Republicans propose per mile fee for heavy trucks to fund roads

Impacts to and maintenance needs of roads come from weight per axel.  One pass by even a properly-loaded truck equals 9,000 passes by a passenger vehicle. By Abby Ivory-Ganja, 15 June 2017 A Republican proposal would create a per mile fee for heavy trucks in Wisconsin to boost transportation funding. Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, proposed the idea as an alternative to …

The old are eating the young: Around the world, a generational divide is worsening.

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View, 13 June 2017 Pay up.  Photographer: Yui Mok/PA Images Edmund Burke saw society as a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born. A failure to understand this relationship underlies a disturbing global tendency in recent decades, in which the appropriation of future wealth and …

Top global banks still lend billions to extract fossil fuels

Analysis of world’s lenders reveals many claim green credentials while still financing fuels like tar sands, oil and coal By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent, The Guardian, 21 June 2017 Some of the world’s top banks are continuing to lend tens of billions for extracting the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, according to a report of top lenders. Finance provided for these fossil …

For investors in shale drilling, the party’s over

By Collin Eaton, Chron.com, 23 June 2017 Photo: Spencer Platt, Staff.  MENTONE, TX – FEBRUARY 05: The shadows of workers with Apache Corp. are viewed at the Patterson 298 natural gas fueled drilling rig on land in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. Wall Street appears to have lost its taste for the resurgent U.S. shale …

Six P’s: Michael Shuman’s pointers to a prosperous, local economy

Sustainability requires that every community meet the needs of all its members (including plants and animals), present and future, without compromising the needs of other communities meeting the needs of their members, present and future. — Michael Shuman Is neighborhood economics at a tipping point? Consciousness certainly seems to be getting there. This is a skeletal summary of some key points, plus a few …

Kate Raworth offers reasoned, illustrated, and documented debunking of the fatally flawed theory behind economic policies that drive financial instability, environmental collapse, poverty, and extreme inequality

David Korten on Kate Raworth, in Yes! Magazine, 3 May 2017.  Kate Raworth will be at the Regenerative Future workshop in Boulder, CO next week. I see a lot of books presuming to explain what’s wrong with the economy and what to do about it. Rarely do I come across one with the consistent new paradigm frame, historical depth, practical …

The climate responsibilities of industrial carbon producers: starting places

Peter C. Frumhoff Email author, Richard Heede, and Naomi Oreskes. Climatic Change, September 2015, Volume 132, Issue 2, pp 157–171, The climate responsibilities of industrial carbon producers  First Online: 23 July 2015 DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1472-5 Cite this article as: Frumhoff, P.C., Heede, R. & Oreskes, N. Climatic Change (2015) 132: 157. doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1472-5 Responsibility for climate change lies at the heart of societal debate over actions to address it. The United Nations Framework Convention …

We need to plan now for good employment, alternatives to declining jobs – systems for people, democracy, job creation and knowledge sharing are a path forward

Excerpt from Ross Mayfield, originally published at NewCo Shift.com …50% of the jobs will be gone in ~20 years. Not from the great sucking sound of jobs to Mexico that can be stopped with a wall. Not from moving offshore to China. From automation that is moving quickly from blue collar manufacturing to white collar information work. Second only to …

Building new options to the extractivist sharing model

By Nathan Schneider, 21 Dec 2014 Image from OpenSource.com’s post, “Don’t Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model.“ One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. He began telling me about his latest undertaking, …

Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …