The 13% Emissions drop
My post from the Future Cities blog, about the much reported 13% emissions drop. All reportage and analysis is missing the biggest point (one responsible for the biggest fraction of that 13% drop) - emissions went down because demand went down.
I cite three different pieces of reporting - from the NYTimes and the WashPo; and analysis - from the Rhodium Group. All of these, IMHO, miss the central point:
All of these pieces of commentary, in my opinion, miss the most exciting writing on the wall: Reduced consumption gets us the biggest reduction in emissions. Looking for systemic ways to reduce consumption, rather than seeking a marginally less carbon-intense supply, should be the holy grail. And where can we best find ways to do that? Why, in cities, of course.