Greenhouse Gases

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Now that the cold weather has settled in, furnaces across Central New York have been humming to keep us warm.  But for most of us, that natural-gas fueled heat source creates 37 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

Geothermal designer and expert Jay Egg says simple math shows the state can’t meet its goal of reducing emissions 50 percent by 2030 without moving away from fossil fuels.

In a talk at the Central New York Engineering Expo Monday, Egg assured the attendees that New York and most of the world are going geothermal, even if it’s not obvious.

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Discussions on climate change are often about fossil fuels burned for energy…and the impacts of pollution from cars and trucks on the roads.  But one Central New York expert in efficient buildings and earth-friendly construction materials wants that to change the debate.  Rick Fedrizzi of Westvale helped start the U.S. Green Building Council.  He suggests a different focus if we want to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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  Hundreds of national companies are supporting stronger federal regulations regarding greenhouse gases.  One of those is Syracuse power provider National Grid, which is looking for more action on climate change.