The Frustration with Productivity Culture: Why we’re so tired of optimizing our work lives, by Cal Newport

In 1999, the management theorist Peter Drucker noted that the productivity of the manual worker had grown fiftyfold during the last century. “On this achievement rest all of the economic and social gains of the 20th century,” Drucker concluded. In other words, the increase in productivity is why today most Americans own a smartphone, while a century ago they didn’t have indoor plumbing. By Cal …

On commuting, what our jobs or employers require, and what we give or take back

Excerpt from The Myth of the Productive Commute, by Anne Helen Petersen, Sept 19, 2021 …Anyone who’s actually commuted will tell you: these are fantasies. Or, at the very least, they were available to a vanishingly small portion of the office-working population. None of these bikes have kid seats on the back. None of these dudes are carrying large backpacks …

Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies

Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change. By Lisa Friedman, NYTimes, Aug. 4, 2021 WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress want to tax Exxon, Chevron and a handful of other major oil and gas companies, saying the biggest climate polluters should pay for …

Good answers to the question/concern that ending fossil fuel subsidies will raise gas prices: Research from EESI shows that more than 95% of fossil fuel subsidies go to profits that benefit investors and executives, not workers or consumers. Execs lay people off, collect lavish bonuses, and declare bankruptcy.

By Drew Hudson, RE: Good answers to the question/concern that ending fossil fuel subsidies will raise gas prices, which are already high enough that Biden has asked OPEC to pump more oil. “No. Ending fossil fuel subsidies will not raise gas prices.” And here’s one more excellent report (thanks Public Citizen!) about why: Dozens of fossil fuel executives received lavish …

GAF Energy invests in integrated solar rooftops, adds US manufacturing jobs

“It’s all about “American jobs, getting the facility in place, hiring locally and promoting U.S. solar.” Eric Wesoff11 May 2021, https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/gaf-energy-growing-integrated-solar-rooftops-and-us-manufacturing-jobs/ Last week, we reported that GAF Energy (part of GAF, one of the world’s largest roofing companies) has installed over 2,000 integrated solar roofs — more deployments than the higher-profile Tesla has managed to pull off for its solar …

Biden’s Climate Pledge and EV plan: Details, drama and doubts

By David Iaconangelo | 08/06/2021 E&E News President Biden delivering remarks at the White House yesterday on the administration’s efforts to boost electric cars and trucks. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Biden presented his vision yesterday for putting electric vehicles at the heart of the U.S. car industry, but some policy experts said that the target would do little to transform the industry (hybrid …

How Insurers Obscure Healthcare Costs And How to Get Past That

How Insurers Obscure Healthcare Costs (Un-covered) — “As any magician will tell you, you can obscure what you don’t want people to notice by using a technique they’ve used forever: misdirection. Insurers want you to look at the fingers pointing away from them, not at the ones picking your pocket. An important goal of the industry’s misdirection is to keep …

Power, Workers, and the Fight for Climate Justice

https://www.midnightsunmag.ca/power-workers-and-the-fight-for-climate-justice/ 7. 12. 2021 by Tara Olivetree (Ehrcke) The power of the fossil fuel industry is massive. Fossil fuel companies are worth at least $18 trillion in stock equity, which represents about a quarter of total global stock markets. These vast resources and their outsized share of the world economy allow the industry to continually assert their interests, no matter …