Jay Inslee has a radical plan to phase out fossil fuel production in the US

Jay Inslee has a radical plan to phase out fossil fuel production in the US By David Roberts david@vox.com  Jun 24, 2019 Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign has been releasing its climate policy — the central rationale for its existence — in pieces. Extremely large, detailed, and nuanced pieces. I covered the first piece, on getting to 100 percent clean energy in electricity, new cars, …

Getting (almost) all our energy from the sun by 2050

Solar could meet approximately 68% of global energy demand with other renewables making up the rest, according to a new report. A 100% renewable energy system could also create 22 million solar jobs by 2050, the study claims. Keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C, though, would require FITs for projects up to 40 MW in capacity, auctions for bigger …

Almost a billion people are already at high risk from climate change based on where they live; of those, 40% are in countries struggling with conflict

According to an annual peace index released Wednesday by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), climate change poses a severe threat to global harmony over the next 10 years. http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uploads/2019/06/GPI-2019-web003.pdf Competition over resources and migration, along with economic impacts, are seen as the key drivers behind the climate-driven instability. That index found that almost a billion people are …

People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. Americans end up spending twice as much out-of-pocket for social goods and services.

July 17, 2017 The NationMultimedia People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. Text by Joshua Holland. Graphics and animation by Rob Pybus. Last week, in Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. That same day, the Robinsons—Dale and Beth—had a little baby in the United States. They …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty Through International Arbitration

This report exposes 38 cases of mining companies that have been filing dozens of multi-million dollar claims against Latin American countries before supranational arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of their investments. In most of these cases, communities have been actively organizing to resist mining activities and …

Economic Justice: 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money

NPR MarketWatch June 17, 2019 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money By SARAH ANDERSONThe Deficit Hawks versus the Big Spenders. That’s how the media typically portrays budget battles in Washington. We seldom hear about how government action to tackle our country’s most urgent social and environmental problems can actually save money. In a new report, the Institute …

Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

The fight to curb gun violence must address the violence inflicted by law enforcement. Institute for Policy Studies, April 12, 2018 | By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson Originally in OtherWords This spring, an estimated 800,000 Americans gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the “March for Our Lives” organized by the teenage survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Thousands more attended 800 sister marches across …

Maine’s GND

A Maine bill framed as the state’s own Green New Deal passed its final legislative hurdle on Tuesday.Originally mandating an 80 percent renewable portfolio standard for electricity providers by 2040, the latest version of the bill does not include that goal. Other legislation with an RPS is also being considered in Maine. The final wording instead focuses on workforce initiatives for the …

Curtailment Is The Easy Answer (until you get cheap storage, or even after)

June 15th, 2019 by Barry A.F. , Clean Technica In a recent article, we found that curtailment of renewables may be cheaper than grid scale energy storage. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. However, given the complexity of electrical grids around the world, we should also look at all of the available solutions to make sure we are making the best choice …

Union of Concerned Scientists: The Benefits of Renewable Energy Use

Less global warming Improved public health Inexhaustible energy Jobs and other economic benefits Stable energy prices Reliability and resilience This page explores the many positive impacts of clean energy, including the benefits of wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass. For more information on their negative impacts—including effective solutions to avoid, minimize, or mitigate—see our page on The Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies. Less global warming …