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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2015

Coming Soon! Public Rooftop Revolution Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-rooftop-revolution/

There are a lot of stories on rooftop solar (and a great report on how cities enable solar), but few have examined how cities are using solar on their own buildings and property to make themselves energy self-reliant. ILSR digs deeper to examine how cities can overcome the barriers to municipal solar, and features five stories… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Archive of Dr. Dave’s Questions and Answers About Policy Issues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/archive-of-dr-daves-questions-and-answers-about-policy-issues/

Back during the 2004 election ILSR’s Vice President, David Morris, took policy questions from our audience and provided detailed answers across a wide range of topics.  Many issues will still be relevant today so we’ve put up the archive here. THESE ARCHIVED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ARE FROM 2004! Don’t states have the right to regulate… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

The Hole in Brian Potts’ WSJ Critique of the “Solar-Panel Craze.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/the-hole-in-brian-potts-wsj-critique-of-the-solar-panel-craze/

In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that rooftop solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility’s view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: the value of solar… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Update on “Denmark Without Waste”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/update-on-denmark-without-waste/

Shlomo Dowen of GAIA-Europe provided this article from Edward Perchard on Denmark’s transition away from its network of 26 garbage incinerators that lead the country on the ‘wrong path’. Also see, ILSR’s 2014 update, A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark A BURNING ISSUE By Edward Perchard | 27 April 2015 To most, Denmark brings to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2015

Why Democratic Energy Offers Faster Approach to Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/why-democratic-energy-offers-faster-approach-to-clean-energy/

There are many organizations in the energy space, and ILSR’s climate and energy advocacy overlaps substantially with the many other players who care about a cleaner energy system. But our approach isn’t the same. Rather, our vision is that communities enrich their local economies by being masters of the transition to 100% renewable energy. This… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2015

North Carolina Files Petition Opposing FCC Ruling to End Anti-Muni Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/north-carolina-files-petition-opposing-fcc-ruling-to-end-anti-muni-laws/

It took a while, but the State of North Carolina finally decided to take its turn at the throat of the FCC. Attorneys filed a Petition for Review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals similar to the one filed by the State of Tennessee in March. The Petition is available for download below. Our… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2015

Sweden Piles Up Toxic Ash on Norway Island

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sweden-piles-up-toxic-ash-on-norway-island/

From Antonia Bruno from no-burn.org: Sweden is frequently touted as a model for the U.S. to follow, with its low landfilling rates, high “recycling” rates, and “waste-to-energy.” However, there are some major problems with these claims. Sweden burns more than 50% of its waste and calls it recycling. Furthermore, they count the toxic ash produced… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2015

ILSR Seeks Recycling and Economic Development Specialist

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-seeks-recycling-and-economic-development-specialist/

The Waste to Wealth Initiative of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is looking to fill a full time, associate-level position. The job involves developing recycling, composting and reuse enterprises throughout the US. The associate will be responsible for assisting local governments, small businesses and community develop organizations develop viable value added enterprises and policies that… Continue reading

Oct. 8, 2014
"A portrait of the President as he listened during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden. The meeting was originally scheduled in the Oval Office but the President moved it outside because the weather was so pleasant."
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2015

Obama’s Advance Team Should Be Fired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/obamas-advance-team-should-be-fired/

The Obamas are proving singularly inept at choosing appropriate venues to highlight their initiatives. In June 2011 Michelle invited giant retailers, including Walmart to the White House to launch her effort to persuade the country’s largest retailers to move into inner city “food deserts.” She later visited a Walmart in Springfield, Illinois to applaud its… Continue reading