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 …

Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism?

When it came to addressing unemployment, the New Deal made a dent but it was never funded adequately to fix the problem.  During the height of the New Deal unemployment hovered above 15%, and didn’t drop significantly until the war mobilization.  During the height of war mobilization in 1943 FDR spent 30 times more than he did in 1933 for …

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 …

How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …

Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …

We CAN afford the Green New Deal and the technology and expertise is available

The Good News About a Green New Deal, The New Yorker, March 2019 Last month’s rollout of the Green New Deal, a fourteen-page legislative resolution, sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, that called for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” through a ten-year “national mobilization,” has sparked a good deal of controversy. The resolution was larded with goals not directly tied …

Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it? We need a total rethink of our relationship to ownership, work and capital

Phil McDuff, The Guardian, 18 Mar 2019 –  Policy tweaks won’t do it, we need to throw the kitchen sink at this with a total rethink of our relationship to ownership, work and capital    ‘The need to keep the wheels of capitalism well-oiled takes precedence even against a backdrop of fires, floods and hurricanes.’ Photograph: Fire & Rescue NSW/AFP/Getty …