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Not all change is sacrifice: Getting rid of fossil fuel uses that make us miserable

Energy efficiency

Not all change is sacrifice: Getting rid of fossil fuel uses that make us miserable

“Change” is often seen as synonymous with “sacrifice,” especially where the environment is concerned. But sometimes giving things up is no sacrifice at all. There are some fossil fuel-intensive activities that make us absolutely miserable. The opportunity to get rid of some of those activities shouldn’t be seen as a sacrifice, but rather as a tantalizing treat. 

Teach them how to say goodbye: Closing the door on the era of gasoline-powered cars

Electric vehicles

Teach them how to say goodbye: Closing the door on the era of gasoline-powered cars

Saying goodbye to old technologies and ways of doing things is something we are going to need to practice over and over again in the coming decades as we address the climate crisis. To evoke the musical Hamilton, Massachusetts and California now stand ready to “teach us how to say goodbye” to the internal combustion engine - a technology that has become familiar, but is no longer compatible with a livable future.

The Hummer EV: Titanic achievement or disaster in the making?

Electric vehicles

The Hummer EV: Titanic achievement or disaster in the making?

“Electrifying everything” at the same time that “everything” is getting bigger, heavier, more energy intensive and more wasteful is a recipe for endless technological tail-chasing. It makes the job of decarbonizing the economy that much harder.

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