This is the 663rd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the Jan. 16 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES
Mark Lippman writes—Ted Cruz tweets nonsense about the Paris Climate Agreement. Greta Thunberg replies with a clapback: “Ted Cruz knows his followers and he gives them what they like. No lie is too big or too stupid to tell. In fact, the bigger and the stupider it is, the more they like it. Yesterday, after President Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, here’s what Cruz posted on his Senate webpage: ‘By signing this order, President Biden indicates that he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh.’ Yes, he’s worried about the citizens of Pittsburgh two weeks after he tried to disenfranchise 6.9 million voters in the state of Pennsylvania by throwing out their electoral votes. Cruz also knows that when he has something mind-numbingly stupid to say, it’s always best to put it in a tweet.”
gmoke writes—Jobs, Jobs, Jobs or How to Talk about Climate: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics says wind turbine service technician jobs should grow 61% over the next decade, the #1 fastest growing job for the next decade. Solar photovoltaic [PV] installer* is the third fastest growing job with a growth rate of 51%. Now imagine if we pursued a goal of 100% renewables by 2030. Mark Z Jacobson and his team have provided one possible roadmap to do just that. Even more jobs would be created if we got serious about energy efficiency and began to retrofit our existing buildings to net zero energy or near net zero energy standards, where a building provides all or most of the energy it needs on its own. Such building energy standards are being gradually adopted in the EU and CA where all building, including renovations, will have to meet those standards by 2030. In addition, there is at least one company, EnergieSprong, which is developing prefab, mass production methods to do such energy retrofits on existing buildings.”