New Study Shows How Taxing Rich Saves Lives, While Trump’s Tax Plan… Kills — a difference of 60,000 lives a year between Trump’s and Sanders’ plans

Study found that candidate Trump’s plan would result in nearly 30,000 added deaths per year from all causes, while a plan put forth by Bernie Sanders would actually save 31,302 lives annually By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams,  See Kim’s article is entitled “Projected impacts of federal tax policy proposals on mortality burden in the United States: A microsimulation analysis“. “The take-home message …

Ag + solar solutions in fields and smart solar greenhouse

November 26th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Putting solar panels on a roof is a good idea. Growing food in a greenhouse is also a good idea. But putting those ideas together usually doesn’t work because the solar panels block out the sunlight the plants inside need to flourish. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have created new solar …

EV report update from John Farrell of ILSR

Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 2017 Download: Executive Summary Download: Full Report View: video and slides from the webinar Listen: a series of paired podcast episodes about electric vehicles… Executive Summary The U.S. vehicle market will undergo a massive technology disruption from electric vehicles in the coming decades. Many analysts see the potential for surging sales of these efficient vehicles to enable smart grid management, …

“Hydrogen: It’s the fuel of the future — and it always will be.”

By Zach Shahan, EV Obsession “Hydrogen: It’s the fuel of the future — and it always will be.” That’s the longstanding joke about hydrogen fuel cell cars, and it’s probably the best way to sum up the story. But this isn’t a short summary. This is the article I intend to reference every time I feel I need to respond to …

Case against energy company for causing melting proceeds: “Even people who act according to the law must be held responsible for damage they cause to property,” the judges said.

German court to hear Peruvian farmer’s climate case against RWE: Decision to hear Saul Luciano Lliuya’s case against the energy giant is a ‘historic breakthrough with global relevance’, campaigners say  Saul Luciano Lliuya, a farmer from Peru, at the UN climate talks in Bonn earlier this month. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images Agence France-Presse Thursday 30 November 2017 10.04 EST A German court …

Connecting With Nature Improves Minds and Moods

By Marlene Cimons Nexus Media Nov. 22, 2017 11:02AM EST  Twentieth Century German social psychologist Erich Fromm first advanced the notion that humans hold an inborn connection to nature. Later, it was popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.” In the ensuing years, support for the positive effects of nature has gained considerable …

Austin’s “Next Wave Mobility Plan”

excerpt from John Farrell, ILSR and Clean Technica… Karl Popham’s vision lines up with an innovative, wholesale push for electrification approved by the Austin City Council last year. The “next-wave mobility plan” prioritizes electric, shared, and autonomous vehicles in the city’s transportation plans. City leaders and staff, including Popham, are working together now to map out specific solutions that further …

Boulder Voters Say (Again): “We’ll Lead Movement to Energy Democracy”

By John Farrell, Nov 21, 2017, on ILSR It was a squeaker. With 85% of votes cast, the outlook for Boulder’s quest to control its energy future seemed dimmer than it had since 2011. The nays were up by 100 votes, in favor of ending funding for the city’s effort to take over its electric utility and bolster locally-produced renewable energy. A late night …

Highlights from Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy by Michael Hudson

Last annotated on May 15, 2017 The “Forgash Plan,” named for Florida Senator Morris Forgash, proposed a World Bank for Economic Acceleration with an alternative policy to the existing World Bank – lending in domestic currency for land reform and greater self-sufficiency in food instead of plantation export crops. My first evening’s visit with him transfixed me with two ideas …