651 American billionaires have gained $1 trillion of wealth – they could send a $3,000 check to every person in America and still be as rich as they were before the pandemic. Trickle-Down Economics vs. Build-Up Economics

Oh, and tax rates are historically low. Yet at the same time, more than 20 million Americans are jobless, 8 million have fallen into poverty, 19 million are at risk of eviction and 26 million are going hungry. Mainstream economists are already talking about a “K-shaped” recovery – the better-off reaping most gains while the bottom half continue to slide. …

Creative rebalancing of funding that goes to the source of our problems

By Thom Hartmann, LA Progressive, Dec 2020 excerpt The only way to deal with a death-dealing cult is to end it; thus, we must embark on a campaign to defund the Republican Party. Back in 1981, the Republican Party decided to defund the Democratic Party, and actually pulled it off. While the Republican Party had principally been funded by rich …

Cities Deserve Transit Aid: It’s Only Fair. Public transportation in NYC is around $2/trip

The Hill, December 2020, American Enterprise Institute – excerpt In the biggest cities, transit is relatively efficient, notwithstanding high labor costs. Notably, in New York City, which accounts for a third of all public transit trips in the U.S. each year, costs per passenger trip average just $2.50; the equivalent figure for heavy rail (meaning subway) is just $1.93. In contrast, federal data show …

Rethinking how we build so people can drive less: LOS to play more limited role in planning, to reduce VMT

SB 743 Implementation SB 743 Overview fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Technical fact sheet (PDF) SB 743 Video: Rethinking How We Build So Californians Can Drive Less (10 minutes) Caltrans Guidance Document Question & Answer (PDF) General SB 743 Implementation Question & Answer (PDF) Current mitigation resources are highlighted in SB 743: Mitigation and VMT Reduction (PDF). Caltrans October 6, 2020 TAF/TAC …

The New Economy Will Be Built by Movements

Dec 2020: Over 250 of the nation’s largest union, racial-justice, climate, and other grassroots groups joined forces in September with over 100 members of Congress to urge the creation of a new institution as part of the THRIVE Agenda. THRIVE offers a bold and cohesive economic-renewal plan—backed by a movement of movements and a strong majority of voters—to put 16 million people back …

Shuttering fossil fuel power plants may cost less than expected: What’s key is no more in investment in fossil fueled plants. 100% clean electricity by 2035 would eliminate just 15% of the capacity-years left in plants powered by fossil fuels

Emily Grubert. Fossil electricity retirement deadlines for a just transition. Science, 2020 DOI: 10.1126/science.abe0375 Georgia Institute of Technology. “Shuttering fossil fuel power plants may cost less than expected.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 December 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201203144224.htm>. This map shows the locations of electricity-generating facilities with projected lifespans that extend beyond 2035. Most of the United States’ existing fossil fuel power plant capacity will reach the …

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption: Leasing and LMI incentives had the greatest impact, and PACE helped too

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas. The researchers concluded that LMI incentives, leasing and PACE increase PV adoption equity. The model showed that these intervention models shift deployment into underserved markets with lower …

Electric School Bus Fleets Test the US V2G Proposition: Projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources

Coast-to-coast projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources. Electric school buses could be the “killer V2G app,” says Electric Highland Transportation CEO Duncan McIntyre. The idea is to replace the upfront and ongoing costs of EV buses and charging infrastructure with a fixed annual fee, equal to or less than a school district’s current budget for owning, fueling …

Utilities: The just-and-reasonable standard requires prudence—operating at lowest feasible cost. Further, the prudence obligation is a continuing obligation and the utility has an obligation to prove it.

From testimony of Scott Hempling in Joint Application of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, for Authority to Adjust Electric, Natural Gas, and Steam Rates                                                       Docket No. 5-UR-109 The just-and-reasonable standard requires prudence—operating at lowest feasible cost. The just-and-reasonable standard requires that test-year costs be consistent with long-term prudence. The prudence obligation is a continuing obligation. A utility …

Start-up bets on new model for putting electric school buses on the road

Sarah Shemkus November 2, 2020, US Energy News Duncan McIntyre, left, CEO Highland Electric Transportation, stands by as Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill speaks during a ceremony unveiling the first electric school bus for the Beverly school district, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020. © David Sokol / USA TODAY NETWORK Highland Electric Transportation has partnered with a Massachusetts city to provide electric …