“Matt Kean, eat our dust!” say the New York power planners

New York has surged ahead of California in the race for climate leadership in the US. They have shamed the miserable and half-hearted efforts of our local hero Matt Kean.

Francis Menton at The Manhattan Contrarian has reported on the latest developments to clean up the Big Apple, not the crime scene but the scourges of dirty fuels, CO2 and global heating. Getting ahead of California is no small achievement. Read about the way California may be crazy but New York wants to be even crazier.

The Californians only set draconian targets for reducing emissions from power generation and the New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), set targets for 100% of emissions, not just the 25% segment for electricity.

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New York intends to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions starting with 40% reductions (from 1990 levels) by 2030 and 85% reductions by 2050. The CLCPA created seven Advisory Panels for the different sectors of the economy and they all submitted their recommendations by May 10, 2021.

The recommendations of the Transportation Advisory Panel run to 56 pages and the basic strategy is to  declare any vehicle running on electricity or battery to be a “zero emissions vehicle,” and then issue a regulation mandating that all vehicles of each certain type be “zero emissions vehicles” by a date selected by the regulators. “Nothing to it.”

For “passenger vehicles,” the strategy is encapsulated in this pithy one-liner: “Adopt zero emissions vehicle sales regulations.” See how easy that is? The time frame for implementation is given as “1-2 years.” (Do the people have any idea that this is coming? I don’t think so.). But anyway, we quickly move on to “trucks, buses and heavy equipment.” And the strategy? “Adopt zero emissions vehicle sales regulations.” It’s the same! And so is the time frame: “1-2 years.” Might it be a problem that electric semi trucks and buses and heavy equipment don’t even exist, let alone batteries and charging stations for them? That is not discussed here.

Much the same for Housing.

Simply mandate that all buildings be “zero emissions” by a date arbitrarily selected by regulators. “Zero emissions” means all-electric, and just assumes that all of this electricity can be generated by constructing more and yet more wind turbines and solar panels. So we are to mandate, via building codes that all new homes, and all renovations of existing homes, eliminate all use of fossil fuels. All oil and natural gas heating and cooking and clothes drying are to be verboten. Do the people know that this is coming? I don’t think so.

The plan will call for state building codes to mandate  solar PV on “feasible” areas, grid-interactive electrical appliances, energy storage readiness, electric readiness for all appliance and electric vehicle readiness. By 2030 they expect more than 200,000 homes per year to be upgraded to all-electric and energy-efficient standards.

Good luck with that, see the backlash in Britain with home-owners facing the expensive threat of transferring from gas  heating to electricity.

“Aspirational gambits”! It’s more like King Canute on steroids. The only question is how quickly and how disastrously this will all come apart. The people of New York have no idea what is coming.

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18 Responses to “Matt Kean, eat our dust!” say the New York power planners

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    New York has surged ahead of California in the race for climate leadership in the US.

    NYC wukkas are doing all they can to avoid being sent back to green hell.

    That’s what you get when you have both a Mayor and a Governor who are nutty totalitarians who killed off the small businesses: like the yummy niche restaurants and bars that made the concrete canyons livable.

  2. Timothy Neilson says:

    But anyway, we quickly move on to “trucks, buses and heavy equipment.” And the strategy? “Adopt zero emissions vehicle sales regulations.” It’s the same! And so is the time frame: “1-2 years.” Might it be a problem that electric semi trucks and buses and heavy equipment don’t even exist, let alone batteries and charging stations for them? That is not discussed here.

    I used to think that aspects of “Atlas Shrugged” were exaggerated and could never really happen. Ever since the beginning of the Obama administration I’ve grown less and less confident about that.

  3. Baa Humbug says:

    Truck drivers never had it so good as they did for a few years under Trump. As much work as they wanted and at high pay rates. Biden and these green zealots will destroy the trucking industry.
    Truck drivers should boycott NY City. No deliveries into the city limits. Let us then see how long these green dreams last.

  4. RobK says:

    The trucks don’t exist, the required grid doesn’t exist, the storage doesn’t exist, the carbon free generating capacity doesn’t exist.
    Im sure these people have no clue about what they are saying.
    It’s ridiculous.

  5. Lee says:

    The trucks don’t exist, the required grid doesn’t exist, the storage doesn’t exist, the carbon free generating capacity doesn’t exist.

    That’s nothing; M0nty will just wave them into existence with a magic wand and unicorn farts.

  6. Megan says:

    The people of New York have no idea what is coming.

    But when they do, it will be good and hard.

  7. Entropy says:

    Trouble is tossers like Kean would take this as encouragement.
    It will be your fault then, CL.

  8. Eyrie says:

    I used to think that aspects of “Atlas Shrugged” were exaggerated and could never really happen. Ever since the beginning of the Obama administration I’ve grown less and less confident about that.
    Bloke I know phoned me about then to tell of this fantastic book he was reading that was describing what was going on with things going to hell in a handbasket. I asked him the name – “Atlas Shrugged”.

  9. Shy Ted says:

    Doesn’t it get very, very, very, very, very, very cold in NY?

  10. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Trust the democrims ,all will be well when Jo Bi Den the paedo implements his $600 trillion “infrastructure ” spend begins , after they steal the mid terms and have a majority . The New Model SupreeCourt of 67 justices of all genders and colours upholds its legality .

  11. MACK says:

    Excellent – many people, especially the not-too-bright, can only learn through experience. Pass the popcorn.

  12. mem says:

    Equality for all. The high rollers will have as much heating as the homeless in the rotting Big Green Apple of the future.

  13. Primer says:

    Hint : the Don moved to Florida.
    The hilarity of NY mandating quaint expensive bio-Avtur out of its airports while the rest of the world uses Jet A1 will be delicious.

  14. Leo G says:

    Apparently, Peter Minuit never genuinely purchased the real estate which became New York City from the American Indian inhabitants.
    The Manhattoes should repossess now, while they still have something to gain.

  15. Rex Anger says:

    The hilarity of NY mandating quaint expensive bio-Avtur out of its airports while the rest of the world uses Jet A1 will be delicious

    I can just see that working out.

    The FAA and every aero-engine maker worldwide are almost militantly reluctant to mandate or endorse anything without very exacting and extensive tests and trials.

    Nobody wants to wear hull losses and hundreds of passenger deaths because airliner engines conked out or failed because of faults or inconsistencies with exotic fuels demanded for a series of airports within a single State.

    In practice, you’d really just see all inter- and intranational private and commercial aviation spontaneously disappear from New York City and State. And Amtrak, Greyhound Coaches and Uber would pick up all the transit traffic from Chicago, Teterboro NJ, Atlanta and so forth…

  16. Roger W says:

    Elections have consequences…

  17. Carpe Jugulum says:

    Note to NYC Residents

    Enjoy sitting in the dark in winter, you sow the wind now reap the whirlwind

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