Back to Work: A Public Jobs Proposal for Economic Recovery

Download March 7, 2011 by Philip Harvey In order to return employment to pre-recession levels and restore consumer demand, millions of additional jobs must be created. At the pace of current job creation, it would take many years to reach full employment. This report makes the case that we should create jobs for the unemployed directly and immediately in public …

Electric jet startup is backed by Boeing and JetBlue

Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero has received funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures toward making its dream of electrified air travel a reality. Sometimes billed as the Tesla of the airplane industry, Zunum is developing a relatively small regional aircraft with about 700 miles of range. A 1,000-mile range will be attainable by 2030, it says. The as-yet-unnamed aircraft …

AVs can help us reduce spending for road, bridge, and highway expansions. Here’s how.

By Rutt Bridges, forthcoming, 2017 In 2014, federal, state, and local spending on highways was $165 billion.1 Capital spending for new highways, rehabilitation of existing roads, and new equipment consumed 56%, or $92.4 billion. The remaining $72.6 billion went for operations and maintenance. State and local government provided 72% of the total funding.2 Savings due to reduced road repairs: FreeRide …

How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg, 17 April 2017 In February, after almost two years worth of six-hour workdays, nurses at the Svartedalens elderly care facility in Gothenburg, Sweden went back to eight hour shifts—despite recently published research showing the benefits of the shortened workdays. The City of Gothenburg didn’t extend the experiment in part because funding ran out. It cost about 12 million krona …

70% of the vehicles Ford sells in 2025 will be hybrid or fully electric…in China!

By Zach Bowman, Green Car Reports, 20 April 2017 Ford has aggressive plans for sales of electric vehicles…in China.  In a recent announcement, the U.S. automaker said that 70 percent of the vehicles it sells in the country by 2025 will be hybrids—either plug-in or conventional—or fully electric.  Ford calls China “the world’s largest new energy vehicle market,” a title …

Electric airplanes will be friendlier to our environment (and your wallet too).

By Brielle Elise, on Trippy Tech, Medium.com, April 2017 I was pretty surprised that my last round trip flight from San Francisco to Taipei was cheaper than a one way ticket from San Francisco to Newark. It wasn’t seasonality that dictated the stark price differential either; over and over again I have found international roundtrip flights to be anywhere from …

Why telecommuting is on the rise and working better now

By Yonatan Zunger, Shift NewCo.  April 2017 There’s a common theme in news analysis about the economy: it tells you about how some new development will prove excellent for the rich, terrible for everyone else, and help bring about the decline of civilization. So it’s a bit hard for me to say this, but I think there may be some actually …

Solar now cheaper than coal in India

By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Change News, 12 April 2017, Indian power minister celebrates record low solar price Kids sitting under a solar panel at Dharnai village in India. (Pic: Greenpeace) India’s power minister has hailed a new clean energy record, with a solar plant winning a contract to sell to the grid at the country’s lowest price ever. The contract to build the …

When smart-city programs aren’t designed to correct social inequality, they end up furthering it. We need our platforms to be real democracies.

The technology that brought us Airbnb and Uber can do so much more.  From Grist.com, By Amelia Urry, 7 April 2017 There’s a problem with the sharing economy, says Julian Agyeman, an urban studies and environmental policy scholar at Tufts University. “While useful in some ways,” he says, “the concept of a ‘sharing economy’ limits this very human value — sharing — …