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  •  OK, and these are technical problems... (1+ / 0-)
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    .... that can be solved by a combination of the existing financial incentives for efficiency (leakage = wasting money), plus new incentives and regulations to tighten up the methane leakage.

    I'd like to have a conversation with you at some point about telework / telecommuting, an area in which I'm a subject-matter expert and which I believe is potentially huge in terms of reducing carbon impacts.  

    Every car commuter who switches to telecommuting is ten fewer car trips per week.   And in contrast to public transport, employers can implement telework whenever they choose, so it does not depend on large public-sector decisions & investments.  Telework infrastructure presently pays for itself in months when compared to the physical office costs it displaces.  

    I could go on but I think we should take this to a private forum, because I'm not interested in a) outing myself here and b) appearing to be engaged in self-promotion & advertising here.

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:35:02 AM PDT

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    •  Actually ... (1+ / 0-)
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      telework benefits, as you're aware, are even larger.

      * Reduced infrastructure demands
      * Improved social stability, community strength,
      * Etc ...

      Lots of challenges -- including that (a) the utility savings at offices are offset by greater home use, (b) too many (virtually all) companies "save" money by putting the office expenses on employees, (c) doesn't work for all employees (even all 'white collar'), (d) requires different management style(s), etc  ...

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:51:55 AM PDT

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      •  yes all of the above. (1+ / 0-)
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        Re. the challenges you mention:

        a)  Greater home use in turn offset by home solar, which is much more feasible in suburbs (where the automobile commuters come from) than in cities particularly on highrises.

        b)  Employee expenses are all tax-deductible:  square footage devoted to home office, work-dedicated broadband service (may be different to home broadband due to requirements such as VPN, VOIP phones, etc.), any other work-dedicated infrastructure.  

        But you don't get a tax deduction for gasoline to drive to work, so there is actually a double advantage here: lower gasoline costs, plus tax deductions.

        c)  If the job only entails typing & talking, it can be done by telework.  But clearly if it entails putting hands on products, or going to client sites, then it can't.  

        d)  Different management styles: companies can & will adapt given the financial benefits of reduced costs & overheads.  Management software is available to monitor employee performance in various ways.  From the employee perspective it's also less intrusive.  

        BTW, I see your LinkedIn invite: I'm not on LinkedIn or any other social network.  Plain email still works.  

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 07:01:48 PM PDT

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    •  Re the natural gas ... (2+ / 0-)

      My perspective is that NGV requires major infrastructure investment. My analysis is that we would be (far) better off using those resources for clean energy and energy efficiency investments.  We'd have far greater GHG and economic impact, for example, via a program of electrifying rail.  

      An old discussion, which is still mainly relevant:  CAP’s American Fuel: Contaminated on so many levels

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 05:57:07 AM PDT

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      •  NGV: natural gas vehicles? (0+ / 0-)

        Though, it seems to work for fleets that are centrally maintained.  Around here (SF Bay Area) a number of urban delivery type applications seem to be switching over: United Parcel Service and refuse collection come to mind.   We also have various types of advanced powertrain buses including a few that run on hydrogen (though I'm highly skeptical of hydrogen for a bunch of reasons).  

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 07:04:59 PM PDT

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        •  The direct finances (0+ / 0-)

          for that sort of truck system can work -- again, as a systems-of-systems look, I see us (the US and all of us) being better off using those resources in other ways.

          Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

          by A Siegel on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 07:31:48 PM PDT

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