Anything beyond what we call ‘code-plus’ is for the most part not happening.”

Coastal homes aren’t ready for climate change – study E&E News | Daniel Cusick Coastal property owners are failing to take even basic steps to protect their homes against sea-level rise and hurricanes, even as climate change increases the risk that coastal homes will be damaged by rising tides and storm surges, according to new research. The study from the …

Big Shifts Are Critical This Next Year: 12 Charts Explain Where We Are Today in Climate Action, and Where We Need to Be in 2020

Making the shifts below is the more efficient and least expensive way to tackle global warming — big shifts are critical this next year. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate found that bold climate action – in line with the Paris Agreement and the Mission 2020 milestones – could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits …

Justice Democrats March 2019

@rgunns on @AOC and @SenMarkey‘s Green New Deal: “There’s the benefits that aren’t talked about. There’s also the cost of inaction. Just last year we lost $91 billion to the US economy from climate change alone.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‏Verified account @AOC Mar 13 More Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Retweeted Justice Democrats *91% of caucusgoers in IOWA* said they prefer a candidate who supports the #GreenNewDeal. …

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is being built

Is it possible to come up with a solution to the climate crisis, the economic crisis, and the global crisis, all at the same time? New Consensus aims to find out.  By Zoya Teirstein, in Grist, on Mar 12, 2019 In the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, a progressive group called the Justice Democrats jumped into action. If the liberal establishment had …

How Jared Polis Gets What He Wants: A Portrait in Four Parts: “Jared is the person that has a big vision for something that challenges the status quo. It’s never too far-fetched. It can be done with the right people, with the right resources”

Rutt Bridges, who in 2005 briefly ran as a Democrat for governor, says he sees Polis as more of a pragmatist than his reputation suggests.  “I think in a lot of ways, he’s the same kind of Democrat that Hickenlooper is,” Bridges says. “He’s capable of bringing that business perspective that a lot of other Democrats aren’t able to see as …

What Happened to the New Rules Project and ILSR policies

We have combined the NewRules.org and ILSR.org websites to better coordinate and publicize our work. All of the New Rules Project activity, research, and information continues here, on Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s new web site. The New Rules Project had an extensive collection of rules — policies, bills, regulations, and ordinances — has also been transferred here. These policy models …

How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms: Across the Midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities

Across the midwest, the rise of factory farming is destroying rural communities. And the massive corporations behind this devastation are now eyeing a post-Brexit UK market by Chris McGreal, The Guardian, 9 Mar 2019 When the vast expanse of rural Iowa was carved up for settlers in the 19th century, it was often divided into 160-acre lots. Four farms made a …

EV transition policies

March 4th, 2019 by The Beam.  It will soon be possible to get almost anywhere in the world powered entirely by the sun, the wind and the rain. This is the promise of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution now underway. In parts of China, France, Germany, Norway, as well as the US, driving an EV powered 100% by renewable energy is already …

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has seen the light on climate change

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter Climatewire: Friday, February 22, 2019 Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has taken steps to address climate change. Josephine Pettigrew, Office of the Governor/Flickr During his first run for governor, Charlie Baker sat for a meeting with a group of leading environmentalists in Massachusetts. It quickly turned combative. Baker, a Republican who was challenging Gov. Deval Patrick …

The most important report on child poverty in years is finally out. The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults

The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Here it is. by Dylan Matthews@dylanmattdylan@vox.com  Feb 28, 2019 California Democrats Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barbara Lee in the Capitol’s Statuary …