States and industries face more climate court action, as “The delay and lethargy of the state offend the fundamental rights of citizens”

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network, 15 June 2017 Colombia’s paramos: Court action banned development and protected the right to clean water. Image: By Grupe AME CORPONOR via Wikimedia Commons Campaigners are increasingly using climate court action to press governments and corporations to fulfill their obligations to combat climate change. LONDON, 15 June, 2017 – Governments that make promises they do …

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 …

Making a just transition: provisions to incorporate when implementing energy projects or programs in your area

Require labor standards on construction projects that government funds, incentivizes, or mandates to save energy or meet GHG reduction targets.  Require a community workforce agreement (CWA), or similar arrangements that include labor standards and targeted/local hire provisions, on fully subsidized public and ratepayer investments in low-carbon sectors.  Labor standards—including prevailing wage, benefit, and apprenticeship standards—are crucial mechanisms for ensuring that …

It’s time to stop pretending that roads pay for themselves: Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use

By Angie Schmitt, 25 Nov 2015 If nothing else, the current round of federal transportation legislating should end the myth that highways are a uniquely self-sufficient form of infrastructure paid for by “user fees,” a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls. With all the general tax revenue that goes toward roads in America, car infrastructure has benefited from hefty subsidies for many …

Proposals for economic democracy and shaping tech for the common good are gaining ground: people, workers should share in the benefits of automation and technological progress

This story was first published at Jacobin, June 2017 So much about the 2017 Labour election campaign has been heartening: the energy, the conviction, the full-throated embrace of remaking government in the service of the many. All of the main campaign pledges — from free tuition to thousands of new homes to a stronger National Health Service — will change …

Diesel pollution tied directly to heart damage. Also GM’s pickup trucks emit NOx pollutants at 2 to 5 times levels legally allowed in the US

GM’s Duramax-equipped pickup trucks emit NOx pollutants at levels 2 to 5 times higher than is legally allowed in the US, and that these vehicles achieve this through the use of at least 3 illegal “defeat devices.”  “The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Detroit on behalf of people who own or lease more than 705,000 Chevrolet Silverado …

Paramilitary security tracked and targeted DAPL opponents as “jihadists,” docs show

Grist Special Report – By Antonia Juhasz on Jun 1, 2017 As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents. Its surveillance …

After billions wasted and harm all around, how to win the war on drugs now

By  Dan Baum, Harper’s, April 2016 – a good accompaniment to Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next. In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results? …

Fossil fuel industry seeks to withdraw from Our Children’s Trust case, avoid discovery

“Trial of the century”  By Chelsea Harvey, December 1, 2016, Washington Post The U.S. Capitol Building stands past the natural-gas-and-coal-fueled Capitol Power Plant, which provides heating and cooling to Capitol Hill facilities, including House and Senate office buildings. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Oregon made headlines when she ruled that a groundbreaking climate lawsuit will proceed to …