Only 7% of voters said the US economic system works well enough as is. 48% said the US economy needs “minor changes,” while 43% believe in the need for a “complete overhaul” — including most under 45

From the perspective of a young person, especially the roughly three out of every five young people who do not earn a bachelor’s degree, and the roughly 70% of graduates who will earn a Bachelor’s degree together with debt, today’s economy is deeply threatening. Jobs are precarious; paychecks are low and stagnant; and healthcare coverage is either crushingly expensive or simply unaffordable. And …

Supreme Court Could Soon Make Government Regulation — and the Next Election — Moot

Posted to Politics March 13, 2020 by Lee Price Email Print In recent years, the Supreme Court has issued ruling after ruling awarding more power to large corporations. Most notably, the 2010 Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates to an unprecedented deluge of corporate cash in our elections. Now, however, the court’s right-wing majority appears prepared to offer an even bigger boon: A …

State Carbon Tax (and Regional Cap and Trade) Update

Coalition calls for carbon cap-and-trade program across Northeast, Mid-AtlanticNJ Spotlight | Tom Johnson It is time across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for the region’s governors to adopt a cap-and-trade program to reduce global warming pollution from vehicles, according to a coalition of investors, trade groups and nonprofit organizations. In a letter to 12 governors, the more than 100 signatories called …

Over half of nation’s children are at serious risk from the economic impacts of coronavirus on their families. 135-140 million people in the US were poor or low-income in 2018 and 40 million are children, facing hunger, homelessness, and more unless protective economic measures are taken immediately

Marketwatch, March 2020 Is coronavirus dangerous for kids? Yes — but not for the reasons you may think. Youth appears to be a protective factor from the coronavirus. Although younger folks can still transmit it to older people, symptoms are milder to nonexistent in young people who contract the disease. But that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t a huge threat to children and …

The $640 billion investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is less expensive to generate electricity from wind and solar power

March 2020 – A new report shows that investments in coal plants may be a waste of money as renewables are cheaper than new coal plants, according to new research from the financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative. The new research, released today, shows that nearly $640 billion of investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is less expensive to generate …

Another reason to stop burning fossil fuels: air pollution kills 8.8 million people annually, causing 15% of all deaths,shortens human lives by 2.9 years on average worldwide, 1.4 years in the US

March 2020 – Full article at bottom Air pollution is taking three years from your life, on average, worldwide. None of us are exempt — though, young children and the elderly are more vulnerable. Professors Jos Lelieveld and Thomas Münzel of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Center Mainz in Mainz, …

Pandemic pantry: A list for eating well with humble ingredients

Melissa Breyer Treehugger March 11, 2020 Social distancing and quarantines don’t mean you have to live on canned soup alone. Welcome to the new coronavirus kitchen. Many of us have practice in stocking up for storms and such, but the pandemic pantry is a slightly different animal. Hurricane shopping, for instance, has people buying “hedonic products” to weather the storm …

Honolulu’s lawsuit for damages cites oil and gas industry’s concealing of science that predicted catastrophic consequences for the continued burning of fossil fuels

David Hasemyer, MAR 10, 2020, Inside Climate News Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.  The lawsuit, against eight oil companies, says climate change already is having damaging effects …

Bill would create youth climate and conservation council

March 7, 2020, CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire youth advisory council with participants ranging in age from 12 to 25 would make recommendations on policies, laws, and educational programs concerning climate, energy, conservation and recreation, according to a state senator’s bill. “New Hampshire’s youth will be affected by current and future decisions regarding climate change for the rest …

How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts

By David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson MARCH 6, 2020, NYT and NY Review of Books (below) When the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first published their research on “deaths of despair” five years ago, they focused on middle-aged whites. So many white working-class Americans in their 40s and 50s were dying of suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse that the overall mortality rate for …