Top transit systems in the U.S. have seen 70-90% ridership losses and have dramatically scaled back service. If you cut service by 10%, generally ridership has gone down 3-6%

Plus 2020 was primed to be the sixth consecutive year of what Taylor calls a “disturbing trend”: U.S. transit ridership has been in decline since 2014, even as transit agencies have added service on the whole. Much of that new service has come in light-rail extensions and some bus-rapid transit lines usually designed to attract “discretionary riders,” or people who …

8 cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans

By Jesse Klein, Green Biz, July 20, 2020 As COVID-19 rampages through vulnerable minority populations with tragic consequences, and protests for racial justice surge among a similar demographic, city climate planners see a renewed focus on climate justice. The pandemic, in some ways, has been a trial run for the anticipated coming impacts of climate change — a not-so-distant future in …

While climate change divides Democrats and Republicans, renewable policy unites

PV Magazine, July 2020 A new interactive map created by the Yale Program on Climate Communication shows the difference in responses and opinions between America’s two political parties across questions of climate change, renewable education and utility procurement.JULY 6, 2020 TIM SYLVIA Image: Yale Program on Climate Communication The Yale Program on Climate Communication has released an interactive map that shows variations in …

PUSH Buffalo’s local clean energy jobs training led to community ownership and more community services: Let’s stop parachuting in experts and listen to locals who are working to fix long-term problems, tenaciously untangling the knot of inequity and injustice

Time Magazine, by MARK RUFFALO and RAHWA GHIRMATZION JULY 9, 2020. Mark Ruffalo is an actor and the co-founder of The Solutions Project, which supports climate justice organizations like PUSH Buffalo.Rahwa Ghirmatzion is executive director of PUSH Buffalo. As the COVID-19 pandemic and police-brutality protests heat up metaphorically, we can’t forget that the Earth is still heating up literally. Because of systemic racism, these crises are hitting communities …

How Can We Help The Unemployed Get Good-Paying Work, Advance Toward A Green World, And Get More Workers Into Unions? We need a new WPA

By Max Page, Labor Notes.July 13, 2020 | CREATE! And at the same time rebuild what has been shattered by two generations of neoliberal attacks—a belief that government’s role is to build a more just society? A 21st century WPA. In the Great Depression of the 1930s the Works Progress Administration was one of the main New Deal agencies that put millions of unemployed …

Public works and jobs are a way forward, on a city level if not federally

Some cities and states are looking toward a simple solution to mass unemployment: Hire workers directly. NYTimes, June 22, 2020 By David McCabe, June 22, 2020 WASHINGTON — The governor of Pennsylvania wants to hire unemployed workers to help the state track the spread of the coronavirus in the fall. City Council members in Austin, Texas, voted to pay people to …

79 percent of US coal fleet is uncompetitive compared with renewables and storage already. US could save $10 billion annually with the shift. Reinvestment needed in coal communities too.

How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just June 30, 2020  |  By Paul Bodnar, Tamara Grbusic, Sam Mardell, Caroline Ott, and Uday Varadarajan For over a century, growing presence of coal smokestacks worldwide signified economic development and progress. Coal supplied our homes with electricity and our factories with power. At the same time, this workhorse of the industrial …

Permanent Work From Home Is Coming: Many employers now say the benefits of remote work outweigh the drawbacks, but Microsoft found 162 million people do not have internet available at broadband speeds

Estimates of workers doing their jobs from home range from about a third to nearly half. And according to Global Workplace Analytics, “a typical employer can save about $11,000 year for every person who works remotely half of the time.” And workers can bank between $2,500 and $4,000 a year working remotely half time. The Global Workplace Analytics survey shows 77% of workers …

Tear gas outlawed in Denver and Seattle. Amnesty International reports how tear gas, currently banned in warfare, has been misused by police across the country

June 27, By Esteban L. Hernandez, Denverite, ACLU – Lawsuit Claims The Use Of Force Violated Protester’s First Amendment Rights. Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence …