Regenerative Finance shows what non-extractive investing could look like

Araz Hachadourian posted Jan 10, 2018 in Yes! Magazine.  From the Winter 2018 issue on Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies In 2013, Kate Poole was at a conference for young people who wanted to put their vast wealth to good use. She had opportunities to invest in green technology and local food, but she felt that even well-intentioned investing often …

How AVs may affect private investment in new roads

Re-posted from John Niles on the End of Driving blog, 22 Sep 2017 Private-sector investors and their public sector counterparts should consider how autonomous vehicles might affect their investment in new transportation infrastructure. These $9 billion proposed P3 lanes would need to be tolled well beyond the multi-decade diffusion period of driverless cars. Maryland Proposes $9B Public-Private Partnership To Widen I-495, I-270, MD-295. …

3 Finance and Policy Fixes That Could Dramatically Reduce Transportation Emissions

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Dec 8, 2017 Transportation now surpasses electric power as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Graph:Bloomberg Toward the end of last year, the U.S. transportation sector surpassed electric power as the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. At Bloomberg, Tom Randall writes that the Trump administration’s attack on fuel efficiency standards could slow down attempts to clean up transportation …

Federal grant programs specifically for connected transportation and AV projects

Funding/financing Among the areas covered by the grants are connected vehicle technology (including systems for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications); dynamic signaling systems to reduce congestion; signage and design features that facilitate autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technologies; cybersecurity elements to protect safety-critical systems, and many more. These programs include: Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA): INFRA is a $1.56 billion …

AVs influence on revenue for agencies

From the Brookings Institute, 2016, Local government 2035: Strategic trends and implications of new technologies  Consider the following. This past year, the City of Los Angeles generated $161 million from parking violations.18 Red light violations have a fee of $490.19 Californians caught driving under the influence are fined up to $15,649 for a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction and up to $22,492 …

Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be – Is Capitalism Insolvent?

By T. Sabri Öncü  Prime Economics and The New Weather Institute 20 July 2017 Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be  International & World, Private Debt Total global debt has increased, growth has been slowing down since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007 and has been rapidly decelerating after 2012. This may be a sign that the world has arrived at …

Hurricane Damages Will Hit U.S. Taxpayers Hard: Government watchdogs have been warning about the financial risks of climate change, from extreme storms to wildfires, and their impact on the U.S. budget

By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 11 Sep 2017 First Harvey, then Irma, and the hurricane season isn’t over. This is the year that repeated, dire predictions about the fiscal risks of climate change—its increasingly heavy burden on the federal budget—are coming true. The hurricanes’ successive blows may cost taxpayers more than they spent on relief and recovery in any previous …

Parking ranges from 14-25% of land used in urban areas and parking charges are 1-2% of local revenues. AVs need up to 90% less parking space.

Researchers from the University of Oregon released a study detailing how the rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could change how cities operate and how a city’s budget could be impacted by the rising prevalence of AVs. Among those impacts is a loss of parking and other traffic-related revenue. According to the white paper, parking charges, on average, account for between 1% and 2% of …

Beyond denialism: neoliberalism, climate change and the left

By Philip Mirowski, Jeremy Walker and Antoinette Abboud on neoliberalism, climate change and the Left August 2017 We live in a winter of disconnect. As the permafrost melts and global warming accelerates, bringing us to the cusp of catastrophic environmental changes, governments and corporations continue their campaign of denial. Ian Plimer’s latest book, launched by John Howard at the Sydney Mining …