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.
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.