Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

Many towns and cities have been offering free transit

By Joshua DeVries, The Bullet .September 15, 2020 | CREATE! Among the few positive aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some localities have taken the impressive step of implementing free transit. Several cities in Ohio, including Akron, Canton, Toledo and Youngstown announced free fares as of March 16. Towns in Vermont and Nevada have done so as well. Unfortunately, local officials are quite clear …

It’s Official — Consumer Reports Confirms EV Owners Spend Half As Much On Maintenance

September 26th, 2020 by Steve Hanley  Data is king and when it comes to information on the frequency of repairs on automobiles, Consumer Reports has more data than anyone. For its latest report, it did a deep dive into the data from its 2019 and 2020 reliability surveys of electric and gasoline powered vehicles. After crunching all the numbers, Consumer Reports says “drivers of electric …

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability

Conclusion/Excerpt from the Democracy Collaborative, 2020 As countries grapple with the devastating challenges of COVID-19 and we, hopefully, move closer towards the development of a vaccine, the injustices and insufficiencies of the current approach to IP and R&D are becoming increasingly apparent. It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

Half of Americans lack fast internet connections

Never has the necessity of the internet been so clear, nor has the cost to those who go without. By Shira Ovide, April 14, 2020, NYT With many millions of Americans working or attending virtual school from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the longstanding gap between those who have reliable, affordable internet and those who don’t has never been so clear. Susan Crawford, …

Tesla’s low cost residential solar: Solar panel cost is only ~50 cents/watt. Mounting hardware, inverter and wiring is ~25 cents/watt. Installation is ~50 cents/watt

Excerpt, Zach Shahan Clean Technica, Sept 2020 Elon Musk explains Tesla’s lowcost residential solar: “Solar panel cost is only ~50 cents/Watt. Mounting hardware, inverter and wiring is ~25 cents/Watt. Installation is ~50 cents/Watt, depending on system size. “The other solar companies spend heavily on salespeople, advertising and complex financing instruments. We do not.” So, that’s that — Tesla spends approximately …

Roughly half of the wires in the US are used at less than 25% of their capacity. For a fraction of the cost of new transmission line, we can ID network capacity based on real-time conditions and intelligently reroute power on more efficient pathways– smartly, and inexpensively, make the most of what we already have.

Utilities aren’t rewarded for saving money….Grid-enhancing technologies are the anti-big-investment: For a fraction of the cost of a new transmission line, they identify network capacity based on real-time conditions and intelligently reroute power on more efficient pathways than it otherwise naturally flows. They smartly, and inexpensively, make the most of what we already have. FERC now has a chance to …

Is the Electoral College systemic racism?

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning SEP 23, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com The current national reckoning on racial inequality is leading Americans to grapple with questions of systemic racism throughout many of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, whether policing, education or housing. One …