Democratization and Putting People at the Center in a Just Transition, Political Reform and the Green New Deal

By Evan Casper-Futterman and Jason Spicer, Metropolitiques.euNovember 18, 2019 | CREATE! Earlier this year, US Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez introduced a Congressional resolution for a Green New Deal (GND), an idea since supported by a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The resolution calls for “transparent and inclusive consultation, collaboration, and partnership with frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives, civil-society groups, academia, and businesses.” To some, the reference to …

Dems 100×50 bill – Nov 2019

The Democratic Party has released its first major bill (pdf) with the goal of achieving a “100 percent clean energy economy by 2050,” calling for a radical transition from traditional sources of energy to renewables such as wind and solar power. Referred to as the “100 Percent Clean Economy Act of 2019” or the “100 x 50 Act,” the bill focuses on …

The American Dream Is Killing Us + How America’s Elite Lost Their Grip

BY ANAND GIRIDHARADAS author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American and India Calling. Time Editor At Large and also a political analyst for NBC News and teaches writing at NYU. NOVEMBER 21, 2019 How America’s Elite Lost Their Grip On March 29, 2003, at a wedding reception in the Harvard Faculty Club, Lawrence W. Reed gave a …

Financing Freedom from Fossil Fuels: Retiring the entire US coal fleet today would cost $35–40 billion –less than one year’s worth of fuel cost to run America’s coal and gas plants. The critical importance of public banks is a common theme.

Utilities can refinance or seek partial debt relief, passing on as much as $6 billion in cost savings every year to customers when they retire coal plants. Using some of those savings for transition assistance and repurposing land and infrastructure can provide new jobs and economic opportunities for coal communities. Better yet, recycling saved capital into clean energy that is …

21st Century Urban Mobility: ID a champion and make the value proposition around why changes in the built environment can help to drive prosperity

In order to decarbonize the urban environment, we must change not only how we get around cities, but also how cities themselves are planned. “There are small changes that cities can make,” he says. “The first thing is a need to identify a champion that is going to really believe in this work. You need to make the value proposition …

Accelerating Wind and Solar: Wind and solar have seen remarkable growth over the past few decades. Most of the limits on wind and solar integration that have been presented by critics have been proven overstated at best, if not outright false.

Solar represented only 2.4 percent of global electricity generation during 2018. However, the rate of growth is dizzying. The output from solar grew around 50 percent annually from 2007 through 2017, meaning that on average, its contribution to the power supply more than doubled every two years. Wind is further along, representing 5.5 percent of generation in 2018. However, it has been growing …

Los Angeles Asks Residents to Design Their Own Parks and Get Involved in New Mobility Solutions

 ZOE SULLIVAN     NOVEMBER 7, 2019, Next City The ribbon cutting for Golden Age Park, an intergenerational pocket park planned with the help of community members. (Photo by Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) Land trusts have gained attention across the U.S. as a means to preserve affordable housing, but the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) has a different focus: it hones …

Innovation Opportunities in Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

November 19, 2019  |  By Sneha Ayyagari and Matt Jungclaus, RMI What if buildings could communicate with the electric grid to save money and reduce their environmental impacts? Buildings drive up to 80 percent of the peak demand on the grid, and peak demand drives grid investments in generation, transmission, and distribution assets, so there is a huge opportunity to balance building …

Blue Spaces: Why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

The Guardian| Elle Hunt Nov 2019 ‘People who visit the coast at least twice weekly tend to experience better general and mental health,’ says Dr. Lewis Elliott. James Galpin/Getty Images After her mother’s sudden death, Catherine Kelly felt the call of the sea. She was in her 20s and had been working as a geographer in London away from her …