Biden’s first 100 days: What’s coming on energy, and his case for deficit spending on climate

E&E News, January 21, 2021 President Biden delivered remarks yesterday after taking the oath of office on the Capitol steps. Francis Chung/E&E News President Biden took swift action to deliver on his promise to embrace green energy hours after he was sworn into office yesterday, mandating a review of regulatory rollbacks that were part of the Trump administration’s efforts to boost …

M4All saves money while covering everyone. Support for Medicare for All reaching 70%, according to Fox. Health insurance companies double profits. Over 90 million Americans uninsured or underinsured and can’t afford to go to a doctor when they get sick

By Matt Bruenig the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate of the cost of implementing a single-payer health insurance program in the United States. The CBO’s report is more exhaustive than any other recent study on the subject and concludes that replacing our current system with a single-payer system would insure every American while reducing overall health spending in the country. …

Systematic review of the outcomes and trade-offs of ten types of decarbonization policy instruments

Renewable electricity traded as ‘green certificates’ can redistribute wealth from consumers to energy companies – with 83% of the available evidence suggesting they have a “negative impact”, along with 63% of the evidence for energy taxes, which can disproportionately affect rural areas. A review of ten types of policy used to reduce carbon suggests that some costs fall on those …

People of Colorado v. the State

The state relies on the Suncor polluters to tell it what’s happening. In so doing, it holds fast to the neoliberal playbook of putting corporate interests and profits before people’s health and wellbeing. Suncor has a state permit to emit 800,000 tons of pollutants a year. That is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from 174,000 cars on the streets …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

Can Cap and Trade Actually Address Environmental Justice?

Denny Khamphanthong, community organizer for Asian Pacific Environmental Network, in front of the Chevron Richmond Refinery in California. Photo by Federica Armstrong/YES! Magazine. Since California’s program launched in 2013, questions have swirled about whether cap and trade has helped or hurt people living in the shadow of the state’s largest emitters. Why you can trust us BY JULIA ROSEN – California, Nov 20, …

Trickle down is false: 50 year study finds strong evidence that cutting taxes on the rich increases income inequality and has no effect on growth or unemployment in the short and long term

Hope and Limberg analyzed major tax cuts for the rich in 18 countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, including the US, Japan, and Norway, from 1965 to 2015. Lower taxes for the rich caused high earners to seek pay raises. By Grace Dean, Business Insider, December 16, 2020 | Study Suggests ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics Makes Inequality Worse. “Cutting …

How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, November 17, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on June 26, 2019. Law experts say there are several ways President-elect Joe Biden can address climate change without risking court challenges. Francis Chung/E&E News President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a …

SDSN: America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan and Accelerating Decarbonization in the US: Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions

The SDSN USA Network was launched in December 2018 with the mission to implement the SDGs in the US by building and mobilizing a national network of academic institutions. The priority on energy and climate work originated during discussions at the SDSN USA launch, in response to a need for an actionable national strategy for a just transition to achieve net zero …