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Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Above Photo: Private sector corporations’ first priority is to turn a profit—not to serve the public. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Promising “cheaper, faster and safer travel,” the Trump administration announced a plan this week to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The announcement Monday marked the first day of the administration’s “infrastructure week,” a series of publicity events around one of the only areas of ... 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

Climate Change, Hope, And Revolution: Notes For Dark And Gloomy Times

Climate Change, Hope, And Revolution: Notes For Dark And Gloomy Times
Above Photo: Climate change protest in Copenhagen:  source. The other day I was invited to speak in a colleague’s Environmental Studies class, called, simply, “Hope.”  It happened to be the day after Donald Trump had uttered his calculated, genocidal stupidities about the Paris Agreement (which he kept calling the “Paris Accord”).  By now, a hundred thousand words of outrage, resolve, and analysis have been written and spoken.  Let’s go in ... Read more

Rover Pipeline: Climate Disaster Equal To 42 Coal Plants

Rover Pipeline: Climate Disaster Equal To 42 Coal Plants
Above Photo: From priceofoil.org In the wake of damaging spills and Trump’s Paris pullout, study shows the fracked gas project will cause as much climate pollution as 42 coal plants As controversy swirls around a string of spills and air and water violations caused by Energy Transfer Partners’ construction of the Rover gas pipeline, a study released today underlines another reason federal regulators should halt the project: It will fuel a ... 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

Build And Fight: The Program And Strategy Of Cooperation Jackson

Build And Fight: The Program And Strategy Of Cooperation Jackson
Above Photo: From atlantablackstar.com The fundamental program and strategy of Cooperation Jackson is anchored in the vision and macro-strategy of the Jackson-Kush Plan. The Jackson-Kush Plan, as you will read later in this book, was formulated by the New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO) and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) between 2004 and 2010, to advance the development of the New Afrikan Independence Movement and hasten the ... Read more

The Cost Of Cuts: Arizona Tax Carve-Outs Last Year Hit $13.7B

The Cost Of Cuts: Arizona Tax Carve-Outs Last Year Hit $13.7B
Above Photo: Lorie Schaull/flickr/cc PHOENIX – Teachers who marched on the Capitol this past week in support of doubling the salary boost that lawmakers were considering went home empty handed, as Republican lawmakers backed a budget proposal that grants them a two-percent increase over the next two years, saying there simply wasn’t money available. The cost of doing so would have been an additional $34 million per year in the first year and ... Read more