Navajo Nation proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy

FARMINGTON — Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Elmer Begay, proposes to rescind the tribe’s current energy policy and direct the Navajo Nation Department of Justice to draft a replacement policy. It would also establish a task force to address the pending closures of the Navajo …

How Minneapolis Freed Itself From the Stranglehold of Single-Family Homes: Desperate to build more housing, the city just rewrote its decades-old zoning rules

By Erick Trickey, Politico, July 11, 2019 Continue to article content MINNEAPOLIS—On recent early summer day, Janne Flisrand and John Edwards took a victory lap through their neighborhood. As they strolled along sidewalks shaded by maples and oaks, they pointed out the variety of single-family homes that give the Lowry Hill East neighborhood its signature look: three-story houses from the …

Green is the new black: How eco-friendly funerals are becoming the only way to go

Colin Drury, The Independent, July 15, 2019 It is a beautiful July morning and, in a rolling wild meadow in rural Nottinghamshire, nature is running rampant in the sun. Butterflies flutter by and bees buzz amid the knee-high grass and Cotswold-mix flowers. An occasional pheasant can be seen poking about distant hedges. Up above, a buzzard circles in the sky from …

Ranked Choice Voting Is On a Roll: 6 States Have Opted In for the 2020 Democratic Primary

We can get rid of the “spoiler” effect and make our elections more democratic. In fact, it’s already happening in states across the country. BY DAVID DALEY Let’s embrace choice, fairness and a truly representative democracy in which the majority really rules. The 2020 Democratic presidential primary is shaping up to be an all-out brawl for the nomination. With multiple candidates …

Bernie Sanders and AOC want Congress to declare a national emergency over climate change

Climate activists around the world are pushing governments to treat global warming as an emergency.By Tara Golshan  Jul 9, 2019, 2:40pm EDTSHARE A movement of climate activists wants the world to respond to the growing wave of extreme weather and climate disasters the way they would to a mass shooting — like it’s an emergency. On Tuesday, they got three prominent progressive allies in …

Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science

Matthew H. Goldberg, Sander van der Linden, Edward Maibach, and Anthony LeiserowitzPNAS first published July 8, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1906589116 https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/02/1906589116 Edited by Anthony J. Bebbington, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia, and Clark University, Worcester, MA, and approved June 21, 2019 (received for review April 16, 2019) Article, Figures & SI, Info & Metrics PDF, Abstract: Climate change is an urgent global issue, with demands for personal, …

What is Democratic Socialism?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory in New York City in June added fuel to the fire that Bernie Sanders started in 2016: a resurgence of interest in democratic socialism. And there is no strand of left politics that provokes more confusion than democratic socialism. All of a sudden, it seems everybody wants to know what democratic socialism is. Here’s what you …

Blue-Collar Workers: Let’s All Support the Green New Deal

July 08, 2019 / Steve Morse Blue collar workers have been wrongly portrayed as uniformly against the Green New Deal. Photo: Peg Hunter, CC-BY-NC-2.0, cropped. A recent article in Politico (“Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California,” June 6) alleged that blue-collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal. I am a blue-collar worker—a retired …

Keep it in the ground + stop deforestation + reforest an area the size of the US to help avert climate breakdown

July 4, 2019, The Conversation Mark Maslin Professor of Earth System Science, UCL Simon Lewis Professor of Global Change Science at University of Leeds and, UCL Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the …

Los Angeles Readies Nation’s Lowest Cost PV Project Yet at Less Than 2 Cents/kWh

Los Angeles’ municipal utility (LADWP) is readying a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MWac of solar power at 1.997¢/kWh along with 200 MW/800 MWh of energy storage at 1.3¢/kWh. There is no price escalator and the solar portion is a record low price for the United States. It even beats out the current US pricing leader – 8minute’s 2.375¢/kWh …