The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny

Download As the impacts of the climate crisis become ever more apparent, people around the world, led by Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and frontline communities, are demanding action. In response, Big Polluters and the governments that do their bidding have begun to tout commitments to achieve “net zero” emissions as solutions to the crisis they have caused. This report makes …

Reforming heavy rail commuter transit in the US

Excerpt from Mass Transit and Governing – https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/news/21224126/us-commuter-rail-reform-faces-high-labor-infrastructure-costs May-June 2021 Staffing levels on the Berlin S-Bahn, the German capital city’s regional rail network, are about one-third the size of the Long Island Rail Road (America’s busiest commuter rail system), which in turn serves only about a third of the passengers. “In Spain or Germany, you just have the train driver, …

Years of grassroots organizing helped create the conditions for Biden to embrace bold policies on government spending

Even many Republicans are now embracing basic Democratic assumptions; e.g., Charles Blahous and Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center, a pro-business think tank: ​“To show how the whole frame of debate has shifted, Blahous and Graboyes list the policies that are commonly discussed among Democrats now but that would have been too far left to get a hearing at the Democratic National Convention of 1996,” …

For life on Earth, capitalism is like a collision with a massive meteorite: mammalian species are disappearing 100-1000x faster than natural rate. Half of the world’s flora and fauna on track for extinction this century.

From the perspective of earthly life, capitalism differs little from colliding with a massive meteorite. E.O. Wilson, an influential naturalist, predicts that half of the world’s flora and fauna will be extinguished by the century’s end. Recent studies have estimated that mammalian species are disappearing one hundred to one thousand times faster than the natural rate.

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Building retrofits can duplicate the success of wind and solar power

Smart government policies have spurred rapid acceleration in renewable energy. They can do the same for building efficiency upgrades. Richard Roberts, 09 June 2021, Canary Media Richard Roberts is inquiry lead at Volans, a research and advisory firm focused on sustainability, innovation and market transformation. This contributed content represents the views of the author, not those of Canary Media. The renewables …

Texas AG Ken Paxton, told Trump advisor Steven Bannon on a public show that he delivered Trump’s win in Texas by blocking mail-in voting in 2020

June 2021 – Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, told Trump advisor Steven Bannon on a public show on June 4 that had he not been successful with lawsuits to block mail-in ballots, Trump definitely would have lost the election in Texas. Newsweek: https://www.newsweek.com/texas-ag-says-trump-wouldve-lost-state-if-it-hadnt-blocked-mail-ballots-applications-being-1597909. Also see: https://www.rawstory.com/ken-paxton-texas-voter-suppression/ and https://hillreporter.com/texas-ag-admits-trump-wouldve-lost-the-state-without-blocking-mail-in-voting-103060 and https://www.democracydocket.com/2021/06/texas-ag-credits-trump-victory-to-blocking-mail-ballots/ https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/us/politics/mark-meadows-justice-department-election.html