Vancouver aims for 6 big moves by 2030 to decarbonize, a five-fold increase on the current pace

Vancouver Sun, April 2019 Vancouver city staff are recommending city council respond to the world’s “climate emergency” by dramatically stepping up its green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050. The city’s general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt six “big moves” by 2030 that would include: Aim to have 90 per cent …

Adding nuclear increases support for renewables by 10 percent of Republicans, losing only 5 percent of Dems

Overall, renewables are hugely popular. But an all-renewables majority will be a fairly partisan majority.  Allowing for non-renewable, non-emitting sources of energy like nuclear seems to peel off quite a few squishy Republicans, without losing many Democrats or independents. That might mean a broader majority. And a more potent legislative force: This strategy of uniting pro-renewables and pro-nuclear camps has worked to …

America’s Biggest Lie: We Can’t Afford Medicare for All. “Lost” wages that flowed to economic elites is a whopping $3.4 trillion per year

According to the Federal Reserve, “Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense.” To those who are so highly stressed financially, the idea of paying for a costly program like Medicare for All sounds impossible.  What stands in the way is runaway inequality. Our nation’s wealth has …

The costs of the current business-as-usual path could be more than $2,000 trillion

As National Geographic reported, the “$25 to $70 trillion cost of Arctic warming adds four to six percent to the total cost of climate change—which is estimated to reach $1,390 trillion by the year 2300 if emissions cuts are not better than the Paris Agreement. However, the costs of the current business-as-usual path could be more than $2,000 trillion.” April 23, 2019 by Jake …

Doesn’t the Earth have certain inalienable rights that are self-evident?

By Steve Hanley on CleanTechnica.com, April 23, 2019 “When is rebellion against your own government justified? That question haunted the thinkers at the foundation of modern political philosophy. In the dark masterpiece that is The Leviathan, published in 1651, Thomas Hobbes infamously told readers that direct action against the state can never be right. “John Locke replied with Two Treatises of Government, …

NREL planning ahead for recycling of PV, wind turbine blades, and batteries

Your Renewable Energy Technology Is Growing Old — What’s Next? April 23rd, 2019 on Clean Technica.com. Originally published on NREL’s website. The cutting-edge research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will one day go to waste—but not into a landfill. NREL researchers Nate Sunderlin and Kae Fink work on a chemical bath used to replenish …

America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

Putting people before capital, the social and solidarity economy opens up the prospect of democratizing the economic sphere, by generating strategies that depart from a dominant model centered on exploiting the environment and people

THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IS A WORKABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM The SSE is a phenomenon that is gaining traction across Europe, with at least two million entities throughout the EU (10 to 12 per cent of all existing companies), employing around 14.5 million people in 2010 (6.5 per cent of the population in employment on the continent), spanning across …

Replace FERC with FREC, the Federal Renewable Energy Commission, as part of a Green New Deal

ACTIVISTS SCALE FERC BUILDING, DEMAND CONGRESS REPLACE IT WITH FREC, by Beyond Extreme Energy, Popular Resistance.  April 18, 2019 | RESIST! Washington DC: Two activists scaled the precarious awning over the front door to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The action was taken by Beyond Extreme Energy on behalf of millions of affected citizens who are frustrated by years of FERC’s approvals of pipelines …