Agreeing on a democratic alternative, participatory planning and a democratic economy

A decentralized-planned economy or decentrally-planned economy (occasionally horizontally-planned economy) is a type of economic system based on decentralized economic planning, in which decision-making is distributed amongst various economic agents or localized within production units. Decentralized planning is held in contrast to centralized planning where economic information is aggregated and used to formulate a plan for production, investment and resource allocation by a central authority. Decentralised planning can take shape both in …

Environmentally, real and measurable progress that occurred in an age of transformation, not appeasement

‘Desperate environmentalism’ won’t save the environment Photo: Flickr/leniners This was originally published in the LA Times on October 29, 2015. By Joshua Galperin When I started teaching environmental law and policy, I thought I would work with the next generation of extraordinary environmentalists. I don’t. My students are extraordinary, but many see themselves as “corporate social responsibility consultants,” “ecosystem service managers,” “sustainability leaders,” “industrial …

California Bans Climate-Warming HFCs in New Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases

California now prohibits the use of HFCs, a potent greenhouse gas, in new refrigeration and cooling systems, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases. The California Air Resources Board has banned the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in new cooling equipment. The climate-warming chemicals are between 1,000 and 3,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The decision …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

Brattle Group outlines how utilities should get America to choose electrification

David Roberts, Vox.com March 2018 says Utilities should be champing at the bit for electrification An America wherein a substantial portion of transportation, heating, and cooling has been electrified is one with lower carbon emissions, more tools in the utility toolbox, greater demand for electricity, and, crucially, a central role for power utilities. “Overall,” Brattle writes, “this presents a very positive business …

How Scotland plans to meet its climate change targets

By JOCELYN TIMPERLEY on Carbon Brief, 2 Mar 2018 The Scottish government released its new climate plan this week, setting out how it plans to meet its emissions targets over the next 15 years. The plan includes measures to significantly cut emissions from transport, buildings and industry to help the government meet its target of a 66% cut on greenhouse gas emissions …

EVs can help the grid and flatten demand with time of use incentives

By Dan Murtaugh  and Mark Chediak, Bloomburg February 25, 2018 Electric cars won’t tax grid if they charge at off-peak times Adding EVs to peak power demand reduces environmental benefits It’ll take more than just driving an electric vehicle to save the environment. You’ll have to charge it at the right time, too. Put simply, if the world’s drivers plug in an …

7 climate change myths that big oil continues to perpetuate

Don’t believe everything you hear. Cardiff University’s George Ferns outlines 7 myths big oil would have you believe, and why these ideas are dangerous to the fight against climate change. Fossil fuel plants in Alberta, Canada. One of the oil industry’s biggest fears regarding climate change is regulation. Image: kris krüg, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 By George Ferns Friday 23 February 2018, Eco-Business In the last …

Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland

February 12, 2018  By Michael Lewis P2P Blog Brilliant and practical way of cutting the developers out of lining their pockets once public planning permission is granted. This policy captures what is now unearned income in the hands of private developers for a key public good – to radically increase the affordability of housing. Take a look. Not too complicated. Grounded in Commons sense. The …

LA City Councilpeople want climate turnaround, emergency action, city department

Jan 18 2018 The La Tuna fire of September 2017 was the biggest Los Angeles had seen for 50 years Pic: By Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America – 1_E1C9469, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link) By Megan Darby Four Los Angeles city council members are calling for emergency funds to set up a department for climate action. Citing recent devastating wildfires in California, linked to global …