I just posted v1.0 of the “3 Civics and 7 Leafs” package.
You can grab the ZIP here.
The only change from pre-release 1 was the addition of PPT and PDF copies using PowerPoint’s “Newsprint” theme. So both the original white background and the themed versions are in the ZIP.
The main message, encapsulated in the chart from the presentation:
See the package for the details behind these numbers.
The bullets from the summary slide:
- In climate change terms, there is no such thing as a single version of any EV, like the Leaf. Each one has a very different CO2 footprint depending on how we generate electricity.
- Natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel yields only modest climate change benefits, less than those from even a non-plug-in hybrid. Civic NG is much worse than any Leaf except one recharged with 100% coal electricity.
- Regardless of motors vehicle fuels used, we must greatly reduce CO2 footprint of our electricity supply. This will automatically make all on-road plug-in vehicles cleaner; liquid fueled vehicles have virtually no prospect for similar gains.
One of the endless frustrations of trying to communicate about climate change with people who are relatively new to the topic, at least beyond the level of headlines and bumper stickers, is the paucity of really good introductory material. This is why I’m particularly pleased to see a new publication, Climate Change: Evidence & Causes, a joint effort from the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences.
While the document, available from the NAS here, is 36 pages long, it definitely reads much shorter, thanks to a very accessible writing style and presentation, plus a liberal use of illustrations. If squeezed down to the neutron-star-like information density of the average peer-reviewed scientific paper, this would likely have been about seven pages and totally useless as an outreach tool.
The document is essentially a climate change FAQ, presenting 20 sets of questions and answers, followed by a “Basics of Climate Change” section. Each answer is broken out into a short, boxed reply and a longer version of the answer, often with illustrations. For example, question number two:
I’ll hazard a wild guess and say that most people who read this site don’t need this kind of introduction. But I’m willing to bet a lot of people you know would benefit from perusing it. That’s why I’m posting this and asking you to help spread the word to friends, neighbors, relatives (especially your brother-in-law with the, how shall I put this delicately, “interesting” and “colorful” world view), students, etc.
A pre-release version of Climate Change Bridge package number 1, “3 Civics and 7 Leafs” is now available.
Not only is this package a pre-release in the normal sense, meaning this is when the community will offer suggestions for changes, but it will also serve as a way to test drive the package development process.
The zip file containing the various related files — XLS, PPT, PDF, and even a lowly TXT — is available here.
I expect that the number one suggestion will be to include more vehicles or fuel options in the analysis. Right now, we’re seeing a huge amount of change in transportation, from the basic technologies to the fuels they use (including the “same” fuel produced in different ways), so bounding this analysis was and will be a challenge. In particular, one vehicle conspicuous by its absence, the Chevy Volt, will very likely be added in version 2.0 of the package, as PHEVs (plug-in hybrids) will play a very important role in the coming years. I excluded PHEVs in this version of the package simply to keep it more manageable while I focused on gasoline, hybrid, natural gas, and electric cars.
I encourage anyone who wants to participate in the conversation to join the CCB Google Group discussion forum.
RSN, of course, being everyone’s favorite TLA (three-letter acronym) for “real soon now”.
I just uploaded new versions of the Contributor Guidelines and the Package Development Guidelines. You can get them from the CCB Index page.
Barring any unforeseen events, I will upload the pre-release 1 version of the first CCB package, “3 Civics and 7 Leafs” tomorrow. It’s either ready to ship now or within a nano-tweak, so I want to spend some time tonight reviewing it before I release it.
I just posted v0.5 of the Climate Change Bridge Package Development Guidelines[PDF].
Because this is a beta version of the document (note the version number), I’m particularly interested in getting feedback either here or in the CCB Google Group.
There is now a Climate Change Bridge Google Group, which will be the home for project discussions for the foreseeable future.
My original intent was to create and host a forum on this site, likely using the excellent PHPBB package, which I’m guessing 99% of visitors here have used on at least one site, even they didn’t . . . → Read More: Climate Change Bridge discussion forum is open
I just posted the PDF file with the Climate Change Bridge Contributor Guidelines, v1.0.
I think this document should give everyone who is interested in CCB a much better understanding of what I plan to do with this project, as well as how people can contribute.
In the interest of getting everyone, including me, up to speed in . . . → Read More: CCB Contributor Guidelines
I just posted version 1.0 of the Climate Change Bridge project FAQ.
See it at the box of CCB links on the upper-left part of this page or jump right to . . . → Read More: Climate Change Bridge FAQ v1.0
Regular readers of my ramblings, transcribed hallucinations, etc. here have no doubt noticed a shift in tone recently as I’ve increasingly commented on what we climate activists are doing wrong. This has caused me to do a lot of evaluation of us as a group and in particular my contribution to the overall effort. . . . → Read More: Taking the Climate Change Bridge
After listening to and reading excerpts from last night’s State of the Union speech by President Obama, I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects, to put it mildly. The pattern here of a president talking about the seriousness of the issue and then touting an absurd “all of the above” energy plan . . . → Read More: The Climate Impact Line