Must read list of books for Westerners

https://coloradosun.com/books-about-the-west/ The Sun’s must-read list for Westerners. The selections are presented in random order. This collection was compiled by Sun writer Michael Booth with staff contributions. THE LIST “Rabbit Boss” by Thomas Sanchez. Four generations of Washo Indians in the Sierra Nevada carry the story of this 1973 novel, praised by Native and white reviewers alike. Sanchez was an orphan growing up …

Life expectancy in Denver varies by as much as 13 years depending on what part of the city you live in This is a story about maps and death. Esteban L. HernandezApr. 05, 2021, 5:00 a.m.  SHARE  TWEET  EMAIL As the woman sat next to her husband at a local meeting, Jayla Sanchez-Warren noticed that she would answer questions for …

JP Morgan Chase pursues government bailouts for oil, gas, and banks; Sanders & Ihan introduce bill to end polluter welfare

The nation directly subsidizes the deadly oil, gas, and coal industries with billions of dollars—estimates range anywhere from $10 billion to $52 billion annually—in tax breaks, bailouts, and other financial privileges. According to one evaluation, the U.S. currently spends 10 times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as it spends on education. On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar unveiled legislation that would …

Leaving Afghanistan, and the Lessons of America’s Longest War

It is the Afghan people, of course, who have paid the highest price for America’s failed ambitions. By Steve Coll, April 15, 2021, The New Yorker Early in 2010, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, offered advice to President Barack Obama about the Afghan war. After the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, in 1979, and found themselves mired in an unwinnable …

Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology

Long-duration storage keeps on slipping into the future. By Eric Wesoff, 12 April 2021, Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology If economic long-duration energy storage actually existed (other than pumped hydro), it would already have been deployed by every utility with a decarbonization plan. Long-duration storage can accelerate the retirement of peaker plants, defer upgrades of transmission and distribution …

Credit Creation: How Banks Create Money

Banks create new money whenever they make loans. 97% of the money in the economy today exists as bank deposits, whilst just 3% is physical cash. MATTHEW JOHNSTON  Dec 19, 2020 https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/022416/why-banks-dont-need-your-money-make-loans.asp How It Works, Banks in the Real World, What Really Affects Banks’ Ability to Lend, The Bottom Line As Joseph Schumpeter once wrote, “It is much more realistic to say that the banks ‘create credit,’ …

Report of the Just Transition Listening Project

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS https://www.labor4sustainability.org/jtlp-2021/jtlp-report/Main FindingsRecommendations Recommendations for Policymakers Recommendations for Labor and Movement Organizations Recommendations for Future Research INTRODUCTION: WE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES IN TRANSITION Report of the Just Transition Listening ProjectProblem Introduction Transition is Constant and Inevitable A History of Unjust Transition Unequal Power Dynamics Fuel Unjust Transitions The Failure of Transition Assistance Workplace Closures …

Effective Action Around Gun Control

I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It’s Asking the Wrong Questions: A campaign galvanized by mass shootings and assault weapons will inevitably find itself in a dead end. But there’s a way out. By Dan Gross, New York Times. Mr. Gross was the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence from 2012 to 2017 and is co-founder of …

If You Build It, They Will Bike: Adding bike lanes increases cyclists across the city, not just on those streets. Investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage more people to commute by bike.

Recent research adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions. By Veronica Penney April 1, 2021, New York Times Adding bike lanes to urban streets can increase the number of cyclists across an entire city, not just on the streets with new bike lanes, according to a …

What the US is doing now, for internet, is not working

Biden’s Plan to Fix America’s Internet: The White House proposal is essentially a statement that what we’re doing now is not working. NYTimes, By Shira Ovide April 2, 2021 America, our internet stinks. And it’s time to try a different approach to fixing it. Millions of Americans don’t have modern internet service. It’s a symptom of our internet dysfunction that we …