Coalition pushes to end criminalization of marijuana and other drugs

By Kyle Jaeger, Link September 8, 2019 | CREATE! A coalition of more than 100 civil rights groups—including ACLU, NAACP, National Education Association and National Organization for Women—released a criminal justice reform platform for the 2020 elections on Thursday that calls for the legalization of marijuana and supports the “dismantling” of the criminalization of other drugs. As part of the document’s plank on ending …

Planning for distributed renewable energy

Gridworks excerpt: California’s AB327 added a new section to the Public Utilities Code, Sec. 769, to require utilities to submit to the commission by July 1, 2015, a distribution resources plan proposal, to identify optimal locations for the deployment of distributed resources.  Further, these plans should form the basis for utility investment requests in future general rate cases.  The bill …

On how out-moded gas investment is

Sept 2019: (Wall Street Journal) Oil and Gas Bankruptcies Grow as Investors Lose Appetite for Shale Bankruptcies among U.S. oil and gas companies are rising as Wall Street continues disinvesting from the industry, the Wall Street Journal reports. Twenty-six oil-and-gas producers have filed for bankruptcy so far this year. That number is expected to rise as companies face mounting debt …

Serious nonattainment in Denver

If you’ve ever gone hiking on the Front Range or driven from the mountains towards the plains, you’ve seen the brown haze that hangs over Denver, Golden, Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland and everywhere in between.  This area is in violation of national air quality standards for ozone air pollution. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, the …

A psychotherapist shares the 7 biggest parenting mistakes that destroy kids’ confidence and self-esteem

Every parent wants their kids to feel good about themselves — and with good reason. Studies have shown that confident kids experience benefits ranging from less anxiety and improved performance in school to increased resilienceand healthier relationships. As a psychotherapist and author of “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do,” I’ve seen many parents engage in strategies they believe will build their children’s confidence. But some of those strategies can backfire, …

Leading countries re: decarbonization

HSBC 2019 C-7 (Climate Seven Group of Countries) + top 3 EM countries 1st Germany 36% emissions decline since 1979 peak 1st place for policy outlook and 2nd for potential to respond 2nd place for green opportunities 2nd Sweden Over 60% of primary energy mix ‘clean’ Targeting zero net emissions by 2045 Lowest emissions per capita of C7 Group 3rd …

Global Warming and U.S. National Security Diplomacy: Why the prospect of raising temperatures and sea levels along the coasts while inland regions suffer drought is viewed simply as collateral damage to the geopolitics of oil

Stopping global warming requires a tax policy to close down the special privileges promoting oil industry profits including the use of “flags of convenience” in offshore banking centers as a means of tax avoidance. A Green program logically would include a natural-resource rent tax (as classical economists advocated throughout the 19th century), and charges for what economists call “external economies,” …

People fail to act not because they do not have enough information, but because they don’t care or they don’t know what to do: On making people care and showing them how they can make a difference…

Despite what you learned in your high school writing classes, the most powerful stories aren’t necessarily the most richly detailed. Great stories leave space for the audience in two ways. One is allowing people to put the pieces together for themselves. “The audience actually wants to work for their meal,” says Andrew Stanton, a Pixar director and screenwriter, in his …

School buses using Via app in NYC: ride requests matched with other passengers in the area that are all traveling in same direction or to the same general location, then algorithm designs the most efficient route for a single vehicle to pick them all up and deliver them

Through the Via partnership, school buses will be able to more quickly adapt routes to respond to kids’ needs, and the tech platform will provide GPS tracking and real-time updates to parents and students as they navigate school transit 8.21.19, WORLD CHANGING IDEAS Fast Company, New York City’s school buses will now be automatically routed and tracked using Via’s algorithm …

A Southern Governor’s Climate and Clean Energy Plan Aims for Zero Emissions: NC’s Republican-controlled legislature remains an obstacle to big changes, so the administration is looking for short-term wins

This week, for example, state regulators put pressure on North Carolina’s largest utility to weigh the governor’s greenhouse gas reduction goals in its future energy plans.   The Governor’s plan calls for transforming the electrical grid to save energy and make it more resilient; reducing the energy burdens of low-income residents; and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by …