Stiglitz: After neoliberalism

For the past 40 years, the United States and other advanced economies have been pursuing a free-market agenda of low taxes, deregulation, and cuts to social programs. There can no longer be any doubt that this approach has failed spectacularly; the only question is what will—and should—come next By Joseph Stiglitz May 30, 2019 on Project Syndicate After Neoliberalism There is no magic bullet …

AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows Two-Thirds of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now K Street Lobbyists

“No lawmaker should be cashing in on their public service and selling their contacts and expertise to the highest bidder.” May 30, 2019 by Common Dreams AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows Two-Thirds of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now K Street Lobbyists by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 …

Study finds substantial warming in atmospheric rivers. Also beliefs about climate change in the aftermath of extreme flooding

Justin Gillis, the former NYT environment reporter, has written an opinion piece for the paper noting that the six US states where policies have been adopted requiring the elimination of CO2 emissions from power grids happen to be ones where the Democrats have taken full control of state government: “I think the trend holds important lessons for the Democratic Party. …

45% would support declaring a national emergency on account of climate change. Tax/fee policy solutions receive lower support than regulation and clean energy investment as solution approaches.

Climate looks to be a higher profile issue in voters minds headed into 2020. 38% say candidates’ stances will be important to their presidential votes, and it’s the third most important voting issue for liberal Democrats (after “environmental protection” and slightly of head of “developing clean energy”), and 17th out of 29 issues for all registered voters (which is an …

What Does Oligarchy Mean? That We’re Screwed. The typical American has no influence at all.  Robert Reich links to better times.

By Robert Reich, What Does Oligarchy Mean? That We’re Screwed. The typical American has no influence at all.   “We can have democracy in this country or we can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few.” (Photo: Illustration by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images) “Oligarchy” means government of and by a few at the top, who exercise power for their own benefit. It comes …

Lobbying against key US climate regulation ‘cost society $60bn’, study finds

27 May 2019  by JOSH GABBATISS, Carbon Brief US POLICY  Political lobbying in the US that helped block the progress of proposed climate regulation a decade ago led to a social cost of $60bn, according to a new study. Environmental economists Dr Kyle Meng and Dr Ashwin Rode have produced what they believe is the first attempt to quantify the toll such anti-climate lobbying efforts take on …

All these subnational jurisdictions, for all their differences, used the same simple trick to achieve policy success

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  May 15, 2019, SHARE Federal climate politics in the US remains as gridlocked as ever, but the past few years have seen a remarkable flourishing of climate and clean energy policy at the subnational level, in states and cities across the country. This has given rise to all sorts of deep analysis — about the potential and limitations of states …

Everything else in the Green New Deal: Niskanen Center perspective concludes, “Insular policymaking via cooperation among political officials and interest groups” is what you need

Policy change is not reliably driven by electoral outcomes or public opinion. It is instead a product of intense insider activity to overcome profound status quo biases in the political system—biases that are not easily moved by external political pressure or material resources. A review of the political histories of the most significant policy changes over the past 70 years (a universe of 790 legislative …

The Green New Deal and the case against incremental climate policy: The only way Democrats can hope to pass climate legislation is by radically shaking up the status quo balance of powers.

Plenty imagine that they might appeal to the centrist legislators of their fantasies, but none discuss policy proposals in terms of their ability to marshal grassroots energy on the side of the aisle that actually cares about global warming. None contemplates how to build the power to force change, as opposed to persuading status quo powers to accept it. The GND theory …

Inslee’s climate plan (parts 1 & 2 thus far) flesh out the most real, just transition yet described, a Green New Deal

Inslee’s plan is at the very least going to substantially elevate the level of climate policy debate. This is policy made by a team that’s been sweating over the details for years, bringing a level of sophistication and experience that is much needed. – David Roberts, Vox Daniel Kammen, a contributor to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—which …