About 24 percent of employed people worked at least part of the time at home last year. 30 percent of home shoppers worked at home 1 to 4 days a week; 13 percent worked at home full time.

By Lisa Prevost, NYTimes, Sept. 20, 2019, How Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate As wireless technology changes how and where people do their jobs, giving many the freedom to work remotely at least part of the time, so too is it changing their thinking about real estate. Remote workers still represent a minority of the work force. According to the Bureau of …

Nuclear industry report says nuclear energy is too slow, too expensive to save climate

Reuters, 23 Sept 2019 by Marton Dunai, Geert De Clercq BUDAPEST/PARIS (Reuters) – Nuclear power is losing ground to renewables in terms of both cost and capacity as its reactors are increasingly seen as less economical and slower to reverse carbon emissions, an industry report said. In mid-2019, new wind and solar generators competed efficiently against even existing nuclear power plants …

Jane McAlevey: The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike: During Climate Week, why not show we can have economic and environmental justice?

https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-strike-uaw/ By Jane McAlevey, Sept 24, 2019 Union members stand outside of the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on September 17, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. (Sara Faraj / MLive.com / The Flint Journal via AP) Few people know what’s really happening behind closed doors as General Motors executives and UAW officials try to hammer out an agreement to end their …

Income is by far the most important determinant of environmental impact. It doesn’t matter how green you think you are; if you have surplus money, you spend it

Alan MacLeod, Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen,’FAIR. The United States as an oligarchy without oligarchs. Kelsey Piper, The charitable deduction is mostly for the rich. A new study argues that’s by design, Vox. Do we mean to be a society that subsidizes giving by the rich while taxing giving by everybody else? Keith Girard, Taxing the Rich: Two …

Taxing the Rich: Two Academics Lay Out Options In New Paper

Options to reverse Donald Trump’s $1.4 trillion tax cut and raise taxes on high income earners to ease income inequality and finance pressing needs. The following is Batchelder’s summation of their findings, which she presented on Twitter. You can read the full paper here. In Money Greed Power by KEITH GIRARD SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 BUDGET0 COMMENTS NYU law professors Lily Batchelder …

While Xcel claims it will get to 80% renewable by 2030, it is asking the Colorado PUC to charge ratepayers for hundreds of millions of dollars on coal and gas plants–and to earn 10.35% return on the equity portion of those expenditures

This testimony submitted in Xcel’s current request to increase its rates in Colorado (Docket 19AL-0268E) provides important background information on Xcel with numerous references to source documents.  While Xcel has stated its intention to reduce its carbon, what it is actually doing is asking the Colorado PUC to charge its customers for hundreds of millions of dollars of expenditures on coal and …

Beyond Coping with Climate Change: Steward and channel that emotion and produce change. Also Naomi Klein interview

Excerpt, Common Dreams, Sept 2019, Beyond Coping with Climate Change At its root, the climate crisis is also the crisis of human relationship—how we relate to our own emotional states, those of others, and, ultimately, conflict. To solve problems with—not for— human beings, which is what this crisis requires, we need to be conflict-literate. We need to be in touch with our …

Curbed, Sept 2019 But before any new infrastructure can be designed, we have to reframe what infrastructure actually means in America’s consciousness. “Right now the term ‘infrastructure’ as used by politicians is problematic,” says Vishaan Chakrabarti, an architect, incoming dean at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and author A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. In the …

How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try. Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation by 11 percent

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, USA, Nov 18, 2015,  31 A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent. The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, …