The 2020 presidential elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S. election history, including among poor and low-income voters (LIV) – 35 percent

…the Poor People’s Campaign released a groundbreaking report on the power of poor and low-income voters in the 2020 elections. Authored by Kairos Policy Director Shailly Gupta Barnes, the report demonstrates that low-income voters accounted for 35% of all votes in the Presidential election and even higher rates in battleground states. It also shows that the Poor People’s Campaign’s non-partisan …

These 7 efficiency policies could help avoid $8B in new gas plants, ACEEE says, and cost about 40 percent less

Utility Dive, Oct. 14, 2021, by Robert Walton excerpt: ACEEE’s analysis concludes that a set of seven residential efficiency and demand response retrofit measures could serve about 9 million Texas households and offset most of the capability of new proposed gas combined-cycle generators. And those residential programs would have a five-year total programmatic cost of about $4.9 billion, or 39% …

L.A. takes a step toward launching a city-owned bank

BY JULIA WICK STAFF WRITER OCT. 5, 2021  After a long hiatus, the movement to establish a public bank in Los Angeles is once again inching forward. The City Council voted Tuesday to begin a process to study the viability of forming a city-owned bank and to create a business plan for doing so. Proponents say a public bank would allow the …

The fossil fuel industry wants you to believe it’s good for people of color

BY SAMMY ROTH, LA Times, NOV. 23, 2020 The letter to Mexico’s energy minister offered a glowing review of a fossil fuel project in Baja California. Writing in July, three U.S. governors and the chair of the Ute Indian Tribe praised the Energía Costa Azul project — which was seeking approval from the Mexican government — as “one of the most promising [liquefied …

Development of a grid-forming inverter to help maintain stable electricity flow

This grid technology could make or break Biden’s solar plans Experts say President Biden’s ambitious solar goals will hinge on development of a grid-forming inverter to help maintain stable electricity flow. (E&E News) By Peter Behr | 09/16/2021 06:17 AM EST President Biden’s blueprint for 40 percent solar power may depend partly on development of inverter technology for the electric grid that …

Seaweed Farming: Could This Carbon-Negative Crop Help Restore Our Oceans?

Scientists and farmers are tapping into the potential of macroalgae to help clean up some of the world’s most polluted marine environments. ByKatherine Gallagher, Fact checked by Elizabeth MacLennan on August 18, 2021 China has been cultivating seaweed for about 1,700 years. Coastal populations harvested a wide variety of the algae first as a source of food and animal feed, …