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 …

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 …

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 …

Access to internet is a critical divide

Colorado Sun, Aug 2020 excerpt Colorado Department of Education in late March and early April found about 53,000 students across the state didn’t have access to a device and about 66,000 didn’t have reliable internet at home, Rebecca Holmes, CEI’s president and CEO, said during Wednesday’s media briefing. Black, Latino and low-income families were most significantly affected by the shortage …

Democrats want to invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Internet Connectivity Office. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects – fiber level service

House Democrats recently passed an infrastructure bill that would invest $80 billion in broadband deployment around the country overseen by a new Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth. The bill would mandate a minimum speed standard of 100/100 megabits per second for federally funded internet projects, a speed stipulation that can only be met with high-speed fiber optics, says Ernesto Omar Falcon, a senior legal …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

The Risky Economics of New Natural Gas Infrastructure in the United States

September 9, 2019  |  By RMI, Mark Dyson DownloadThe Growing Market for Clean Energy Portfolios and Prospects for Gas Pipelines in the Era of Clean EnergyRegister for a webinar on September 19, 2019 where report authors will present the two studies and address questions about them. Over the past two decades, natural gas has dramatically reshaped the US electricity industry. Domestic shale gas production has …

Tackling evictions, housing and the prison-to-homelessness pipeline: Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. Half move directly to shelters in some places

Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population, according to a Prison Policy Initiative report. In New York City alone, over 54% of individuals who are released from prison move directly into the shelter system.  Criminalized people live in a perpetual state of insecurity, Lucius Couloute, sociologist and assistant professor at Suffolk University, said in …

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, …