Climate Clips: Montgomery County to consider banning gas-powered leaf blowers

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection and others hope to finalize a proposal to ban gas-powered lead blowers within the next few months. The proposal is outlined in the county’s Climate Work Plan for fiscal year 2022.

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City of Alexandria
The Alexandria City Council will consider an ordinance to implement a local tax for disposable plastic bags offered at grocery, convenience and drug stores.

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Inside Climate News
This summer, the climate crisis has become more evident as a string of natural hazards have impacted cities across the US. But as fall approaches, prospects are dimming for the package of investments that make up President Joe Biden’s plan to jump-start a clean energy transition.

Ida Exposes Weak Infrastructure as Storms Grow Stronger
E&E News
The Category 4 storm battered an aging network of infrastructure systems that supply power, transportation and water to millions of people from Louisiana to the Ohio Valley.

Biden Opens New Federal Office for Climate Change, Health and Equity
New York Times
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Residential Electric Panels Represent a Nearly $100B ‘Roadblock’ to Full Electrification
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Electric panels in up to 48 million U.S. single-family homes will need to be upgraded to fully transition away from fossil fuels. With an average cost of $2,000 for an upgraded panel, that represents a nearly “$100 billion impediment to residential electrification.”

Hydrogen Industry Must Clean Itself Up Before Expanding into New Uses
Canary Media
The hype around hydrogen as a clean fuel has reached the point where it threatens funding for other clean energy sources. A new report from Earthjustice calls out the climate toll of hydrogen made from natural gas.