Energy & Data – Benefits of Rural Electric Cooperatives as Broadband Providers

October 21, 2019 Conor May Article link For years, lack of access to modern infrastructure threatened to leave rural communities across the United States behind in the race for economic development. The large investor-owned companies that were responsible for deploying the necessities of modern economic life to cities and densely-populated areas proved reluctant to make significant investments outside population centers. Lower population …

Leading oil and gas companies have lost an average 45% of their value since the start of 2020 – perfect set-up for public ownership/takeover

As the coronavirus pandemic threatens health and safety on an unprecedented scale, people around the world are uniting in novel ways to flatten the curve, support those on the frontlines of the crisis, and assist members of their community. But meanwhile, others are capitalizing on the crisis to line their pockets. The biggest offender? The oil, gas, and plastic industry. …

How Low Can Energy Storage Go? Lots & Lots Lower!

April 13th, 2020 by Tina Casey, Clean Technica The renewable energy transition sure makes for some strange bedfellows these days. The latest example is a new energy storage breakthrough from the University of California’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute in Los Angeles. The Loker Institute launched in the 1970s with a focus on fossil fuels and petrochemicals — think OPEC oil crisis and …

Even Republican Voters Support $2,000 a Month Payments During Coronavirus Crisis: Poll

It took just two weeks for the government to run out of funds for its $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, meant to help small businesses struggling with the coronavirus shutdown. Where did that money go?  Over the last several days, stories have trickled out about the supposedly small businesses – chains like Ruth’s Chris steakhouse and burger giant Shake Shack …

Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided

BY KIRA M. NEWMAN  MAR 21, 2017 Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided. Like many seekers of happiness, I once aspired to feel good as much as possible. There’s probably a part of everyone that would prefer to avoid life’s more difficult, or even mundane, feelings—and self-help books assure us that we can, if only we adopt the right …

The deadly mix of COVID-19, air pollution, and inequality, explained

Polluted US areas are among worst-hit by coronavirus – putting people of color even more at risk The Guardian | Emily Holden and Nina Lakhani The coronavirus pandemic is hitting hard in America’s most vulnerable communities already burdened by toxic industries and environmental pollution. Experts warn that this elevates the risk of developing complications from Covid-19. Polluted neighbourhoods in cities …

Quinault tribe’s uphill battle against climate change, plans to move to higher ground, restore the fishery, and diversify its economy

A U.S. tribe’s uphill battle against climate change Reuters | Valerie Volcovici For several years, Fawn Sharp has seen her tribe on the coastline of Washington state lurch from crisis to crisis: rising sea levels have flooded the Quinault Indian Nation’s main village, and its staple sockeye salmon in nearby rivers have all but disappeared – a direct hit to …

Study: Biden can unite progressives and swing voters with a focus on climate

Study: Biden can unite progressives and swing voters with a focus on climate Over 20 percent of Trump backers in the youngest cohorts say they have doubts about 2020, but very few older Trump voters agree. These wavering Trump voters, as you might expect, take a mix of liberal and conservative positions on various policy questions the CCES asks about. …

1% of American households experienced utility shutoffs in last 3 months, before COVID. The average water utility disconnects water for 5% of households in a year for non-payment, affecting about 15% of Americans. Nearly 25% of households do not have internet at home.

April 13, 2020 byCommon Dreams Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say “It’s unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package.”by Julia Conley, staff writer More than 800 groups called on Congress to include relief from water and utility shutoffs in any new coronavirus relief …