An increasing number of cities are claiming they will go it alone to meet the emission reduction targets of the Paris Climate Agreement after President Trump pulled the US out of the accord earlier this year. But, how are cities fairing in that pursuit?
In fiscal year 2016, the University of Wyoming’s utility bill was $10.8 million—almost $2 million more than fiscal year 2015. Next year, as new buildings under construction come online, that bill is likely to increase, even as the University faces $41 million in budget cuts. That means there may be hard choices ahead—keep the lights on, or keep people employed.
What is the most energy efficient way to boil water? And which method has the smallest carbon footprint? The familiar act of boiling water lets us examine how the choices we make daily roll up to global energy consumption.
If the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan is implemented, the United States will burn less coal over time. Yet, Chris Mooney’s article in the Washington Post argues that states may comply with the plan through implementing energy efficiency programs rather than just cutting back on coal-fired electricity.
Despite being one of the few issues with wide support from Republicans and Democrats, as well as private industry, federal energy efficiency legislation has been stagnant. In the new GOP-controlled Congress, the time for energy efficiency policy might finally be near.
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