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Photo: EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meeting US President Joe Biden last year, at the G20 summit in Bali. European Commission.

June 29, 2023

New Report By The European Council On Foreign Relations.

A report issued by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) has warned that the European Union is being vassalized by the United States. According to the policy brief, authored by Jeremy Shapiro and Jana Puglierin, the process of vassalization has been accelerated by the US direction of European foreign policy during the Russia–Ukraine conflict.

Guardian staff and agencies
A man uses water bottles for flotation as he cools off in a canal in Beijing amid the heatwave while swathes of northern China sweltered in 40-degree temperatures. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

June 23, 2023

Nanjiao weather station in southern Beijing hits 41.1C, half a degree higher than the station’s previous monthly record

Beijing logged its hottest June day since records began on Thursday, the national weather service said, as swathes of northern China sweltered in 40-degree heat.

Cloe Logan
Efficiency Canada just released a paper that makes policy suggestions on how Canada could lead the way by marrying rental protections with energy-efficiency programs. Photo by Mika Baumeister / Unsplash

June 23rd 2023

In Canada, most federal energy-efficiency programs target homeowners: the Canadian Greener Homes grant, for example, offers $125 to $5,000 to install heat pumps, swap out insulation and more.

John Feffer
Teaser photo credit: UK child’s ration book in WW2. Public Domain.

An interesting description of an international, post-capitalist energy distribution system--which fails to address how capitalism might be eliminated. 

                       -- Gene McGuckin

May 23, 2023

 Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Public Power Now

  June 8, 2023 

TUED interviewed two Coalition organizers, Michaelangelo Pomarico and Patrick Robbins. View the 40-minute interview here and read the full interview transcript below. [website editor: this is a rough, incomplete and edited transcript!]

 Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Build Public Renewables - New York

June 6, 2023 

On May 2, New York became the first US state to pass a major Green New Deal policy following four years of organizing by the Public Power NY coalition and allies. The Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA), now New York State law, empowers and directs the state’s public power provider – the New York Power Authority (NYPA) – to plan, build, and operate renewable energy projects across New York State. Organizers are now focusing on growing the movement for Public Power from coast to coast.

John Vaillant
Northern Alberta’s Bald Mountain wildfire burns on May 12. GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA FIRE SERVICE, VIA CP

May 19, 2023

We can’t call these supercharged wildfire seasons our ‘new normal.’ There’s nothing natural about how we changed the Earth’s climate

John Vaillant’s latest book is Fire Weather: The Making of a Beast.


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