Split the benefits: Incentives In The World Of Energy: What Power Use In Rental Properties Can Teach Us About The Larger Politics Of Renewable Energy & Climate Change

November 20th, 2018 by By Matt Chester, Chester Energy and Policy on Clean Technica While recently traveling, I was cozy and tucked in bed under full sheets and comforter with the thermostat set to 65 degrees when a pang of guilt about this unnecessary energy usage hit me. I grumpily got out of bed to adjust the temperature when it hit me. As …

New Cleveland Fund Will Acquire Businesses and Sell Them Back to Workers + Cook County Coop Resolution Passes Unanimously

BY ZOE SULLIVAN | NOVEMBER 13, 2018, NextCity.org Cleveland’s Evergreen network of cooperative businesses today announced a new fund to buy-out retiring small business owners and transfer their businesses into employee-ownership. (Credit: Democracy Collaborative/John Duda) Tameka Thomas had returned to society after a five-year prison sentence, and a month after her release, she landed a job with Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland with help from …

Fossil Fuel Companies Kill With Impunity. Why Are Their Leaders Not In Jail?

November 23rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Over the course of 2018, I have started emphasizing how the extraction and sale of fossil fuels is like a neighbor who pumps the contents of his septic system onto your front lawn and expects you to pay to clean up his mess. Only under the most absurd economic theory could such antisocial and irresponsible …

Monopolies brought Hitler to power

Germany’s economic structure, which was dominated by monopolies and cartels, was essential to Hitler’s consolidation of power. Germany at the time, Mr. Kilgore explained, “built up a great series of industrial monopolies in steel, rubber, coal and other materials. The monopolies soon got control of Germany, brought Hitler to power and forced virtually the whole world into war.” Be Afraid of Economic …

‘Corporations Are People’ Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent

By Zephyr Teachout, March 5, 2018, NYTimes.com WE THE CORPORATIONS  How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights By Adam Winkler Illustrated. 472 pp. Liveright Publishing. $28.95. Around 300 B.C., the Romans invented a new way for a group of people to buy property and enter into contracts. Instead of making deals with a partner or set of partners, people could use a …

Taibbi: Bernie Sanders’ Anti-Amazon Bill Is an Indictment of the Media, Too

In going after Jeff Bezos, Bernie Sanders tries to shame the press into seeing a problem hiding in plain sight MATT TAIBBI in Rolling Stone Jeff Bezos and Bernie Sanders Cliff Owen/AP/REX Shutterstock, Rogelio V. Solis/AP/REX Shutterstock This new piece of legislation sounds audacious at first. It tells companies like Amazon: if you pay your workers so poorly that they have to …

What Millions of Retiring Small Business Owners Could Mean for Cities: Conversions to co-ops at scale builds the most wealth for cities and citizens

BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO | SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 on NextCity Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States. They don’t all own small businesses, but their aging presents an opportunity for more workers to get the chance to own businesses and even build some wealth. Worker Cooperatives Can Be Wealth Builders Here’s Your Who’s Who of Worker-Owned Businesses …

Zero Over Time Process Drives Existing Portfolios Toward Net Zero Energy

RMI, September 12, 2018 , By Matt Jungclaus Net-zero energy (NZE) buildings are gaining interest from building owners, tenants, and landlords alike. RMI’s latest report, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), Best Practices for Achieving Zero Over Time for Building Portfolios, outlines our zero-over-time (ZOT) approach to help portfolio owners navigate the barriers to achieving net zero energy by providing a roadmap …

The Monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber and Facebook: Learning from anti-trust law

What tech companies have to fear from antitrust law By Russell Brandom@russellbrandom  Sep 5, 2018 Antitrust crusaders have built up serious momentum in Washington, but so far, it’s all been theory and talk. Groups like Open Markets have made a strong case that big companies (especially big tech companies) are distorting the market to drive out competitors. We need a new standard …