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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 6, 2012

Solving the Local Clean Energy Puzzle

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solving-local-clean-energy-puzzle/

In this April 2 presentation to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative of Johnson City, TX, ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell discussed how solving the clean local energy puzzle requires much more than a consideration of cost per kilowatt-hour. Instead, cooperatives, municipal utilities and others considering developing local clean power should consider issues of scale, value and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2012

Arkansas Town Targeted by Cox Prior to Community Broadband Referendum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/arkansas-town-targeted-cox-prior-community-broadband-referendum

Siloam Springs, sporting 15,000 people in the northwestern corner of Arkansas, could be the next community to build its own community fiber network. But first they have to pass a referendum in May in the face of stiff opposition from Cox Cable, which would prefer not to face real competition. For over 100 years, the… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2012

A Real World Answer to Justice Scalia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/real-world-answer-justice-scalia/

In all other industrialized nations people who get sick get medical care without fear of the financial consequences of medical expenses.  They may have to pay for insurance or they may pay in taxes, but no matter how poor a family is, its members health care is covered. But not in the United States.  In… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Prometheus Radio Project Offering Webinar April 9th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/prometheus-radio-project-offering-webinar-april-9th

Here at MuniNetworks.org, we encourage the idea of local communication, via broadband or any other medium. Naturally, we are fans of low power radio, owned and operated by independent groups, rather than more stations owned by a few communications giants, seemingly located all over the radio dial. The Prometheus Radio Project has been working with… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Lots of Solar Power May Reduce, Not Increase, Electricity Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lots-solar-power-reduce-increase-electricity-prices/

Whether German feed-in tariffs or U.S. tax incentives, opponents of solar rail at its perceived high cost. But a story making rounds this week, “why power generators are terrified of solar,” presents a powerful image that may flip this conventional wisdom on its head. Building lots of solar power can actually reduce electricity prices, to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 4 Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2012

Democracy Under Attack

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

For its first 200 years the American Republic slowly, sometimes infuriatingly slowly and at horrific human cost (e.g. the Civil War) expanded the franchise. In 1870 the 15th Amendment gave blacks the right to vote.  In 1920, the 19th Amendment extended the franchise to women. In 1924 Congress granted Native Americans citizenship and thus the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2012

Let’s Settle Cleveland’s Garbage Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lets-settle-clevelands-garbage-future/

In the 1980’s Cleveland considered garbage incineration. It was rejected, but no positive action was taken. For thirty years Cleveland’s valuable materials flowed to low-cost area landfills. This left the city vulnerable to the next push for incineration. The push came three years ago; this plan fell to pieces a few days ago. What will the City do now? Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under General | Written by admin | 3 Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2012

What Happened to the New Rules Project?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/what-happened-to-the-new-rules-project/

It’s all still here. We have reorganized the NewRules.org and ILSR.org websites to better coordinate and publicize our work. All of the project’s activity, research, and information continues here, on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s new web site. The New Rules Project’s primary focus areas — Energy, Banking, Broadband, Independent Business, and The Public Good… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2012

Tornado Destroys Homes, Cable Companies Charge Homeowners

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tornado-destroys-homes-cable-companies-charge-homeowners

When a tornado rips your town apart and destroys your home, should you have to pay extra fees to your cable provider? Of course not. But we continue to see these news stories about massive cable companies ripping off people who are just trying to find the energy to get by day to day. Last… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Banking | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2012

Banking For the Rest of Us

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/banking-for-the-rest-of-us/

In this cover story for Sojourners Magazine, Stacy Mitchell writes that there is remarkably little evidence to support the idea that bigger banks are superior. They have come to dominate, not because they are more efficient or offer better services, but because they have rigged government policy in their own favor. It’s time for a new set of rules—banking policies for the 99 percent. Continue reading