New Report Shows Solar Energy Rapidly Expands, Generating More Electricity in 2035 than All Homes Consume Today and Creating Economic Opportunities Across America

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the Solar Futures Study detailing the significant role solar will play in decarbonizing the nation’s power grid. The study shows that by 2035, solar energy has the potential to power 40% of the nation’s electricity, drive deep decarbonization of the grid, and employ as many as 1.5 million people—without raising electricity prices. The …

Indigenous Land: ‘to our people, it was everything — identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our nonhuman kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us. Our lands were where our responsibility to the world was enacted, sacred ground. It belonged to itself; it was a gift, not a commodity’

In the settler mind, land was property, real estate, capital, or natural resources. But to our people, it was everything: identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our nonhuman kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us. Our lands were where our responsibility to the world was enacted, sacred ground. It belonged to itself; …

Drought in the West

The West is baking, burning and drying out. These numbers explain why and how. “It is a story of cascading impacts,” climate scientist John Abatzoglou said, as the West weathers “an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires.” By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, Colorado Sun, Jul 15, 2021 The American West …

Policies necessary to achieve 1.5 C alignment

Switching to 100 percent clean electricity Rapidly increasing sales of zero-emission cars and trucks while reducing passengervehicle miles traveled Shifting to efficient, all-electric buildings and appliances iv Moving away from fossil fuel use in manufacturing Reducing methane leakage from the oil and gas, water treatment, and wastemanagement sectors Improving land management Colorado Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, 1.5°C …

The Red Nation Wants Its Land Back: Indigenous-led leftist collective is committed to freeing the world from capitalism and colonialism

By Cecilia Nowell, In The Nation, August 10 2021 On July 31, 2020, as heavy clouds gathered on the horizon, hundreds of protesters filled downtown Albuquerque, N.M. The Red Nation, an Indigenous-led socialist organization, coordinated the rally to protest the Trump administration’s decision to send 35 federal agents to support the local police. After participating in a summer of uprisings against police …

New resources on curbside management +inequitable and unsustainable then and now

Park your bike here for new resources on curbside management from the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration.The Curbside Inventory Report  provides an in-depth technical study on curbside activity and performance measurement. The GIS-based Curbside Management Tool contains quality curb asset data on curbside management, inventory, and allocation The last time the US passed a sizable infrastructure …

‘We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer’ – MLK. Voter Suppression Then and Now

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on What W. E. B. Du Bois Taught Us “We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer because of the contributions a militant, passionate Black giant left behind him. — Dr. Martin L. King …

Biden pushes for increased fossil fuels. Meanwhile, pro-fossil fuel Facebook ads were viewed 431 million times in one year.

Alberta officials say the Biden administration’s push for OPEC to increase production “smacks of hypocrisy” after the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Financial Post) Researchers say that even if carbon is captured, so-called “blue hydrogen,” set to receive a massive influx of funding under the federal infrastructure bill, is likely worse for the climate than just burning the natural …

New U.S. research finds that agrivoltaics increases land productivity and improves animal welfar

New U.S. research finds that agrivoltaics increases land productivity and improves animal welfare. Scientists at the Oregon State University found that the combination of lamb grazing with PV power production has several advantages for both activities. In Sweden, scientists have optimized an algorithm for vertical agrivoltaics, which is said to calculate a project’s ideal design by combining climatological data with figures …

Ministering for The Ministry for the Future

1Mar2021, Kimon, KSR’s The Ministry for the Future has been out and has been making waves — yes, Covd-19 was not a thing when it was being written but that doesn’t mean that this near-term SF novel is not the most topical thing you are likely to read this year! (Featured image: working on installing infrastructure, from FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps as part of …