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  1. Matthew Andrews

    Red-Green Revolution: A Conversation about Ecosocialism

    Red-Green Revolution: A Conversation about Ecosocialism Thursday, September 20 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM encuentro 5 9A Hamilton Pl, Boston, Massachusetts 02108 This event celebrates Victor Wallis’ new book, "Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism" with a lively discussion...
  2. Matthew Andrews

    COTA: Current technology could reduce energy consumption by a third, save $34B

    I'm currently taking a course to become a Home Energy Rater. The HER System is a standardized way to measure the energy efficiency of homes. The introduction to the primer states the following: Energy is a vital issue in terms of affordable housing. Heating and cooling a home is the largest...
  3. Matthew Andrews

    McKibben, Sanders Institute: What Can I Do?

    It's a throw-away line in this video, but McKibben essentially says campaigns like divestment and blockades will stall the fossil fuel industry to buy time for engineers to make renewable energy more affordable. I thought renewable energy already was affordable, just not so politically blessed...
  4. Matthew Andrews

    Left Forum (NYC): Towards a New Strategy for the Left

    I'm going! Also, SCNCC activist Richard Smith will be speaking on a panel at 10am on Sunday called "Radical Visions and Strategies for the Environmental Movement". Will other SCNCC activists be there? Towards a New Strategy for the Left Left Forum | Towards a New Strategy for the Left The...
  5. Matthew Andrews

    Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Still Total More Than $5 Trillion Annually

    I support the fossil fuel fee-and-dividend proposals that have been popular in the climate movement. But maybe first we should stop feeding the beast? Campaigning to repeal subsidies would probably be more popular among folks in the political center, and may be easier to win. Global Fossil...
  6. Matthew Andrews

    There should be a forum for the construction industry

    Hi Ted, Yes, in fact, most buildings that people will live and work in 50 years from now have already been built! Tearing them down would have a huge environmental impact as well. A new green economy would have to retrofit these buildings and homes to conserve energy much better. I could...
  7. Matthew Andrews

    There should be a forum for the construction industry

    Hello everyone! I just shared a post in the general discussion forum. It's about proposed legislation in Massachusetts that would require "scorecards" for energy efficiency when a house is for sale. This is my line of work and of particular interest to me. SCNCC should have a forum for...
  8. Matthew Andrews

    Massachusetts: An Act Relative to Consumer Access to Residential Energy Information

    This is good news for me! If this passes it will create more work. Of course it is a very limited step forward. It's only requiring energy performance information be presented when a house is sold. So houses not being sold are unaffected. Furthermore, there's nothing saying improvements...
  9. Matthew Andrews

    Event (not a conference): 350.org Launches Fossil Free US Campaign in Large-Scale Event the Day Afte

    I almost posted this in the Strategy Discussion forum, but I see that the article is intended to promote the event Steve already mentioned above. Without a more radical program, turning attention away from Washington sounds like a retreat. In this article McKibben offers three strategies, but...
  10. Matthew Andrews

    Discussion on Divestment

    Hey everyone, Thanks for inviting me onto the forum. I don't get to be a part of such thoughtful discussions anywhere else, and reading this thread makes me realize how much I miss serious political discussion. On the whole, I find Richard's arguments about divestment for fossil fuels...
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