Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York Menu
Posts on this blog are classified into different categories as summarized below. Clicking on the link in each category will take you to all relevant posts in that category. Note that none of the opinions expressed in any post reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company with which I have been associated.
Pragmatic environmentalism balances environmental impact and public policy risks and costs. I believe that pragmatic environmentalism is exemplified by these principles.
This page lists my posts on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). I have been involved in the RGGI program process since its inception and I blog about the details of the RGGI program because very few seem to want to provide any criticisms of the program. Before retirement from a non-regulated generating company, I was actively analyzing air quality regulations that could affect company operations and was responsible for the emissions data used for compliance. As a result, I have a niche understanding of the information necessary to critique RGGI.
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has been evaluating a carbon pricing plan for New York’s electricity market. My background with trading programs and the electric industry has prompted me to delve into the details of this plan.
There is a movement underway to transform the New York State electric energy system because we have to do something about climate change. I am motivated to prepare blog posts on this topic so that there is at least one voice of the unaffiliated public whose primary interest is keeping the electric energy system as resilient and affordable as it is currently.
In July 2019 Governor Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act which is described as the “most aggressive climate law in the United States”. Suffice to say that the lack of a feasibility study before picking the emission reduction and renewable energy targets makes for a target rich environment. Posts in this category raise questions about feasibility.
This page summarizes the results of my calculations of the observed costs of the environmental initiatives of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in general and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in particular. I also provide links to estimates by others outside the Administration as I find them.
In early April 2020, NYS passed the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (AREGCBA). This legislation is intended to ensure that renewable generation is sited in a timely and cost-effective manner.
New York environmental policy is too often driven by ideology and not science. These posts address example policies that are not a pragmatic balance of risks and benefits.
As a meteorologist I have the background, education and experience to have what I think is a learned opinion on the risk of global warming. These posts address the science of global warming.
This page lists posts on transportation initiatives related to climate including those published at Watts Up with That.
This page lists posts on this blog that describe and archive my public submittals to various regulatory agencies.
My niche experience is air quality meteorology. These posts address particular topics in that realm.
New York energy policy is too often about style rather than substance. Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is the Cuomo label for clean and green energy policies. In 2018 I started a blog to address specific REV topics but the fast-changing political label game has mixed these efforts up with the CLCPA. This category link is to my other blog.
On January 15, 2019 New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo did his State of the State Address that included his version of the Green New Deal environmental agenda. Incredibly, in July 2019 the NYS Legislature promulgated an even more ambitious law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, that he signed into law. As a result, these posts are not the drivers of NY energy policy that I thought they would be. This page is no longer being updated.
With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act this blatant attempt by National Grid to curry favor with the Cuomo Administration and other politicians is so passé. Imagine only proposing to get an 80% reduction by 2050 when the race to the bottom to be the most aggressive is now set at 85% with 15% offsets – the 100% target. These posts describe this effort but it is no longer being updated