We are living in a nation in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We are living in a world in which the top 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 99 percent.

In a Comedy Central interview with Naomi Klein and Bernie Sanders on the Pope’s visit, Sanders said:  “We are living in a nation in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We are living in a world in which the top 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the …

Actual indicators of modernization and societal trust in government are participation, transparency and efficiency of public administration

When I was a kid growing up in Brazil, all governments in Latin America were right-wing military dictatorships. Today they are all center-left wing democracies—seemingly representing extraordinary progress. However, socio-economic indicators and trust in government have hardly improved. In the most advanced democracies, discussion on whether a Government is right-wing or left-wing has become outdated.  Instead, the actual indicators of …

Morgan Stanley’s Longstanding Financing Relationships with Worst Offenders from Coal-mining Industry Challenged

Morgan Stanley is the next major investment bank being targeted with a public campaign to demand that the bank commit to stop financing coal mining and coal-fired power.  “Morgan Stanley has longstanding financing relationships with some of the worst offenders from the global coal mining industry, including Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal mining company,” said Ben Collins, …

Nearly half of the world’s top 100 global companies are trying to subvert climate policies by lobbying, advertising, and influence-peddling but BP tops the list in Europe

Re-posted from The Guardian Company emerges as Europe’s worst climate policy wrecker, according to a new table ranking firms by their records on lobbying and opposition Nearly half of the world’s top 100 global companies are trying to subvert climate policies by lobbying, advertising, and influence-peddling, said the UK-based non-profit, Influence Map. But while all the major fossil fuel firms …

Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982, but then campaigned to stop global action to reduce fossil fuel emissions

By Lisa Song, Neela Banerjee, David Hasemyer, Sep 22, 2015 In 1982, Exxon scientist Andrew Callegari put together a presentation on Exxon modeling results including the chart pictured here. Steve Knisely was an intern at Exxon Research and Engineering in the summer of 1979 when a vice president asked him to analyze how global warming might affect fuel use.  “I think …

Breaking the Class Ceiling

lifting the Class Ceiling must be our first target. The wealth and income gap. As Sen. Sanders notes, since 1985, the share of wealth owned by the bottom 90 percent in the U.S. has plummeted from 36 percent to 23 percent, a loss that equates to over $10 trillion, nearly all of it going to a tiny sliver of the …

GOP hopefuls rake in fossil fuel $$

Eight of the 17 GOP figures currently jostling for their party’s presidential nomination have between them attracted a bonanza of at least $62m so far this year from sources either directly involved in polluting industries or with close financial ties to them. Three Republican contenders stand out as recipients of this fossil fuel largesse: the Republican climate change denier-in-chief, Ted Cruz; …

KC will be up to 138 heat and humidity-related “danger days” per year by 2050, on current path

  “Danger days” aren’t too common now, for weather, but climate change is about to make them a lot more common over the next 15 years.  A danger day is when the combination of heat and humidity (also known as the heat index) make it feel like it’s 105 degrees F or hotter. Warming temperatures are about to push U.S. cities into a …