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Wells Fargo’s Lyin’ Cheatin’ Ways: Banking With A Sociopathic Institution

Wells Fargo’s Lyin’ Cheatin’ Ways: Banking With A Sociopathic Institution
Above Photo: From Occupy.com …And How To Let Go Are you facing serial cheating, abuse, lies, ongoing stress about money, issues of fidelity, questions about your future and are at a loss as to where to turn? Do you often feel angry, taken advantage of, less than, a voiceless victim? Did you put your trust and your nest egg, your faith and your money on someone or something that took you for all you’re worth, jilted your faith in the ... Read more

Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything

Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything
Above Photo: From collective-evolution.com First off, what is Hempcrete? As the name suggests, hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Versatile and hardy, it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing, and more, and is fireproof, waterproof, and rot-proof, provided it’s used aboveground. Derived from the shiv or inside stem of the hemp plant, it’s then mixed with a lime base binder to create ... Read more

In Chicago And Iowa, Contrasting Tales Of Building A Clean Energy Economy

In Chicago And Iowa, Contrasting Tales Of Building A Clean Energy Economy
Above Photo: By Michelle Kanaar As former industrial communities seek to rebuild their economies around clean energy, two cities in the Midwest provide examples with starkly different outcomes. Chicago’s Southeast Side and Newton, Iowa both used to house thriving industries, keeping residents with a solid toe in the middle class through well-paid and steady factory work. In Chicago it was steel, while Newton boomed under the all-encompassing ... Read more

Reversing Inequality: Unleashing Potential Of An Equitable Economy

Reversing Inequality: Unleashing Potential Of An Equitable Economy
Above Photo: From thenextsystem.org Introduction The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make inequalities more acute. Their observable and felt harm to our civic and economic life is corroborated by research from many disciplines. Yet, by the same token, moving toward a more egalitarian society would realign most ... Read more

Finland Tests Guaranteed Basic Income

Finland Tests Guaranteed Basic Income
Above Photo: By Asher Platts Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work Participants receive €560 (£473) every month for two years and do not have to demonstrate that they are actively seeking work Finland has been giving 2,000 of its citizens an unconditional income for the last five months and some are already seeing the benefits, reporting decreased stress, greater incentives to ... Read more

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best
Above Photo: Oxfam International/flickr   I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue—400 megawatts—in Minnesota than have been built in the history of community solar in the United States (40 megawatts). Minnesota’s ... Read more

New York Could Launch An Urban Agriculture Plan, Zoning Overhaul

New York Could Launch An Urban Agriculture Plan, Zoning Overhaul
Above Photo: The Battery Urban Farm educational project in Manhattan. By HildaWeges Photography. Shutterstock New York’s ability to feed itself with locally grown urban agriculture is only being partially realized. Better planning, specific to urban agriculture, would help. “New York City has the largest urban agriculture system in the country, including community and rooftop gardens and greenhouses, as well as ‘vertical farms,’” according ... Read more

Why Tax Cuts for the Rich Solve Nothing

Why Tax Cuts for the Rich Solve Nothing
Although America’s right-wing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country’s major problems – for example, inequality, slow growth, low productivity, opioid addiction, poor schools, and deteriorating infrastructure – the solution is always the same: lower taxes and deregulation, to “incentivize” investors and “free up” the economy. President Donald Trump is counting on this package to make America great again. It won’t, because it ... Read more

Ohio’s Anti-Wind Regulation Comes At A Serious Cost

Ohio’s Anti-Wind Regulation Comes At A Serious Cost
Above Photo: Nyttend. Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio In the corporate war against renewable energy, a single Ohio regulation stands out. It is a simple clause slipped into the state budget without open discussion, floor debate, or public hearings. The restriction is costing Ohio billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The regulation demands that wind turbines sited in the Buckeye State be at least 1,125 feet from the blade tip ... Read more

On Electric Cars, The U.S. Is Stuck In The Slow Lane

On Electric Cars, The U.S. Is Stuck In The Slow Lane
Above Photo: (Photo: Flickr/ Noya Fields) While Europe races toward electric vehicles, U.S. automakers are actually trying to make cars less efficient. The French government recently announced a plan to ban sales of new gas-powered cars by 2040. Not to be outdone, the UK government is now rolling out a similar plan of its own. These plans sound shockingly radical, but in fact many analysts think those transitions will happen anyway. For ... Read more