What benefits can cities expect from fare-free transport?

Home / Governance 11th March 2020 Christopher Carey With Kansas City the latest to announce free transport for its residents, Christopher Carey examines the merits of such a policy and questions whether more cities should follow suit In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to …

We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Lifestyle

Outside Mag, by Brad Stulberg. Wellness isn’t that complicated.  Wellness—the kind that actually works—is simple: it’s about committing to basic practices, day in and day out, as individuals and communities. As many marketers (including in the self-help space) are fond of saying, “You can’t sell the basics.” I think that’s naive. We’d be much better off if we stopped obsessing over hacks …

19 Point National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination

NINETEEN POINTS Black Women. With this National Black Political Agenda for Self-determination, the entire black or African nation declares our commitment to facilitate the elevation of African women to full, equal partnership in our struggle to create a new world of freedom and socialist democracy for a united black community and a world shorn forever of bosses and workers and slaves …

Results show that interventions that focus on social, cultural, and moral norms have the most significant effect on travel behavior

“Dear diary, I took the bus today!” – Cost-efficient travel behavior influencers, June 15th, 2020 By Saumya Jain “Soft” transportation policy measures can influence a significant reduction in personal car use, according to a new research published in Transportation Research Part D. The Behavioral Toolkit identifies six psychological variables that can affect travel behavior: attitudes; emotions; habits;  social, cultural, and moral norms; knowledge and awareness; …

In Times of Rapid Change, Victory Comes to Those Who Train For It

Only social movements can deliver radical change. Mainstream institutions in society back small reforms at most, so they teach the strategy and skills of electioneering. Movements are left to themselves to teach the skills that make for big change, and that’s where training comes in. Leaving the group out of the equation is a denial of human nature, indigenous cultures …

California lawmakers have advanced legislation to create a non-profit public benefit corporation that could take over Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) if the utility fails to meet standards and obligations

‘Backstop’ bill to turn PG&E into non-profit headed to California governor’s desk, by Kavya Balaraman@kavya_balaraman in Utility Dive, June 29, 2020 California lawmakers have advanced legislation to create a non-profit public benefit corporation that could take over Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) if the utility is unable to emerge from bankruptcy or fails to meet safety obligations down the road. State Sen. …

The southern ideology, the KKK, and white supremacy moved West…

The North may have won the military conflict, but the oligarchic ideology was not stamped out. Richardson argues compellingly that instead it transformed and migrated. Former Confederates founded the Ku Klux Klan, engaging in guerrilla attacks to resist Northern rule. Others moved westward, where Westerners had created a racial hierarchy in the midst of expansion. White Americans seized land from …

Can a town go fossil fuel-free? Takoma Park and Ann Arbor are about to see

In the fight against global warming, how far should governments go in forcing residents to change? One Maryland suburb is testing the limits. This story is part of an occasional series on “Climate Realities.” Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science MonitorA house in Takoma Park, Maryland, sports solar panels on March 30, 2020. The suburb was one of the first …

Utilities saying “skip gas”, go to renewable generation and storage. Germany & UK getting half of their electricity from renewables now.

From PV Mag June 2020 https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/01/more-utilities-bypassing-natural-gas-bridge-and-going-straight-to-renewables/ Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) both outlined their plans to skip the gas bridge as they transition away from coal in their resource plans. TEP’s proposal calls for closing all of its coal-fired generation by 2031 and replacing this capacity with 2,457 MW of new wind and solar generation and …