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May, 2021
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Earth Day Update!                                                                                   

Biden Commits to Cut US Emissions in Half by End of the Decade

Slashing Emissions Would Mean a Very Different America
By 2030, half of the country’s electricity would come from renewable sources such as wind.
President Biden’s new pledge to slash the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade is long on ambition and short on specifics, but experts say that success would require rapid and sweeping changes to virtually every corner of the nation’s economy, transforming the way Americans drive to work, heat their homes and operate their factories.

In several recent studies, researchers have explored what a future America might look like if it wants to achieve Mr. Biden’s goal: cutting the nation’s planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.

By the end of the decade, those studies suggest, more than half of the new cars and S.U.V.s sold at dealerships would need to be powered by electricity, not gasoline. Nearly all coal-fired power plants would need to be shut down. Forests would need to expand. The number of wind turbines and solar panels dotting the nation’s landscape could quadruple.

It’s achievable in theory, researchers say, but it’s an enormous challenge. To get there, the Biden administration would probably need to put in place a vast array of new federal policies, many of which could face obstacles in Congress or the courts. And policymakers would have to take care in crafting measures that do not cause serious economic harm, such as widespread job losses or spikes in energy prices, that could lead to blowback.

“It’s not an easy task,” said Nathan Hultman, the director of the University of Maryland’s Center on Global Sustainability. “We won’t be able to sit back and hope that market forces alone will do the job.”

In two recent studies, Mr. Hultman and his colleagues modeled possible paths to achieving at least a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. The changes would be far-reaching:

  • By 2030, half of the country’s electricity would come from renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydropower, up from one-fifth today.

  • New natural gas plants would be built largely with technology that can capture carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere — technology that is still in its infancy.

  • Virtually all of the 200 remaining coal plants in the U.S. would shut down unless they, too, can capture their emissions and bury them underground.

  • By 2030, two-thirds of new cars and S.U.V.s sold would be battery-powered, up from roughly 2 percent today.

  • All new buildings would be heated by electricity rather than natural gas.

  • The nation’s cement, steel and chemical industries would adopt stringent new energy-efficiency targets.

  • Oil and gas producers would slash emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, by 60 percent.

  • The nation’s forests would expand, and farming practices would be reworked, so that they pull 20 percent more carbon dioxide out of the air than they do today.

April 22nd is Earth Day, But You Can Celebrate All Year                    
Check Out These "Green" Auto Tips from CarCare and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE):
By changing a few habits, you can do your part in helping the environment, say the experts at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE recommends regular vehicle maintenance and better driving habits as two easy-to-implement strategies. What’s more, improved automotive habits will help your vehicle last longer and command a better resale price.

The following tips from ASE can put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care:            

  • Keep the engine running at peak performance. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Replace filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual.  

  • Don’t ignore that ‘Service Engine’ light. Today’s vehicles have much cleaner tailpipe emissions that they did 30 years ago, but a poorly running engine or faulty exhaust system will cause your vehicle to pollute much more than it would otherwise.  

  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Not only will you reduce the engine’s effort and, thus, gasoline consumption, your tires will last longer too, saving you money and easing the burden at recycling centers.  

  • Have your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced only by a technician certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. Older air conditioners contain ozone-depleting chemicals, which could be released into the atmosphere through improper service.

  • Avoid speeding and sudden accelerations. Both of these habits guzzle gas. When waiting for friends or family, shut off the engine. Consolidate daily errands to one trip to eliminate unnecessary driving.  

  • Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight equals better gas mileage. Remove that roof-top luggage carrier after vacations to reduce air drag, too.  

  • If you do your own repairs, properly dispose of engine fluids and batteries. Some repair facilities accept these items from consumer. You can also contact local government for hazardous material drop-off/recycling stations. Remember too that improperly disposed fluids such as antifreeze can harm pets and wildlife.  

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. More than 360,000 automotive service professionals hold current ASE certifications. They work at all types of facilities, from new car dealerships, to national chains, independent repair shops, fleets, parts stores, and more. There employers often display the blue and white ASE sign, while the technicians wear shoulder insignia or lapel pins identifying himself or herself as ASE certified.

Making A Better World in Haverhill, MA                                                

Thanks to Erik Sahagian of Better World Club, Bradford Square is Getting A New Outdoor Dining and Picnic Spot! 

Now if we could only get him back to work...

Councilor Timothy J. Jordan said this week the idea came from longtime Haverhill resident Erik Sahagian of the Better World Club, who approached him about cleaning up the spot. He said additional efforts by the mayoral Chief of Staff Allison Heartquist and Lynda Brown from the city’s Brightside group turned the idea into a reality.

