We need a government that works

A bill currently being considered in the Colorado House exemplifies a deep concern I have with corporate influence on our government, and calls out public scrutiny. HB19-1037, the "Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act" is ostensibly about the retirement of coal-fired power plants owned by public utilities in Colorado, and the economic impact this will have on the communities that are heavily dependent on employment related to them. As climate change barrels down upon us, anticipating the issues associated with closing such plants is certainly a legitimate concern.

But this is not a good bill because it shunts all costs onto the customers and does not mention the role of the regulated utilities responsible for the construction of the plants. Those corporate utilities and their managers, Xcel in particular, should be made to bear their fair share of the responsibility for the construction of those plants and their unwitting impact of their environmental effects and how their …

An inspiring story....about a dispiriting situation

Last Sunday, December 16, 2018, the Sunday New York Times published an inspiring story, which touches on many themes; you can read it at: 

Retraining Workers for New Jobs and New Lives After Prison and Addiction

What struck me about the article was:

how the twin problems of drug addiction and doing prison time are a common, downward spiral in much of rural Americahow few public resources there are to deal with itthe success of the hero of the story, Tony Simpson, exemplifies a winning strategy to deal with these twin problems that could be replicated elsewhere
Basically, Mr Simpson, a local entrepreneur, already successful in another line of business, developed his own plan to help turn around his community: create a company that can export a product (trailers), train local people coming out of prison and/or drug rehab to work in it, and spend money and time -- a lot of money and time -- providing programs of assistance in doing just that.

The goal of the program, which is just over one…

Dear National Cable & Telecommunications Association: Your stance on net neutrality is incorrect...

In reference to this online article,  "Montana Becomes First State To Set Its Own Net Neutrality Rules"it states that "An unidentified spokeswoman for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and USTelecom, which represents the broadband industry, complained about the executive order..."

My response in reaction to your response is: GET A CLUE!
Destroying the principle of net neutrality is blatantly wrong, and the informed American public is well aware that this is nothing more than a power grab by a corrupt administration to privatize the Internet, which, in reality, is a public commons.
The Internet was conceived, built and fostered through the use of public funds and academic institutions who freely shared the knowledge and skills to create it. (see Where Wizards Stay Up Late, Simon & Schuster, 1999) It is the greatest commons ever created by humanity. 
This attempt by a captured federal regulatory body, the FCC, to privatize this public common…

Nature's Trust: a new paradigm for environmental law...and here's a great quote...

Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (click the link for a reference to the book) is my latest discovery on the frontier of research into how we are going to fix our environmental problems. 

What this book shows with authority is how environmental law has failed us, and has no illusions that correcting this will be a tough political battle against the One Percent and the Dark Money network.

But what this book does do with scholarly precision and overwhelming documented research is what an absolute fraud the current pretense is that our regulatory framework is protecting us and the environment.

If I find the time, I would like to examine this book as I am currently doing in my blog Examining Dark Money, because this book is that good...but until then I wanted to share this one description that I found so remarkably accurate about the "Remote Public", which is one of components of the regulatory framework that is supposedly working.

Some background: t…

Letter to the Lafayette City Council

Letter to the Lafayette City Council

January 5, 2018

Re: A community rights legal strategy

Dear Councilors:

After attending the important Council meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, I wanted to send you my
public input on the issue of retaining CELDF as legal counsel, as I believe some significant facts and
insights were omitted from the public comments. I hope you will find my remarks informative and
helpful in the future public forum that was allow further public discussion on this matter of grave
concern to our community.

First, I want to thank you all for your service in holding this difficult public office, especially at this time.
I have only attended a fraction of the meetings that have interest to me, but I can only imagine
what patience and fortitude it must take to endure all the meetings and service which you do as
part of your job. Though I sometimes disagree with the decisions reached, I do appreciate the
hard work you do in reaching them.

To let you know more about the par…