Preliminary Analysis Reveals 4% Of Los Angeles Buildings Use 50% Of Electricity

Originally published on CleanTechnica, December 20th, 2016 by Kyle Field  A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project revealed that half of the city’s electricity demand is consumed by just 4% of its buildings, which spurred the city council into action with a specific focus on the large, older buildings identified in the …

Climate aware economics being built from the bottom up, in five primary ways

By Steve RUSHTON, 8 December 2016, cross-posted Part I in this series explored seven ways that climate change could trigger the next financial crash. Part II looked at the ways big finance and oil use self-reinforcing mechanisms of power to remain seated atop the capitalist system. In Part III we turn our attention toward a climate-aware economics that is already being built from the …

Picking up the tab: small businesses pay the price for offshore tax havens by the large and wealthy

RELEASED BY: U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND, RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015, READ NEWS RELEASE, DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their federal and state income tax liabilities by billions of dollars. While tax haven …

Thomas Piketty: time for a new age of globalization and trade deals

Thomas Piketty writes the following for the Guardian: Both the Clinton and the Obama administrations frequently went along with the market liberalization launched under Reagan and both Bush presidencies. At times they even outdid them: the financial and commercial deregulation carried out under Clinton is an example. What sealed the deal, though, was the suspicion that the Democrats were too …

The feds just gave batteries and rooftop solar panels access to big-time energy markets:  Distributed energy will be able to play in wholesale energy markets. That’s a big deal.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Nov 22, 2016, 9:40am EST Stronger together.(Shutterstock) Given the state of US politics, it’s safe to say that very few people are paying attention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) right now — even fewer than usual, I mean. However, in its quiet and nerdy way, FERC just did something that could help drive a paradigm …

Data: How is Google using machine learning?

Don Dodge works on the Google Cloud Technology Partner team. Don is a veteran of five start-ups including Forte Software, AltaVista, Napster, Bowstreet, and Groove Networks. Prior to Google, Don was Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team. You can follow Don on Medium, on Twitter @DonDodge or on Facebook Machine Learning will impact everything we do at …

30 years of Farm Aid

Interviews Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director, Farm Aid How did you get involved with Farm Aid? I started with Farm Aid shortly before the first benefit concert in 1985. Willie Nelson and I had some friends in common and when he was looking for someone to help him distribute the funds that would be raised at the concert, I was lucky …

Banking on the public

Banking on the Public: Going Postal, North Dakota, and Other Finance Alternatives  BY ABBY SCHER | JUNE 2013 Hundreds of people seeking a roadmap for remaking the banking system gathered north of San Francisco in early June at Public Banking 2013: Funding the New Economy, a conference held at Dominican University, whose Green MBA program was a cosponsor. It was …

Green State America:  a coalition to keep America’s climate promises and hold to other values?

By FRANK ACKERMAN, from the forthcoming January/February 2017 issue of Dollars and Sense In January, Donald Trump will endorse climate denial, renouncing the Clean Power Plan and climate targets in general. This will damage the fragile global momentum toward emission reduction, established in last year’s Paris agreement. If the United States refuses to cooperate, why should much poorer, reluctant participants such as …