9 Reasons to Eliminate Jaywalking Laws Now

They’ve rarely protected pedestrians, and their enforcement is racially biased. Two street safety experts say there are better ways to curb traffic violence. Angie Schmitt and Charles T. Brown October 16, 2020 On Sept. 23, Kurt Andreas Reinhold, a 42-year-old Black man, was trying to cross a street in San Clemente, California, when two officers from a special “homeless outreach unit” stopped him. …

Getting Off Gas Must Benefit Those Burdened by Pollution

October 20, 2020 Michele Knab HassonMerrian Borgeson NRDC https://www.nrdc.org/experts/merrian-borgeson/getting-gas-must-benefit-those-burdened-pollution Leading California equity groups are calling on the state to take stronger steps to support healthier, more affordable, fossil fuel-free homes, especially for low-income renters and Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Protecting the health of Californians most impacted by pollution and structural racism, and combating climate change, requires new policies to prioritize them in …

City climate measures and funds would provide home retrofits along with vouchers and rebates for EVs, public transit, and special consideration of low income residents

Towns in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Southern Maine declared climate emergencies this month. The total number of declarations of climate emergency worldwide now totals 1,814 within 30 countries.  The mayor of Berkeley, California, a leading city that declared a climate emergency in 2018, is urging voters to approve Measure HH, which provides funding for the city’s Climate Equity Action Fund. …

‘We have to be better’: For Dems to deliver the change desperately needed by so many Americans, the party must pursue more progressive policies and leave behind the mediocrity of incrementalism

An aside: Anthony Rogers-Wright of the Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance sees unique­ly pow­er­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties now and online to broad­en the movement’s base. ​“It’s real­ly one of our only choic­es right now, so how do we use the time to reshape the nar­ra­tive for every­thing that we want?” We can reach more of the coun­try and devel­op new local lead­ers using the same online …

ExxonMobil’s Real Quid Pro Quo With the Government: Trump suggested he could extort oil executives for campaign donations. The truth is more troubling.

Researchers at the Stockholm Environmental Institute and EarthTrack found in 2017 that 45 percent of new crude oil resources would be unprofitable to develop without public subsidies. A 2019 paper in Nature found that just one type of subsidy—the subsidy that allows producers to write down costs from new wells—makes new drilling projects seem far cheaper than they appear, bringing down break-even costs by as …

Criminal charges, FBI probe roil $3B Pa. pipeline

In addition to pressing state staff, Energy Transfer used contractors to hire state constables — elected law enforcement officials with ambiguous jurisdiction — to provide armed security at a pipeline site. They said the company’s goal was not to protect construction, but instead to intimidate homeowners who were angry that construction opened sinkholes in their yards. “They believe they can …

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks?

APR 01, 2019 TruthDig, Ellen Brown, Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks? A movement is also afoot to establish state- and city-owned banks that would have the ability to lend for infrastructure and other local needs. Local governments cannot get a risk-free 2.4% rate from the Fed for their demand deposits, but city- or state-owned banks …

Reconstruction in America: Racial Violence after the Civil War, and True Justice now

Read the report by the Equal Justice Initiative, Oct 2020 EJI Releases New Report Documenting 2,000 More Lynchings of Black People by White Mobs Reconstruction in America shows how the promises of Emancipation were betrayed by racial violence and terrorism. EJI’s new report, Reconstruction in America, documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America …

Satellite map of world’s tropical forests

A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. (Oct 2020, BBC) It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis – for free. The Norwegian government is funding …