Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way

Excerpt: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/opinion/biden-infrastructure-taxes.html A Biden-led plan that is overly protectionist is a much greater inflation threat than a plan that isn’t paid for in the traditional deficit-neutral budgetary sense. This framework — based on the principles of Modern Monetary Theory — redefines fiscal responsibility by flipping the age-old question “How will you pay for it?” The real challenge is “How will you resource …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

Is Free Public Transit an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

By SANDY SMITH, Next City, MAY 19, 2021 New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is one of several large public-transit agencies contemplating a fare-free future. (Photo by Adjoajo/CC BY-SA 4.0) The debate over transportation equity has heated up, given the sharp change in transit-rider demographics once the COVID-19 pandemic took most whiter and wealthier riders off of buses and (especially) …

Biden proposal…before he went to Republicans

One of the best summaries of what’s in the Biden proposal comes from David Roberts in his Volts newsletter: he highlights the “coolest” features, from electrifying the postal-service delivery fleet (and a fifth of the nation’s school buses) to a national climate lab situated at a historically Black college and a major transmission grid for renewables that may follow existing …

Why Biden Is Right to Think Beyond the DOT in His Infrastructure Package

By Kea Wilson, Apr 12, 2021 When opponents of Biden’s infrastructure plan argue that most of the package isn’t devoted to building “traditional” infrastructure like roads and bridges, they’re ignoring something absolutely critical: that America’s transportation landscape will never be truly safe or sustainable until we tackle our broken social safety nets and our broken street designs. Top Republican lawmakers have decried the …

Fossil fuel risk bond programs underway in Oregon and Washington, now part of national legislation

Center for Sustainable Economy’s (CSE) work on fossil fuel risk bond programs (FFRB) – a signature ‘polluter pays’ project on fossil fuel infrastructure that was launched about 2 years ago — would provide a major deterrent for building new fossil fuel infrastructure as well as incentives to retire existing infrastructure early in any jurisdiction that adopts it.   2019 and 2020 brought …

Biden urged to back water bill amid worst US crisis in decades

Water Act proposes massive injection of federal dollars as millions of people go without access to clean, safe, affordable water. In California alone debt owed on water bills stands at $1bn and one in every eight households is currently in arrears. By Nina Lakhani in New York, 25 Feb 2021, The Guardian Democratic lawmakers and advocates are urging Joe Biden to back legislation proposing …

19 Million Americans Still Don’t Have Broadband

Jan 2021 – Inside Climate News – In 2010, the FCC released the National Broadband Plan to assist broadband development. Ten years ago, approximately 84.5 million households had subscribed to fixed broadband services, and in 2018, the number of households had increased to nearly 110.6 million. Still, the goals of the plan remain unmet — approximately 19 million Americans still don’t have access to fixed broadband, according to the …

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online. Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution. by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun, Jan 7, 2021 Marsha Cody calls it a “Christmas miracle.” Two days before …