Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. By Olivia Goldhill, Science reporter, October 10, 2015, Quartz Even if you have all the facts, you may not convince others to agree with your argument. It’s frustrating, but according to Rob Yeung, …

Controlling for income, education, and age, 10 more trees on a block provide a 1% increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. To get that with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood $10,000 or make people seven years younger.

How Trees Calm Us Down, By Alex Hutchinson July 23, 2015 In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in …

Sierra Club v. Morton (1972) and dissent on rights of nature

United States Supreme Court ruling in SIERRA CLUB v. MORTON (1972) No. 70-34, argued November 17, 1971 and decided April 19, 1972, https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/405/727.html Petitioner, a membership corporation with “a special interest in the conservation and sound maintenance of the national parks, game refuges, and forests of the country,” brought this suit for a declaratory judgment and an injunction to restrain …

651 American billionaires have gained $1 trillion of wealth – they could send a $3,000 check to every person in America and still be as rich as they were before the pandemic. Trickle-Down Economics vs. Build-Up Economics

Oh, and tax rates are historically low. Yet at the same time, more than 20 million Americans are jobless, 8 million have fallen into poverty, 19 million are at risk of eviction and 26 million are going hungry. Mainstream economists are already talking about a “K-shaped” recovery – the better-off reaping most gains while the bottom half continue to slide. …

Best of 2020 Recipes

From the NYTimes Vegetarian Mushroom Wellington My husband’s family is Italian, so we always do a big lasagna for Christmas; Samin Nosrat’s big lasagna is a good one. For a special vegetarian New Year’s Eve dinner, I’ll be making this mushroom Wellington. It was a big hit last year. It’s such an impressive dish to put on the table and the taste is …

How The Fracking Revolution Is Killing the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

December 2020, DeSmog – The U.S. oil and gas industry is still producing large amounts of oil and gas by fracking — and it continues to lose money doing it. The companies that are doing this have taken on large amounts of debt to make this happen. Paying off debt is also made more difficult when there are fewer and fewer strong producing sites. …

Harmful amounts of methane are leaking from aging underground gas pipes, 3-4 leads per mile found

Phillips obtained his own methane detector — a state-of-the-art model called a cavity ringdown spectrometer — and put it in a car. “We just measure while we drive,” he says. “It’s a very fast-acting piece of equipment. https://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142504812/bostons-leaky-gas-lines-may-be-tough-on-the-trees By PATRICK SKAHILL• NOV 19, 2020 NPR.org A new study of natural gas infrastructure in Connecticut says harmful amounts of methane are leaking from …

On energy governance and energy transitions: Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal

By KacperSzuleckiaIndraOverlandb Science Direct, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101768 Energy democracy can be perceived as a process (and an existing movement); an outcome (the reconfiguration of social relations as a result of changes in the energy system); or a goal communities and other stakeholders can aspire to. Energy democracy is related to the demand for increased accountability and democratization in a sector previously seen as apolitical and not requiring …

Utility uses undercover consultant and paid actors to influence stakeholder process

 Daniel Tait  •  November 22, 2020, Energy & Policy Institute UPDATE 12/16/20: The Mississippi Public Service Commission, after EPI’s publication, directed its staff and representatives to, “not engage in any dialogue, formal or informal, related to public policy or any other matter within the Commission’s jurisdiction, with any stakeholder or other participant who declines to publicly disclose who he or she represents.” …

Colonialism is the interplay of dispossession, dependency and oppression

Art Manuel: The Reconciliation Manifesto, 2007 Truth must come before reconciliation Loss of our land that has been the precise cause of our impoverishment Systemic impoverishment is used as a weapon by Canada to keep us too poor and weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt Indigenous leadership into becoming neo-colonial partners to treat the symptoms …