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Electric Cars and Mineral Mining

Posted by Adrianna Lovegrove on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 11:02 AM

Electric Vehicles & Mineral Mining: What We’ve Learned 

People often ask us about the raw materials in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, their implications on human rights and the environment, and what’s being done to lessen the impact. We are also concerned about these issues. As an organization doing state-based work, we are not experts in the global supply chain questions at the heart of these concerns. However, we are determined to educate ourselves and share what we learn. As a first foray, we’ve taken a deep-dive into one metal – cobalt – since it is the focus of most of the questions we receive. Here is what we’ve found. 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Going Live for Climate this #GivingTuesday

Posted by Erin Taylor on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 09:18 AM

Don't miss Green Energy Consumers staff have been posting videos all week leading up to Giving Tuesday (November 30th)! Videos on important climate news and solutions will be posted on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and on greenenergyconsumers.org/donate all week.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Energy efficiency, Green municipal aggregation, Our programs, Climate change

The Public Gets It: We Have to Phase Out Gas-Powered Cars

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 09:03 AM

There’s so much climate-related news right now that it’s hard to keep up: from the negotiations in Glasgow to the details of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the still-to-be-determined future of the Build Back Better Act. But here’s one piece of good news you don’t want to miss: a recent poll demonstrates that the public gets it. We have to phase out gas-powered cars.

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Tags: Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change, Phasing out fossil fuels

Should Massachusetts phase out rebates for new oil- and gas-fired systems for heat and hot water?

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, July 06, 2021 @ 02:31 PM

Recently I was asked by the Boston Globe to write 350 words on why the Mass Save energy efficiency program should phase out rebates for new oil-fired systems for heat and hot water. Another writer took the opposite view and readers were invited to vote for their preferred argument. The Globe’s request was reasonable and so I wrote my piece, but in this expanded blog, I can better address some important points in the discussion.

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Tags: Energy efficiency, Home heating, Climate change, Phasing out fossil fuels

Guest Blog: How Massachusetts cities & towns are leading our transition to clean energy

Posted by Joe Curtatone, Kim Driscoll, Joseph Petty, & Yvonne Spicer on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 10:17 AM

As mayors representing a diverse group of communities across Massachusetts, we are in a unique position to be on the front lines of how the big global issues manifest from block to block in our neighborhoods. One of the many ways we see this is in how our residents want to power their homes and businesses. Their message to us is clear: they want cost-effective solutions that speed our transition to clean and renewable energy, and they want innovative and meaningful ways to help them combat the climate crisis.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Green municipal aggregation, Climate change, Phasing out fossil fuels

Tell your MA state Legislator to get engaged on clean transportation!

Posted by Anna Vanderspek on Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

As frequent readers of our blog will know, transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts. The cars, trucks, and buses on our roads are also responsible for pollution that causes direct and widespread harm to human health – harm that disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color. Right now, there’s something you can do about it: get your legislator to attend an upcoming briefing on bills that will work on these issues!

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Our enemies are gasoline and the internal combustion engine

Posted by Larry Chretien & Anna Vanderspek on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 12:13 PM

From 1982 to 2016, Green Energy Consumers Alliance focused our attention on building energy for homes and businesses. But in 2016, alarmed at the rise in greenhouse gas emissions from cars, we became aware of the potential of vehicle electrification as a measure to reduce those emissions. Since we are an alliance of consumers and, at our core, connect energy users to cleaner options through our program offeringswe looked outside the house and began our Drive Green program in order to educate people about electric vehicles (EVs) and to give them a chance to get one at a more affordable price.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change, Phasing out fossil fuels

Now might be a good time to trade in your ICE bucket for a new electric car

Posted by Mal Skowron & Larry Chretien on Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 11:27 AM

If you’re like 99% of Massachusetts and Rhode Island drivers, the car you own nohas an internal combustion engine (ICE) that runs on gasoline. Now might be a smart time to trade in your gas-powered car for an EV. Here’s why. 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Introducing the 2022 chevrolet bolt eUV

Posted by Adrianna Lovegrove on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 05:00 PM

During the early years of the electrification era, the choices in electric vehicles were slim. The earliest version of the Nissan LEAF offered a comforting dose of normalcy but unfortunately was accompanied by a small electric range. Then came the super-suave Tesla with more of everything, including the sticker price. But it wasn’t until the Chevrolet Bolt came on to the scene that consumers finally had a car to choose that was highly functional and affordable.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Governor McKee, Rhode Island needs you to sign the Act On Climate

Posted by Kai Salem on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 12:25 PM

Last week was a huge step forward for climate action in New England. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Rhode Island, Climate change