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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

Financial Industry Split On Speculation Tax

Financial Industry Split On Speculation Tax
Above Photo: (Photo: Funny Solution Studio / Shutterstock) Wall Street lobbyists have the luxury, at least for now, of largely ignoring calls for a U.S. tax on financial speculation. While Senator Bernie Sanders made such a tax a centerpiece of his presidential bid, the Republicans who now control Washington are focused on delivering tax cuts — not increases — to their banker friends. But in Europe, it’s another story. Ten EU governments ... Read more

G20 Is Desperately Trying To Save A Failed World Order

G20 Is Desperately Trying To Save A Failed World Order
Above Photo: This G20 will pitch the “strongmen” against the “moderates” – Merkel, Macron, Trudeau, writes Dearden [Matt Cardy/Getty Images] The G20 agenda utterly fails to break with the tired, broken free-market policies that brought devastation to our world. The Hamburg G20 might go down in history as the moment the international elite just couldn’t hold it together any longer. For years, leaders of the most powerful countries have come ... Read more

Fortress World Of Capitalism vs. Beautiful Possibilities Of Cooperation

Fortress World Of Capitalism vs. Beautiful Possibilities Of Cooperation
Above photo: Those arguing for the emergence of non-capitalist alternatives have gravitated to the term “solidarity economy” to describe the non-capitalist economic initiatives that are emerging, and it seems that “platform cooperativism” is a good term for those technologically mediated forms of solidarity economy that serve human needs and help build a sustainable future. (Photo: Japo García/flickr) Building a sustainable world in these ... Read more

Bringing Power To The People: The Unlikely Case For Utility Populism

Bringing Power To The People: The Unlikely Case For Utility Populism
Above Photo: Solar panels installed on a Pennsylvania farm, thanks to a USDA grant (U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr) One glaring omission in the postmortem handwringing about the 2016 election is the fact that most poor people in America—of all races and genders—simply didn’t vote. They were prevented from doing so by a number of structural barriers—voting restrictions, second and third jobs, far-flung polling locations—as well as a ... Read more