Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and other congressional progressives want to tax companies that overpay their CEOs. Most Republicans would go even further: A Harvard Business School study found that Americans think the right CEO-worker pay ratio is no higher than 7 to 1

All this could mean bipartisan traction for a new bill introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Barbara Lee earlier this month. It would raise the federal corporate income tax rate on companies that pay their CEOs more than 50 times their median workers’ pay.The bigger the gap, the bigger the hike. At a …

Leaks of natural gas used for heating homes and businesses are major contributors to methane in the atmosphere

California Institute of Technology. “Natural-gas leaks are important source of greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 August 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190812144922.htm> Scientist have found that methane in L.A.’s air correlates with the seasonal use of gas for heating homes and businesses. In discussions of anthropogenic climate change, carbon dioxide generally gets the spotlight, but it is not the only …

While Warning of Nazi-Like Fascism and Corporate Crimes, Pope Francis Proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings

November 16, 2019 by Common Dreams. In remarks at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church condemned “the large-scale delinquency of corporations.”by Jon Queally, staff writer Pope Francis speaking to the European Parliament in 2014. (Photo: EU/flickr/cc) During a speech at the Vatican before the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, a network of justice …

The foxes are writing building codes for henhouses

Lloyd Alterlloydalter October 28, 2019 A secret deal lets the homebuilders dominate the committees that write the building codes for housing. Building Codes have been around since the time of Hammurabi and Deuteronomy, and have always been contentious, but became particularly so when they moved from being just about not killing people, about safety standards, to having other goals, like …

‘Potentially Seismic for Control of Congress’: Court Strikes Down North Carolina GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

“This is huge: NC is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams October 29, 2019 Protesters attends a rally for “Fair Maps” on March 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) In a ruling that could have major implications for next year’s congressional elections, a North Carolina court late Monday struck …

A US green investment bank for all: Democratized finance for a just transition

The Next System Project proposes the creation of a democratized US Green Investment Bank (GIB) https://thenextsystem.org/green-investment-bank Thomas Marois and Ali Rıza Güngen, more September 20, 2019 MONEY & BANKINGENVIRONMENT & ENERGY In ways unimaginable just a few years ago, public banking and its potential for catalyzing a transition to a green and just future have been catapulted to the center of political and …

30% more local businesses than previously and a significant increase in the numbers of people making journeys on foot or cycling with Barcelona superblocks + lives saved

By Stephen Burgen in The Guardian 10 Sept 2019 Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims. A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 …

Here’s What Could Go Wrong with the Circular Economy—and How to Keep it on Track

Kevin Moss, WRI.org – August 28, 2019 Print The circular economy—one that breaks the link between economic growth and use of limited resources and also cuts waste from the system—is on the minds of corporate sustainability professionals, governments and researchers. We are all excited about its potential to increase economic prosperity, derive more value from products and reduce emissions. But in the rush to realize …

U.S. Seen as Climate Risk With Two-Thirds of New Oil and Gas

By Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg, August 20, 2019  ‘Staggering’ forecast makes U.S. climate risk: Global Witness  Surge would be 40 times new Russian output, 20 times Saudi The U.S. will account for for almost two-thirds of the world’s new oil and natural gas output in the decade ahead, making it a critical obstacle to stopping climate pollution, a London-based advocacy group says. …