Green New Deal must address transportation & land use. Right now, it doesn’t.

From Smart Growth America Two weeks ago, a Green New Deal resolution was unveiled to tackle climate change in a way that will create new jobs and economic opportunity. It’s just a resolution—general guiding principles for any future legislation—but even at this 10,000 foot view, there is still a gaping hole. Like most conversations about climate change, it is largely …

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality,

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality, February 13, 2019 Les Leopold, Common Dreams Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road …

John Bellamy Foster on the ‘Green New Deal’: AOC’s resolution must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2019/02/12/john-bellamy-foster-on-the-green-new-deal/ US Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez introduces Greem New Deal resolution, Feb. 8, 2019 To bring about meaningful change, the resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base. by Vaios Triantafyllou,  Truthout, February 9, 2019 A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist …

How the nonprofit 42 is creating a free, collaborative approach to education

By Emily Bender, Shareable.net, January 17, 2019 The nonprofit software engineering school 42 founded and funded by billionaire businessman Xavier Niel is taking a unique approach to education. The organization aims to free students from the isolation and economic burdens associated with higher education institutions in the U.S. Aspiring students participate in an intensive training called Piscine, in which they code for four weeks in collaboration with other …

Long period of little or no change in transportation leaves cities flat-footed, facing critical issues in transportation and change

New Mobility Coming to a City Near You, WRI, January 2019, TRB week By 2035, there will be an estimated 30 million partially or fully autonomous vehicles in operation. Shared taxi services that never need to park could massively reduce the amount of road space devoted to cars in dense urban areas, completely changing how cities are designed. On the other hand, …

US rural electrification in around a decade

We must move faster, think more creatively, build stronger relationships, and engender more effective collective action. Jennifer Lentfer is the director of communications of Thousand Currents. US rural electrification in around a decade.  “This is a way of really shaping an economy that works, and that works better, and better for people than a top-down, investor-driven model. It’s hard to believe what happened …

New Colorado Energy Office agenda: Push for zero-emissions electricity generation and zero-emissions vehicles, and to concentrate on ways to bring down ozone pollution along the Front Range

New Colorado Energy Office director lays out Polis’ agenda on renewable energy Jan 15, 2019 Just hours after being stung by a court decision Monday limiting the kinds of public-health protections the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must weigh when determining whether to issue drilling permits, Gov. Jared Polis’ new Colorado Energy Office director unveiled the administration’s new goals for reducing the …

Governors kick off 2019 with bold calls for climate action in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania

Governors kick off 2019 with bold calls for climate action in these 5 states: With the federal government moving in the opposite direction, state officials take the mantle on climate leadership. By Mark Hand, Climate Progress, Jan 18, 2019 MAINE GOV. JANET MILLS ADDRESSES D CROWD AFTER BEING SWORN IN AS GOVERNOR IN AUGUSTA, MAINE ON JANUARY 2, 2019. CREDIT: BRIANNA …

Energy democracy and renewable affordability highlights from 2018

From ILSR, Jan 2019 Local Energy Rules released 16 podcasts in 2018, including our Voices of 100% series from cities making 100% commitments as well as discussions of a clean energy focused credit union, an equity focused community solar project in Minneapolis, and a ballot measure for local utility control in Iowa. 2––Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program is the Best People love a winner, which is why thousands …

626 environmental organizations demand a Green New Deal

On behalf of their millions of members and supporters, 626 environmental organizations on Thursday demanded that U.S. policymakers “pursue visionary and affirmative legislative action” such as a Green New Deal to combat the “urgent threat” of the global climate crisis. Angela Adrar of Climate Justice Alliance, a signatory, emphasized that “such a new, green economy needs to be guided by the leadership …