America’s Colonial Climate Crisis: What should the United States’ island territories expect from rising sea levels and global warming?

Also Arundati Roy, second article, from the Boston Review, July 2019: Making people feel helpless, powerless, and hopeless is part of the propaganda. Let’s face it: the free market is not free, and it doesn’t give a shit about justice or equality. By Chris Gelardi, July 11, 2019, The Atlantic The second of the two US atomic bomb tests conducted at …

The power of free public space: How San Francisco’s public libraries are embracing their changing role and supporting a mix of hanging out, messing around and geeking out

San Francisco Public Library Bernal Heights solder workshop, Nov-2013 from Mitch Altman via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Casey O’Brien|June 24, 2019, Shareable In one corner, a gaggle of teens huddles over laptops. Across the room, another group plays board games. Behind the closed door of a music studio, two boys record on a guitar and keyboard, while another plays video games …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019)

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019) During the last couple of decades—and particularly during the last ten years—mining companies have filed dozens of claims against Latin American countries before international arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of …

Solar on Schools: 100% Clean Energy School Districts

Campaign Toolkit and Handbook can be found on our website. Climate Parents are working to move school districts around the country to adopt 100% clean energy. School districts are major energy consumers. Powering them with renewables is a climate solution that benefits kids and communities. This effort builds on the success of Ready for 100 (more Colorado members than any …

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together, figuring out how the community, its leaders and our electeds can fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together. What must be figured out for co-governing to flourish is for the community, its leaders and our electeds to fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together. Only experience …

State Efficiency Standards are Good for Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 by NRDC State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone, Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Lauren Urbanek The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency …

LA targets eradication of gas and diesel vehicles, boost transit and high quality mobility within 10 minute walk from home

April 30th, 2019, Climate Home News Mayor unveils plan aiming for 100% zero-emissions vehicles by 2050 amid sweeping climate package for the city. y 2028, every resident ought to be able to access “high-quality mobility options within a 10-minute walk from home”. All buses will be electric by 2030, the plan claims. By Natalie Sauer Los Angeles’ car-choked arteries will run clean …

A coalition of over a dozen progressive advocacy groups launched a nationwide “Tax the Rich” campaign Wednesday with the goal of building a grassroots movement to unrig the tax code and make wealthy Americans pay their fair share

A coalition of over a dozen progressive advocacy groups launched a nationwide “Tax the Rich” campaign Wednesday with the goal of building a grassroots movement to unrig the tax code and make wealthy Americans pay their fair share. ‘Tax the Rich. It’s Just That Simple’: US Campaign Aims to Make Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share, by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, April 03, 2019 “Taxing the …

Short book highlights from Concrete Economics, a New Consensus recommendation

Central to Hamilton’s view was protecting America’s infant industries, so up went the tariff, about 25% in 1816  Given the huge costs of shipping in the early 1800s, this was a formidable exercise in protectionism as well as a major source of federal government revenues.  And up it stayed, over the opposition of agriculturalists who were buyers, not producers, of …