Fossil fuel subsidies – May 2019 report

The IMF paper on “Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies” finds that the world is wasting 6.5% of global GDP — US$5.2 trillion per year — subsidising dirty energy through direct subsidies, tax breaks, or non-internalisation of externalities. Coal remains the largest recipient of these explicit or implicit subsidies, despite being the most polluting. The second paper, on “Fiscal Policies for Paris …

Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today. Seas were 75 ft higher last time CO2 levels were this high

World continues to follow high emissions growth pathway that Exxon projected in 1982 SUN SETS ON THE BAO STEEL MILL IN BAOTOU, INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA. BAOTOU, A ONE-INDUSTRY TOWN, IS ALSO NOTORIOUS AS A BIG POLLUTER, MOSTLY FROM THE LARGE BAO STEEL FACTORY. (PHOTO CREDIT: RYAN PYLE/CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES) KYLA MANDEL, Climate Progress, MAY 14, 2019, Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly …

Chemical production is set to become the single largest driver of global oil consumption by 2030. Carbon Capture (instead of efficiency and shift off of fossil fuels) in manufacturing would take 55% of the current energy need on the planet

Chemical production is set to become the single largest driver of global oil consumption by 2030. Implementing carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) techniques has the “technical potential” to take the chemical industry carbon neutral, a new study suggests, decoupling chemical production from fossil fuel resources. The researchers developed an “engineering-level model of the global chemical industry” that represents 75% of current …

Colorado’s hospital consolidations cost us more, in a hard situation: About half of Coloradans receive health insurance through their employers. About 35% of the state receives insurance through government programs, and almost 7% of people are uninsured

Colorado is a market that has had lots of hospital consolidation,” he said. “And that’s one thing that’s been linked to higher prices.” How much do you pay for hospital services in Colorado? Likely many times more than what Medicare does.  Colorado hospitals rank among the most expensive in a RAND Corp. study. Hospitals say the numbers are misleading. MAY 13, 2019, Colorado Sun, …

What if Workers Owned Their Workplaces? The cooperative movement is showing that worker-owned businesses can not only survive, but thrive.

May 10, 2019  By Michelle Chen Can good values be good business, too? For generations, the cooperative movement has been answering with a resounding “Yes!” After a surge of entrepreneurial fervor following the 2007 economic collapse, cooperative ventures are even getting a nod from our divided government: In August, Congress passed the Main Street Employee Ownership Act. The measure aims to help …

right now there is no wider strategy, there is no cross-coordination between groups and sectors to create a more systems-level understanding of the crisis, and therefore enable a more systems-level vision of the solutions.

Our responses are based on demanding change from the ‘Other’. Whether it’s governments, or philanthropy or business — it’s about calling to account everyone other than ourselves. The problem is out there, and we have to shout and glue ourselves to the ground to get Them to listen.  It’s not that we shouldn’t protest or call for institutions to change. But far more …

Colorado Leads States in Preparing to Scale Employee Ownership

By Jason Wiener and Linda Phillips Fifty by Fifty Apr 9, 2019 New executive office on employee ownership poised to become model for other states Jared Polis accepts the Democratic nomination to become governor of Colorado, June 2018. Since our article coining the phrase “the Delaware of Cooperative Law,™” the political and social context — in Colorado and the country — has changed significantly. Jared Polis, a longtime champion …

When workers own the code: platform cooperatives in action

Why doesn’t someone try to run an on-demand labor app that doesn’t seem to exploit its workers? Well, that world is inching into reality with the emergence of worker-owned apps, where they own and run the market­place themselves. It’s a trend that could save the gig economy from itself. One of these apps is Up & Go, which lets you order …

Saving the local grocery store

Excerpt, from the Long Read, May 2019 Grocery stores have two ironclad rules. First, that grocers set the prices, and farmers do what they can within those mandates. And second, that everyone works with distributors who oversee the aggregation and transport of all goods. Harvest has traditional relationships with companies like Coca-Cola, but it breaks those rules with local farmers and …

The next egg: Investing our retirement savings in our local communities

If you’d like to learn more about that and about the nuts & bolts of SD IRAs and solo 401(k)s, join us for a webinar on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 am (Pacific), presented by author Michael Shuman and co-sponsored by LIFT Economy, Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Shareable. On that webinar, you’ll also learn about how Michael, LIFT, and the Law Center are planning to bring …