Back to Work: A Public Jobs Proposal for Economic Recovery

Download March 7, 2011 by Philip Harvey In order to return employment to pre-recession levels and restore consumer demand, millions of additional jobs must be created. At the pace of current job creation, it would take many years to reach full employment. This report makes the case that we should create jobs for the unemployed directly and immediately in public …

Who should own and benefit from our country’s infrastructure?

Who should own and benefit from our country’s infrastructure? What is really being lost here is the public interest. Infrastructure should primarily serve public needs, not generate profits for enterprises owned and controlled by companies that care far more about their own bottom lines than the common good. That’s not to say that private interests can never build roads or bridges …

Gorbachev: In the modern world, wars must be outlawed, because none of the global problems we are facing can be resolved by war—not poverty, nor the environment, migration, population growth, or shortages of resources

Originally published on Common Dreams, by Andrea Germanos, 27 January 2017 Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that it appears “as if the world is preparing for war.”  Writing in an op-ed published Thursday at TIME magazine, Gorbachev, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War, writes that the most pressing problem facing the …

Carbon taxes, cap and trade moving forward on a state level

Excerpt from piece originally published on ClimateWire | Benjamin Storrow | 22 Feb 2017 Michael Barrett, a Democratic Massachusetts state senator, reckons that few of his colleagues had ever heard of a state carbon fee when he first proposed it in 2013. Today, he has 62 co-sponsors. Not only that, Senate leadership has made the proposal a priority for the coming …

This is exactly the wrong way to clean up Southern California’s air, which every year more people die from than all traffic accidents and crime-related deaths combined

By Angela Johnson Meszaros on Grist, 27 Jan 2017  Los Angeles area air regulators should be forcing polluters to cut their dangerous emissions. Instead, they want to shift the responsibility for cleaning up our air from those profiting from the pollution to those of us simply trying not to die from breathing it. Whether they get away with it will …

Les Leopold: How runaway inequality elected Trump and can also defeat him

By Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute, Originally published on the Huffington Post, 14 Feb 2017 Over the last 37 years, America’s top 10 percent saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at …

Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm

Study estimates that without new “congestion pricing” policy, kids would have suffered 45 percent more asthma attacks.  Cross-posted from Inside Science.  By Nala Rogers, 2 Feb 2017 Stockholm, Shutterstock (Inside Science) — Most people weren’t worried about air pollution in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, according to Emilia Simeonova, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The city already had …

Gasoline Prices Don’t Really Impact Vehicle Choice Till $3/Gallon

January 24th, 2017 by James Ayre on CleanTechnica.com Gasoline prices need to be at least $3 a gallon before they begin impacting consumer vehicle purchase choice in the US, according to a new study from the market research firm MaritzCX. Once this $3 a gallon threshold is surpassed, fuel economy begins getting cited by consumers as a major factor in vehicle purchase …

One British City’s Transit Solution: Tax Parking

By Angie Schmitt Jan 13, 2017 StreetsBlog A tax on parking in Nottingham, England, has funded a major tram expansion. Photo: Brian Fagan via Wikimedia Creative Commons Raising money for transit by charging more to drive is good public policy but difficult politics. If it was easy, many more cities would have a congestion pricing system in place by now. But one British …