Biden & Student Debt: A 40-Year Love Affair: president is falsely insinuating that student debt relief would help rich people

Joe Biden may not be a particularly ideological politician, but one of the few things he seems to absolutely believe in is debt. In particular, student debt. On the campaign trail he appeared to suggest otherwise, repeatedly promising that he would support some incremental action to forgive student debt, tweeting that the federal government should forgive “a minimum” of $10,000 …

Biden’s first 100 days: What’s coming on energy, and his case for deficit spending on climate

E&E News, January 21, 2021 President Biden delivered remarks yesterday after taking the oath of office on the Capitol steps. Francis Chung/E&E News President Biden took swift action to deliver on his promise to embrace green energy hours after he was sworn into office yesterday, mandating a review of regulatory rollbacks that were part of the Trump administration’s efforts to boost …

‘The deficit, Biden said, doesn’t matter. At least for the moment’: Biden makes case for spending on climate

Adam Aton, E&E News, December 7, 2020 President-elect Joe Biden delivering remarks Thursday. He has proposed massive investments in climate action during a time of high deficit spending.  President-elect Joe Biden was unveiling his economic team when he made an off-script remark that could reveal as much about his climate plans as any staffing pick. The deficit, Biden said, doesn’t …

Colonialism is the interplay of dispossession, dependency and oppression

Art Manuel: The Reconciliation Manifesto, 2007 Truth must come before reconciliation Loss of our land that has been the precise cause of our impoverishment Systemic impoverishment is used as a weapon by Canada to keep us too poor and weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt Indigenous leadership into becoming neo-colonial partners to treat the symptoms …

‘We have to be better’: For Dems to deliver the change desperately needed by so many Americans, the party must pursue more progressive policies and leave behind the mediocrity of incrementalism

An aside: Anthony Rogers-Wright of the Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance sees unique­ly pow­er­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties now and online to broad­en the movement’s base. ​“It’s real­ly one of our only choic­es right now, so how do we use the time to reshape the nar­ra­tive for every­thing that we want?” We can reach more of the coun­try and devel­op new local lead­ers using the same online …

‘After All, It’s Our Money’: Global Climate Campaigners Call for Public Banks to Fund Just Recovery and Green Transition

Amid the Global Week of Action for Debt Cancellation and one month ahead of the Finance in Common Summit, climate justice advocates on Monday urged public banks around the world to treat government responses to the coronavirus crisis as opportunities to coordinate just recoveries from the ongoing public health and economic calamities and to simultaneously facilitate just transitions from dirty to clean energy, thereby …

The Risky Economics of New Natural Gas Infrastructure in the United States

September 9, 2019  |  By RMI, Mark Dyson DownloadThe Growing Market for Clean Energy Portfolios and Prospects for Gas Pipelines in the Era of Clean EnergyRegister for a webinar on September 19, 2019 where report authors will present the two studies and address questions about them. Over the past two decades, natural gas has dramatically reshaped the US electricity industry. Domestic shale gas production has …

Give every American the preferential financial treatment the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, currently gives private banks

Excerpt from Sam Pizzagatti, July 2020 Cutting-edge progressive activists at the Roosevelt Institute-based Great Democracy Initiative have proposed giving every American the preferential financial treatment the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, currently gives private banks. These private banks all have accounts with the Federal Reserve. All individual Americans ought to have personal accounts at the Fed, the Great Democracy Initiative argues, and …

Start with cancelling student debt and making public colleges free: $3 or $4 dollar return on each dollar invested

We’ve seen a lot of progressive candidates build policies around free college. But it’s not just a progressive idea. The Republican-led government of the state of Tennessee created the Tennessee Promise, a program that makes certain schools free to attend for Tennessee residents. This is because for every dollar that a state spends on higher education, they get a 3 …