‘Dying of whiteness’: why racism is at the heart of America’s gun inaction

The country’s refusal to pass new gun control laws has everything to do with defending racial hierarchy, says author Jonathan Metzl Lois Beckett in San Francisco Fri 9 Aug 2019 Why does the United States refuse to pass new gun control laws? It’s the question that people around the world keep asking. According to Dr Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist …

Getting facts right on M4All

 August 02, 2019 in the Washington Post The Medicare-for-all movement has overwhelming public support, unprecedented grass-roots organization, and a serious plan that is ready to change our health-care system right now. by Pramila Jayapal A sign supporting Medicare-for-all legislation on Capitol Hill in April. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP) In the wake of the second Democratic presidential debate, it is clear that Medicare-for-all has …

‘Biggest Crisis No One Is Talking About’: Quarter of Humanity Faces ‘Extremely High Water Stress’ Intensified by Climate Emergency

“Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about. Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, conflict and migration, and financial instability.” August 06, 2019 by Common Dreams A child sits in an area affected by a drought in the southern outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2016. In the same area this September, …

How Oakland’s Community Choice program is doing better for our community

https://twitter.com/LCEACleanEnergy/status/1159128633811722240  Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to Replace Dirty Jack London Square Power Plant. East Bay Community Energy embarks on a strategy to replace a dirty power plant that burns jet fuel with clean battery power. Jean Tepperman July 31, 2019 Photo by Paul Haggard. This Vistra Energy plant just west of Jack London Square will be shuttered. A new project in …

We can’t afford not to decarbonize. Invest 1% of world GDP, the total value of all goods and services in the world = about $85 trillion per year in 2019. 1% of that is $850 billion/yr

From Dr. Scott Denning, Colorado State University, Aug 2019 Economists estimate the total cost of decarbonizing the world economy to be about 1% of global GDP. Academic economists estimate the total cost of saving our descendants from millennia of hellish struggle at 1% of GDP (plus or minus 1% — could actually cost anywhere from nothing to 2%). And yes …