Energy system modeling: Public transparency, scientific reproducibility, and open development

Author links open overlay panel RobbieMorrison https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.010Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons license open access Highlights Growing calls for policy-based energy system models to be “opened up”. Energy system modeling projects are adopting open source development methods. Energy system database projects are co-evolving to serve datasets to open models. Source code distributed under standard copyright cannot be legally used, built, …

Georgia purged 309,000 voters from its rolls. It’s the second state to make cuts in less than a week.

By Reis Thebault and Hannah Knowles Dec. 17, 2019, Washington Post Overnight, the number of registered voters in Georgia shrank by more than 300,000 in a contested but court-sanctioned action that could redefine the 2020 election, critics warned. State officials have downplayed the mass cancellation, arguing it is routine “list maintenance.” Others say the practice amounts to a large-scale and undemocratic voter purge, which …

Popular Assemblies Old and New: Part of Popular Movements in Chile

 Bree Busk, Roarmag.org December 14, 2019 | RESIST! Chile has a long history of radical neighborhood organizing — a tradition that is now put at the service of drafting a new constitution for a country in turmoil. More than fifty days have passed since the Chilean uprising burst into existence. For those living it on the ground, it feels like much longer. The …

Transforming Justice through Popular Control of Police

Dec 7, <https://popularresistance.org/community-control-of-police/> Cities are spending large shares of their budgets on police at the expense of social services, health care, infrastructure, and other needs. Oakland spent 41 percent of the city’s general fund on policing in 2017. Chicago spent nearly 39 percent, Minneapolis, almost 36 percent, and Houston 35 percent. A recent study documents how a living wage, access to holistic health services and treatment, …

Citizens’ Assembly publishes report: recommendations were reached by majority vote of the Assembly members following two weekends of deliberation

Apr 18th 2018  99 Comments  The Citizens’ Assembly discussing climate change last OctoberImage: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie THE CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY has approved and published a report which makes a number of recommendations on how Ireland should tackle climate change, such as higher taxes and increased public transport. The “How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change” report …

Los Angeles Asks Residents to Design Their Own Parks and Get Involved in New Mobility Solutions

 ZOE SULLIVAN     NOVEMBER 7, 2019, Next City The ribbon cutting for Golden Age Park, an intergenerational pocket park planned with the help of community members. (Photo by Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) Land trusts have gained attention across the U.S. as a means to preserve affordable housing, but the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) has a different focus: it hones …

‘If the people withdraw from the contest over the state, then it will—without challenge—serve the oligarchy and deepen inequalities and discrimination’

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ana Maldonado, Pilar Troya Fernández, and Vijay Prashad, MR ONLINE November 23, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! A letter to those who would deride revolutions in the name of purity: Revolutions do not happen suddenly, nor do they immediately transform a society. A revolution is a process, which moves at different speeds whose tempo can change rapidly if the motor of history …

Oxford City Council is to be the first UK local authority to establish a citizens assembly to help address the issue of climate change

The City Council will be commissioning research to develop options and timescales for carbon reduction in areas such as housing and transport, which will be put to the citizens assembly. In addition, it will hear from a range of independent contributors. The citizens assembly’s recommendations will assist the City Council in its final decisions on adoption of carbon abatement measures …

The deep decay that has beset the American republic and the yearning for a cult leader will not be overcome unless we succeed in overthrowing corporate power

There is no shortage of working-class Americans who feel, with justification, deeply betrayed and manipulated by ruling elites. Their ability to make a sustainable income has been destroyed. They are trapped in decaying and dead-end communities. They see no future for themselves or their children. They view the ruling elites who sold them out with deep hostility. Trump, however incompetent, …

Warren Rolls Out Plan She Calls ‘Most Sweeping Set of Anti-Corruption Reforms Since Watergate’, says her proposed reforms would put power “back where it belongs—in the hands of the people

September 16, 2019 by Jessica Corbett in Common Dreams The presidential campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released her End Washington Corruption plan on Sept. 16, 2019, ahead of a major speech in New York City.  (Photo: Elizabeth Warren/Facebook) Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat corruption in U.S. politics with “big, structural …