Mass. has created 116,000 net new sustainability jobs and California $7B in direct economic benefits (+$14B in health and climate benefits)from leading climate policies - strengthening the economy! Yet the Dallas plan falls far short of even planning for success and will not achieve our goals. Dallas citizens, businesses and workers need the jobs, growth and profits good climate policies create. This article (Read in Forbes: https://apple.news/AxpeDJKKTSxu0yC0agrGYHg) describes the 6 policies that the California Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) model show will work to get California to it's 2030 and 2050 goals. Dallas City Employees and Politicians have done an excellent job in getting this plan in front of us, the citizens. But now we have to stand up, support our city, our people and educate ourselves. The policies that will actually work were unimaginable in California and Mass. a decade ago. But their citizens have learned these policies benefit us all. It's not the Texas way to be behind others on the learning curve. We must create the political support to implement these successful, but "unimaginable" policies in Texas. Isn't that what Texas does, achieve the unimaginable? We must rally the support for a successful plan!
The six policies from the California article above are:
1. Fortify the cap-and-trade program. The state should link the program’s price floor—the minimum price accepted at emission permit auctions—to whether or not emission reductions are on pace for the 2030 target, with the minimum price rising faster if emissions are not falling fast enough. The California EPS models an increase in the expected carbon price from $29 to $63 dollars in 2030. This recommendation is the largest single driver of emission reductions in the package.
2. Modestly boost clean electricity goals. Senate Bill 100 sets a 60% renewable electricity standard for 2030 and calls for completely decarbonizing the state’s electricity supply by 2045. These are already strong goals, but the electricity sector’s rapid pace of technological progress creates a cost effective opening for an even faster transition. (Note: the Dallas electric supply can be decoabonized)
3. Accelerate transportation sector decarbonization. Increase the share of new car and light truck sales to at least 80 percent zero emission vehicles by 2030,
4. Jump start building electrification transformation. Increasing advanced electric heat pumps to at least 50% of new sales of water heaters and space heaters for residential buildings
5. Establish a zero emission performance standard for heat in the industry sector. Nearly 20% of California’s natural gas demand is due almost entirely to making steam for oil extraction, necessary to coax the state’s low quality oil reserves from the ground. This policy would jump-start the use of existing solar thermal heat—using mirrors to concentrate sunlight,
6. Introduce a GHG emission performance standard for concrete production. Cement is the largest source of coal combustion in California, but exciting innovation in this industry could change that. We recommend setting a technology-neutral standard requiring steadily lower emissions from concrete production and, in parallel, a border carbon adjustment for imported concrete. Concrete imported from jurisdictions with weaker climate policies would be required to pay a fee