Energy Democracy Coordinating Committee DSA - San Diego

[. . . the DSA has been campaigning for some months to get the city to take over the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) utilities and have it managed by a democratically elected board. Unlike Canada, US cities can do this sort of thing without getting approval from the next higher level of government, i.e. the state there, the province here. Gene McGuckin]


Dear Council President Gomez and members of San Diego City Council,

Ainslie Cruickshank
A report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development says federal funding should support skills training for green industries. Photo: Stephen Yang, The Solutions Project / Flickr

Jul 7, 2020

New report from Canada’s leading environmental groups lays out a roadmap for recovery that ties federal support to emissions reductions, prioritizes worker training and addresses longstanding inequalities

More than a dozen environmental organizations in Canada are calling on the federal government to attach “green strings” to its economic recovery measures that prioritize both workers and efforts to address the climate crisis.

Elliot Rossiter
Uber in street scape

July 10, 2020

On June 22, New Westminster City Council approved the city’s participation in an inter-municipal business licence for ride-hailing agencies to operate in the region.

Emily Holden
 Environmental advocates say investing billions in an industry that is polluting the planet and causing the climate crisis is short-sighted and a bad use of public money. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

7 Jul 2020

Businesses include oil and gas drillers and coal mine operators, an analysis by Documented and the Guardian finds

More than 5,600 companies in the fossil fuel industry have taken a minimum of $3bn in coronavirus aid from the US federal government, according to an analysis by Documented and the Guardian of newly released data.

The businesses include oil and gas drillers and coal mine operators, as well as refiners, pipeline companies and firms that provide services to the industry.

Tim Heffernan, Simon Schweitzer and Bill Hopwood
No mass evictions protest

July 8, 2020 

Canada has now been under COVID-19 restrictions for three months, and many provinces are starting to open up again, although the virus is not under control. Canada is not yet out of the first wave and is certainly not ready to deal with the inevitable second wave. The Liberal government has acted too little and too late, but living next door to US’s Trump-caused disaster, it doesn’t look so bad.

Ashley Cowburn

July 3, 2020

Exclusive: Poll shows nearly two-thirds of public [UK] want government to explore radical concept to help economy recover from Covid-19

Nearly two-thirds of the public and more than half of Conservative voters believe the government should explore the introduction of a four-day working week in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll shows.

Kali Akuno

June 30, 2020

9-11 minutes

The Floyd rebellion is changing the world before our very eyes. What type of change and to what degree it will shift the balance of forces between rulers and ruled, haves and the have-nots remains to be seen. What is clear is that there is an active and open political contest to shape the outcome.



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