“They’re going to go ahead and put in three picnic tables with umbrellas near Sky Dragon. He did receive and okay authorization from Greg Foucault, who owns that building, to actually create a Hillie-themed mural on that wall. There’s going to be a trash container put in there and they are getting a planter from Brightside which Eric’s company, Better World Club, will be sponsoring,” he said.

The land is owned by Mary F. Paszko who agreed to turn it over to the city on a trial basis this year, between May 1 and Nov. 15 for a token $1.

Brightside, along with the Department of Public Works, agreed to maintain the picnic tables, bike racks and trash receptacle.

Check out the full article HERE!
Is It Time for a Recall?

Tesla's Autopilot Death Toll Rises

From the Center for Auto Safety and Yahoo Finance:

                                                 This photo provided by the Laguna Beach Police Department shows a Tesla sedan, left, in autopilot mode that crashed into a parked police cruiser Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser at the time of the crash and that the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries. (Laguna Beach Police Department via AP)

Tesla (TSLA) and its audacious CEO, Elon Musk, deserve credit for revolutionizing electric vehicles and changing the paradigm of the stodgy auto industry. But Musk has sped ahead recklessly on another technology: the self-driving feature known as Autopilot, which has alarmed safety experts and contributed to an unprecedented pileup of deadly crashes.

In the
 latest sensational Tesla crash, a Model S sedan flew off a road near Houston on April 17, hit a tree, exploded and burned for hours. Rescue crews found two bodies inside. One was in the passenger seat and one was in the back seat. “There was no one in the driver’s seat,” a police official told news outlets. 

 National Transportation Safety Board has implicated Autopilot in several deadly crashes and in others where nobody died. The NTSB reports sound a common theme: Drivers over-relied on a self-driving system that in some cases was flawed and in others was simply not as capable as the driver thought.

Tesla promotes Autopilot as if it’s the world’s most advanced self-driving system. It’s not. There are 6 levels of autonomous driving, from 0 to 5. Autopilot is a Level 2 system, which the Department of Transportation defines as partial automation” that requires the driver to “remain engaged with the driving task and monitor the environment at all times.” This year, Tesla is rolling out what it calls afull-self driving subscription,” available as a $10,000 software upgrade on most models. But the technology falls well short of Level 5 autonomy, or “full automation.”

Jason Levine, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, calls Autopilot “an intentionally deceptive name being used for a set of features that are essentially an advanced cruise control system.” He told Yahoo Finance that “Tesla’s marketing is leading consumers to foreseeably misuse the technology in a dangerous way. Users are led to believe the vehicle can navigate any roadway. The rising body count suggests Autopilot is not in fact a replacement for a driver.”


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If you’re ever behind the wheel of your friend’s car, or if you need to get a rental car or truck, you should have liability coverage in case of an accident. 

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Bodily injury. Our policy covers the medical costs of the other driver and passengers involved in any accident. We even cover you while you're walking or riding your bike! Check to see if the other insurance companies do that!

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CalBike's Victory

CalBike’s Bicycle Safety Stop Bill Passes Assembly

The California Assembly took a historic step by voting 53 to 11 in favor of the Bicycle Safety Stop Bill (AB 122, Boerner Horvath, Friedman, Ting). Most Democrats and two Republicans supported the bill. The bill will replace the requirement that people on bikes stop at stop signs with a requirement to yield and slow and stop if necessary for safety, including to yield the right of way to pedestrians. More than 75 organizations across the state signed a letter in support of the bill. 

“To cut down on car emissions, promote healthy living, and improve equity, we need neighborhoods that encourage safe bicycle riding,” said Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, the bill’s original author. “We know from the example of other states that when riders are allowed to yield at stop signs, they choose safer streets and will spend less time in dangerous intersections. It’s time for California to live up to its values and start encouraging — not penalizing — smart riding in our state.”

“Bicycling is good for California in so many ways: it improves our health, our economy, and our environment. We’re grateful to our thousands of members who agree with that and contacted their assembly members to ask them to remove this nonsensical obstacle to safe and reasonable biking,” said Dave Snyder, Executive Director of CalBike.

The Bicycle Safety Stop Bill doesn’t change existing right-of-way laws. Instead, AB 122 reforms the rules of the road to conform to safe and logical bike riding. It will improve predictability at intersections and mutual respect among road users. 

If AB 122 becomes law, California will join the list of states that have implemented the safety stop: Idaho, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Delaware, Arkansas, Utah, and North Dakota. None of those states has reported any safety problems with the new rule. A recent study in Delaware found that collisions involving bicycles at intersections decreased by 23% since the safety stop became legal. CalBike has created a video to explain how the bicycle safety stop works.

After unsuccessful attempts at passing this legislation in the past, CalBike pursued the issue this year in an environment of growing support for reducing the police role in traffic enforcement. Unnecessary laws that are difficult to follow pose a risk of traffic stops with tragic endings for people riding bikes, especially Black and Latinx people.

Learn more HERE!

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