Concrete and CO2


What will we do about concrete? The production of it produces nearly as much global CO2 (10%) as residential heating and electricity usage (11.3%).[1] As a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, I understand that this may be one of the more difficult problems to solve in the climate area. Unlike energy production, which simply requires scaling up known solutions to clean energy, there is no known solution to the dilemma caused by the flexible and ubiquitous building material. Both the byproduct of its production and the massive energy production requirements are large causes. Further, it produces a massive heat island (it absorbs heat) and inhibits percolation. The average city is estimated to be 10 degrees warmer than a century ago due to the heat island effect of concrete and asphalt. The building construction industry uses large amounts of concrete. China alone used 6.6 billion tons of concrete during its building spree between 2011 and 2013 than the USA used in the entire 20th century. Each ton [...]

Concrete and CO22020-02-19T00:08:33-08:00

Prop. 13 and ballot measure clarification


Ballot Measure Education and Clarification There is a qualified ballot measure titled: Authorizes Bonds for Facility Repair, Construction, and Modernization at Public Preschools, K-12 Schools, 13 Community Colleges, and Universities. Its proposition number is Prop 13. Voting YES Authorizes $15 billion in state general obligation bonds for public education facilities. It will appear on the March 3 ballot. There's also a qualified ballot measure titled: Requires Certain Commercial And Industrial Real Property To Be Taxed Based On Fair-Market Value. Dedicates Portion Of Any Increased Revenue to Education And Local Services. This is the "split-roll" ballot measure that undermines the Prop 13 that was passed in 1978 to protect homeowners and businesses from skyrocketing property taxes. Voting YES authorizes the state to tax businesses at fair market value. This will appear on the November 3 ballot. I respectfully urge you to vote No. There's been a lot of confusion between these two ballot measures. One is called Prop 13, and the other directly affects the Prop 13 that most Californians [...]

Prop. 13 and ballot measure clarification2020-02-18T22:38:08-08:00

San Mateo County GOP endorses Alexander Glew Ph.D. for Senate District 13!


San Mateo County GOP endorses Alexander Glew Ph.D. for Senate District 13! In an exciting new development, the San Mateo Country Republican Central Committee gave their unqualified endorsement of Dr. Alexander Glew for California Senate District 13.  

San Mateo County GOP endorses Alexander Glew Ph.D. for Senate District 13!2020-02-18T22:38:20-08:00
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