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Left-Right Alliance To Break Up The Banks

Left-Right Alliance To Break Up The Banks
Above Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Forbes reports: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a Republican-led financial reform effort aimed at rolling back the 2010 Dodd Frank Act, enacted under President Barack Obama.” The Washington Post reports: “Trump, who has complained about tight lending practices, has ordered three reviews of banking rules, the first of which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ... Read more

What Makes A Successful Utility-Led Community Solar Program?

What Makes A Successful Utility-Led Community Solar Program?
Above Photo: From utilitydive.com An examination of shared solar programs across the country reveals diverse pathways to success With almost two-thirds of utility professionals expecting moderate or significant growth in community shared renewables over the next ten years, it is time to look at what works and what doesn’t for utility-led programs. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) now have 13 community solar programs representing 91 MW of ... Read more

Offshore Wind Reaches Cost-Competitiveness Without Subsidies

Offshore Wind Reaches Cost-Competitiveness Without Subsidies
Above Photo: From Greentechmedia.com A new McKinsey report predicts a 68 percent drop in offshore wind prices by 2020 and highlights European projects already hitting grid parity. Building wind farms in the ocean is still more expensive than building them on land. But maybe not for much longer. A new report from McKinsey finds that fast growth, increased investment, bigger wind farms, falling costs and new technologies are driving new ... Read more

Bronx Home Health Care Cooperative Is Fixing The Field One Aide At A Time

Bronx Home Health Care Cooperative Is Fixing The Field One Aide At A Time
Above Photo: From dnainfo.com BRONX — Zenobia Hernandez swung the wheelchair in front of her students, demonstrating how to maneuver a patient in it when there is no ramp present. “The first thing I’m going to do is take the brakes off,” Hernandez said, in Spanish, as she flipped a lever below the wheelchair. “I pull the chair towards me and place my leg here,” she pushed her right leg next to the base of the chair. “Then I’m going to use my ... Read more

Turning Capital Against Capitalism

Turning Capital Against Capitalism
Above Photo: Aaron Tanaka is part of a growing movement to build a solidarity economy in Boston. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Tanaka) Experiments in funding an equitable economy. One ongoing challenge is to get funding without compromising on principle. The Boston region has one of the nation’s most thriving economies, with job growth above the national average, thanks in large part to the academic and healthcare sectors. But the benefits are ... Read more

Amid Divestment Protests, More Cities Explore Public Banks

Amid Divestment Protests, More Cities Explore Public Banks
Above Photo: Wells Fargo bank sign (Photo by Mike Mozart | Flickr CC 2.0) Supporters of the idea say public banks can enable more community-driven, character-based lending. This story was originally published on NextCity.org, which publishes daily news and analysis on cities. Philadelphia City Council Member Cindy Bass was already thinking about how to cut the city’s ties with Wells Fargo when bank CEO John Stumpf testified last September ... Read more

Prepare Now: Artificial Intelligence To Take Jobs Defeat Human Intelligence

Prepare Now: Artificial Intelligence To Take Jobs Defeat Human Intelligence
Above Photo: Image Credit: Katja Grace/University of Oxford A recent report on the predictions of AI experts on when AI would surpass human intelligence provide a range of answers. However, there is no doubt that the time to prepare for the ascendancy of AI is now. TIMELINE FOR AI’S ASCENDANCE Researcher Katja Grace at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and a team surveyed 1,634 of the leading artificial ... Read more

Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 US Lives Per Year

Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 US Lives Per Year
Above Photo: Oxfam International/flickr  So about those coal jobs: Turns out replacing coal with solar could keep a lot more people alive. Swapping out coal energy for solar would prevent 52,000 premature deaths in the United States every year, according to a new analysis from Michigan Technological University. Amid all the talk from the Trump Administration that regulations targeting coal are hurting people, this shows “many more lives are ... Read more

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity
Above Photo: TIM CHAPMAN MIAMI HERALD STAFF The state’s cities and counties embarked on a rare kind of collaboration. Americans love solar. Almost 9 in 10 adults favor expanding it, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But not everyone can put panels on their homes. For one thing, the upfront cost of solar can be prohibitive. For another, some people don’t have the space, or their rooftops may be too shady or may face the wrong ... Read more

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels
Above Photo: From csglobe.com A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with ... Read more