L.A. may charge drivers by the mile, adding freeway tolls to cut congestion

By LAURA J. NELSON, LA Times JAN 22, 2019  Morning commuters face heavy traffic on the express lanes on the 10 Freeway. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s focus on congestion pricing could lead to similar lanes on other freeways across Los Angeles County. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) For years, Southern California lawmakers have tried to steer clear of decisions that make …

A Wealth Tax Could Raise Trillions — and Save Our Democracy

A Wealth Tax Could Raise Trillions — and Save Our Democracy, by Chuck Collins, in The Hill, February 02, 2019 See further down a local wealth tax effort/Clean Energy Fund in Portland… Most progressive solutions to massive levels of inequality have focused on taxing income at the very top at a higher rate. But taxing income alone fails to address these multi-generational icebergs …

Fight Against Climate Change Heating Up as Colorado Faces Aridification and Steep Declines in Cost of Renewable Energy

Gov Polis told our government that it’s time to get to work, calling on the Department of Transportation and other agencies to repair and electrify our dirty transportation system.  Polis’ push couldn’t come at a better time. For the past few months the wind has been at the back of the Colorado environmental movement. There’s been so much promising Colorado news …

Power of public banking: Renewables generated 41% of Germany’s electricity in 2017, up from just 6% in 2000; and public banks provided over 72% of the financing for this transition.

The Financial Secret Behind Germany’s Green Energy Revolution The “Green New Deal” endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.-N.Y., and more than 40 other House members has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it. However, taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding would …

What cities can learn from the giant free lunch of motorized scooters and bikes

https://haveago.city/what-cities-can-learn-from-the-giant-free-lunch-that-is-dockless-bike-scooter-sharing/HERE IS LATENT DEMAND FOR BIKES/SCOOTERS “People will never get out of their cars.” For decades, urbanists have suffered from this unfortunate trope. And for the most part people have assumed this assertion to be an inevitable fact of urban life, even as some cities had successfully started luring people out of their cars. Those success stories were simply dismissed …

Happy Planet Index vs. Regime Change

Why Costa Rica Tops the Happiness Index: How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index, by Lisa Gale Garrigues, February 01, 2019, YES! Magazine  The New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index determined that Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest place in the world. The HPI considers three variables: happiness, ecological footprint, and life expectancy. …

Energy Democracy Toolkit

Category Resource (name and link) Source Description Status Challenge Tier Node? Implementation vs Knowledge Campus vs Community (if applicable) Energy Democracy Info Democratizing Our Energy Future Al Weinrub (Local Clean Enegy Alliance), and Anthony Giancatarino (Center for Social Inclusion A white paper defining energy democracy and outlinig major principles, strategies, and tools for implementing it Complete Hard No Knowledge Energy …

Energy Dept. Tackles Challenge Of Rooftop Solar & Income Inequality

Research released this past week on the racial dimension supplements last month’s report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, under the title, “Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate- Income Customers,” which found: Subscription models may need to be adjusted from the standard community solar offer. Programs may need to provide subsidies to LMI community solar subscribers to …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

The Hallmark of Capitalism is Poverty Amidst Plenty: How to Be an Anticapitalist Today

By ERIK OLIN WRIGHT, Dec 2015 in Jacobin Magazine, Capitalism is an inequality-enhancing machine as well as a growth machine. Not to mention that it is becoming clearer that capitalism, driven by the relentless search for profits, is destroying the environment.  The pivotal issue is not whether material conditions on average have improved in the long run within capitalist economies, but rather …