Nuclear power is ‘ridiculously expensive’ compared to solar, says longtime nuclear advocate: The U.S. nuclear industry is dying, and conservatives in Congress sealed its fate

By Joe Romm on July 30, 2018  STEAM RISES FROM GERMANY’S GRAFENRHEINFELD NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ON JUNE 11, 2015. CREDIT: SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES New nuclear plants are “ridiculously expensive” and “uncompetitive” compared to solar power, longtime nuclear industry advocate Nobuo Tanaka explained recently. Tanaka is also the former head of the International Energy Agency. At the same time, existing U.S. nuclear power plants are “bleeding cash,” as Bloomberg has repeatedly …

As California burns, many fear the future of extreme fire has arrived

“It’s burning differently. It’s burning more aggressive than it has in years past. And I know we say that every year, but it’s unprecedented.” Vice: Thousands of firefighters are battling unprecedented fatal wildfires in California. By Alissa Greenberg and Jason Wilson in Redding, for The Guardian, Tue 31 Jul 2018   Homes destroyed by the Carr fire in Redding, California. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Roger Gray …

This Summer’s Heat Waves Could Be the Strongest Climate Signal Yet: ‘In many places, people are preparing for the past or present climate. But this summer is the future

By Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, 28 July 2018 Extreme heat killed more than 80 people in Japan in July, just a few weeks after flooding from downpours was blamed for more than 200 deaths there. Martin Bureau/Getty Images Earth’s global warming fever spiked to deadly new highs across the Northern Hemisphere this summer, and we’re feeling the results—extreme heat …

Just transition funds via a 1 percent charge on mega-retailers’ revenue from city sales, excluding groceries and medicine. Companies such as Wells Fargo, Apple, Comcast, and Banana Republic that make over $1 billion in revenue a year

By Kate Yoder on Jul 30, 2018, Grist.com, Should big corporations pay for clean energy? Portland voters will decide. Reverend E.D. Mondainé, president of the NAACP Portland Branch and chief petitioner of the Portland Clean Energy Fund. Rick Rappaport / Portland Clean Energy Fund A new ballot initiative in Portland would raise $30 million a year for clean energy through a tax on …

Sacramento has a plan to greatly extend use of electric vehicles by adding electric buses, chargers, and hundreds of shared electric cars

By Patrick Sisson  Jul 17, 2018 As part of the Sacramento Green City electric vehicle program, a fleet of Envoy shared electric cars will be available at dozens of buildings across the city. Envoy Sacramento, California, can often be under-appreciated. While the growing city is in the midst of a building boom, and just opened a high-tech new basketball arena, it’s mostly known as the …

Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to halt climate change case

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, the constitutional climate lawsuit filed against the federal government. The Court denied the Trump administration’s application for stay, preserving the U.S. District Court’s trial start date of October 29, 2018.  The Court also denied the government’s “premature” request to review the case …

Uber has an employee not a contractor relationship according to NY case and a ‘precedential’ victory

The Taxi Workers Alliance believes the decision will be “broadly precedential,” and creates a new “safety net” for a beleaguered workforce. | AP Photo By DANA RUBINSTEIN, Politico.com  07/18/2018 07:01 PM EDT In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three …

Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy: A new report finds that big companies could have given their workers thousands of dollars’ worth of raises with the money they spent on their own shares.

“How much might workers have benefited if companies had devoted their financial resources to them rather than to shareholders? Lowe’s, CVS, and Home Depot could have provided each of their workers a raise of $18,000 a year, the report found. Starbucks could have given each of its employees $7,000 a year, and McDonald’s could have given $4,000 to each of …

Advice for ‘smart cities’ includes social equity, grid modernization and garbage

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said any smart city plan needs to start with a modern electrical grid. Then the apps and gadgets can follow. By Benjamin Freed, 26 July 2018 on Statescoop.com Any local government that wants to become a “smart city” needs to ignore the buzzwords and identify the projects that actually improve its constituents’ lives. That was the advice …

Most families don’t use large areas of their homes — which means they’ve essentially wasted money on space they don’t need.” Our house design problem isn’t too many rooms, it’s too much stuff.

Lloyd Alter July 30, 2018 © J. Arnold Why do people want bigger houses? For more storage. There has been a lot of recent interest in a couple of old posts discussing the size of houses recently, including one titled Houses keep getting bigger, but the number to watch is the area per person in it and another, which includes the chart above, titled What …