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 …

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, 14% of US job growth in 2016

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report. 6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016, or 14 percent of the …

Hawaiian Electric’s new plan to get to 100% renewables

Stakeholders applaud the move away from LNG but question the costs and HECO’s vision By Herman K. Trabish.  Originally published on Utility Dive, Jan. 18, 2017 The new long-term energy plan for Hawaii is getting better reviews than its two predecessors, but it won’t be the last word on how the state will get to 100% renewables by 2045.  Stakeholders have …

Make policy not deals

We can argue about whether president-elect Trump’s deal to save 800 jobs at Carrier — ten years of tax breaks and other incentives worth $7 million to the company — was a good one or not. We can get riled up about Trump taking credit for keeping open a Ford plant that wasn’t closing. But our real concern should be about deals substituting for …

Samsung shows new EV battery offering 373 miles of driving range, can reach 80% capacity in just 20 minutes, and is 10% lighter

Daily Mail, January 2017 Samsung SDI has unveiled a new battery for electric cars that not only has better range, but is equip with ‘fast charged’ capabilities. This high-energy density battery cell offers 373 miles (600 kilometers) of driving and can reach 80 percent capacity in just 20 minutes Samsung is hoping its new system for electric cars will fare …

Massachusetts looking into damage to state from Exxon deception

By David Hasemyer, Inside Climate News, 12 Jan 2017.  Exxon had fought state Attorney General Maura Healey’s demand for documents about potential climate fraud, but a Mass. judge backs Healey’s right to the probe. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey had her climate investigation of Exxon upheld by a state judge. Credit: Getty Images A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has refused to block …