Joint Biden-Sanders Climate Task Force releases results

By Varshini Prakash from Sunrise If you’d like, you can read the full platform recommendations here. The DNC platform draft starts on the first page, and the full list of climate recommendations begins on page 42.  Here are some highlights of policies and programs we pushed Biden on, and which were ultimately included in the final product. Climate Ambition Achieve 100% clean electricity …

Entrenched systems of power aren’t just an impediment to real action, they’re the whole problem: Discourses of delay

Coal, Oil, and Gas Don’t Burn Themselves, by Eric Roston, in Bloomberg July 6, 2020 Share Tweet Post Email Entrenched systems of power aren’t just an impediment to real action, they’re the whole problem.  Systemic discrimination against people and options that are better for people, our common home and the common good, to maintain power and profit for some.  We have …

How the American Worker Got Fleeced: Over the years, bosses have held down wages, cut benefits, and stomped on employees’ rights. Covid-19 may change that.

Story by Josh Eidelson in Business Week. How the American Worker Got Fleeced: Over the years, bosses have held down wages, cut benefits, and stomped on employees’ rights. Covid-19 may change that. Data analysis and graphics by Christopher Cannon July 2, 2020 Amazon.com Inc. fired Emily Cunningham a little before the end of Good Friday, though the human resources rep put it a …

State’s Largest Utility Agrees: Get Off Gas, Go All-Electric in New Construction

June 26, 2020  |  By Stephanie Greene and Leah Louis-Prescott Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), California’s largest combined gas and electric utility, became the first dual-fuel utility in the country to formally support ending new gas hookups in buildings. In a letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) this week, PG&E endorsed efficient, all-electric new construction as part of the state’s …

Colorado’s reckoning with racism past and present

June 30, 2020, The Colorado Sun — kevin@coloradosun.com The toppling of a sculpture honoring Columbus in Civic Center park revived the long-running controversy over Kit Carson.  The city “proactively” took down a statue of Kit Carson when it seemed protesters were intent on doing it themselves. Columbus Day no longer a state holiday in Colorado 3/20/20https://www.denverpost.com/2020/03/20/colorado-columbus-day-cabrini/ Civil War monument at Colorado …

California lawmakers have advanced legislation to create a non-profit public benefit corporation that could take over Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) if the utility fails to meet standards and obligations

‘Backstop’ bill to turn PG&E into non-profit headed to California governor’s desk, by Kavya Balaraman@kavya_balaraman in Utility Dive, June 29, 2020 California lawmakers have advanced legislation to create a non-profit public benefit corporation that could take over Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) if the utility is unable to emerge from bankruptcy or fails to meet safety obligations down the road. State Sen. …

Democrats’ Select Committee on Climate – Responses

Statements issued thus far: FWW statement  Collin (Oil Change)’s quick supply-side analysis  350 statement  SC statement  FOE/Progressive groups’ statement  ‘Genocidal Negligence’ article from Common Dreams featuring responses from Laura and Ezra (TCM) and Mitch Jones (FWW) Hunter Cutting/Climate Nexus – report fails on 1.5 C GP statement Greenpeace scored the report against our Climate 2020 Scorecard rubric that came up …

4 ideas to replace traditional police officers

A world with far less policing is possible. Here’s what experts think that world could look like.By Roge Karma  Jun 24, 2020, Vox.com On the night of Friday, June 12, a police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, outside an Atlanta Wendy’s drive-through. Atlanta police officers were called to the scene after receiving a complaint that Brooks was sleeping …