Inside the climate battle quietly raging about US homes | US news

Some challenges to US climate action are obvious – like when Donald Trump boasts about leaving the international Paris agreement and rolling back pollution rules.

But many more play out behind the scenes. One of those is the battle over efforts to make America’s new homes and buildings more energy-efficient.

On one side are the city and state officials trying to go greener, and on the other are real estate developers and the natural gas industry.

The International Code Council, which like the World Series largely concerns Americans, met this week on updating the baseline codes that most states and cities adopt for new buildings. The council is reviewing about two dozen proposals that would, for example, require builders to install electrical outlets near gas stoves that may one day be replaced with electric ones; and to wire enough power to garages where people may one day want to plug

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The climate battle quietly raging this week about US homes

Some challenges to US climate action are obvious – like when Donald Trump boasts about leaving the international Paris agreement and rolling back pollution rules.



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But many more play out behind the scenes. One of those is the battle over efforts to make America’s new homes and buildings more energy-efficient.

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On one side are the city and state officials trying to go greener, and on the other are real estate developers and the natural gas industry.

The International Code Council, which like the World Series largely concerns Americans, met this week on updating the baseline codes that most states and cities adopt for new buildings. The council is reviewing about two dozen proposals that would, for example, require builders to install electrical outlets near gas stoves that may one day

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Lina Hidalgo quietly postponing Harris County foreclosures with executive orders

While Gov. Greg Abbott and state legislators have not moved to protect Texas homeowners struggling financially because of COVID-19,

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has been quietly postponing foreclosures through executive orders shutting down the facility where those auctions are held.

She has shut down the Bayou City Event Center on the first Tuesday of the month, the day foreclosure auctions must be held under state law, in at least five out of seven months since April. An order canceling October’s foreclosure auction was signed on Sept. 24.

“The county’s official position is that mass gatherings should not take place given the threat from COVID-19,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for Hidalgo’s office, in an email. “As a reminder, the county is still at

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