Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

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 …

Central value in ultimate cost of carbon is about $100,000 per ton

The Universal Cost of Carbon applies over a different timescale than how the social cost of carbon has been calculated. Assuming that the climate impacts from fossil carbon use will persist much longer than any economic infrastructure that we use fossil fuels today to build, the UCC can be seen as a first approximation of our culpability to future generations, …

Black Lives and the Green New Deal

June 11, 2020 by Common Dreams by Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability The Green New Deal is a vehicle for building the broad movement for structural change necessary to truly make Black lives matter. Racial inequality is part of the broader picture of inequality in America. The richest four hundred Americans own more of the country’s wealth than the …

Denver EEE (Ethics, Economics, Environment) Forum

MAY 2019:Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part Two: Bridging the Divides through Storytelling — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC APRIL 2019: Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part One: Understanding How Worldviews Divide Us/Using Our Collective Knowledge to Map the Divides — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC MARCH 2019: Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming in Colorado — *Daniel Palic, Natural Resources Conservation Service—USDA and Marcus McCauley, McCauley …

Tackling the climate crisis and pollution; Creating good, high-paying jobs; and Counteracting racial and economic inequity

By Ben Beachy January 1, 2019, the Sierra Club From kitchen tables to the halls of Congress, talk of a Green New Deal continues to grow. In the past year of writing and speaking about this bold plan to tackle climate change and inequality, we’ve covered Green New Deal goals, local policy wins that offer tangible Green New Deal models, and the recent surge in Green New Deal momentum. …

Benzene Emissions on the Perimeters of Ten Refineries Exceed EPA Limits

The refineries, six of which are in Texas, are required under an EPA rule to find and fix leaks of the known carcinogen to protect nearby communities. Neela Banerjee. Inside Climate News, FEB 6, 2020 An analysis of newly-available federal data measuring benzene emissions at the perimeter of oil refineries found that ten facilities far exceeded limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency …

Create Life-Centered Corporations: A corporation exists only when a government has issued a charter. There is no legitimate reason for any democratically accountable government to issue a corporate charter other than to serve a public purpose.

By David Korten, December 2019. Forum: Corporations in the Crosshairs: From Reform to Redesign, Tellus Institute. Allen White’s paper has started much needed and long overdue discussion on the growing power of corporations and the essential need to deal with their abuse of that power. We live in a world in extreme crisis. By the estimates of the Global Footprint Network, the human species …