This summer LA DOT launched carsharing for low income community

Shared Use Mobility Center, June 2017 In June Los Angeles officials cut the ribbon on a 5-car demonstration site as part of the kick-off for “BlueLA,” a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities.  BlueLA – which will scale to 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and 200 charge points at 40 …

Inequality link to climate change

Income is may explain 30 percent of the total household carbon emissions in Europe (likely more in the US where inequality is higher).  Rising incomes are expected to increase greenhouse gas emissions because people will have greater purchasing power. “It makes sense that the richer you are, the greater your purchasing power and the environmental impacts associated with it,” she …

A new book argues that the Constitution’s framers believed that vast concentrations of wealth were the enemy of democracy—so what happened?

By Jedediah Purdy, The Nation, 11 July 2017 Illustration by Tim Robinson. “Aconstitution is not intended to embody a particular economic theory,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in 1905. Holmes was dissenting from the Court’s majority opinion in Lochner v. New York, which held that the New York State Legislature had violated the right to freedom of contract when …

Government policies can overcome severe inequality: Namibia shows how

 Windhoek, Namibia: since independence, the country’s poverty rate has been reduced from 53% to 23%. Photograph: Duncan Willetts/Sportsphoto/Allstar   By Max Lawson, The Guardian, 19 July 2017 When you hear eye-watering statistics like the fact that eight men own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity, the first reaction is often shock and anger. For many people, this …

About 100,000 in Michigan get their driver’s licenses suspended every year because many can’t afford to pay off traffic fines and fees

By Niraj Warikoo , Detroit Free, 24 May 2017 – Trapped in poverty by traffic tickets Buy Photo (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press) 835CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 123COMMENTEMAILMORE Adrian Fowler didn’t have a valid driver’s license, but with her infant daughter running a 103-degree temperature one day in the winter of 2013, she had to drive. Fowler’s driver’s license had been suspended earlier …

Mapped: The world’s largest CO2 importers and exporters

By Zeke Hausfather on Carbon Brief, July 2017 Around 22% of global CO2 emissions stem from the production of goods that are, ultimately, consumed in a different country. However, traditional inventories do not include emissions associated with imported goods. While the US and many European countries have reduced their domestic emissions over recent decades, some of this reduction has been …

Sacrificing black lives for the American lie

By Ibram Kendi, NYTimes, 25 June 2017 Why are police officers rarely charged for taking black lives, and when they are, why do juries rarely convict? Many Americans asked this question when a Minnesota jury decided that Philando Castile was responsible for his own death and that the officer who shot him, Jeronimo Yanez, did nothing wrong. Many Americans asked …

Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population

By Paul Buchheit on Common Dreams, 13 June 2017 Last year it was 8 men, then down to 6, and now almost 5. While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of 06/08/17, the …