New Mexico Senate Passes 100% Carbon-Free Electricity Target

New Mexico Senate Passes 100% Carbon-Free Electricity Target It still needs to pass the House, but the governor has already endorsed it. The state’s largest utility has too. By JULIAN SPECTOR GTM, 7 Mar 2019 If it passes, the bill’s long-term popularity will hinge on how much consumers have to pay for it. PSCO of New Mexico New Mexico has joined the drumbeat of …

95% of all US philanthropy dollars go to white-led organizations, and 70 to 80% of these are led by men.

Why The Solutions Project Is Funding Renewable Energy Innovation with Women and People of Color, by Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, Feb 23 2019 How the media covers issues like renewable energy, climate justice, and energy equity matters. It really does. The media influences how people think and what they aspire to achieve. Media coverage of climate change issues and renewable energy innovations is important, …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

Five trends to watch in community and economic development in 2019 + Create a Solidarity Economy Giving Project

1. Opportunity Zones will take effect in force No surprise here. Opportunity Zones were the big community development story in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019. Proposed regulations should be finalized this year, creating more confidence for investors. Opportunity Funds are already being set up, and investment volumes will grow rapidly. But because of variation in the economic standing of Opportunity Zones, the …

Public Banking for Infrastructure Finance

By providing counsel, BND helps municipalities with limited knowledge of financial markets or the grant application process to access capital at lower rates and with cheaper transaction costs. Second, to address declining public revenues for infrastructure, BND’s direct low-interest loans allow it to leverage capital on terms that are favorable to the public. Finally, the centralized management of public funds …

Offshore Finance: How Capital Rules the World: The Rise Of Offshore Finance Is Not Solely About Capital Moving To Banks In Exotic Islands, It Is Also About The Creation Of A Two-Tier Global System.

OffShore Finance: How Capital Rules The World, By Reijer Hendrikse, and Rodrigo Fernandez, ROAR Magazine, February 10, 2019 Capitalism only triumphs when it becomes identified with the state, when it becomes the state. — Fernand Braudel Following the election of Donald Trump and claims of Russian meddling during his campaign, a privatization deal of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft caught the media’s attention: despite …

Progressive tax policies Democrats need

ANNIE LOWREY, The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/here-are-progressive-tax-policies-democrats-need/581830/ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 70 percent; for every dollar a person earns over $10 million, Ocasio-Cortez suggests, he should be left with 30 cents. Senator Bernie Sanders, a likely 2020 candidate, wants to expand the estate tax. And Senator Elizabeth Warren, a definite 2020 candidate, …

David Roberts’ review of what’s in the Green New Deal

The resolution consists of a preamble, five goals, 14 projects, and 15 requirements. The preamble establishes that there are two crises, a climate crisis and an economic crisis of wage stagnation and growing inequality, and that the GND can address both. The goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, providing for a just transition, securing clean air and …

The middle is no place to be

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/03/dear-democrats-stop-substituting-so-called-possible-whats-morally-necessary As presidential historian Jon Meacham said on HBO’s “Real Time w/ Bill Maher,” it is often easier to make big honking changes than to try to accomplish incremental ones.  Back in 2016, Democrats faced a choice between incrementalism—”a progressive who got things done”—and an advocate for a fundamental transition away from a rigged system. The party apparatchiks threw their …

RMI: Managing the Coal Capital Transition

global carbon emissions continue to rise, rather than the steep decline that the science shows is urgently needed. o      Managing the Coal Capital Transition o      Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook released o      Applications to eLab Accelerator due on January 18! o      Examples of eLab Accelerator’s impact on the energy transition o      Amplifying the Accelerator bootcamp model o      RMI and NREL host …