Rural dialogues

Farmers and farm guests partake in field walks and discussions at Willow Lake Farm Agroecology Summit in Windom Minnesota. Anna ClaussenGIT ALONG DIALOGUES Think rural America doesn’t care about the climate? Think again. By Scott Shigeoka on Oct 29, 2019  The world of the possible Subscribe To Shift Happens Anna Claussen grew up on a family farm 20 miles outside of Benson, Minnesota, a town …

‘Dying of whiteness’: why racism is at the heart of America’s gun inaction

The country’s refusal to pass new gun control laws has everything to do with defending racial hierarchy, says author Jonathan Metzl Lois Beckett in San Francisco Fri 9 Aug 2019 Why does the United States refuse to pass new gun control laws? It’s the question that people around the world keep asking. According to Dr Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist …

Tri-State looking at asking federal energy agency to set its electric rates

By JUDITH KOHLER | jkohler@denverpost.com | The Denver Post, June 14, 2019 Less than a month after a new law took effect that requires state approval of Tri-State’s plans, a utility that delivers wholesale electricity to rural cooperatives across Colorado is looking at placing itself under federal regulation. Westminster-based Tri State Generation and Transmission Association is talking with its board of directors about having its rates …

Rural Ridesharing Models

Ridesharing models may refer to programs in which one or more organization operates the same vehicle during different periods of time (vehicle sharing), to models in which passenger trips are combined for passengers with a common destination (carpooling and vanpooling), or to models that use global positioning systems to calculate a driver’s route and arrange a shared ride (real-time ridesharing). …

11 of the 50 largest transit agencies in the US have developed partnerships that directly promote synergy with ridesharing

Ride Sharing Programs Ride sharing is the practice of sharing rides or transportation, especially by commuters, typically in the form of carpooling and vanpooling. Some agencies and organizations have adopted formal definitions clarifying the number of people, types of vehicles, and operating characteristics that qualify as ride sharing. Shared ride programs generally include all forms of carpooling and vanpooling. These …

Sustainability and self-sufficiency for rural areas through solar power PV in Alaska. Microgrids allowed and encouraged!

Diesel fuel comes at a high cost for off-road villages that rely on aircraft, boats, and snow machines for transportation. Solar beats diesel on cost, creates new local jobs, and helps to level the socio-economic playing field.   Diesel-Killing Alaska Solar Power Company Walks The Green New Deal Walk by Tina Casey, CleanTechnica.com, April 6th, 2019  Solar Power & The Green New …

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 …