Public banking updates. Reports from LA, from the nation’s capitol on public banking: D.C. feasibility study soon to be released

Four new articles endorse a public bank for LA #YesOnB  posted by PUBLIC BANKING INST | 8gb September 13, 2018 Photo courtesy Public Bank LA Los Angeles’ ballot initiative for public banking continues to generate many excellent articles about public banking. Their cogent arguments apply to public banking in general, but as Phoenix Goodman writes in the LA Progressive, “Rarely does the constituency of a city …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Save the Planet: Democrats lack a comprehensive strategy to stop global warming. Climate scientists say the newcomer has the beginnings of a good one

Scott Heins/Getty Images . By EMILY ATKIN, July 3, 2018, New Republic Leftists have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary election for Congress last week, an outcome that CNN called “the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.” But perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even …

Dandelion Energy Has Built The Tesla of Residential Thermal Management With Plans For World Domination

July 9th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica Cutting right to the chase, Dandelion plans to change the world of residential geothermal, and it is heading down that long road of transformation starting in the state of New York. Dandelion Energy spun off from Google parent company Alphabet’s X labs last year, and with so many claims floating around about transformative technologies …

Plug In America & Sierra Club Release The AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies To Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

July 2nd, 2018 by Cynthia Shahan in Clean Technica I drive in one of the best cities in Florida for EV charging infrastructure. Still, there are gaps. Along with education to the public that demystifies electric cars and EV charging, we must dispel many misleading myths. As clean air advocates, we need to work for change in our local communities and states. Plug In …

Agreeing on a democratic alternative, participatory planning and a democratic economy

A decentralized-planned economy or decentrally-planned economy (occasionally horizontally-planned economy) is a type of economic system based on decentralized economic planning, in which decision-making is distributed amongst various economic agents or localized within production units. Decentralized planning is held in contrast to centralized planning where economic information is aggregated and used to formulate a plan for production, investment and resource allocation by a central authority. Decentralised planning can take shape both in …

Environmentally, real and measurable progress that occurred in an age of transformation, not appeasement

‘Desperate environmentalism’ won’t save the environment Photo: Flickr/leniners This was originally published in the LA Times on October 29, 2015. By Joshua Galperin When I started teaching environmental law and policy, I thought I would work with the next generation of extraordinary environmentalists. I don’t. My students are extraordinary, but many see themselves as “corporate social responsibility consultants,” “ecosystem service managers,” “sustainability leaders,” “industrial …

California Bans Climate-Warming HFCs in New Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases

California now prohibits the use of HFCs, a potent greenhouse gas, in new refrigeration and cooling systems, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases. The California Air Resources Board has banned the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in new cooling equipment. The climate-warming chemicals are between 1,000 and 3,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The decision …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

Brattle Group outlines how utilities should get America to choose electrification

David Roberts, Vox.com March 2018 says Utilities should be champing at the bit for electrification An America wherein a substantial portion of transportation, heating, and cooling has been electrified is one with lower carbon emissions, more tools in the utility toolbox, greater demand for electricity, and, crucially, a central role for power utilities. “Overall,” Brattle writes, “this presents a very positive business …