1.1 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, according to the mayor's office. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided more than $600,000 in incentives for the project. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew C

‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

In less than 20 years, millions of people in the United States could be exposed to dangerous “off-the-charts” heat conditions of 127 degrees Fahrenheit or more, a startling new report has found. In 60 years over one-third of the population could be exposed to such conditions, “posing unprecedented health risks,” the report says. This first United States county-by-county look at what climate change will do to temperature and humidity conditions in the coming decades finds few places that won’t be affected by extreme heat. DANGEROUS DAYS AHEAD Extreme heat kills hundreds every year across the U.S. Without any action to stop climate change, the global average temperature is expected to rise 7.7

Syracuse begins replacing 17,507 street lights; First up, the Valley

A worker replaces an old street light with a new LED light on Merritt Avenue, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Work began this week on one of Mayor Ben Walsh’s signature projects: Installing new street lights throughout the city. The city bought all 17,507 of its street lights from National Grid earlier this year. Work is now underway to convert them to light emitting diodes -- a more energy-efficient type of lamp. “This project is one of the ways we are taking control of our future," Walsh said in a statement. “With ownership of our street light network, we can reap the benefits of energy saving LED lights.” Work began this week in the Valley. Crews will make their way south to nort

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