Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland

February 12, 2018  By Michael Lewis P2P Blog Brilliant and practical way of cutting the developers out of lining their pockets once public planning permission is granted. This policy captures what is now unearned income in the hands of private developers for a key public good – to radically increase the affordability of housing. Take a look. Not too complicated. Grounded in Commons sense. The …

LA City Councilpeople want climate turnaround, emergency action, city department

Jan 18 2018 The La Tuna fire of September 2017 was the biggest Los Angeles had seen for 50 years Pic: By Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America – 1_E1C9469, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link) By Megan Darby Four Los Angeles city council members are calling for emergency funds to set up a department for climate action. Citing recent devastating wildfires in California, linked to global …

Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

Half of island without power, but Puerto Rico generation back up to 72%, as microgrid rules are released

GTM Jan 8 2018 Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape With power restored for just about half of the island’s residents, and 1.5 million still without power, regulators look toward a remade grid. By EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT  Cleanup and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29 pages of proposed …

80 percent of Millennials want to transition to clean energy by 2030. They’re about to be the largest voting block

Eighty percent of us want to transition America to “mostly” clean or renewable energy by 2030. Right now, many signs point to big opportunities for Democrats in 2018. Trump and the GOP continue to push an unpopular agenda that most Americans see as benefiting the rich at the expense of the middle class. The health care and tax bills are the most unpopular pieces of …

Congestion Pricing Will Help Stop Climate Change, but the direct tailpipe emissions impact of congestion pricing is outweighed by its force multiplier effect

By Charles Komanoff, StreetsBlog, Jan 12, 2018 With congestion pricing, New York will function better, enabling many more people to live and do business in low-carbon NYC instead of Anytown, USA. Photo: TransitCenter Will congestion pricing deter climate change? I ponder that a lot, both as an ordinary citizen and as founder-director of the Carbon Tax Center, which promotes robust carbon taxes as …

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

By Howard Jennings – May 30, 2017 Mobility Lab 7 The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system.They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin to …

Congestion pricing and new revenue for transit in Virginia and DC

By Aarian Marshall, 9 Dec 2017 Drivers who choose to drive alone on Northern Virginia’s Interstate-66 express lanes get charged based on how far they’re traveling—and how much traffic is already on the road. GETTY IMAGES THERE ARE PLENTY of reasons for outrage coming out of Washington, DC, these days, but this week the divided region found a common enemy. The …

Canadian study ranks ZEV mandates as the gold standard of policy to make the EV shift

More stringent vehicle emissions standards won’t necessarily push automakers to ZEVs ZEV mandates were rated the gold standard of policy, ranking first in all criteria except policy simplicity, as noted above. Researchers at Simon Fraser University modeled three ways Canada could achieve 40% ZEV market share in 2040 (corresponding roughly to 30% market share in 2030). The three options, as …