The Public Has Been Ignored for Too Long on Pipelines: The government’s own watchdogs agree: Regulators have been ignoring local communities and siding with industry way too often.

By Todd Larsen, June 29, 2018 In school, we’re taught that the U.S. is a nation of laws, and no one is above the law. But for communities nationwide fighting natural gas pipelines, they quickly find that the law is stacked against them. Imagine receiving notice one day that a pipeline is going to cut through your property — maybe just …

What Ocasio-Cortez’s Win Says About the Rise of the Left

Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Scott Heins—Getty Images By JOSH HOXIE, Fortune Magazine, June 27, 2018 You’ll be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This time last year, she was …

median net worth among white households is about 1,200 percent larger than it is among their black counterparts; Trump’s law raids black and brown Americans’ paychecks to fatten the investment accounts of the largely white financial elite

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post, June 26, 2018 The six-month anniversary of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed last week with little fanfare. Despite Republicans’ dishonest spin, most Americans recognize that President Trump’s crowning legislative achievement was a plutocratic heist that will do nothing to help working people. Greedy corporations have used their windfalls to reward chief executives and stockholders, while workers’ …

Utility bankruptcy concerns rise as bill comes due for 2017 California fires: Some 394 wildfires at the end of 2017 could cost California’s IOUs tens of billions

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, June 25, 2018 California’s state motto is “Eureka!” But its energy sector’s motto is quickly becoming “Somebody do something!” The state’s grid operator is slowly learning to cope with levels of renewable generation that require unprecedented system flexibility; regulators are studying an onslaught of customer choice nobody has written rules for; and now, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) …

Hawaii microgrid legislation aims to remove several obstacles to microgrid development, including interconnection barriers.

DEEP DIVE  By Robert Walton@TeamWetDog, June 27, 2018, Utility Dive Microgrids are a popular topic these days, particularly following a devastating 2017 Atlantic storm season. Hawaii would seem to be a natural fit to develop more of these systems as its island grids are relatively small and remote. Hawaii Gov. David Ige is considering signing legislation to help spur the development …

Coal plant network operations and maintenance costs rose by 53% from 2009 to 2016. Costs of wind, solar and batteries continue to fall, now surpassing.

Caspar, Wyoming Star Tribune, 29 June 2018.  Is coal power too expensive in the country’s largest coal state? By Heather Richards BUY NOW A piece of coal from Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Mine outside Wright is shown. A new study found coal power isn’t as cost effective as previously thought. Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune Everyone living in blustery Wyoming has been told that …

The Tyranny of Politeness

Monday, July 02, 2018, in The Progressive, by Mike Ervin  The proper time and place to protest, they say, is always the time and place where they feel they can most easily ignore us. When we show up at their churches, homes, and country clubs, we are no longer constrained by their rigged rules. Sorry it’s not convenient for you: Mike Ervin (l) …

After Long Career Bailing Out Big Banks, Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Now Runs Predatory Firm That Exploits the Poor for Profit: “Your economy, rigged to redistribute wealth to the top.”

Monday, July 02, 2018 by Common Dreams by Jake Johnson, staff writer Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses his book Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises during the Politico Playbook Lunch at The Hamilton May 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) After a lengthy government career defined by his central role in bailing out predatory Wall Street banks as former President Barack Obama’s Treasury …

“I’ve started viewing both optimism and pessimism as spectator sports, as forms of disengagement masquerading as involvement”

Look for positive possibilities and ways to partner them into greater probability — excerpt from a letter from a climate activist and organizer Meg Wheatley and David Spangler taught me about living in a world of possibilities. We could say, inspired by the poet Muriel Rukeyser, that the universe is made of possibilities, not atoms. They are everywhere. They are …