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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Vehicles turning right pose a danger to cyclists and pedestrians

Last week I biked to Ace Hardware, just over a mile from my home, and when I came back I thought “Whoa, that was not fun.” There are some big four-way...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 20, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 30, 2022 at 7:38 pm | 33 comments | 13298 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Skeptics, Dupes, and Paranoids

I am a natural-born skeptic. I like to question things and play devil’s advocate, so much so that for a while some friends called me “Sherry Contrary”....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 1, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:41 am | 33 comments | 15522 Views

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A Climate-Friendly 2020

‘Tis the season to make New Year’s resolutions, though any time is a good time to be a little climate-friendlier. If you are interested in making some changes,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 29, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 9, 2020 at 12:57 pm | 32 comments | 14673 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is there a polite way to say "Too much plastic"?

I probably should have held my tongue. It was a nice event, organized and executed by volunteers. But I was already aggravated because the outdoor lunch was being...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 20, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 26, 2020 at 8:57 pm | 31 comments | 15072 Views

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First rolling blackout since 2001 hits Palo Alto! And more are coming!

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Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 14, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm |
30 comments | 13382 Views

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Will the Coronavirus Save Lives?

I saw an eye-opening statistic the other day. Coronavirus to date has killed almost 15,000 people worldwide (as of March 22). It may be 2x or 3x that by the time...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 22, 2020
Last comment by Jetman, on Mar 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm | 29 comments | 14093 Views

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Palo Alto Utilities breeds mistrust with lack of transparency around outages

A week ago the electricity went out across a large section of Palo Alto. About...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 4, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:45 am | 29 comments | 10633 Views

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The Weird Thing about Population Growth

There are a lot of people on the planet, with more added every day. It took 200,000 years to get to one billion...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 17, 2020
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jun 19, 2020 at 12:05 am | 29 comments | 20597 Views

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Palo Alto's climate goals threatened by inadequate power grid

The City of Palo Alto’s emissions goals are in jeopardy because of its outdated electrical grid. During a February 2 Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC)

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 6, 2022
Last comment by Larry, on Feb 13, 2022 at 1:11 pm |
29 comments | 13425 Views

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Is Offshore Wind a Reliable Renewable?

One of the big knocks against renewable resources is their intermittency. The sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow. One way to see...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 21, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 28, 2020 at 11:31 am | 29 comments | 19961 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

On price gouging and other obstacles to HPWH adoption

It is hard not to be worried about climate change these days. More...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 5, 2021
Last comment by EPL, on Sep 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm | 28 comments | 15673 Views

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Demystifying heat pump water heaters

There is a surprising amount of water heater inertia in our area -- we are clinging to old-style heaters. I’ve been scratching my head about it. Mid-peninsula...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 17, 2021
Last comment by MrScott, on Mar 28, 2021 at 3:37 pm | 27 comments | 46433 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

About the Express Lanes Coming to 101

The Chair of the California Energy Commission, David Hochschild, recently observed that “electricity rates are climate policy”. I agree. We need to design...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 28, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm | 27 comments | 15787 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Living with a Heat Pump Water Heater

This is going to be a pretty short blog post because it turns out it’s not all that interesting living with a heat pump water heater. It works, it’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 21, 2022
Last comment by Sam Li, on Aug 30, 2022 at 3:48 am | 27 comments | 14213 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Altans and their Virtue Signaling

Self-righteous. Pretentious. Sanctimonious. The list of choice adjectives applied to people who take “eco-friendly” actions goes on. Why is it that we...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 17, 2019
Last comment by ForestsRForNever, on Dec 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm | 26 comments | 17470 Views

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Two degrees can do all that?

It’s hard to believe that if the temperature goes up by only two degrees, our world will change so much. When I walk outside, I can barely tell the temperature...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 21, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 29, 2019 at 6:59 pm | 26 comments | 15035 Views

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Is it true that our electricity rates will be going down?

Many of us have felt the pinch of high electricity bills over the winter, and our bills only seem to go up. Well, it’s not your imagination. Electricity rates...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 6, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Mar 11, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 25 comments | 15324 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Coronavirus and Climate Change

“Coronavirus and Climate Change”. How’s that for a depressing headline? In some ways I see the former as a mini version of the latter. Both are serious problems...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 7, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 14, 2020 at 10:32 am | 25 comments | 17994 Views

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Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification

Six years ago Palo Alto set a goal to reduce city emissions to 80%...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 25, 2022
Last comment by Mondoman, 28 minutes ago | 25 comments | 5573 Views

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It is not an easy decision to go to high school in Palo Alto right now

Note: Today’s post is not about climate change, but tune in next week for more climate-related topics. On Thursday morning my tenth-grade daughter...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 14, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Mar 19, 2021 at 9:20 am | 25 comments | 17219 Views
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