City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

US Energy Efficiency Industry Employs 2.25 Million People

September 11th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica  The US energy efficiency industry added more new jobs than any other industry in the country’s entire energy sector in 2017 and now employs nearly 2.25 million people, according to new figures from E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs. According to a new jobs analysis by nonprofit E4TheFuture and national energy advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), …

Jail to jobs program

Three years ago, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa was at a hearing for a 29-year-old who’d been falling behind on his court bills. If he kept missing the payments he risked ending up in jail, so Lamancusa asked him what was going on. “He said he couldn’t get a job. And I asked him, ‘Have you applied?’ …

MPOs revising planning to prioritize projects that help access, equitable and affordable transportation, and safer biking and walking

Aging Boomers could cause transportation shakeup September 3rd, 2018 By Chris McCahill Suburban Baby Boomers hoping to age in place are beginning to put new demands on our transportation system, according to a recent New York Times article. Once they can no longer drive, many older folks find themselves needing in-home services or drivers that can offer more assistance than many taxi or TNC …

Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Halliburton is developing robots for fracking

Bloomberg, Aug 21, 2018 The world’s biggest provider of the technique that unlocks oil and natural gas from shale rock has a vision of push-button fracking that’s still years in the making. But for now, the Houston-based contractor unveiled a new service that will help move in that direction. Tested in fields globally including the Permian Basin of West Texas …

New progressive candidates aren’t afraid to talk about the intersections of climate and injustice

New faces like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Summer Lee aren’t afraid to talk about environmental justice. E.A. CRUNDEN AUG 27, 2018, ClimateProgress CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES, RASHIDATLAIBFORCONGRESS.COM / EDIT BY DIANA OFOSU When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering …

New Skills Needed: Structural Transformation in the Electricity Industry

Mark Ahlstrom, “New Skills Needed: Structural Transformation in the Electricity Industry,” IEEE Power & Energy, 2017, DOI: 0.1109/MPE.2017.2755472  18 October 2017 For the average male worker of age 25, the inflation-adjusted wage level peaked in 1968 and has been falling ever since The market for workers has irreversibly changed in major ways that also have clear messages about structural transformation that apply …

Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies. Also, Could Hybrid Forms of Worker Ownership Shape the Economy of the Future?

 By Peter Walsh, Michael Peck, and Ibon Zugasti AUGUST 08, 2018 UPDATED AUGUST 08, 2018  SUMMARY in Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2018/08/why-the-u-s-needs-more-worker-owned-companies The gap in wealth in the United States between the ultrawealthy and everyone else has reached its widest point in decades. One way to narrow the divide is through the use of worker buyouts, in which ownership of a company transfers from a single person or a small …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …