The top 10 job openings are always the same. The top 5 are RNs, software developers, sales representatives, retail salespersons and truck drivers. Accounting and bookkeeping is also a sure bet. Embrace industrial policy.

Guardian, April 2021, Robert Reich, America is about to revive an idea that was left for dead decades ago. It’s called industrial policy and it’s at the heart of Joe Biden’s plans to restructure the US economy. When industrial policy was last debated, in the 1980s, critics recoiled from government “picking winners”. But times have changed. Devastating climate change, a deadly …

How Money Affects Psychology, How the Super-Rich Really Live And How Their Wealth Harms Us

To understand how money affects politics, we need to understand how money affects psychology.APRIL 4, 2021, Michael Mechanic, Senior editor at Mother Jones, adapted from his forthcoming book, Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live―And How Their Wealth Harms Us Paul piff just landed on Park Place. I own it. “Shit,” he says. I also own three railroads, a couple of high-rent monopolies, and …

North Dakota is requiring all schools to teach Native American history, culture, and treaty rights

Native News Online, curriculum on Native American history.” By Darren Thompson, April 9, 2021 BISMARCK, N.D. — A bill that requires all North Dakota schools to teach Native American history, culture, and treaty rights passed the North Dakota state senate on Tuesday, April 6 in a 72-21 vote. The bill calls for “requiring all elementary and secondary public and nonpublic schools in …

How pretext traffic stops fund police departments — and put Black drivers in danger

By Alexes Harris, Vox.com, Apr 15, 2021 This story is part of a group of stories called First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues. This past Sunday afternoon, Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer while driving with his partner in a Minneapolis suburb after being pulled over by police for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview …

Washington State sets 2030 end date for gasoline vehicle sales: Most aggressive in the US

GreenCarReports.com, by Stephen Edelstein, APRIL 16, 2021 www.greencarreports.com/news/1131947_washington-state-sets-2030-end-date-for-gasoline-vehicle-sales-most-aggressive-in-the-us Washington State has passed a bill setting the most aggressive timeline for phasing out sales of new gasoline vehicles in the United States, aiming to accomplish that by the 2030 model year. That’s substantially earlier than the 2035-calendar-year target set by California Governor Gavin Newsom in an executive order last year. The Washington bill is also …

Cities of the future: denser, green, with more ag and white roofs

By Kim Stanley Robinson Getting through the 21st century without a mass-extinction event means making ourselves far more scarce. At least over large parts of the planet. The idea is to leave a hefty portion of the planet’s land surface empty of our presence, in a relative sense. Both the European Union and the U.S. under the Biden administration are …

Leaving Afghanistan, and the Lessons of America’s Longest War

It is the Afghan people, of course, who have paid the highest price for America’s failed ambitions. By Steve Coll, April 15, 2021, The New Yorker Early in 2010, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, offered advice to President Barack Obama about the Afghan war. After the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, in 1979, and found themselves mired in an unwinnable …

Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology

Long-duration storage keeps on slipping into the future. By Eric Wesoff, 12 April 2021, Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology If economic long-duration energy storage actually existed (other than pumped hydro), it would already have been deployed by every utility with a decarbonization plan. Long-duration storage can accelerate the retirement of peaker plants, defer upgrades of transmission and distribution …

RMI’s Healthy, Zero Emission, Affordable Housing for All program: Scale Zero

Scale Zero: Healthy, Zero-Emission, Affordable Housing for All RMI / Boulder, Colorado To meet 1.5°C climate targets and ensure equal access to healthy, affordable buildings, we must dramatically accelerate the pace of building retrofits. Scale Zero will establish a coordinated policy and retrofit implementation approach that will advance supportive policies and reduce the cost associated with zero-emission retrofits in five …