Around 82% of people in the UK think the government should do more to help local communities generate their own energy

Around 82% of people think the government should do more to help local communities generate their own energy 00:0002:21By Jonny BairstowMore ArticlesFriday 21 June 2019 Image: Shutterstock Around 69% of the UK public think the government should once again offer tax relief to people who invest in community energy projects. That’s according to the results of a new poll of 2,027 adults …

Energy Justice and Just Transition Research

A range of measures such as near-term employment and wage protections, medium-term retraining and investment in alternative industries, and long-term education and innovation investment are central to ensuring protection and prosperity for people and communities. It is therefore imperative that governments work closely with businesses, local communities and labor representatives to produce just transition plans. Other examples of energy transitions …

Gar Alperovitz on the New Economy Movement

How would you actually design a system? We’re talking about bits and pieces here. There’s a whole group of people who we’ve asked, “What makes sense? How do you get democracy? How do you get real liberty? How do you get equality? How do you get ecological sustainability? What is a systemic vision? Ideas matter, and have magical power because …

Following the Money: Public Banks and Financing Local Economies: Making Low Cost Community Loans or Sending Lots of Money to Wall Street

Bioneers Eco-Nomics ARTICLE Los Angeles paid $170 million in 2017 just in bank fees. Plus $1.1 billion in interest. So it’s just an inefficient system. We’re sending our money off to Wall Street Ellen Brown is an attorney and leading public banking advocate, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and Senior Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative. She is the author of hundreds …

June 10, 2019 Kathleen LackoU.S. Department of the InteriorBureau of Land Management20 M Street, S.E., Room 4204,Washington, DC 20003Submitted online via BLM E-Planning: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/comments/commentSubmission.do Re: Comments on DOI-BLM-WO-WO2100-2019-0001-EA, Lifting the Pause on the Issuance of New Federal Coal Leases for Thermal (Steam) CoalResponsible Officials: On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we urge you to restore the 2016 …

Rapid Melting of Arctic Permafrost Shocks Scientists: Happening 70 years earlier than expected and estimated to impose costs of $70 trillion

Jordan DavidsonJun. 19, 2019 10:51AM ESTCLIMATEScientists found the most melting near Mould Bay on Prince Patrick Island, NWT, Canada. University of Alaska Fairbanks Permafrost Laboratory The Canadian Arctic is raising alarm bells for climate scientists. The permafrost there is thawing 70 years earlier than expected, a research team discovered, according to Reuters. It is the latest indication that the global climate crisis is ramping …

Co-Governing In Policy: Where The Rubber Meets The Road

by David Hatch | Jun 21, 2019 | Democracy, Election, Featured, Organizing, Policy, Politics, Progressive Vision | 0 comments People’s Action and its member groups have boldly moved into electoral politics, successfully electing our own members and candidates who share our values to office. We’ve done this by building training pipelines and strategies that have proven effective to elect progressive champions with whom we can co-govern. Indeed, hundreds of “people’s champions” now hold office, all across the …

Global warming increases microbial activity, driving global warming feedback loops: accelerated microbial activity in soils will significantly increase carbon emissions by 2050.

BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS JUN 19, 2019 All life on Earth evolved from microorganisms in the primordial slime, and billions of years later, the planet’s smallest life forms—including bacteria, plankton and viruses—are still fundamental to the biosphere. They cycle minerals and nutrients through soil, water and the atmosphere. They help grow and digest the food we eat. Without microbes, …

Curtailment: In California, clean energy “overbuild” doesn’t have to be a dirty word

Also, EVs can be managed to charge coincident to renewable energy production (during daytime hours) or to a “flatter”, less peaky profile, and then fewer energy storage systems may be needed. High-penetration EV can take advantage of the electricity being generated during the middle of the day through workplace and public charging. Managed charging, in which a utility incentivizes charging …

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS Renewable Energy Curtailment 101: The Problem That’s Actually Not a Problem At All MARK SPECHT, ENERGY ANALYST | JUNE 25, 2019, 10:30 AM EDT It’s that time of year again. The snow has all but melted and vivid memories of spring flowers begin to fade into the past. Once again, news stories start making the rounds proclaiming record …