It’s time to consider an electricity customer Bill of Rights

Let the people choose their source and type of power. Let them buy more modern, greener electric services and help transform the grid. Let them choose among vibrant, competitive service offerings just as consumers enjoy in telecommunication, broadband, cable, transportation, and virtually every other formerly exclusive public utility service.  Allow electric power suppliers to compete, innovate, and develop services more responsive to …

Intense multiyear lobbying campaign by Time Warner Cable, AT&T, CenturyLink, and others to bar communities from building their own better, more affordable networks

Millions of dollars bought restrictions that encourage cable and DSL monopolies rather than new choices for residents and businesses BY LISA GONZALEZ , ILSR 3 JAN 2013  After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting …

Amazon warehouses with robots are seeing injuries to around 1 in 10 people employed

How Amazon hid its safety crisis, by Will Evans | September 29, 2020 Robots. Prime Day. Holiday peak. Internal records show Amazon has deceived the public on rising injury rates among its warehouse workers. On Cyber Monday 2014, Amazon operations chief Dave Clark proudly unveiled the company’s new warehouse of the future in Tracy, California.  Behind him, tall yellow racks …

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability

Conclusion/Excerpt from the Democracy Collaborative, 2020 As countries grapple with the devastating challenges of COVID-19 and we, hopefully, move closer towards the development of a vaccine, the injustices and insufficiencies of the current approach to IP and R&D are becoming increasingly apparent. It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that …

Barbara Freese on Industrial Strength Denial

By Editor in https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/barbara-freese-on-industrial-strength-denial/ September 9th, 2020 Faced with proof that they are engaged in mass crime and violence, corporations have a long history of denying evidence, blaming victims, complaining of witch hunts, attacking their critics’ motives, and otherwise rationalizing their harmful activities.  Denial campaigns have let corporations continue dangerous practices that cause widespread suffering, death, and environmental destruction.  Barbara Freese, …

As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open nearly 200 power plants. What are Public Utility Commissions doing?

Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/09/09/climate-change-threatens- Powerful hurricanes. Record-breaking heatwaves. Droughts that bring ruin to farmers. Raging forest fires. The mass die-off of the world’s coral reefs. Food scarcity.  To avoid a climate change apocalypse, carbon dioxide emissions need to fall by as much as 45% from 2010 levels by 2030,  according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Instead, utilities and energy companies are …

Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money

By Jeff Madrick, NY Times, July 31, 2020 THE SYSTEMWho Rigged It, How We Fix ItBy Robert B. ReichBREAK ’EM UPRecovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big MoneyBy Zephyr Teachout One of the mysteries in politics for decades now has been why white working-class Americans began to vote Republican in large numbers in the 1960s and 1970s. After …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …