Trickle down is false: 50 year study finds strong evidence that cutting taxes on the rich increases income inequality and has no effect on growth or unemployment in the short and long term

Hope and Limberg analyzed major tax cuts for the rich in 18 countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, including the US, Japan, and Norway, from 1965 to 2015. Lower taxes for the rich caused high earners to seek pay raises. By Grace Dean, Business Insider, December 16, 2020 | Study Suggests ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics Makes Inequality Worse. “Cutting …

How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, November 17, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on June 26, 2019. Law experts say there are several ways President-elect Joe Biden can address climate change without risking court challenges. Francis Chung/E&E News President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a …

SDSN: America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan and Accelerating Decarbonization in the US: Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions

The SDSN USA Network was launched in December 2018 with the mission to implement the SDGs in the US by building and mobilizing a national network of academic institutions. The priority on energy and climate work originated during discussions at the SDSN USA launch, in response to a need for an actionable national strategy for a just transition to achieve net zero …

Guidance from CDPHE Air Pollution Division for Xcel was led/drafted by a former Xcel staffer

Further, an unadvertised “stakeholder” group only allowed entities not supporting rapid decarbonization by the electricial sector or anything that could impinge on Xcel profits, even a mere study bill of Community Choice Energy Clean Energy Plan Guidance – Draft Release for Public Comment Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Air Pollution Control Division, September 25, 2020 Introduction During …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Democracy Collaborative: We must move away from current system prioritizing corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability. The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important.

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability.  The design, implementation, and governance of our systems are critically important. However, the incredible rise of the intangible economy has dramatically altered these systems and our wider economic …

Pope to International Association of Penal Law: Destroying the Earth — the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem — should be a crime

Addressing the International Association of Penal Law in the Vatican on 15th November 2019, Pope Francis proposed that “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church and went a step further, saying “ecocide” should be a fifth category of crimes against peace at the international level. The Pope described acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: …

A near-term to net zero alternative to the social cost of carbon for setting carbon prices, which have been proposed ranging from under US$0 per ton of CO2 to over US$2,000 per ton

Also see: http://www.rapidshift.net/central-value-in-ultimate-cost-of-carbon-is-about-100000-per-ton/ A simpler, more useful way to tax carbon. A new proposal for how carbon taxes can play well with other policies. By David Roberts @drvoxdavid@vox.com  Aug 17, 2020 For most of the 21st century, putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions (either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system) has been seen as the serious person’s climate-change policy, preferred …

The Azores will become a testing ground for electric mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

 AUGUST 04, 2020, by TZVETOZAR VINCENT IOLOV Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Azores Islands Autonomous Government, inaugurated a pilot project called ‘Energia sobre Rodas – V2G Açores’ (Energy on Wheels – V2G Azores) yesterday during a visit in São Miguel. This multi-partner initiative is part of a wider governmental policy which wants to see the Atlantic archipelago at the forefront of …