Ways cities are implementing clean energy

City rules Relatively easy places to start Adopt a resolution to get your community to 100% renewable energy by 2050 (or sooner). Sample ordinance: Pueblo, CO; Traverse City, MI; East Hampton, NY Minimize zoning and permitting costs for renewable energy systems. Sample ordinance: Lancaster, CA Replace all public lighting with LEDs.  Sample ordinance: New York, NY.  Examples: Oahu, Sioux Falls, New York …

It’s time to stop pretending that roads pay for themselves: Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use

By Angie Schmitt, 25 Nov 2015 If nothing else, the current round of federal transportation legislating should end the myth that highways are a uniquely self-sufficient form of infrastructure paid for by “user fees,” a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls. With all the general tax revenue that goes toward roads in America, car infrastructure has benefited from hefty subsidies for many …

Power for All identifies most important national energy policies needed to kick-start ending electricity poverty for 1.1 billion people plus a government framework for implementing those policies effectively

It is now well understood that universal electricity access by 2030 (a core part of U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 7 -SDG 7) can only be achieved if decentralized renewable energy (DRE)  — green micro-grids and rooftop solar paired with storage and ultra-efficiency appliances  —  gets adequate finance to reach scale quickly. And that can only happen if leaders overseeing international …

After billions wasted and harm all around, how to win the war on drugs now

By  Dan Baum, Harper’s, April 2016 – a good accompaniment to Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next. In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results? …

David Suzuki: Not looking away…We can and must stop dramatically cut down on our use of fossil fuels and plastics

By David Suzuki, EcoWatch, 24 May 2017 People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere—from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans—some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.  It’s one …

RevolucionCR created a new space that allows citizens to directly engage and assume the responsibility for proposing, designing, and implementing major reforms that politicians, both in the government and political parties, have not been able to make

 “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres in the new technologies of electronic communication and …

Transforming the economy

By Hunter Lovins – May 2017 The Regenerative Future Summit and the Leading for Well-Being Consortium are working on a regenerative path to an economy in service to life:  a world that works for 100% of humanity.  The doors have been thrown open to anyone who wants to participate, starting tomorrow.  The meeting will be 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, …

In rural areas, employment has never recovered and disability is higher, as are business start-ups

This piece was published in March 2017 in In These Times, and prior to that, in The Conversation, an online resource that describes itself as “an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community,” asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the factors that contribute to the differences between life in rural and urban America. Contributor attributions are noted in italics at …