Taking Aim at ExxonMobil, Connecticut Joins ‘Fast-Growing Wave of Climate Lawsuits’ Targeting Fossil Fuel Giants: ExxonMobil sold oil and gas, but it also sold lies about climate science says AG

September 14, 2020 by Common Dreams “This avalanche of climate litigation is Exxon’s worst nightmare. The public increasingly understands Big Oil’s role in causing and lying about the climate crisis.”by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Climate activists protested outside ExxonMobil’s annual meeting of shareholders in Irving, Texas. (Photo: 350.org/flickr/cc) In a move widely welcomed by climate campaigners and other critics of …

The sale of Robin Hood Energy doesn’t mean public ownership doesn’t work, but that we need to be more ambitious, argues Edward Dingwall

The publicly owned was not less efficient than the privately owned. Half of providers went under in this period. Among other things, while the idea of a municipal public energy company was exemplary and bravely innovative, the way that RHE was organised was conservative, without any attempt to deepen democracy beyond councillor representation. Senior management came from council departments and …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

“100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything”

Professor Mark Z. Jacobson’s new book will be published on Sept. 25, 2020.September 8, 2020  CEE Prof. Mark Z. Jacobson’s book called “100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything” will be published by Cambridge University Press on September 25, 2020. This book examines the science, engineering, economic, social, and political aspects of transitioning towns, cities, states, countries, businesses, and …

Pope to International Association of Penal Law: Destroying the Earth — the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem — should be a crime

Addressing the International Association of Penal Law in the Vatican on 15th November 2019, Pope Francis proposed that “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church and went a step further, saying “ecocide” should be a fifth category of crimes against peace at the international level. The Pope described acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: …

Direct attention toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics: Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit

Excerpt from Sept 2020 NYT article. This shifts the basic “us versus them” story — the staple of most political messaging — away from “whites versus people of color” to “us all against the powerful elites pushing division.” Here’s what this looks like: We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health risks, …

The work of justice is the work of creating a new future together

The work of justice is the work of creating a new future together. Nature is oriented toward the wholeness of life–living entities work better together than apart, and it is the communal nature of life that makes wholeness foundational for life flourishing. Costly love is making a new future through mercy, forgiveness and sacrifice, a transformation that often requires death. …

As e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less

StreetsBlog, Sept 2020 Cycling Industry News reports on a study in Norway that finds that as e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less. The study of Oslo bicyclists found that e-bike users were traveling 340 percent further on average than they were on their …