A massive new study confirms a national energy grid would pay for itself.

By David Roberts Aug 3, 2018, Vox.com SHARE The US does not have a national energy grid. Instead, functionally speaking, it has three grids: the Eastern Interconnection, ERCOT (a Texas grid, basically), and the Western Interconnection. Though there are a few small ties between them, very little energy is exchanged. They mostly operate in isolation. NERC This doesn’t make sense. If there is …

50% Of Industrial Climate Change Emissions Tied To Fossil Fuel Companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries.  This statement was a reference to a previously published report from the Carbon Disclosure Project. See full article at https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/28/50-of-industrial-climate-change-emissions-tied-to-fossil-fuel-companies/

A withering verdict: MPs report on Zuckerberg, Russia and Cambridge Analytica

By Julian King, in The Guardian, 28 July 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/28/democracy-threatened-malicious-technology-eu-fighting-back Attacks on elections and electoral campaigns fall into two main categories: those based on systems and those based on behaviours. The first category includes cyber-attacks that manipulate the electoral process or voting technology to change the number of voters or the number of votes. But the second category of threat …

Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Xcel announces Upper Midwest coal plant closures. New Colorado law requires 80% renewable electricity by 2030. Xcel still plans to buy 383 MW of gas plants

E360 DIGEST MAY 21, 2019 Xcel Is Closing Upper Midwest Coal-Fired Power Plants a Decade Early One of the United States’ largest utilities, Xcel Energy Inc., announced it will close its remaining coal-fired power plants in the Upper Midwest a decade ahead of schedule and add 3,000 megawatts of new solar capacity by 2030, E&E News reported. It is the latest step in …

Clean Heating and Cooling: Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps

Ground-Source Heat Pump Ground-source heat pump  (GSHP) — also referred to as geothermal heat pump — systems provide space heating and cooling, and, in some cases, hot water for residential and commercial buildings. The technology uses an indoor heat pump unit and a heat exchanging ground loop buried underground (or underwater) to transfer thermal energy between and among the ground …

Becoming Serfs: Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Truthdig by Chris Hedges A 2016 demonstration in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Photo: Corinne Segal / pbs.org) You know the statistics. Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century. The top 10 percent has 50 percent of the country’s income, and the upper 1 percent …

The Inequality Crisis Hiding Behind High Utility Bills: Low-income people and communities of color are disproportionately energy insecure. Here’s how energy efficiency policy can address the divide.

By Basav Sen, August 27, 2018, Institute for Policy Studies.  A society with high levels of inequality of incomes and wealth inevitably leads to high levels of inequality of living standards. One such dimension of inequality in the United States today that does not get the attention it deserves is the incidence of energy insecurity.  Low-income households pay a much higher share …

We have a democracy when a political system can and does make a good-faith effort to address the problems average people face. A plutocracy focuses on protecting and building the wealth of the already wealthy

August 23, 2018 by Sam Pizzigati How can we tell when a democracy, or rule by the people, evolves into a plutocracy, the reign of the rich? Easy. We have a democracy when a political system can and does make a good-faith effort to address the problems average people face. In a plutocracy, on the other hand, the political system pays no …

Violence is the symptom, and inequality is the disease

BY PHIL GLYNN, Special to The Kansas City Star, August 21, 2018  At least 39 people have been shot in Kansas City in August. Our city has suffered at least 16 killings this month, and 86 so far this year. In 2017 we lost 150 to homicide. Neighborhood leaders, families, police, prosecutors and clergy are on the front lines. They’re …