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LetsFixThat

Some climate actions from the Grass Roots.

We know that Burning Oil is the Problem.

Burning petroleum is responsible for 82% of the CO2 that is fouling our atmosphere and causing global warming. [a]
So what can we do about that?
We use less gasoline, diesel fuel, coal, gas and aviation fuel, and cause the oil companies to reconsider their business model.
The oil companies are required to drill for oil and sell petroleum products. It’s in their corporate bylaws. So how do 229 million climate-motivated people in the U.S. convince them to consider branching out into renewable energy...??
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(70% of 328 million people in the U.S. = 229 million people)

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Plus 6 billion climate-conscious people in the world!


We encourage them to modify their corporate bylaws --
By using a lot less petroleum.
You might say, “But I need gas! I need electricity!" They have us by the throat!”   Not really.
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People that own a roof, check with a solar installation outfit about installing renewable energy on it. This is a win-win. You save money, and you produce low-cost, clean electricity. And, electric cars, motorcycles, and pickups are getting cheaper.
solar
solar
bmw
zero
Rivian
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We promote and vote on city council members who take an oath to retrofit the diesel engines in our cities’ buses with electric motors. Or just retire the old ones and buy new electric buses. We use solar power to charge banks of batteries that charge the buses at night. Free, non-polluting power. There are 140,000 transit vehicles in the U.S. At the state level, we do it with ballot propositions. [h]
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We do the same with all school buses (480,000 vehicles). This is the biggest transportation system in the U.S. Each state passes a proposition that mandates this. [i]
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We elect a president who issues an executive order that all Post Office trucks [j] and minivans [k] must be electric. Every Post Office must have solar charging stations. The P.O. saves big money on fuel and – no pollution from 213,000 vehicles. The fuel savings winds up paying for the new minivans.
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We expose and censure the Congressmen and Senators who take inordinate amounts of money from the fossil fuel industry, and then, to a man, deny global warming and vote against all climate measures. This is barefaced quid pro quo. They either change their ways (not likely), or we vote them out. [l]
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We petition Congress to stop subsidizing the oil companies, except for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. We require a vote. We take note of who the intransigient congresspeople are. We then vote them out. [m]
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Congress (after 2020) subsidizes airlines that fuel their airplanes with biofuel [n] or hydrogen. [o] We tax the airlines that use ordinary jet fuel. We will have low-cost low-pollution fuel. The airlines will love it. Liz Cheney will hate it. [r]
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After 2020 we tax household plastic products that burn petroleum in their manufacturing process. We give a tax break to plastic products that are made from plants and are biodegradable. [t]

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The big one. Build solar farms to replace gas- and coal-fired power plants. The energy solar farms produce is now cheap and getting cheaper, but also: it's clean.   [u]
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There are 229 million U.S. citizens who know and understand the threat of global warming to life on this planet. Let's join up.

REFERENCES

[a]

These are the latest figures available (from 2017) since Trump and Pruitt et. al. took over the EPA.
The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity was the largest single source of CO2 emissions in the nation, accounting for about 34 % of total U.S. CO2 emissions.
The combustion of fossil fuels for transportation is the second largest source of CO2 emissions, accounting for about 33 % of total U.S. CO2 emissions.
Fossil fuel combustion from various industrial processes accounted for about 15 % of U.S.
Total:   82% of the CO2 in the atmosphere is continually being put up there by the burning of fossil fuels.

Pie charts at EPA emissions overview

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70 Percent Believe Global Warming Is Happening
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, percentage of people believing in global warming vs region map
With a few exceptions, most regions of the country are in relative agreement that the planet is warming. In general, fewer people agree with this statement in the middle of the country than the coasts, but compared to other topics, most of the U.S. is in agreement that the climate is changing.

Of those polled, 71 percent said they somewhat or strongly trust climate scientists and their findings on global warming.

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Record 65% Blame Human Activity for Rising Temperatures
...another record broken in the new poll -- the 65% of Americans now saying increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century are primarily attributable to human activities rather than natural causes. This represents a striking 10-percentage-point increase in the past year and is four points above the previous high of 61% in 2007.

