Fossil fuel subsidies – May 2019 report

Fuel subsidies defy green trend amid rising climate alarm AFP reports that despite warnings of “climate catastrophe” and calls for transitions to green economies, “the world is still spending hundreds of billions of dollars every year to subsidise the fossil fuels that are causing the planet to overheat”. It cites the findings of an International Energy Agency report from last …

Explainer journalism, explained: These days, it is less about producing new information than it is about gathering information already on the record, evaluating it, and explaining and contextualizing it for an audience, with some analysis and argumentation

Journalism is inevitably shifting. These days, it is less about producing new information than it is about gathering information already on the record, evaluating it, and explaining and contextualizing it for an audience, perhaps with some analysis and argumentation for good measure. ** excerpt from David Roberts on vox.com One of the central insights that led Ezra Klein to found Wonkblog at …

Dutch design manual classifies roads depending on the speed of cars traveling in them. Any major difference in speed, then full separation is required — concrete barriers, a grass median, planter boxes, or bollards

The Dutch design manual classifies roads depending on the speed of the cars traveling in them. If there’s any major difference in speed, then full separation is required — concrete barriers, a grass median, planter boxes, or bollards. No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture A chat with the authors of a new book on …

Baugruppen save money over conventional developer-driven housing projects

Excerpt from David Roberts on Grist, 2013 A fascinating series of posts by Michael Eliason of the Brute Force Collaborative, a Seattle design firm. They are all about baugruppen, or building groups, which appear to address exactly the kinds of concerns I mention above. zanderroth architektenBaugruppe in Prenzlauerberg. Eliason introduces baugruppen here. The basic idea is that a group of people comes together to work …

AFL-CIO and 160 local labor unions back Maine’s Green New Deal: “It’s basically an economic and job growth strategy for Maine.”

Climate Progress, by Kyla Mandel, April 16, 2019 400 STUDENTS FROM KING MIDDLE SCHOOL GATHER AT PORTLAND CITY HALL PLAZA IN MAINE AFTER THEY MARCHED FROM THE SCHOOL TO PROMOTE CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS. (CREDIT: BY GORDON CHIBROSKI/PORTLAND PRESS HERALD VIA GETTY IMAGES) The Maine American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which represents over 160 local labor unions …

Everything else in the Green New Deal: Niskanen Center perspective concludes, “Insular policymaking via cooperation among political officials and interest groups” is what you need

Policy change is not reliably driven by electoral outcomes or public opinion. It is instead a product of intense insider activity to overcome profound status quo biases in the political system—biases that are not easily moved by external political pressure or material resources. A review of the political histories of the most significant policy changes over the past 70 years (a universe of 790 legislative …

The Green New Deal and the case against incremental climate policy: The only way Democrats can hope to pass climate legislation is by radically shaking up the status quo balance of powers.

Plenty imagine that they might appeal to the centrist legislators of their fantasies, but none discuss policy proposals in terms of their ability to marshal grassroots energy on the side of the aisle that actually cares about global warming. None contemplates how to build the power to force change, as opposed to persuading status quo powers to accept it. The GND theory …

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult: We can refuse to accept the status quo of default isolation.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Dec 27, 2018 SHARE Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. I often think about a piece I read in the Atlantic, by Julie Beck, called “How Friendships Change in Adulthood.” I suspect it will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I’m saying. I do think, however, that …

Elizabeth Warren Lays Out ‘Climate Solution’ Vision For Public Lands: Moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters

By Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday unveiled a vision to put America’s public lands to work in the fight against climate change, vowing to ban new fossil fuel leases and dramatically boost renewable energy on federal lands and waters. The proposal is a rebuke of President Donald Trump, whose record on public lands …