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Rick Barnett has a B.A. in psychology (UCSB) and an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Environmental Management (Oregon State University, 1981).  Before becoming a builder, Rick introduced recycling...

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Numerous low-carbon green recovery plans from utilities and politicians include ramping up federal incentives for renewables, EV’s and efficiency.  For example, the House Democrats Select Committee on the Climate Crisis plans to find enough public funding to reach “100% clean, net zero emissions economy-wide in the U.S. by no later than 2050”.

Rather than just relying on tax dollars, Bill McKibben’s recent New Yorker column suggests that the private sector can also play a role in decarbonizing the energy system:

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Policymakers may be starting to get a little more serious about some of the lowest-hanging fruit in the energy orchard. The Democrats’ Select Committee report mentions plans for massive building retrofits. Rick Barnett, writing at the Energy Central blog, offers an in-depth discussion of building a “continuous thermal seal” around homes and offices. He writes, “Most interior space is surrounded by thermal defects such as lumber, pipes, electrical boxes, ducts, doors and windows. This is like wearing a flannel shirt when you need a parka.” Happily, the parka is available off the shelf, and plenty of local contractors know how to wrap it around you—with immediate savings that should more than finance the cost


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