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Majorities in all 40 nations polled say climate change is a serious problem, and a global median of 54% believe it is a very serious problem.
Climate change is not seen as a distant threat. A global median of 51% say climate change is already harming people around the world, while another 28% believe it will do so in the next few years. Total: 79 %. This view is especially common in Latin America. For instance, fully 90% of Brazilians say climate change is harming people now. Europeans are also particularly likely to hold this opinion.
Most people in the countries we surveyed say rich nations should do more than developing nations to address climate change.

Pew Research Center: What the world thinks about climate change in 7 charts

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A gallon of gasoline releases 14 lbs of CO2 when burned. A car that averages 20 miles per gallon and is driven a typical 15,000 miles per year will burn 750 gallons, emitting a little over 5 tons of CO2.
An industry analyst has calculated that the total vehicle number in the world is 1.2 billion. That’s 6 billion tons of CO2 per year dumped into the planet’s atmosphere by the world’s fossil-fueled vehicles.
I mean.........DAMN!

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BMW
BMW i8 phev

BMW i8 Roadster
and 21 more including Audi, Aston Martin, e.GO, Honda, Land Rover, Maserati, Nissan, Porsche, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, Yudo. Prices starting at $23,750.

Green Car Reports Buying Guide
2019 List of U.S.-available Electric Cars with price list
30 Reasons Your Next Car Should Be Electric

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Zero
Zero S

In many ways, Zero is the Tesla of the electric motorcycle industry. Named S, its entry-level model is an urban bike that’s nimble and practical.
In its top configuration, the Zero S offers 60 hp, 81 lb-ft, and up to 153 miles of range when it’s ridden in a mix of city and highway conditions. Pricing varies between $10,995 and $16,690. The Australian Super Soco starts at $5000.

Electric Motorcycles

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Rivian
Rivian-R1T

Ford Motor Co. will invest $500 million in electric-truck developer Rivian.
The Ford investment helps establish Rivian as a serious rival to electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. Rivian raised $700 million in a financing round let by Amazon.
Ford already is working on an electric crossover based on Mustang styling and an electric version of its flagship F-150 pickup truck.
Electric Pickup Trucks

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Minneapolis is already doing this.
And Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Louisville, and plenty of other cities. Statwide in California.

buses
Electric transit buses

America’s largest cities are converting their bus fleets from fossil fuel to electric – what’s behind this accelerating trend? The answer, in a word: economics. Electric buses represent billions in potential savings for cash-strapped local governments. (Do we care that the reason isn't to save the planet? Nope.)

California transitioning to all-electric public bus fleet.

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buses
Electric school bus

More and more electric buses are charging into school districts across North America—thanks to funding programs and the buses’ clean operation.

Zero emission school buses are attracting strong interest from school districts because they make the planet cleaner and provide healthier air for children, whose developing lungs are especially vulnerable to vehicle emissions.

Blue Bird Buses
Lion Buses
Go Green
ElectricSchoolBusCampaign
School Buses: America's Largest Transit System

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Post Office big rigs need replacement.
Tesla Semi
Tesla is expected to start delivering a handful of electric long-haul trucks by 2020, with companies such as Daimler, Volvo and Peterbuilt following close behind.
“The big news on electrification is how much more feasible it’s gotten with Daimler and Tesla introducing some electric truck options that seem like they can do the job,” said Ethan Elkind, a researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment who has been studying the issue closely.

Rethinking Tractor Trailers for the Long Haul

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This didn't work.
Volvo electric
Ford made 200 of these electric minivans in 2000. The battery maker quit, so the P.O. "exchanged" them back to gas, rather than finding another battery maker.

Since then, the post office has been steadfastly dragging its feet on transitioning to electric vehicles. They have a measly 30 EV's in service in New York, with a sprinkling of "experiments" around the country.

There are a lot of firms willing to make new P.O. minivans, including Deutche Post, Renault, Nissan, and especially Workhorse. There are also plenty of companies ready to retrofit the existing minivans. The Post Office drags its feet.

New minivans could cost between $25 and $35,000 apiece. Retrofitted minivans could cost $10 to $20,000 each.

It would cost between $1.4 and $2.8 billion to convert the P.O. minivans to EV’s. If that happened, the projected ten-year savings over a gas minivan fleet ranges from $2.4 to $5 billion.

New minivans would cost $3.5 to $4.9 billion. Savings $2.4 to $5 billion. Just saying.

That's if the PO gets its electricity from the grid. But if they use solar panels to charge the fleet, the fuel costs are cut by 60 to 70%. More savings.

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As of October 2017, Oil Change International estimates United States fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies at $20.5 billion annually. Other credible estimates of annual United States fossil fuel subsidies range from $10 billion to $52 billion annually – yet none of these include costs borne by taxpayers related to the climate, local environmental, and health impacts of the fossil fuel industry.
According to International Energy Agency (IEA), energy subsidies artificially lower the price of energy paid by consumers, raise the price received by producers or lower the cost of production. Fossil fuels subsidies costs generally outweigh the benefits.
A 2017 study by researchers at Stockholm Environment Institute published in the journal Nature Energy estimated that nearly half of U.S. oil production would be unprofitable without subsidies. [34]

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Researches executed by the Air Transport Action Group, as well as by Boeing and Airbus, show that sustainable aviation biofuel has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 50-80% on a life-cycle basis compared with fossil fuel.

BioFuel cycle
Oil cycle
Biofuel for airplanes.

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Hydrogen powere flight by Russia
I know, we distrust the oligarchs, but the Russians flew a hydrogen-powered airplane for more than 100 flights with no problems. It was put into storage because of the fall of the Soviet Union.

Tupolev Tu-155

AIRBUS
Their vision is: To achieve long term continuing growth of civil aviation until every man and woman on earth can fly as often and as far as they want, and when doing so, do no harm to other human beings , or to the environment.
Sounds pretty lofty, but check out what they were doing in 2001.
The Airbus CRYOPLANE

Safety General Aspects
Safety - General Aspects


A British outfit, "Reaction Engines Limited", currently flies a hydrogen-fueled aircraft called
The SKYLON

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Solar Panels
Solar Panels can produce hydrogen on airport real estate.

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A more inclusive list is coming.

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Garbage Patch
The great garbage patches.

The raw material for all packaging plastics (right now) is ethylene. Ethylene is a gas derived from natural gas or from a fraction of crude oil that has a composition similar to natural gas.

Naturally, Exxon Mobil is a Top 3 Plastics producer.

Producing and refining ethylene uses a lot of energy, which is generated by burning feedstock of natural gas or crude oil.

Producing a 16 oz. PET (plastic) bottle generates more than 100 times the toxic emissions to air and water than making the same size bottle out of glass.

Top Ten Plastics Manufacturers

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Abu Dubai
Solar Array, Abu Dubai. 4 Square miles of panels.   1.18 Gigawatts.

A (large) gas-fired 650 MW powerplant costs appr. $600 million to build. Then the plant has to purchase fuel, so it is literally burning money over the life of the plant. And polluting the atmosphere all the while.

Whereas, the solar farm in Abu Dabi (above) is costing $870 million, will put out almost twice the power – 1.18 Gigawatts – and will have no fuel costs. And will not pollute, will not require subsidies, and will produce power at 2.42 ¢ per Kwh.

We can do this easily in the U.S. because, it turns out, in 2018 the solar industry had entered a phase of oversupply, which means solar panels can be purchased in international markets for $0.22 per watt, "an incredibly low price for solar products," according to the website EnergyTrend.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says that "renewables are now the cheapest energy source." (2018)

The climate denialists will reflexively yell, "Aha! But what about at night, huh? The sun doesn't shine at night!" 
Just shut up.

●Hydrogen Energy Storage
● Carbon-Enhanced Lead-Acid Battery Storage
●Sodium-Beta Battery Storage
● Vanadium Redox Battery Storage
● Grid-Scale Energy Storage Demo Using Ultra Battery Technology
● Grid-Scale Flywheel Energy Storage Plant
● Isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage
● Sodium-ion Battery for Grid-level Applications
●Pumped Hydro-Power

Solar panels are cheap now.

Policy Research