We are in the middle of a climate of political unrest bred by economic inequality. It’s a climate that has the students on edge and the police on edge. But what does it have to do with sustainability?
Policy & Government
A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.
As entrepreneurs looking to build businesses and contribute to our local economies, we are interested in having increased access to capital from unaccredited investors who are willing to contribute funds in smaller amounts.
Here’s an idea: Let’s flood the global market with our cheap dirty coal! We won’t be burning and polluting the atmosphere here, merely transporting the coal on 1.5-mile long trains through densely populated areas of the Pacific Northwest, where it will be exported to China. We’ll boost our exports, help our balance of trade and … Continued
LA’s solar power and green jobs potential remains largely untapped, due in large part to lack of action by local government, according to a UCLA-USC study presented at the Los Angeles Business Council Institute on Tuesday. The report’s authors found that the city and region lags the rest of the state when it comes to solar power and green jobs. Enacting a solar power feed-in tariff, they add, could create $2 billion in local investment and create 16,000 job-years with a minimal impact on ratepayers.
By Maggie Winslow The EU and UK are currently contemplating instating a financial transaction tax, sometimes called a “Robin Hood” or Tobin Tax. The Tobin Tax was first proposed by Nobel Prize-winning economist James Tobin in 1974 (I like his work so much, I named my son Tobin). The original proposed tax was on international … Continued
Countries and cities spend vast amounts of money to participate in the bidding process to host world sporting events. Along with the pride and glory and the opportunity to showcase one’s cities, nation, and culture, there is the perception that such events will create an economic boon in the country. Whereas this may be the case for developed nations, the prize for hosting soccer’s World Cup can turn into fool’s gold for developing countries and emerging markets.
Let’s play the word association game. I’ll start with ‘solar energy’ – what’s the first thing you think of? Is it ‘the energy of the future’ or ‘bankruptcy’ or maybe even ‘waste of American taxpayers’ money’? Until not too long ago, the answer would be probably be the former rather than the latter. Yet, in … Continued
Police can break up the various “Occupy” encampments across the country but can they halt the movement? Probably not. As disorganized, disparate and disheveled as some would like to believe Occupy Wall Street and its regional allies are, the barn door is open and the horse is romping freely in the field. Or in this … Continued
A great deal of discussion these days centers around change and how to achieve it. We need better schools, green technology, more public transportation, and more comprehensive health care, among other things. Meanwhile, state and federal budgets are stretched thin and it seems like finding money for these programs is a pipe dream. Annie Leonard, … Continued
Now we are in the early stages of the first-ever global revolution. It is not about seizing power in capital cities; it is a values revolution that is demanding a transition from the current system where money values rule over the life cycle, to a new system where life values will rule over the money cycle.
We are writing to commend your vote on Oct. 18, 2011, to implement position limits on commodities speculators, including oil speculators. Further, we would like to voice some of our concerns regarding the regulation of oil price speculation and the affects on the general well-being of the American people in response to the CFTC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RIN 3038-AD15 and RIN-AD16 on the topic of Position Limit for Commodity Derivatives, dated January 26, 2011.
Keep the Internet free – let net neutrality rules stand: As lawmakers in the Senate attempt to bring a vote to the floor repealing the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules set to go into effect November 21, a historical perspective on telecom, the media and the Internet & why the rules should stand.
By Maggie Winslow How are we going to return to full employment in the U.S.? We can’t just keep producing more and different consumer goods, hoping jobs will come from their production and consumption. We don’t have the natural capital for that plan. But, what if everyone could afford to work fewer hours so that … Continued
If it seems like biofuel for airplanes is all the rage this week, you’re right. On Monday, United Airlines became America’s first commercial airline to use an algae based biofuel, and today Alaska Air Group will become the first to fly on a synthetic jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oil, with 75 flights scheduled … Continued