Chinese company offers free wind power training for coal miners in Wyoming

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, May 29th, 2017  When we think of coal country in the United States, we think of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. But Wyoming is where the majority of American coal comes from. In fact, the Cowboy State, as it calls itself, produces four times as much coal as West Virginia. That also means it has …

Putting people back to work in Coal Country

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg, 24 May 2017 Ben Chafin sees the future of clean energy in abandoned coal shafts. The Virginia state senator, whose Appalachian district is pockmarked with empty mines, pushed through legislation in April that encourages companies to transform those tunnels into giant storage devices to hold vast amounts of renewable power. The idea, which Dominion Energy Inc. has been studying, …

Providing jobs with justice as we transition the economy and our energy system

Clean Technica, May 2017 US solar and wind power jobs grew approximately 12 times faster than the US economy as a whole in recent years. In 2015, it was reported that wind turbine technician had become the #1 fastest-growing job in the United States. Worth noting is that this is an ideal blue-collar job for moderately educated people, and mostly in …

Freshwater & renewable energy storage for drought striken regions? Areas for integrated pumped hydro reverse osmosis (IPHRO) system identified

Combined energy and water system could provide for millions: Analysis shows system could economically bring fresh water and renewable energy storage to drought-stricken coastal regions worldwide. Introduction by Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative, 18 April 2017.  Full copy of the article is available at the link and below the overview. The team’s analysis determined that in Southern California, all power …

Using renewables to reduce inequality

 By Basay Sen on Inequality.org, 25 April 2017  A new report explains how states and cities can use renewable portfolio standards and shared solar programs to reduce the power of fossil fuel corporations and lift up low-income households. Given the current assault on responsible climate policy at the federal level, innovative state and local actions will be critical if we …

Automated Vehicle Impacts on Jobs, 2017 study

The Center for Global Policy Solutions would like to thank the following researchers for their help in developing this report: DR. ALGERNON AUSTIN, Demos; MS. CHERRIE BUCKNOR, Center for Economic and Policy Research; MR. KEVIN CASHMAN, Center for Economic and Policy Research; DR. MAYA ROCKEYMOORE, Center for Global Policy Solutions. Center for Global Policy Solutions. (2017). Stick Shift: Autonomous Vehicles, …

Back to Work: A Public Jobs Proposal for Economic Recovery

Download March 7, 2011 by Philip Harvey In order to return employment to pre-recession levels and restore consumer demand, millions of additional jobs must be created. At the pace of current job creation, it would take many years to reach full employment. This report makes the case that we should create jobs for the unemployed directly and immediately in public …

How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg, 17 April 2017 In February, after almost two years worth of six-hour workdays, nurses at the Svartedalens elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden went back to eight hour shifts—despite recently published research showing the benefits of the shortened workdays. The City of Gothenburg didn’t extend the experiment in part because funding ran out. It cost about 12 million krona …

What drove the driving downturn?

In an (academic) brawl over sprawl, planners are debating whether compact development contributed to a recent decrease in vehicles miles traveled. See Journal of the American Planning Association and CityLab By Richard Florida, 6 April 2017 Wikimedia Commons Since 2004, driving as measured by the number of vehicle miles traveled declined, reaching a two-decade low in 2012. Slumping figures for …