US billionaires wealth up nearly $1 Trillion since COVID

Inequality.org has been reporting on the soaring wealth of America’s billionaires — during our pandemic — is starting to make a real impact on the 2020 election campaign discourse. Just yesterday the New York Daily News gave front-page coverage to our work showing that U.S. billionaires have seen their wealth jump over $930 billion since mid-March alone. And our reporting …

Wind, Solar Are Cheapest Power Source In Most Places, BNEF Says

By Jeremy Hodges October 19, 2020 Wind and solar power are the cheapest form of new electricity in most of the world today. That’s the analysis of BloombergNEF, which predicts a tipping point in five years when it will be more expensive to operate an existing coal or natural gas power plant than to build new solar or wind farms. The …

The growing concern over stranded assets

September 10, 2019, GreenBiz, by Joel Makower For years, the concept of “stranded assets” seemed largely hypothetical and abstract, a far-off concern of climate advocates and progressive investors that climate change could obliterate trillions of dollars of corporate value, if not turn assets into liabilities. As with so many climate-related topics, the hypothetical is rapidly turning into the hypercritical. Along the …

Biden’s climate plan

Biden’s $2 trillion, specific clean energy plan isn’t called the Green New Deal. It’s called the “Biden Plan” on his website, and it’s the most ambitious climate action plan to ever be floated by a major US party platform. Biden’s plan emerged from negotiations with Bernie Sanders’ camp after Biden won the primaries, and involved such Democrats as Jay Inslee, Ocasio-Cortez, and John …

Replacing water heaters, heating, and AC with heat pumps powered by solar

NPR October 18, 2020, DAN CHARLES Twitter , Download https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/916586592/fighting-climate-change-one-building-at-a-time Donnel Baird stands in front of a building where his company, BlocPower, has installed energy-saving heating and solar panels. “Solar panels aren’t just for rich people, or for White people. They’re for everybody,” Baird says.Dan Charles/NPR When Donnel Baird was in his twenties, he had twin passions, and he didn’t …

Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid

In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here’s how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents. Why you can trust us By THOMAS M. HANNA Jan 30, 2015, Yes! Magazine In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity …

Sabotaging Democracy

Jim Hightower, Oct 2020, Common Dreams FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditShare Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn’t have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: “I don’t want everybody to vote. … Our leverage in the elections …

Deep in the white supremacist movements

Vanity Fair: In the Tangled World of Far-Right Chat Rooms, White Supremacists Are Getting Organized. This is not a drill. Writer Talia Lavin spent about a year catfishing white supremacists online. The result: personal trauma, predictions of a “bloody” election season, and the realization that many extremists aren’t holed up in basements—they’re bit players in our daily lives. BY MAHAM HASAN, …