Car electrification is an irreversible trend, say auto execs

By Laurence Frost | Reuters | Sun 15 Jan 2017 | China, Europe drive shift to electric cars as U.S. lags A 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is displayed during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 9, 2017. Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe – just not in …

California’s plan to cut GHG 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, most ambitious target in North America

SACRAMENTO – California’s groundbreaking effort to fight climate change took another big step forward today as the California Air Resources Board released the proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – the most ambitious target in North America. The plan builds on the state’s successful efforts to reduce emissions and outlines the …

A global wealth tax, a viable billionaire tax?

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Josh Hoxie  New paper makes the case that a global billionaire tax is ethical, good for growth, and could solve a lot of the world’s problems. Oh and politically viable.  At the end of Thomas Piketty’s 2013 blockbuster Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the French economist makes a compelling case for a global wealth …

Highlights from recent writers reflecting on system change

https://www.thenation.com/article/only-socialism-can-defeat-trumpism/   The results of this rightward shift are stark. Poorly paid and precarious workers, the increasingly impoverished elderly, immigrants terrified by xenophobic rhetoric, and disillusioned millennials suffocating in debt are an ocean crashing against shrinking islands of wealth and opportunity.   But the past year has shown that millions of ordinary people are ready for an alternative, one pointed to by …

Summary highlights from Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything , by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything, By Becky Bond and Zack Exley (Sept 2016).  Noted references are from the kindle edition.  Read and purchase the full fantastic book!  “What that we’re doing now is not good enough. Obviously we need way more organizing. That’s not happening with the structure we have, which has become over the decades …

Summary highlights from Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier

Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier (2014), https://www.newsociety.com/Books/T/Think-Like-a-Commoner.  References below are from the kindle edition. This summary was produced in memory of and is dedicated to Goldman prize winner Isidro Baldenegro López and others working against illegal logging and land enclosure.  Isidro was a leader of the Tarahumara community in the country’s northern …

Hawaii bill aims for 100% clean, renewable transportation

By Cathy Bussewitz, originally published by the Associated Press.  Honolulu, Jan 18, 2017 Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel …

There’s a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  19 Jan 2017 Electric utilities increasingly find themselves at war with their own customers. Homeowners and commercial building owners have all sorts of new choices for how to generate, store, and manage their own electricity — solar panels, home batteries, electric vehicles, smart thermostats and appliances, and more gizmos coming along every day. The more they take advantage of …