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WATCH: Cartoon Superhero Explains Cap-and-Dividend

From Smilin’ Joe Fission, the little guy who made nuclear power fun on The Simpsons, to Mr. DNA, the animated nucleic acid chain who broke down dinosaur cloning in Jurassic Park, the cartoon mascot has a long and proud tradition of elucidating and jazzing up complicated concepts so that even a child can understand them. So it’s kind of a stroke of genius for Peter Barnes (Climate Solutions: A Citizens Guide) and the folks at CapandDividend.org to harness the power of the cartoon to explain the bullet points of Cap-and-Dividend, a thorny concept I’ve always had a bit of trouble understanding. In other words, thanks to cartoons, I finally get it.

Take it away, Cap’n Dividend…

Visit CapandDividend.org to read Peter Barnes’ essay on the concept. It’s also pretty straightforward, and features an illustration by yours truly. (The downside? No flying guys in technicolor tights.)


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..