It’s Time for American Leaders to Wake Up to the Threat of Climate Change for the Good of the Planet and Business

 Time Magazine Article Contributed by John R. Kasich,
Republican Governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019

If we could have seen the pandemic coming and had the power to prevent it, of course, we would have. If we had that power but sat on our hands as millions became sick and died, that inaction would be unforgivable.

There is another problem that we know is coming, that we have the power to address, and yet which we continually do too little—or often nothing—to tackle. I’m talking about climate change.

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AMERICA’S DIGITAL DIVIDE & OUR CLIMATE CRISIS

The digital divide worsens the inequitable impacts of the climate crisis, GreenBiz
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The author, Maddie Stone, is a science journalist based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Vice, National Geographic, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and more. 

 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS COLLABORATIONS – NEW GREENBIZ RESOURCES

From water to carbon, 5 new sustainable business collaborations, by Joel Makower, co-founder, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., producer of GreenBiz.com

For decades, collaborations and partnerships have been a fundamental part of the sustainable business toolkit, enabling companies to do together what none of them caneasily do alone. Over the years, those collaborations seem to have grown in lockstep with the profession of sustainability itself. Makower’s article includes established as well as “five recent collaborations worth knowing about.”

AMERICA’S FIRST ALL-SOLAR TOWN

Babcock Ranch Is America’s First All-Solar Town, Sarasota Magazine
Coupled with 9,000 acres of bicycle and hiking trails and interconnected lakes, it is to be a town that celebrates health, wellness and technology.

GEORGIA POWER’S SOLAR CUSTOMER COMPENSATION

Georgia Power Expands Renewable Energy with New Solar Program, Solar Industry Magazine
Georgia Power will purchase 100% of the solar energy generated by directly paying the customer. Renewable energy credits (RECs) will be retired by Georgia Power on behalf of participating customers, allowing the customer to claim the renewable benefits of the local solar energy.

OFFSHORE WIND

New auctions could support 28GW US offshore wind, reNEWS
WoodMac predicts $1.2bn in treasury revenue is achievable if BOEM leases more areas including California. New US offshore wind leases could support up to 28GW of clean energy capacity by 2022, according to a new study published by Wood Mackenzie. The study examines the economic impact of offshore wind activities as a result of potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) lease auctions in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

BP’S REVISED RENEWABLES TARGET

BP to Build 50GW of Renewables by 2030, Cut Fossil Fuel Output by 40%, Greentech Media
BP has set a 2030 renewables capacity target of 50 gigawatts, which puts it level with French utility giant EDF. BP’s renewables target includes a 20-gigawatt goal by 2025, up from the 2.5 gigawatts it has today. In June it upped its carbon price forecast for 2030 to $100 per ton, from the $40 it assumes now.

Related News Story: BP reports second-quarter loss after major write downs, halves dividend, CNBC

SHELL IN THE NEWS

Holy Floating Solar With Green Hydrogen Offshore Wind Farm, Batman, by Tina Casey, CleanTechnica

Shell has been criss-crossing the CleanTechnica radar as it moves into wind power, among other renewable energy ventures. The Hollandse Kust nord wind project builds up the company’s new identity as a clean power fan, while also positioning it as a global leader for innovative solutions to the challenge of integrating massive quantities of intermittent energy into the grid.

POWERING ELECTRIC TRUCK FLEETS

Electric truck fleets will need a lot of power, but utilities aren’t planning for it, GreenBiz article contributed by Stephen Nadel, Executive Director, ACEEE

This issue is critical, because freight trucks emit more than one-quarter of all vehicle emissions. Recent product developments offer growing opportunities to electrify trucks and buses and slash their emissions (see our recent white paper). And just last week, a group of 15 states plus D.C. announced plans to fully electrify truck sales by 2050. Utilities will need to be ready to power electric fleets.