A closer look at carbon taxes in/for the U.S. and Canada and what could work

An essay on the subject by Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University on Policy Options: When asked which climate policy in Canada reduced the most CO2 emissions over the last decade, many people guess BC’s well-publicized carbon tax. They’re wrong. It was Ontario’s ban on coal-fired power, which reduced annual emissions by 25 megatonnes (MT). Surely, then, BC’s carbon tax must have …

Scientists Urge ‘System Change’ to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change​

By Nafeez Ahmed, on Motherboard, 26 Sep 2017 Image: Nicole S. Glass/Shutterstock In a recent report, experts outlined four steps that could help us get on track. If the world is to have a serious chance of limiting global warming to the internationally-agreed 2 ℃ limit this century, the transition to renewable energy should happen much more rapidly than current efforts, according …

Smoothing demand at EV fast-charging stations through storage solutions, shifting/shedding load for flexible demand at home or work

EV Clustered Charging Can Be Problematic For Electrical Utilities,  70 to 80% of the charging load could be shed at peak load times in case of an emergency and still ensure that all vehicles were fully charged in time for a scheduled trip. By Eric Schmidt SSTI, 4 Sep 2017 The electric vehicle (EV) market is booming. Bloomberg estimates EVs will account for 35% …

Strategies for delivering equitable growth

By Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman December 6, 2016 The rise of economic inequality is one of the most hotly debated issues today in the United States and indeed in the world. Yet economists and policymakers alike face important limitations when trying to measure and understand the rise of inequality. One major problem is the disconnect between macroeconomics and the study …

Military Weapons to Local Law Enforcement a Grave Mistake

NEW YORK – Following remarks from Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating President Trump’s intention to reverse an executive order by President Obama limiting military weapons to local law enforcement, Justin Mazzola, Amnesty International USA researcher, issued the following statement: “Today’s executive order is a grave mistake and could easily lead to a repeat of human rights violations that we’ve seen …

Reversing inequality: Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy

From the P2P Foundation and the Democracy Collaborative A new report explains how the rules governing the US economy are tipped in favour of asset owners over wage earners, and offers solutions to transform our system. Authored by Chuck Collins and published by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Next System Project. The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of …

The Long Game For Progressives: areas to start being proactive

By John Atcheson on Common Dreams 24 Aug 2017 “Progressive values include fairness, equity, a level-playing field, compassion, justice, reverence for our planet and environment, and a genuine pursuit of peace, not war – all things which play extremely well in the hearts of Americans, not to mention in political polling. One of the reasons Sanders is the most popular politician in America is …

10 Provocations for the Next 10 years of Social Innovation

By Indy Johar Co-founder Project 00, Senior Innovation Associate Young Foundation, Demos Associate, Fellow Respublica, 13 July 2017 The last ten years have been an important, formative period for the revival of social innovation, we have seen a new generation of actors contribute to the renewal of our societal goods. The work of the Young Foundation, Nesta, McConnell foundation, MaRS, Big Society …