Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology

Long-duration storage keeps on slipping into the future. By Eric Wesoff, 12 April 2021, Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology If economic long-duration energy storage actually existed (other than pumped hydro), it would already have been deployed by every utility with a decarbonization plan. Long-duration storage can accelerate the retirement of peaker plants, defer upgrades of transmission and distribution …

RMI’s Healthy, Zero Emission, Affordable Housing for All program: Scale Zero

Scale Zero: Healthy, Zero-Emission, Affordable Housing for All RMI / Boulder, Colorado To meet 1.5°C climate targets and ensure equal access to healthy, affordable buildings, we must dramatically accelerate the pace of building retrofits. Scale Zero will establish a coordinated policy and retrofit implementation approach that will advance supportive policies and reduce the cost associated with zero-emission retrofits in five …

Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession

Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession, Cambridge University Press, 29 October 2019, Margaret A. Nash, Article Land-grant colleges were created in the mid-nineteenth century when the federal government took and then sold off public lands and allowed states to use that money to create colleges. The land that was sold to support colleges was available only because of …

Credit Creation: How Banks Create Money

Banks create new money whenever they make loans. 97% of the money in the economy today exists as bank deposits, whilst just 3% is physical cash. MATTHEW JOHNSTON  Dec 19, 2020 https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/022416/why-banks-dont-need-your-money-make-loans.asp How It Works, Banks in the Real World, What Really Affects Banks’ Ability to Lend, The Bottom Line As Joseph Schumpeter once wrote, “It is much more realistic to say that the banks ‘create credit,’ …

Why manufacturing consent “is much easier now”

Chomsky calls himself a “libertarian socialist,” which he defines as a belief that “enterprises ought to be owned and managed in a democratic fashion by the people who participate in them.” His New York Review Of Books article from 1967, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” was called “the single most important piece of anti-war literature” from the Vietnam period. That helped launch him …

The Road to Removing Police From Traffic Enforcement

After the killing of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, a legal expert and historian explains how design, decriminalization and disarming police could lead to safer streets. By Laura Bliss April 14, 2021 Lawmakers Push for Change in How Police Conduct Traffic Stops Laura Bliss is a writer and editor for CityLab in San Francisco, focused on transportation and technology. She also writes MapLab, a …

The Moms Who Are Battling Climate Change

A new initiative seeks to tap into mothers’ concern for the world their children are inheriting. By Lizzie Widdicombe, April 12, 2021, New Yorker Three years ago, I had a baby. I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say that she is extremely cute, and I enjoy being her mother. A few months after her birth, I was …

How Warming Oceans Are Accelerating the Climate Crisis: We’ve locked in at least 20 feet of sea level rise—can we still fix it?

By Harold R. Wanless, According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana’s combination of rising waters and sinking land give it one of the highest rates of relative sea level rise on the planet. The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing …

Report of the Just Transition Listening Project

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS https://www.labor4sustainability.org/jtlp-2021/jtlp-report/Main FindingsRecommendations Recommendations for Policymakers Recommendations for Labor and Movement Organizations Recommendations for Future Research INTRODUCTION: WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES IN TRANSITION Report of the Just Transition Listening ProjectProblem Introduction Transition is Constant and Inevitable A History of Unjust Transition Unequal Power Dynamics Fuel Unjust Transitions The Failure of Transition Assistance Workplace Closures …

Biden’s tax plan goes after the little fossil fuel subsidies, but not the big ones, which are indirect

A 2017 International Monetary Fund study pegged the global value of direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies at $5.2 trillion — that’s 6.4 percent of global GDP. David Roberts, Volts, 09 April 2021 President Joe Biden has released the tax plan that is meant to pay for his $2-trillion-plus infrastructure plan. You can read the New York Times for a full breakdown. The bulk of the revenue will …