Post-Pandemic World and Just Transition Measures

Excerpt from Sharan Burrow, March 2020 The post-pandemic world will need Just Transition measures if people are to have hope and to trust governments can manage a future with: secure pensions income support and skills training in the face of jobs transition or displacement prevailing wage rates in new jobs investment and renewal in affected communities to secure vital jobs. …

Shell’s activities in Ogoniland region of Nigeria have led to polluted air and water as well as decimated natural habitats, violating the rights of the 832,000 people who live there

From Common Dreams, March 2020 350.org surveyed the region of Ogoniland in Nigeria, where Shell Oil has dumped an estimated nine to 13 million barrels of crude oil into the Niger Delta since 1958. “Companies are actively disregarding the right of entire populations to a healthy environment, sufficient and quality food, and a political and social scenario of stability.”—Aaron Packard, …

Advances in Performance Based Utility Rate Design + Xcel dockets

19M-0670E – Distribution System Planning (filing comments on Monday, 2/3) 19M-0661EG – Investigation of Performance-Based Ratemaking (awaiting the second phase) 19R-0608E – NOPR for Amendments to Community Solar Gardens Rules 19R-0654E – Amendments to Electric Rules Relating to Interconnection 19A-0471E – Investment in EV Fleet Infrastructure We’re also awaiting a decision on the following: 19A-0369E – Renewable Energy Standard Compliance …

To actually address the crises we face, let’s focus on displacing the dominant form of enterprise in our current economy: the monoculture of the profit-maximizing, shareholder-controlled corporation

The just firm is the only kind that should ultimately be permitted to exist. The time is coming when society must end the corporation as we know it, in favor of a just firm – designed from the inside out for a new mandate: to serve broad well-being and the public good. Democratic and just forms of company ownership are …

Socialism, capitalism and the transition away from fossil fuels

Decarbonising the economy will be impossible unless we transform our economic and social systems. This means looking to a world beyond capitalism.Simon Pirani 28 January 2020 Simon Pirani is author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (Pluto Press, 2018) . This is an edited version of a talk given at the Centre for Culture and Ecology at …

Minimum business shifts: Science-based targets, climate-related financial disclosures and common info and stakeholder not shareholder orientation

GreenBiz, Jan 22, 2020, excerpt – Fix Capitalism Peter Bakker argued in his earlier “Garbage in, garbage out: systems transformation in a capitalist world” blog that the conversation needs to focus on how to truly accelerate the required transformations. The fix is relatively simple and I would call it the Triangle of Stakeholder Capitalism: Science-Based Targets (SBTs): The SBTs for climate and biodiversity …

‘Extreme wealth is a sign of a failing economic system.’ Oxfam Report Contains Dire Warning for Global Capitalism

January 23, 2020 by Truthdig “Extreme wealth is a sign of a failing economic system.”by Ilana Novick, Common Dreams “The gap between rich and poor can’t be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies.” (Photo: blind.fortune / Flick) “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble,” former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at the Brookings Institute in 2018. It …

Create Life-Centered Corporations: A corporation exists only when a government has issued a charter. There is no legitimate reason for any democratically accountable government to issue a corporate charter other than to serve a public purpose.

By David Korten, December 2019. Forum: Corporations in the Crosshairs: From Reform to Redesign, Tellus Institute. Allen White’s paper has started much needed and long overdue discussion on the growing power of corporations and the essential need to deal with their abuse of that power. We live in a world in extreme crisis. By the estimates of the Global Footprint Network, the human species …

Socialist Strategy and the Capitalist Democratic State

How we understand the capitalist state effects how we think about power and what a socialist transition would mean. In this article, Stephen Maher and Rafael Khachaturian argue that the left in the US needs to move beyond both the Leninist and the social democratic conceptions of the state in order to develop a democratic socialist politics for the 21st century. …

While Warning of Nazi-Like Fascism and Corporate Crimes, Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings

November 16, 2019 by Common Dreams. In remarks at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church condemned “the large-scale delinquency of corporations.”by Jon Queally, staff writer Pope Francis speaking to the European Parliament in 2014. (Photo: EU/flickr/cc) During a speech at the Vatican before the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, a network of justice …