Tag Archives: Renewable energy

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy
I spent three days this week with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy. By John Farrell Originally posted in the Institute for Local Self-Reliance The big takeaway? Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up. This new solar-sparked energy system will look entirely different from the ... Read more

New Report On How Communities Are Building Wealth

New Report On How Communities Are Building Wealth
Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources By The Democracy Collaborative The Democracy Collaborative For more than a decade, The Democracy Collaborative has been tracking state and local policies that provide a supporting environment for the expansion of community wealth building models and innovations. As interest grows across the country, they have assembled some of the most important existing and ... Read more

Oil refinery threatened by sea-level rise, asks government to fix problem

Oil refinery threatened by sea-level rise, asks government to fix problem
I pointed out last week that the major oil companies are actually much more willing than Republican politicians to admit the reality of climate change. I offered a few explanations as to why, but left out an important one: If you’re in business, you simply cannot afford to ignore the effects of climate change. The oil industry in particular builds expensive infrastructure, and its scientists and engineers use the best available science to ... Read more

Naomi Klein: Big Green is in denial

Naomi Klein: Big Green is in denial
As I was writing The Shock Doctrine, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina. There are chapters in that book on both of those events. Then I came to the idea that climate change could be a kind of a “people’s shock,” an answer to the shock doctrine – not just another opportunity by the ... Read more

The Yes Men Secure the Homeland

The Yes Men Secure the Homeland
The Yes Men chose the Homeland Security Congress as our audience for this plan precisely because they were not our people. Many of them would be bonafide, gun-loving, flag-toting, rightwing patriots. Our goal was to see if we could promote this revolutionary (but entirely feasible) plan to people on the exact opposite end of the political spectrum. If we could get even those on the “Dark Side” to embrace a plan to end fossil fuels and ... Read more

Baltimore air polluter fumbles, and kids score one for their hard-hit community

Baltimore air polluter fumbles, and kids score one for their hard-hit community
After close to three years of youth-led organizing against a massive incinerator planned for their South Baltimore Fairfield neighborhood, the young activists got their first taste of victory recently, when the state of Maryland ordered Energy Answers International, the company building the incinerator, to stop construction on the project. In this South Baltimore area, which has some of the worst air quality in the country thanks to the ... Read more

Enthusiasm High for a New Economy for Baltimore

Enthusiasm High for a New Economy for Baltimore
With growing recognition that the economy fails to serve the interests of most people, alternative institutions and processes based on economic democracy are beginning to pop up everywhere. This movement points to what is called by some as “the New Economy.” Throughout the country people are joining a global movement to create structures grounded in democratic control of community wealth – an economy of, by, and for the people. On May 16 ... Read more

Economy conference hits Baltimore

Economy conference hits Baltimore
Paul Jay, CEO of The Real News Network introduced the conference graciously hosting and televising the event in his town hall space A large crowd was very engaged listening intently to the opening plenary comprised of Margaret Flowers (co-director, It’s Our Economy), Diane Bell Mc-Koy (President& CEO. Associated Black Charities), Michael Coleman (United Workers Leader) and Jacqui Dunne (CEO Danu Resource). Gar Alperovitz was scheduled to be ... Read more

Live Stream of the Economic Democracy Plenary Sessions in Baltimore

Live Stream of the Economic Democracy Plenary Sessions in Baltimore
If you are unable to make it to the conference tonight, keep it tuned to this page for a live stream of our town hall at The Real News Network! You will also be able to catch the opening and closing plenary sessions on Saturday right here. For more on the event's schedule, visit here. Let's #BuildBmore2gether! Read more