SEC climate risk disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission may force companies to disclose climate risk. But, at what level? The SEC breaks down emissions into three categories (Scope 1, 2, & 3). Scope 1 – emissions generated by the companyScope 2 – emissions from the energy consumed, like electricity for exampleScope 3 – emissions generated by a company’s suppliers and customersScopes 1 & 2 hold companies responsibility for disclosing embodied energy (the sum of all the energy required to produce any material, goods or services – including the mining, manufacturing and transporting.) Scope 3 seems to hold companies responsible for disclosing emissions from the use of their products.Investors, consumers and the public deserve to know the risks....

Fatal Flaws

Saturday morning, 19 March 2022…At the corner of Baxter Avenue and Cherokee Road cars lined up at Church of the Advent. The occupants queued to pick up boxes of free food. Each car represented a family that had to choose between filling the gas tank and filling the grocery cart. …Arrival at the bike shop on Market Street (between First and Second streets) required an approach from the west. For several decades all six lanes of Market Street have been one way, dedicated to moving cars quickly eastward – out of downtown.…The Louisville Downtown Partnership https://louisvilledowntown.org/ emailed a survey to downtown residents and businesses. The survey asks for recipients to share their perceptions of downtown as it is, and their visions of downtown Louisville as it should be.  Those three occurrences of the morning are intimately related. Louisville’s land use and transportation is fatally flawed when filling the car’s gas tank is more important than filling the grocery cart. Louisville’s land use and transportation is fatally flawed when moving cars quickly out of town is prioritized over making a green, quiet, walkable city with excellent public transit. Louisville’s land use and transportation is fatally flawed when surface parking lots dominate...

JCPS & Greenhouse Gas

Below is the JCPS response to an Open Records Request re: climate change.Below that is the Request.===30 November 2021“We do not possess any records responsive to your request.”Amanda HerzogAssistant General Counsel, Contract, Insurance & Data SharingJefferson County Public Schools3332 Newburg RoadLouisville, KY 40218===To: Open Records CoordinatorVanHoose Education Center, Room 3213332 Newburg RoadLouisville KY 40218open.records@jefferson.kyschools.us OPEN RECORDS ACT REQUESTPursuant to KRS 61.870 to 61.884 From: JACKIE GREEN1645 Stevens AveLouisville KY 40202 This request is not for commercial purposes. 1) Please provide records showing individually the number of diesel, and gasoline, and electric, and hybrid, andalternative fuel powered school buses owned by JCPS or its related contractors (corporate entities) for the last five year period.2) Please provide records showing the total vehicle fuel purchases in dollars and gallons for each of the past five years by year.3) Please provide any calculation of the greenhouse gas emissions annually from JCPS transportation activities for each of the last five years.4) Please provide records of any air quality investigation or testing performed by or for JCPS showing student exposure to pollution from school buses at any location including waiting for buses, traveling on buses or at bus staging areas.5) Please provide records of JCPS’s surface parking acreage either owned or leased by JCPS.6) Please provide records showing individually the number of vans, SUVs, sedans and trucks owned by...

Conversation w/ university professor

A conversation regarding expansive use of EVs as a solution to transportation’s impact on climate resulted in a University of California – Davis and Berkeley professor forwarding her course syllabus reading list for the week studying EVs this spring. She states and asks: “the situation is dire. But how can we achieve the needed changes? …on the ground, not just theoretically. That is the most essential question “. Below is the “How to” answer to her question (modeled to the Louisville KY realities). And below that is her reading list. How to Calm & Reduce Urban Traffic – inexpensively – very quickly – without telling drivers they may not drive…reduce length of bus routes, extend routes only six miles +/- from First and Main, this immediately increases by several fold urban service, suburbs seven plus miles from First and Main are, for the moment, hopelessly car dependent…establish dedicated bus lanes (increases transit frequency and efficiency)….give buses the right of way at urban intersections (puts drivers at a disadvantage) …turn urban one way streets to two way streets (slows traffic)…have urban signals blink yellow or red but never green (elevates caution while decreasing speed)…establish a bus depot/station/square (one city block surrounded by bus stops with a grocery store in the vicinity) with most routes passing one of the four perimeter streets (creates transit hub)…eliminate urban surface parking lots (ground and elevated) by creating excessive fees for lots (result: owners will redevelop space as residential/commercial/park)…eliminate urban street parking (passive discouragement for drivers)…dedicate streets and adjacent 9’ +/- lanes to cyclists and scooters…put bike racks and scooter parking in the street (not the sidewalk)…eliminate the concept...

EVs (electric vehicles)- a hoax

Electric cars are still cars. They: – require resource extraction, – require manufacturing processes, – require wasteful infrastructure (parking lots & highways), – consume too high a percentage of family budgets, – are powered by coal and fracked gas (laundered like bad money at electrical power stations), – kill and maim people and wildlife, – and ultimately become a huge recycling challenge or contribute to landfills. EVs (cars) are...