How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (and normalization)

An Italian Fascist poster depicting Mussolini in 1935.CreditCreditAlamy  By Peter Beinart Sept. 11, 2018  HOW FASCISM WORKS The Politics of Us and Them By Jason Stanley 218 pp. Random House. $26. The list of Trump-era jeremiads keeps growing: “The Road to Unfreedom,” “Can It Happen Here?,” “Fascism: A Warning” and now “How Fascism Works,” a slim volume by the Yale philosophy professor Jason …

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

September 14, 2018 by Lisa Cohn on Microgrid Knowledge EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here’s a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 …

Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change: OECD

LONDON (Reuters) – Carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of climate change, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of pollution, …

Congestion tolling with mileage-based user fees or a VMT tax better for low income drivers

By Chet Edelman, September 17th, 2018 in News in SSTI, Tags: congestion pricing, equity, VMT fees,  Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder? While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at Purdue University has found that a less onerous tax alternative may exist—one that combines …

Hope ignites our brains toward solutions

By Frances Moore Lappé on Common Dreams, 17 Sept 2018 Yeah, I know. “Hope” gets shoved into a corner called “nice” where weaklings huddle who can’t face hard realities. In fact, hope and power don’t often show up in the same sentence. Truth is, though, hope is a tap root of power. First, note that the word power derives from the …

A conservative newspaper in a conservative city in a conservative state says we should shift to 100% renewables to avoid costs

September 17th, 2018 by Steve Hanley  in Clean Technica, “The Public Wants Renewable Energy & They Want It Now!” For most of us, public relations work is a mind-numbing pursuit that involves making up platitudes about people, but it has really become a top level scientific pursuit designed to frame political and corporate policies in ways that will be acceptable to voters. …

GCAS results

#ZEVChallenge: 24 cities, regions, and states—from the Australian Capital Territory to Oxford to Québec to Santa Monica—have joined the #ZEVChallenge. This consortium aims to reach 100% zero emissions passenger transportation by 2050. Given the size of the economies involved, the adoption of the pledge is sure to send a powerful signal to the market. Deadline 2020: In partnership with C40’s Deadline 2020 program, …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please.

09.11.18 We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please. By Anne Lusk for Fast Company City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years …

first the disruptive technology arrives, then the suitable environment follows. Early roads, early cell networks have adapted. Bike lanes are already growing worldwide

 GeorgeMonbiot@GeorgeMonbiot  It takes less time to cross a city on a vehicle you can lift with one hand than in a vehicle that weighs a tonne. Why isn’t cycling the top priority for urban transport planners? 4:45 AM – Mar 5, 2018  2,719  1,145 people are talking about this Excerpt from Lloyd Atler, Sept 2018 Bikes are climate action George Monbiot gets it. …