Colorado has legislatively adopted the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees: When leasing land for fossil fuels in Colorado, BLM needs to consider compliance with state law

in the recently-passed HB19-1261.  The addition of section (2) to CRS 25-7-102 contains a new Legislative Declaration…”(2) It is further declared that…(c) We must work together to reduce statewide greenhouse gas pollution in order to limit the increase in global average temperature to one and one-half degrees Celsius, which scientists agree would provide a more stable and hospitable climate for …

“Solarize Yakima” campaign will encourage residents to adopt solar-powered energy

LEX TALAMO Yakima Herald-Republic Jun 17, 2019 A new campaign encouraging adoption of solar-powered energy could soon be coming to Yakima. A resolution on the Yakima City Council’s Tuesday agenda authorizes an agreement with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit founded in 2001 that supports local efforts for residents in Washington and Oregon to invest in solar energy. Under the terms …

The power of free public space: How San Francisco’s public libraries are embracing their changing role and supporting a mix of hanging out, messing around and geeking out

San Francisco Public Library Bernal Heights solder workshop, Nov-2013 from Mitch Altman via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Casey O’Brien|June 24, 2019, Shareable In one corner, a gaggle of teens huddles over laptops. Across the room, another group plays board games. Behind the closed door of a music studio, two boys record on a guitar and keyboard, while another plays video games …

Organizing is like building cooperatives

Excerpt: Break away from PowerPoint and surveys. Develop a 10-month project with the participants that allows them to explore those topics through their own project-based learning. Create milestones, practice interpersonal skills, have meetings with funders and lawyers, and have it all fit into a larger programmatic arc that will leave participants with experiences they can learn from and build upon. We Need …

Negligible consideration is given to rationing and moratoria even though these options could substantially cut emissions immediately without requiring new technologies

ENVIRONMENT  •  June 27, 2019  •  Judith Deutsch Lessons for the Climate Emergency Rationing, Moratoriums, Ending War “The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition… The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions…” Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene. The New Deal and World …

This is how 2020 candidates plan to hold Big Oil accountable for climate change: “Like tobacco companies, these industries have poisoned our air and polluted our planet for decades … They must answer for that.”

E.A. CRUNDEN, Climate Progress, JUN 24, 2019 Cities and states have been actively seeking to hold fossil fuel giants accountable for their role in knowingly contributing to global warming — a movement that is now seeing support from Democratic presidential contenders. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) have both released climate plans that would see corporations …

25% of Americans “worse off” than before the Great Recession

By Mac Slavo, Shtfplan.comJune 21, 2019 | EDUCATE! For many, the economic recovery being touted by the mainstream media has not yet affected them. About 25% of Americans say that a decade after the housing bust that caused the Great Recession, they are doing worse. Almost half of Americans are not doing any better at all too. If you believe the mainstream media, …

Citizen question blocked from the census even as political Supreme Court declines to weigh in on partisan gerrymandering

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.” That was Chief Justice Roberts explaining the 5-4 decision in …

Electrify Everything! A Practical Guide to Ditching Your Gas Meter

Nate Adams, the “house whisperer,” provides a detailed guide for electrifying homes.NATE ADAMSMAY 08, 2018 GTM A guide to electrifying your home. 120 If we want to decarbonize quickly and run much as possible on renewable energy, we need to electrify everything. David Roberts at Vox coined the term and explains it in more detail here. This article lays out a path …

Solar Roadways manufacturing facility to open in Ohio

 June 20th, 2019 -LeAnn BjerkenJulie and Scott Brusaw formed Solar Roadways Inc. in 2006 and have participated in a number of pilot projects as they’ve developed solar panels that can be installed in streets. Sandpoint, Idaho-based Solar Roadways Inc. is one step closer to its vision of creating solar-powered road panels capable of providing clean energy.  The company’s founders, self-described …