Breaching Barriers: The Fight for Indigenous Participation, Especially Unrecognized Tribes, in Environmental Decision-Making

Humboldt State University hosts Dr. Ryan Emanuel. Friday, April 24 @ 12:30 Pacific/1:30 Mountain/2:30 Central/3:30 Eastern https://humboldtstate.zoom.us/j/86310753629 [humboldtstate.zoom.us] Breaching Barriers: The Fight for Indigenous Participation in Environmental Decision-Making Ryan E. Emanuel, North Carolina State University Indigenous peoples often face barriers to participation in decision-making that affect their present and ancestral territories. In the United States, the extent to which Indigenous voices …

Battery Storage — The New, Clean Peaker also costs 30 percent less

Batteries are cheaper https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2021/04/12/battery-storage-systems-30-cheaper-than-rival-gas-peaker-plants-for-firming-renewables/ In its new paper — Battery Storage — The New, Clean Peaker — released on the weekend, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) has amassed a battery of evidence that large-scale battery energy storage has become the superior solution to spreading energy generated by solar and wind throughout any day, and instantly responding to peak energy needs in the National Electricity Market …

Transportation groups call for national VMT program

April 16, 2021 Chris Teale @chris_teale https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/transportation-groups-call-for-national-vmt-program/598505/ A collection of transportation and labor groups have joined businesses and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a joint letter to U.S. House of Representatives and Senate leaders calling for a national vehicle miles traveled (VMT) program to pay for infrastructure fixes. In a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio …

Must read list of books for Westerners

https://coloradosun.com/books-about-the-west/ The Sun’s must-read list for Westerners. The selections are presented in random order. This collection was compiled by Sun writer Michael Booth with staff contributions. THE LIST “Rabbit Boss” by Thomas Sanchez. Four generations of Washo Indians in the Sierra Nevada carry the story of this 1973 novel, praised by Native and white reviewers alike. Sanchez was an orphan growing up …

Report on California’s 100% Clean Energy Act of 2018

Senate Bill 100 Officially titled “The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018,” Senate Bill 100 (SB 100, De León): Sets a 2045 goal of powering all retail electricity sold in California and state agency electricity needs with renewable and zero-carbon resources — those such as solar and wind energy that do not emit climate-altering greenhouse gases. Updates the state’s …

Life expectancy in Denver varies by as much as 13 years depending on what part of the city you live in This is a story about maps and death. Esteban L. HernandezApr. 05, 2021, 5:00 a.m.  SHARE  TWEET  EMAIL As the woman sat next to her husband at a local meeting, Jayla Sanchez-Warren noticed that she would answer questions for …

Increasing support for affordable housing: proposals range from $40 billion to $172 billion over 10 years

NYTimes, April 2021 excerpt https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/us/politics/progressives-infrastructure-legislation.html When Mr. Biden outlined his proposal last month, he called for more than $40 billion to improve public housing infrastructure. At an event in New York on Sunday, a group of lawmakers from the state, including Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, pushed for at least double that figure. “Public housing has been neglected, left to get …

JP Morgan Chase pursues government bailouts for oil, gas, and banks; Sanders & Ihan introduce bill to end polluter welfare

The nation directly subsidizes the deadly oil, gas, and coal industries with billions of dollars—estimates range anywhere from $10 billion to $52 billion annually—in tax breaks, bailouts, and other financial privileges. According to one evaluation, the U.S. currently spends 10 times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as it spends on education. On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar unveiled legislation that would …

Commerce City Pollution: A Friday Night Massacre in Colorado

By Phil Doe in Counterpunch, April 5, 2021 A Friday Night Massacre in Colorado Last Friday night I listened to the state of Colorado and the Suncor Corporation vote as one against independent monitoring and public health analysis of the Suncor refinery’s massive air pollution. The Suncor refinery’s nay vote was cast by its public relations flak, Brandy Radey. It was …

Indigenous elders are teaching me the lesson of abundant generosity

Apr 5, 2021 by Claire Lucas, NCRonline.org, Spirituality When everything is a reason to be grateful, nothing ever truly belongs to us alone. This boundless and abundant generosity arises not out from obligation, but out of the acknowledgment that because everything is touched by the Creator, nothing is ever truly owned for oneself. (Claire Lucas) When I was an undergraduate student …