More than 1 in 3 rooftops in US are suitable for solar. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for Americans, cut air pollution, and create over 3.7 million jobs. The government could also get paid back.

John Farrell, ILSR, April 10, 2020 Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home or business rooftops in America is suitable for solar: sunny with sufficient space to host a few panels. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for …

A Wealth Tax Is the Logical Way to Support Coronavirus Relief

The wealthiest 5 percent of American families now hold $57 trillion, or two-thirds of all household wealth in the country (up from about half in 1960). An exemption for the first $2.5 million of household wealth would exclude the bottom 95 percent from paying any tax at all and leave the top 5 percent with total taxable wealth of roughly …

UK and French Citizens’ assemblies on climate change seek to shape the post-COVID recovery

Climate Home News, April 17, 2020 French and British initiatives to involve ordinary people in climate policy are adapting their work in light of the coronavirus pandemic Citizens Assembly in France and the UK are moving online amid lockdowns to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Climate Assembly UK) By Chloé Farand As governments mull over multi-billion packages to weather the economic impacts …

Even Republican Voters Support $2,000 a Month Payments During Coronavirus Crisis: Poll

It took just two weeks for the government to run out of funds for its $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, meant to help small businesses struggling with the coronavirus shutdown. Where did that money go?  Over the last several days, stories have trickled out about the supposedly small businesses – chains like Ruth’s Chris steakhouse and burger giant Shake Shack …

1% of American households experienced utility shutoffs in last 3 months, before COVID. The average water utility disconnects water for 5% of households in a year for non-payment, affecting about 15% of Americans. Nearly 25% of households do not have internet at home.

April 13, 2020 byCommon Dreams Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say “It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”by Julia Conley, staff writer More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief …

11 member nations of the European Union demand to use the continent’s Green Deal policy guidelines as a framework for economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

April 11, 2020 On Friday, 350.org welcomed a new demand from 11 member nations of the European Union to use the continent’s Green Deal policy guidelines as a framework for economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We have a choice to make now: do we try to tackle one crisis while ignoring another, or do we decide to build back better …

Nationalizing the Power Industry Isn’t Radical: The US has a long history of nationalizing in times of crisis. The publicly owned clean power proposal is actually pretty tame.

By KATE ARONOFF, March 2, 2020, in The New Republic Whether Sanders’s platform really calls for taking over “major parts” of the economy is up for debate. In the 1970s, Sanders talked favorably about “public ownership of utilities, banks, and major industries,” and he urged President Richard Nixon to “give serious thought” to nationalizing oil companies during the 1973 oil crisis. That’s a …

Kalecki, Minsky, and “Old Keynesianism” Vs. “New Keynesianism” on the Effect of Monetary Policy

By Tracy Mott, SEP 11, 2019 | MACROECONOMICS Mott walks us through answers many careful readers of Kalecki, Keynes, Steindl, and Minsky knew all along. In a post co-authored with Anna Stansbury, Larry Summers repudiates economic orthodoxy in regard to whether interest rate cuts suffice to restore full employment and looks at a more “original” Keynesianism to find adequate responses to secular stagnation. Tracy Mott …