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 …

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 …

Barbara Freese on Industrial Strength Denial

By Editor in https://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/barbara-freese-on-industrial-strength-denial/ September 9th, 2020 Faced with proof that they are engaged in mass crime and violence, corporations have a long history of denying evidence, blaming victims, complaining of witch hunts, attacking their critics’ motives, and otherwise rationalizing their harmful activities.  Denial campaigns have let corporations continue dangerous practices that cause widespread suffering, death, and environmental destruction.  Barbara Freese, …

Part of our malady is that there is nothing in our country, not even life and not even death, where we take the proposition that “all men are created equal” seriously

What Ails America by Timothy Snyder, Sept 2020 I was in Germany when I got sick. Late at night in Munich on December 3, 2019, I was admitted to a hospital with abdominal pain and then released the next morning. In Connecticut, on December 15, I was admitted to the hospital for an appendectomy and released after less than twenty-four …

Key determinants of health relate to chronic stress embedded in the social fabric, our lives and relationships with one another, especially the damaging effects of low social status, quality of care in early childhood, and the protective effects of friendship and social integration

Excerpt from Richard Wilkinson in The Guardian, August 2020 40 years on, we know that it is chronic stress that lies at the heart of our vulnerability to poor health; stress is related to such a wide range of diseases that its effects look like more rapid ageing. We also now know that the most potent generators of chronic stress …

Charlottesville group pushes leaders to link climate goals with energy equity

By Elizabeth McGowan, US Energy News, August 18, 2020 A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community. At first glance, access to affordable and secure energy doesn’t seem much of a struggle for residents of Charlottesville, Virginia. On average, households spend just over 2% of their income …

Neighborhoods and groups that were most exposed to fine particle pollution 40 years ago – lower-income and minority communities – are still exposed to higher air pollution levels and more death: Relative disparities have worsened for poorer and Hispanic communities

Disparities in PM2.5 air pollution in the United States, by Jonathan Colmer1,*, Ian Hardman2, Jay Shimshack3, John Voorheis4 Science  31 Jul 2020: Vol. 369, Issue 6503, pp. 575-578 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz9353 Air pollution contributes to as many as 9 million premature deaths worldwide each year – twice as many as war, other violence, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Fine particulate matter air pollution is especially dangerous: Microscopic …

Covid Flight From Transit Forces Shift to Riders Without Choices

August 17, 2020 by Courtney Rozen, Bloomberg, Covid Flight From Transit Forces Shift to Riders Without Choices Public transportation leaders are rethinking how to serve riders who depend on them, as they adjust to the possibility that many commuters who abandoned mass transit during the Covid-19 pandemic will never return. Half the nation’s remote workers prefer to work from home …

74 million people of color, or 57%, live in counties with at least one failing grade for ozone and/or particle pollution, compared with 38% of whites

By Mustafa Ali, August 2020 Studies show that Hispanics, Asians, American Indians/Alaska Natives and especially African Americans experience higher risks of harm (including premature death) from air pollution. Approximately 74 million people of color, or 57%, live in counties with at least one failing grade for ozone and/or particle pollution, compared with 38% of whites. Let’s be clear: we got here …