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Our Obsolescent Economy

Our Obsolescent Economy
Above Photo: From localfutures.org A friend of mine from India tells a story about driving an old Volkswagen beetle from California to Virginia during his first year in the United States. In a freak ice storm in Texas he skidded off the road, leaving his car with a cracked windshield and badly dented doors and fenders. When he reached Virginia he took the car to a body shop for a repair estimate. The proprietor took one look at it and said, ... Read more

Tenants March To Stop Giveaways To Wall Street Landlords

Tenants March To Stop Giveaways To Wall Street Landlords
Above Photo: Margie Mathers, a housing activist with MH Action, speaking at the Tenant March on Washington, July 12, 2017. While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to low-income housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers. It was a brutally hot and humid day in the nation’s capital and Margie Mathers needed a cane to get up to the podium, but the Florida senior had a story ... Read more

How Big Is America’s Employee-Owned Economy?

How Big Is America’s Employee-Owned Economy?
Above Photo: Flickr/ fiona.mcgowan Employee ownership (EO) is gaining traction as a way to address a number of social questions including rising wealth inequality, and the best way to create strong local economies As a sign of employee ownership’s increasing importance look no further than Colorado, where Congressman Jared Polis kicked-off his gubernatorial campaign at Save-A-Lot, an employee-owned grocery store. If we are to seriously ... Read more

‘Democracy Vouchers’ Amplify Low-Income Voices

‘Democracy Vouchers’ Amplify Low-Income Voices
Above photo: Experiment comes at a time of seemingly new possibilities for election financing after Bernie Sanders demonstrated that small donors can float a campaign. If money amplifies the voices of wealthy Americans in politics, Seattle is trying something that aims to give low-income and middle-class voters a signal boost. The city’s new “Democracy Voucher” program, the first of its kind in the US, provides every eligible Seattle ... Read more

Tesla’s Big Battery Will Change Power And Politics

Tesla’s Big Battery Will Change Power And Politics
Above Photo: © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/ Elon Musk unveiling new Power Pack   It puts paid to arguments for coal fired base load.   We have written previously about how Tesla will kill the duck in Australia in 100 days or it’s free. Now more detail has come out about what is being called the world’s largest battery, that Elon Musk is building. It will store energy generated at a big wind farm and deliver power during peak hours in ... Read more

Building Red-Green Alternatives: Can Commons Challenge Neoliberalism From Below?

Building Red-Green Alternatives: Can Commons Challenge Neoliberalism From Below?
Above Photo: Inger. V. Johansen, Tom Kucharz, Satoko Kishimoto / Photo: Bettina Gram   The sixth Transform!Danmark Conference, focusing on the development of left economic and ecological alternatives, took place in Copenhagen on 18 March. Once again, it focused on sustainable and fair transformation, as well as a changing society in Europe and around the world. As opposed to the 2013 and 2014 conferences, where alternatives to growth were ... Read more

Seattle Makes History – Passes ‘Tax The Rich’ Income Tax

Seattle Makes History – Passes ‘Tax The Rich’ Income Tax
Above Photo: Kshama Sawant addresses a crowd of “tax the rich” supporters outside at a rally before the vote. “When we fight, we win” – Kshama Sawant Today, Seattle passed a “tax the rich” income tax by a vote of 9-0. The ordinance plans to tax those with a total income in excess of $250k (single) and $500k (joint filers) at 2.25%. Based on 2014 IRS data, the city estimates it will be able to raise approximately $125 million a year, while ... Read more

Renewable Energy Is Becoming So Cheap US Will Meet Paris Commitments

Renewable Energy Is Becoming So Cheap US Will Meet Paris Commitments
Above Photo: Why insist on coal as solar gets cheaper? (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) …Even If Trump Withdraws Research analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that renewable energy like solar and wind power are hurtling towards a level of ubiquity where not even politics can hinder them. Renewable energy is simply becoming the cheapest option, fast. Basic economics, the analysts say, suggest that the US will exceed its commitments in the Paris ... Read more

Renewables Generated More Power Than Nuclear In March And April

Renewables Generated More Power Than Nuclear In March And April
Above Photo: by John Moore/Getty Images Utility-scale renewable electricity generation surpassed nuclear for the first time since Reagan was president. Solar farms planted on an abandoned nuclear plant site or powering a coal museum or atop a strip mine offer stark images of the ascendance of renewables. But forget metaphorical images — utility-scale renewable electricity generation in March and April actually surpassed nuclear for the first ... Read more

Our Best Shot At Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public

Our Best Shot At Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public
Above Photo: “Cities and towns that want well-run water and sanitation services, low-cost access to the internet, and affordable housing should keep those operations public.” Charles Cook via Wikimedia Commons. A new report finds public ownership is the best way for cities and towns to meet renewable energy and efficiency targets. Mayors across the country have vowed to deliver on the goals of the Paris climate accord in defiance of ... Read more