Solar and wind supply more than 10% of electricity in 18 US states, from 53% in ND and 47% in KS to 43% in OK & IA, down to 21% in CA

LAST UPDATED ON MARCH 12TH, 2019 AT 4:07 PM BY TIBI PUIU  Although the United States is lagging behind China and the EU in terms of adding new renewable energy capacity, some states are already growing at a very rapid pace. According to data for 2018 from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), solar and wind accounted for at least 10% of electricity sales in …

AOC is asking the questions that activists need to know, and the Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis

By Abraham Gutman agutman@philly.com The Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis | March 14, 2019  The Green New Deal, the ambitious plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to deal with climate change, has drawn a lot of attention and speculation, including at this week’s big energy conference in Houston. Beyond criticism that actually has nothing to do …

An Arsenal of Ideas to Stage a Housing Revolution

In Berlin, first, in January, came an agreement from the city to buy housing stock from private landlords, something never tried before on such a large scale. Then came the call mentioned above to ban major landlords from holding very large numbers of apartments. And finally, renters’ associations and some officials in the city government are campaigning for the introduction …

Writing the GND with marginalized voices

By Aaron Ross Coleman, The Nation, March 14, 2019 Reparations have long seemed a politically impossible dream, but the climate crisis may be changing that. As the planet’s weather has shifted radically in recent years, so has the conversation about paying compensation to black America for centuries of economic injustice. Back in 2003, Chappelle’s Show was lampooning the idea of reparations with a skit …

Sample Socialist Chapter Priorities, Organizing Models, Anti-Racism/Oppression Work

Chapter Priorities Whereas: Democratic socialists believe it’s impossible to have democracy or social justice under capitalism, an economic system that concentrates wealth and power in the hands of a few. We fight for a society without class, where decisions about what to produce, and how to produce and distribute it, are made democratically. We fight for a society where every …

Working People’s Platform – Colorado

We demand a Colorado where our economy and democracy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few! We will fight for: The freedom to form a union without interference or fear of retaliation Higher Wages Racial Justice Immigrant Justice Affordable, Quality Health Care Affordable Housing We will fight for policies that address the rising cost of housing by raising …

Municipal broadband internet: The next public utility?

Initiatives across the country seem to be gaining steam as cities look to encourage equitable access — but pitfalls around cost and taxpayer risk remain. By Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive, March 5, 2019 As the need for equitable internet access becomes increasingly important to leaders, some cities are taking matters into their own hands and setting up municipally owned and operated …

RMI on regulatory process reform, Hawaii’s PUC led process

Utility Dive, March 19, 2019, excerpt, also RMI paper on regulatory process reform A new effort to bring out the more collaborative part of the regulatory process was recently introduced in workshops as part of Hawaii’s ongoing proceeding to develop a new business model for the state’s regulated utilities. Led by facilitators from think tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the workshops stressed stakeholder …

Justice Democrats March 2019

@rgunns on @AOC and @SenMarkey‘s Green New Deal: “There’s the benefits that aren’t talked about. There’s also the cost of inaction. Just last year we lost $91 billion to the US economy from climate change alone.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‏Verified account @AOC Mar 13 More Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Retweeted Justice Democrats *91% of caucusgoers in IOWA* said they prefer a candidate who supports the #GreenNewDeal. …