Senate Testimony: Concentration of economic and financial power is squeezing out pharmacies, jobs, and livelihoods in rural areas

“At the root of much of rural America’s distress is the concentration of economic and financial power,” ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, April 20th. “We have a few superstar cities mostly on the coasts that are prospering. Meanwhile, much of rural America is falling further and further behind. Good jobs are rare. Poverty …

Carbon Capture – Hoodwinked in the Hothouse, 2021 Edition

There has been a recent shift towards big money investments in climate geoengineering that focuses on removing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon capture is the basis of the myth that carbon dioxide can be sucked out of pollution or directly from the air and stored, which is being touted as a magic bullet solution to the climate crisis. The …

$15/MWh in cost savings on average from using a single location, coupling renewable energy and battery power plants

“Are coupled renewable-battery power plants more valuable than independently sited installations?” This free webinar will be held on June 15 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. Register for the webinar here: https://lbnl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sjjv7ujUR-mQThHZ6kOotw. Using wholesale power market prices from 2012–2019 across the seven main U.S. independent system operators (ISOs), the new study compares the market value of hybrid projects to the value of …

Limits with just electrifying everything

By Lloyd Alter, May 24, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Saul Griffith describes himself as “an inventor and entrepreneur but was trained as an engineer.” He is co-founder and chief scientist of Rewiring America, an organization with the mission to do what it says in its name: to fight climate change by electrifying America’s households. In his book of the same name, …