Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act

Fri, June 26, 2020 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum Earlier this week, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, a sweeping bill that would take major steps toward closing the digital divide. We reported on the legislation yesterday, but today we want to take a closer look at the bill text [pdf]. Below, we examine some …

Better Jobs and Health Returns with a Clean Focus on Building Back Better – See Washington and Renew Oregon

Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State, June 30, 2020 This report analyzes the potential jobs and community health benefits created by a sample portfolio of investments in Washington State. We find that investing in clean transportation, forest conservation and ecosystem restoration, clean energy, water and energy efficiency, low carbon agriculture, and sustainable industry supports over …

Haaland Introduces Bill to Address Slavery and Racism’s Impact on Laws and Policies

June 1, 2020-  Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland co-led the introduction of a bill that will establish a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Commission to examine the effects of slavery and racism against people of color, on American history, and its impact on laws and policies we have today. The bill, led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Calif.-16) comes in the …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

Research Shows ‘Linking Climate Policy to Social and Economic Justice Makes It More Popular’: The public wants a Green New Deal. The public wants green stimulus. The public wants to address inequality

June 12, 2020, Common Dreams. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunrise NYC, a climate activist group, rallies in front of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office in Midtown Manhattan demanding that he support the Green New Deal. (Photo: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Amid persistent calls for a green and just recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism and injustice, …

US sees first combustion vehicle phase out legislation

Washington’s House Bill 2525 would require that all new vehicles run on electricity by 2030, effectively banning gasoline-powered cars and trucks. The bill, which I read about in E&E News, did not pass out of committee, so it’s almost certainly not going to become law. Below is model legislation designed around a 2025 phase out date. AN ACT Relating to …

Cross-state air pollution from the electric power sector continues to kill Americans. Decade’s coal plant closures saved 26K lives in US: study. Fracking bills introduced.

Midwestern states are the biggest exporters of air pollution, while Northeastern states are the leading importers. BY REBECCA BEITSCH, The Hill, 01/06/20 The decline of coal could be saving thousands of lives as power plants reduce air pollution by switching to natural gas, according to a study published Monday. More than 26,000 lives in the U.S. were saved over the course of …

Legislation establishing an Independent System Operator (ISO) to manage the electric transmission grid in Colorado

This document describes an idea of central importance to Colorado’s energy future:  a statewide unified transmission grid managed by a non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO) under a common transmission tariff. The purpose of this document is to explain the concept and attract the attention of one or more legislators who are knowledgeable about energy and might appreciate how transformative a …