AVs can help us reduce spending for road, bridge, and highway expansions. Here’s how.

By Rutt Bridges, forthcoming, 2017 In 2014, federal, state, and local spending on highways was $165 billion.1 Capital spending for new highways, rehabilitation of existing roads, and new equipment consumed 56%, or $92.4 billion. The remaining $72.6 billion went for operations and maintenance. State and local government provided 72% of the total funding.2 Savings due to reduced road repairs: FreeRide …

If you trust your employees to do the right thing, everything gets easier

4,227 days at Google. Braden Kowitz writes about his first and last day and Google, and their organizational philosophy in between.  Today is my last day at Google, but I still clearly remember my first day on the job. That morning I was parked in a training room for an onboarding lecture. My eyes were glazing over as some nice person explained …

Bloomberg: Income inequality battle brewing at state level

By Sharon H. Lee, on Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs, Mar 1, 2017  In response to growing concerns over income inequality, some states are proposing legislation designed to penalize companies using pay ratio data disclosed pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay ratio disclosure rule. Pay Ratio The SEC’s pay ratio disclosure rule requires public companies to report the ratio …

The “big hush” and other maps showing what Americans really think about climate and the transition before us

New York Times, 21 March 2017, excerpt by Nadja Popovich, John Schwartz, and Tatiana Schlossberg Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion …

Heede and the Climate Accountability Institute detail emissions of the Carbon Majors

The Climate Accountability Institute (CAI), in collaboration with CDP (London), announces the publication of operational and product-use emissions attributed to fifty major oil and gas companies over the period from 1988 to 2015.Press Release: Carbon Majors 2015 update: six companies responsible for one-third of emissions from oil and gas sector since 1988. The Climate Accountability Institute and CDP jointly announce the publication …

London seeks to make cycling the “safe and obvious transport” for the area, with extension of protected bikeways and two new cycle superhighways

Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives – Mayor’s proposed investment gets near levels seen in cycle-friendly nations such as Netherlands and Denmark.  By Peter Walker in The Guardian, Dec 2016 and Feb 2017 – update Among the plans are two new cycle superhighways, where riders would be largely separated from motor traffic. Photograph: Dave Hill for the …

Global movement promises to fight inequality

Press release from GreenPeace and Fight Inequality Alliance, The Philippines and SE Asia, 22 February 2017 Manila, Philippines – Civil society and grassroots organizations from across Asia gathered in Manila on February 21-22 for a strategy meeting to discuss a global campaign against inequality. Calling themselves the Fight Inequality Alliance, the group believes that a global movement is needed to address …

Racial categorization and zero-sum thinking don’t help creativity and thorough decision making, but recalling your different identities and roles does

By Moises Velaszquez-Monoff, in the NY Times, 4 March 2017 After the nation’s first black president, we now have a white president with the whitest and malest cabinet since Ronald Reagan’s. His administration immediately made it a priority to deport undocumented immigrants and to deny people from certain Muslim-majority nations entry into the United States, decisions that caused tremendous blowback. …

Learning from “social defense” in the struggle against the authoritarian regime in Poland 40 years ago

Excerpt from In These Times The Trump era is seeing the emergence of what has been called “social self-defense,” a massive self-organization of millions of Americans to resist Trump’s agenda. It has been manifested by the millions who participated in the Women’s March, the spontaneous actions against Trump’s Muslim ban, the mass demonstrations and community meetings in cities around the …