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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is California engaging in wishful thinking or rigorous planning?

Two weeks ago, a comment on this blog

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 28, 2021
Last comment by Joseph E. Davis, 42 minutes ago |
10 comments | 4234 Views

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Grand pronouncements vs nuts and bolts

I was in a meeting recently where a staff member of a Bay Area city said they were looking to accelerate their carbon neutral goal from 2045 to 2030. It was all...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 21, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm | 4 comments | 2737 Views

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It would be a mistake to re-evaluate the closing of Diablo Canyon

About two months ago a reader suggested that...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 12, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:37 pm | 8 comments | 4801 Views

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My Toyota is on life support

Is it just me or does it seem like a lot of people are looking at EVs these days? A neighbor of mine who got a Kia Niro a few weeks ago remarked with some surprise:...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 31, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 6, 2021 at 1:32 pm | 14 comments | 6809 Views

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Why COP26 matters and what to look for

The “Conference of Parties” international climate convention happens every year. But this one, COP26 in Glasgow from Oct 31 - Nov 12, is particularly...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 24, 2021
Last comment by Michael, on Oct 30, 2021 at 11:39 am | 6 comments | 6493 Views

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Using heat pump specs to answer your common sense questions

In this last post of a mini-

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 17, 2021
Last comment by DJ, on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm |
11 comments | 7252 Views

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Your electric panel

Can you convert your gas furnace to an electric heat pump? How much space is in your panel? There's more than you might think! This is the second in a three-part...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 10, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm | 8 comments | 8462 Views

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Smart meters: The easy part and the hard part

There’s an easier part and a harder part to a smart meter rollout. The easier part is installing the new meters and radios and associated software. I say this...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 26, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 10, 2021 at 3:13 pm | 22 comments | 8200 Views

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Is renewable diesel the real deal?

Have you noticed the flags advertising “Renewable Diesel” at local 76 stations? I did and wondered if it was the real deal or a form of “greenwashing,”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 19, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 8, 2021 at 11:13 am | 12 comments | 9702 Views

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Electric Speak 101

This past weekend some of my neighbors were participating in an informal panel discussion about electrification. Partway through one woman raised her hand and asked...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 4, 2021
Last comment by SallyVP, on Oct 6, 2021 at 2:54 pm | 5 comments | 6718 Views

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On price gouging and other obstacles to HPWH adoption

It is hard not to be worried about climate change these days. More...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 5, 2021
Last comment by EPL, on Sep 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm | 28 comments | 9063 Views

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"It's too little too late" and other reasons why not

FUD. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Big changes should be carefully considered. But when a new idea quickly provokes objections from many different angles, something...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 12, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 19, 2021 at 6:13 am | 13 comments | 6782 Views

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Is artificial turf a good option for our dry climate?

About twenty-five years ago I had a friend who managed one of the landscaping crews at Stanford. After a few years he left to work elsewhere and explained why. “When...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 29, 2021
Last comment by Trish+Bubenik+, on Sep 3, 2021 at 4:15 pm | 8 comments | 11037 Views

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The growing appeal of "Buy Nothing" groups

When greenhouse gas emissions are tallied up and reported at the city, state, or country level, they are usually reported based on where the emissions occur. If...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 22, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 27, 2021 at 10:17 am | 6 comments | 6964 Views

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Back in the saddle

Hey readers! I’m excited to let you know that this blog will be starting up again next Sunday after a summer hiatus. Since my last post, we’ve experienced...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 15, 2021
Last comment by Gail+Sredanovic, on Aug 19, 2021 at 10:21 am | 12 comments | 4602 Views

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What are we doing about dairy emissions?

I’m a big believer in each of us working to reduce our own emissions. But some things are harder than others, and for me I’m pretty stuck on dairy, and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 30, 2021
Last comment by Kiki, on Jun 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm | 19 comments | 12181 Views

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Stanford gamely amplifies SoCalGas marketing messages

Stanford did not do itself or its audience any favors when it hosted SoCalGas as part of its weekly

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 23, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 28, 2021 at 10:52 am |
6 comments | 8486 Views

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Bold coyotes at Windy Hill

In late summer last year I was walking my dog across the top of Windy Hill when I ran into a guy going the other way with his own dog. He stopped me and said they...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 17, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on May 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm | 13 comments | 10509 Views

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Honey bees!

Yesterday we were getting ready to eat dinner outside when my sister, who was visiting, said “Hey Sherry, have you seen that swarm in your tree?” “What?” ...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 10, 2021
Last comment by Bruce Karney, on May 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm | 15 comments | 5072 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How will Palo Alto plan for, and pay for, massive emissions reductions?

It is not easy for a city to quickly eliminate most of its greenhouse gas emissions, as Palo Alto is learning. Despite paying attention to its emissions for more...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 2, 2021
Last comment by Local Resident, on May 10, 2021 at 10:28 am | 50 comments | 6153 Views
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