Going home and asking: what has happened here? What should have happened here? What is here now? What is left of the original natural endowment of this place?

In a 2009 commencement address at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Berry encouraged students to consider whether they might be better and more responsible citizens if they embraced the concept of homecoming rather than the desire for upward mobility, which lures them to places to which they have little connection, to participate in a destructive and extractive economy. He even offered a glimpse of what …

Medicare for All means a complete transformation of our health care system, a system where there are no private insurance companies

Medicare For All bill unveiled: ‘Complete transformation’ of health care. NBC: “As the debate over Medicare For All heats up on the 2020 trail, House progressives are opening a new front in Congress with a detailed single-payer bill that they plan to aggressively push this year. ‘We intend to make sure that Americans across this country know that we are …

Envisioning the Rural Electric System of the Future: Takeaways from RMI and the Transforming Rural Electric Supply Pod at the e-Lab Summit

Envisioning the Rural Electric System of the Future: Takeaways from RMI and the Transforming Rural Electric Supply Pod at the e-Lab Summit, by Kevin Brehm, Madeline Tyson, and Jeff Waller, February 19, 2019 In September 2018, experts from across the electricity industry gathered at RMI’s e–Lab Summit to discuss the most important emerging trends and opportunities. This blog outlines takeaways from the Transforming Rural Electric …

Colorado co-ops want to have more local and renewable electricity, Tri-State exit

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s coal-fired Nucla Station, at the west end of Montrose County, will close by the end of 2022. The massive generation cooperative also plans to retire a coal-fired electric generation unit at Craig Station by the end of 2025. But some of the co-op’s members feel Tri-State isn’t moving to renewable power sources quickly enough. (William …

Subsidiarity and Communes: a Great Social Achievement

This article is modified from a webinar presentation given on October 31, 2017 for the afgj.org  –Alliance for Global Justice — monthly Venezuela webinar series NOVEMBER 24, 2017 Venezuela’s Communes: a Great Social Achievement, by KATRINA KOZAREK Over the years we have all heard a great deal about the great social achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government subsidized health program Barrio Adentro, …

Reconnecting With Rural America

BY TOM VILSACK FROM WINTER 2018, NO. 47, A JOURNAL OF IDEAS SYMPOSIUM | WHAT IS RED-STATE LIBERALISM? Photo by National Renewable Energy Lab via CC 2.0 In 2012 my wife, Christie, ran for Congress against incumbent Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. The 4th congressional district was considered to be one of the top ten most conservative districts in the country in 2012. The …

Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

By Susan Cosier On EcoWatch Natural Resources Defense Council Jan. 30, 2018 Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake Superior. As Mark Mattson waited to speak to Canada’s minister for the environment, Catherine McKenna, about the Great Lakes last December, he could feel the weight of the 184-page report he carried in his shoulder bag. At the Toronto meeting, McKenna asked Mattson, founder and president of the …

The Appalachian City That Raised Its Taxes and Grew: To support a homegrown artist community, Berea, Kentucky, asked residents to trust government. It worked.

By Ivy Brashear, NextCity.com and Photos by Emily Moseley, published 29 Jan 2018 One of the things people notice after spending any amount of time in Berea’s historic downtown is the density of galleries. For a small city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there are a lot of them. The state-designated “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky” attracts visual …

Making broadband affordable: Advantages of co-location

April 7, 2016, This is note is part of the Connections series. You can download the PDF version of this note through this link. Synchronizing Installation with Other Public Works to Reach Underserved Areas By Arthur Foch The high cost of extending Internet service beyond urban areas and the relatively low number of potential subscribers has combined to stall the expansion of this enabling …

Demand Oriented Mobility Solutions for Rural Areas Using Autonomous Vehicles

By Moritz von Mörner, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering This study was funded by Opel Automobile GmbH and DB Regio AG 1.   Introduction Conventional public transport in rural areas is facing major difficulties, especially in countries exhibiting demographic and societal changes. In rural areas in Germany demographic change and the accompanying decrease in population and pupil numbers endanger the already bristle …