No More Fairy Tales: Why the United States Needs a Whole New Operating System

BY THOMAS LINZEY Here’s one final New Year’s resolution: let’s stop lying to each other. Let’s stop lying about the state of the planet and what it will really take to fix it. Let’s stop lying about who the “founding fathers” were and what kind of constitution they wrote. Let’s stop lying to each other that we can fix everything by …

Dealing with a world with fewer jobs

By Andy Beckett Fri 19 Jan 2018 The Guardian “Work is … how we give our lives meaning when religion, party politics and community fall away.” Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. Work is the master of the modern world. For most …

Hunter Lovins on the Clean Energy Transition

By Hunter Lovins in the Huffington Post, 17 Jan 2018 In November 2013, more than 15,000 scientists reissued a warning to humanity of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual changed. “By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in growth, reduce greenhouse gases, incentivize renewable energy, protect habitat, restore ecosystems, curb pollution, halt defaunation, and …

WE-All connects Next System Project, Leading for Well-Being, Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Economy for the Common Good, International Network, BCorps and many more

WE-All Webinar January 11, 2018 Stewart: Thank you all for joining us today. We’re going to spend 25 minuets presenting to where we have got to and then we will have another 25 minuets for Q&A. I will start by asking Hunter to tell us about what happened at the Colorado conference. Hunter: This whole effort grew out of a …

Policies Must Be Based on 350 ppm and 1 C to Protect Young People and Future Generations

Scientists say even 1.5 °C of heating is unsafe, and we must stabilize at no more than 1°C of heating over pre-industrial temperatures.  Earth’s paleoclimate history demonstrates that climate impacts accompanying global warming of 2°C or more would be irreversible and catastrophic for humanity. For example, the paleoclimate record shows that warming consistent with CO2 concentrations as low as 450 ppm …

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 …