11 May '12, 6pm

Obscure-but-awesome energy law getting shivved by natural gas lobby

Obscure-but-awesome energy law getting shivved by natural gas lobby

Please support our fine nonprofit! Help us with a small deposit. (Why are we rhyming in phrases so terse? Grist’s been cursed by verse! ) This house is extremely efficient. Wouldn’t it be cool if we passed a rule mandating that all new federal buildings had to be carbon-neutral by 2030? The feds buy and build a lot of real estate. An effort to wring fossil-fuel energy out of those buildings — by increasing their efficiency and supplying them with renewables — would seriously bolster domestic markets for efficiency and distributed energy . Beyond that, it would serve as a proving ground and an example for the communities where those buildings are located. It would be galvanizing. “But,” you’re protesting, “we would never do something so radical. Germany might. Denmark, maybe. Not us.” Hark! I say to you. Hark to this sh*t: We do have such a rule! It was passed by Congress a...

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