Energy Dept. Tackles Challenge Of Rooftop Solar & Income Inequality

Research released this past week on the racial dimension supplements last month’s report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, under the title, “Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate- Income Customers,” which found: Subscription models may need to be adjusted from the standard community solar offer. Programs may need to provide subsidies to LMI community solar subscribers to …

Jason Hickel: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions

Today, some 4.3 billion people — more than 60 percent of the world’s population — live in debilitating poverty, struggling to survive on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (which is the mean average of all the national poverty lines in the Global South). Half do not have access to enough food. And these numbers have been growing …

How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor

In many parts of America, judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time. By Matthew Shaer, NYTimes.com, Jan. 8, 2019 On a muggy afternoon in October 2017, Jamie Tillman walked into the public library in Corinth, Miss., and slumped down at one of the computers on the ground floor. In recent years, Tillman, who is …

Billionaires’ harms

The situation is much the same elsewhere.  Since the 1980s, the share of national income going to workers has been dropping significantly around the globe, thereby exacerbating inequality in wealth.  “The billionaire boom is . . . a symptom of a failing economic system,” remarked Winnie Byanyima, executive director of the development charity, Oxfam International.  “The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow …

Blueprint for a fairer Europe: “manifesto for the democratisation of Europe” says EU institutions are stuck in “a technocratic impasse” that benefits the rich.

The Guardian, Dec 10, 2018.   The budget would be worth 4% of the EU’s GDP – four times the current budget. Funds would be raised from four sources: an extra 15% levy on corporate profits, tax increases on individuals earning more than €100,000, a wealth tax on personal fortunes above €1m, and a tax on carbon emissions. The money would …

Innovation Used to Benefit Workers. Can It Again? Machines can make jobs better, but a tiny class of bosses uses them to make jobs disappear. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Excerpt from Bob Lord, Thursday, December 27, 2018,  Inequality.org …Until about 1980, technological advances benefited American workers and American society. Technological advances improved productivity, and workers shared in the benefits proportionately. Wages rose at the same rate as productivity. Not only were American workers paid more, they enjoyed progressively shorter work weeks. As workers’ pay increased, they could buy more, which created …

What Educators Don’t See: The Relationship Between Complex Trauma and School Interruption

By Tricia Stephens, ilberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, What Educators Don’t See: The Relationship Between Complex Trauma and School Interruption Mothers of color affected[1] by the Child Welfare System (CWS) experience high rates of exposure to events where their lives or physical/psychological integrity are challenged (Blakey & Hatcher, 2013; Chemtob, Griffing, Tullberg, Roberts & Ellis, 2011). Like many women, exposure …

Universal Basic Income is Coming and It’s Long Overdue

Universal Basic Income is Coming and It’s Long Overdue, CityLab, 2018 Universal Basic Income (UBI) has long been talked about as a way to address income inequality, but there’s a solution that directly stimulates employment: Universal Basic Mobility (UBM), by simply getting people to jobs.In areas where commutes are long, it’s hard for children to escape poverty, and in many cities, areas …

Inequality blocks climate action, as does lack of safety and shared sacrifice

Sunday, December 16, 2018 by Sam Pizzigati on Inequality.org Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change? Some 250 million years ago, life on Earth survived an existential climate crisis. But that Earth had a distinct advantage. No rich. Excerpt …The last time climate on Earth saw nearly as drastic and rapid a climate shift, scientists relate in another new study published in the journal Science, came some …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …