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Coronavirus and the Fragility of Auto-Centric Cities

The coronavirus has exposed the ills of continued automobile-centric urban planning practices that adversely impact equity, health, and the climate. Those of us who are working from home, own an automobile, and can conveniently make grocery runs may overlook the fact that many in this country are not so lucky.

Decarbonization and Debt Forgiveness

The economic crisis resulting from our response to COVID-19 is hitting energy intensive industries particularly hard. Airlines, hospitality, restaurants, malls, mines, and factories are shut down across the country, as are oil and gas wells, pipelines, refineries and merchant power plants. Unlike the recession that followed the 2008 financial crisis,…

After the Pandemic, Use EVs to Absorb Spare Utility Capacity

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, demand for electricity had already been flat or declining on most utility grids in the United States for a decade. But with 297 million people—90 percent of the US population—now under “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders, the load on utility systems…

Stimulus and Response

For many Americans—workers, families, and business owners—the relief offered by the recent $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act won’t come a day too soon. The bill has been called an economic stimulus, and while it will stimulate the economy, it is more disaster relief. Chiefly, it…