Capitalism vs. Nature

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2018 on the state of climate change, its impending effects, and proposals for mitigation and adaptation. (The full report spans several chapters, but DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group put together a short summary for DSA members.) The planet has already begun warming, but the IPCC’s report urges radical action …

Chicago publishes ride-hailing info on open data portal

Katie Pyzyk on Smart Cities Dive, April 16, 2019 Chicago has published comprehensive data from ride-hailing companies including Uber, Lyft and Via on its open data portal. The data sets provide the public with information about ride-hailing trips, drivers and vehicles. The city reports that it took the key step of removing sensitive personal information to maintain driver, rider and company privacy. The data sets …

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water we all rely on for survival, threatens the very future of global humanity. The stakes could not be higher.  We had hoped the UN’s creation of the Permanent Forum and passage …

How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …

The US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy cites several benefits to driving an electric vehicle of which the general public may not be aware

The US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy cites several benefits to driving an electric vehicle of which the general public may not be aware. Because electric motors react quickly, EVs are very responsive and have very good torque. EVs are often more digitally connected than conventional vehicles, with many EV charging stations providing the option to control charging from a …

New York City Seeks To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Buildings By 40%

April 19th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Climate advocates know that meeting the goals of the Paris climate accords means more than generating more renewable energy. It also requires reducing emissions from existing sources. At present, 67% of all greenhouse gas emissions  in New York City come from buildings, not from transportation as you might expect. On April 18, the city …

Avoid Framings that Require a Sequence: The path to democratic socialism and the path to a livable planet are one and the same and should be accomplished simultaneously

We need to act as quickly as possible, and we need to target the root causes of climate change. But we can, and should, do both simultaneously.  We can see that environmental destruction is rooted in the imperatives of our existing system of profit-seeking, competition, endless growth, exploitation of humans and nature, and imperial expansion.  A better future is possible though, …

Ed Markey on the Green New Deal

Ed Markey When we were drafting the resolution, we looked to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union address, which he delivered in the form of one of his fireside chats. He laid out his plan to guarantee the third unalienable right: the pursuit of happiness. He said that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security. So, because of …

New system should connect wind and solar supply with demand

By Leslie Glustrom, Daily Camera, 16 April 2019 on PUC Sunset/Reauthorization Bill and Reform in Colorado While the clock ticks”on climate change, Coloradans are blessed with an abundance of low-cost wind, solar and storage projects. Sadly, our current regulatory system doesn’t allow this clean energy to be delivered at high levels to the communities that want it. It is now …