Grid nationalization discussion in the UK

National Grid says state ownership would delay UK’s move to green energy Many publications report on reaction to the Labour Party’s plans, if elected, to renationalise the energy network. Reuters reports that UK energy network firms have been “rattled” by the proposal. National Grid has said in a statement that “proposals for state ownership of the energy networks would only …

Not 12 years, 1. Why we need a fundamental shift in how we think about the climate crisis: Most of humanity is tightly enmeshed into a globalised, industrialised complex system – that of the technosphere

We have less time than you think to jump-start climate action, By Helen Mountford, May 24, 2019  Helen Mountford is the vice president for climate and economics at World Resources Institute, which works to identify and advance the structural shifts needed to address climate change. She was previously the deputy director of environment for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.  (CNN)On …

Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism?

When it came to addressing unemployment, the New Deal made a dent but it was never funded adequately to fix the problem.  During the height of the New Deal unemployment hovered above 15%, and didn’t drop significantly until the war mobilization.  During the height of war mobilization in 1943 FDR spent 30 times more than he did in 1933 for …

A revolution can start the moment those in the contented classes decide to prioritize the most marginalized people in this country over their comfort

By Ralph Nader, Commondreams.org May 10, 2019 | RESIST! When will the people who recognize just how bad things have become for the most vulnerable—and the nation at large—unfurl the flag of rebellion against the plutocrats and the autocrats? For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as …

In the small Canadia city of Regina, resistance is brewing…

By Andre Vltchek, Dissidentvoice.org  May 7, 2019 | EDUCATE!  Ed Lehman is a Canadian Communist, and a comrade of mine. I don’t say such things often or lightly, especially about Westerners. But he became my comrade, and we struggled shoulder to shoulder, for five days. Not in the South American wilderness, not in Afghanistan or Syria, but in Regina, a small Canadian city, the …

The World’s Happiest People Already Have a Green New Deal, and They Love It

By George Lakey, Wagingnonviolence.org April 27, 2019 | CREATE!  Green New Deal advocates in the United States should look to the Nordic countries for inspiration on how to overcome the 1 percent and address climate change. According to the latest report from the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Nordics are once again in the top tier of the World’s Happiest People. This year’s report, …

10 statistics that show why we really need Medicare for All

By IN THESE TIMES STAFF, May 2019 ShareTweetReddit36EmailPrint Today the House Rules Committee will hold its first-ever congressional hearing to discuss U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Wash.) Medicare for All Act of 2019, and on Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office will release a report addressing many of the key questions about single-payer healthcare. This discussion couldn’t come soon enough. Here’s a statistical snapshot of the gravity of America’s current healthcare crisis. 28,300,000 – People …

The only way to reach conservatives is through the power to enable people to feel safe and cared for. When people feel safe, they will feel more ready to launch into a national transformation.

…the power to create institutions, ideologies, narratives, and norms that make people feel safe and cared for. When people feel safe, they will feel more ready to launch into a national transformation. And they don’t feel safe in the precarious conditions that American capitalism imposes on them, when they are one lost job or health problem away from disaster. Excerpt …

Time for a General Strike

As climate journalist Dahr Jamail (The End of Ice, see his talk on Democracy Now) laid out, science shows that we are locked into catastrophic climate change. Our present carbon level in the atmosphere of 412 ppm translates into a 7 degree C temperature rise. The IPCC is so conservative that one of the authors of its recent report said to …

Socialism and the Climate Crisis (2019): DSA chapters around the country are taking a leading role in the fight for energy democracy and a green energy transition.

Take Back the Grid: DSA and the Fight for Energy Democracy:  DSA chapters around the country are taking a leading role in the fight for energy democracy and a green energy transition. by NAFIS HASAN, DALE HARRINGTON, AND WILL SPECK – WINTER 2019 Last September, over-pressurization of natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas resulted in a series of explosions in 40 homes …