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The Robin Hood Tax Debate

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

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The World Cup: How FIFA Benefits While Host Countries Lose Big

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.

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Solar Energy’s Post-Solyndra Image Problem

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

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OWS — Dawn of a New Progressive Movement?

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

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The Story of Broke: Where Do All Our Tax Dollars Go?

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

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The First Global Revolution Has Begun

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.

Open Letter to the CFTC on Oil Speculation

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.

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Don’t Repeat the Mistakes of the Past: Keep the Internet Free

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.

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Benefits of a Shorter Workweek

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

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Alaska Air Group Follows United Airlines into Biofuel’s Wild Green Yonder

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

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Good News and the Bad News

There was some pretty grim news on the carbon emissions front last week. According to the US Dept. of Energy, emissions for the year 2010 jumped considerably over the previous year, and that is in spite of the economic downturn. The 564 million ton jump, the largest ever, put more carbon into than atmosphere than … Continued

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A Power Shift in Boulder

Boulder voters approve steps towards breaking away from Xcel Energy to increase local and renewable energy options in the community. This could have ripple effects for utilities and cities throughout the country.

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Interview: Economic Policy Changes Will Move the Needle, Not Reusable Bags

Walking in Greenwich Village after Gernot Wagner’s talk at the New School last Tuesday, I realized that I’m probably not very far from the home of Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man. I find it very interesting that these two bright people, who are so passionate about the future of the planet, have such different … Continued

Keystone XL Pipeline Relies on Eminent Domain for Success

Over the weekend, protesters marched on Washington against the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. A variety of environmental reasons fuel opposition to the pipeline, ranging from possible water contamination, to furthering the continuing use of (dirty) fossil fuels, and even climate change. While these all may be worthwhile reasons, they may … Continued