Biden’s tax plan goes after the little fossil fuel subsidies, but not the big ones, which are indirect

A 2017 International Monetary Fund study pegged the global value of direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies at $5.2 trillion — that’s 6.4 percent of global GDP. David Roberts, Volts, 09 April 2021 President Joe Biden has released the tax plan that is meant to pay for his $2-trillion-plus infrastructure plan. You can read the New York Times for a full breakdown. The bulk of the revenue will …

Effective Action Around Gun Control

I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It’s Asking the Wrong Questions: A campaign galvanized by mass shootings and assault weapons will inevitably find itself in a dead end. But there’s a way out. By Dan Gross, New York Times. Mr. Gross was the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence from 2012 to 2017 and is co-founder of …

If You Build It, They Will Bike: Adding bike lanes increases cyclists across the city, not just on those streets. Investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage more people to commute by bike.

Recent research adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions. By Veronica Penney April 1, 2021, New York Times Adding bike lanes to urban streets can increase the number of cyclists across an entire city, not just on the streets with new bike lanes, according to a …

What the US is doing now, for internet, is not working

Biden’s Plan to Fix America’s Internet: The White House proposal is essentially a statement that what we’re doing now is not working. NYTimes, By Shira Ovide April 2, 2021 America, our internet stinks. And it’s time to try a different approach to fixing it. Millions of Americans don’t have modern internet service. It’s a symptom of our internet dysfunction that we …

8 Projects to Explore New Highway Funding Methods, by Vehicle Miles Traveled

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, FHWA 06-21, Contact: Nancy Singer, Tel.: (202) 366-0660 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded $18.7 million in “Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives” (STSFA) grants to eight projects, led by six state Departments of Transportation and two transportation coalitions, to test new user-based funding methods for highways and bridges. The …

When it comes up to pick-up trucks, Republicans out-buy Democrats a staggering eight to one. 70% of new vehicles in Colorado are trucks.

Americans set all-time records for SUV and pick-up purchases last year, despite sharp economic downturns and historic travel drop-offs caused by pandemic lockdowns. https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/11/10/as-biden-campaigned-on-green-cars-u-s-truck-sales-soared/ U.S. car buyers almost tied the all-time record for truck and SUV purchases just weeks before Americans elected a president who wants to get rid of gas-guzzlers by 2050. According to data from the Federal Reserve, Americans bought …

Socialism from Below and Indigenous Resurgence: Reclaiming Traditions

by NEWSOCIALIST / June 16, 2013 2950 Views       By the mid 1970s, many of these same activists had become hostile to socialism, advocating a separate path to liberation rooted in indigenous traditions. This mirrored trends in other movements against oppression – the Left quite simply lost credibility. Much has been written exposing the critical weaknesses of the Left during that period in addressing the …

Whistleblowers say the circumventions of the law they were pressed into is part of a yearslong pattern of unlawful state actions, all of which increased health-damaging air pollution in CO

The state duty to “determine the actual status of air quality,” the complaint concludes, “has been neglected for years.”  State air pollution control managers endangered the health of Coloradans by unlawfully approving noxious gas permits for industry without federally-mandated modeling or monitoring, according to a whistleblowing complaint filed Tuesday by technical employees inside the agency.  Three state employees claim in …

The moderate middle is a myth. There’s a grand divide between those who are comfortable with wealth and its influence on politics and those who are not. Those who oppose the influence of wealth on politics are much closer to both public opinion and the American historical mainstream.

By ADAM JENTLESON GQ, 2019 and 2020 Believers in the Hidden Moderates Theory also point to a few polls showing a plurality or narrow majority of Democrats identifying as moderate (while ignoring those that point in the opposite direction). But self-identification does not track with policy preferences. In a recent study headlined, “The Moderate Middle is a Myth,” political scientist Lee Drutman found that “many …