... Trump Incites Terrorist Mob to End Our Democracy

What happened on January 6th when our elected federal legislators—both senators and House members—were convening to count the electoral college votes that Joe Biden won was a HORRIFIC ACT of DOMESTIC TERRORISM.

Biden Won, But Trump Refuses to Concede
America's democracy has never before experienced such a serious threat to its very existence.
Election Day Live Blogging
We will be blogging as the election results are reported today. We plan to start at approximately 4:00 p.m. and continue until whenever there is a more or less definitive picture--it could be midnight or later when we decide to stop!
We Endorse Biden and Harris
We, the editorial board of Enlight21, endorse the Democratic Party ticket.  Simply put, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the only viable alternatives at this critical juncture in our country.
Thoughts on the Election

These are a few key thoughts we have on the 2020 election--the most important one in the lifetimes of everyone who was not of voting age when FDR first became president in 1933.

Live Blogging the Presidential Debate: October 22, 2020

You can join us in this live blogging adventure. Feel free to stay as long as you would like. But be sure to keep on refreshing, so that we can see each other's comments in real time. Enjoy!

Why is America Unable to Contain the Pandemic?
It is now clear that America is unable to contain Covid19 as it rages across the country, bringing death and economic devastation. Why has the American government allowed this apocalypse to occur ? How have other countries been able to control the pandemic? This article examines these critical questions in order to shed light on how and why we ended up in this tragic situation.
Make A Difference:  Join the Sierra Club’s Bay Advocacy Program
The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club is offering an exciting course on how to protect ecosystems—in this case, San Francisco Bay, a national treasure that is under siege.  
The Hazards of Birdwatching While Black
In case you haven’t heard it though the internet grapevine yet--a black man, an avid birdwatcher in New York City--was reported to the police by a white woman who dialed  911 to report “an African American threatening my life.” Why did she do that?
Number of Infections and Deaths Still High but Trend is Beginning to Decline
As of February 4th at 9:00  AM (PST), there are over 27 milion cases and 466,403 deaths from Covid19 in the U.S.  In California, there are now  3,349,557 confirmed cases and over 40,000 deaths.. In the Bay Area, Santa Clara county now has over 103,000 cases (1,473 deaths), San Mateo has  over 36,000 cases and close to 400 deaths. And San Francisco has almost 32,000 cases and 328 deaths.
Under Cover of Pandemic: Rollbacks of Environmental Regulations
Under cover of the pandemic, the Trump administration has been working hard and fast to roll back Obama era auto emissions standards
Wear Masks or Not?
Update: Trump just announced on April 3rd, that the CDC is recommending cloth masks, but he hastened to say many times that it is just voluntary and that he will not be wearing a mask.
Obama Was A Wasted Opportunity
Great things were expected when Obama was elected. The hope was quickly dashed over the two years when Democrats controlled the House and Senate.
The Open Secret of the Dirty Economy
It is impossible to get away from the fossil fuels.
Rachel Maddow’s Blowout & Naomi Klein’s On Fire
Rachel Maddow’s new book Blowout must be read together with Naomi Klein’s On Fire. Blowout first and then On Fire. Why in this order?
Featured Blogs
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Environmental Policy
Examining the environment from a political, social, and economic standpoint.
ESP Reads
Our book group is comprised of Sierra Club members who seek to deepen their understanding of environmental issue in order to inform our political activism.
Curious Teens
Welcome to Curious Teens! Designed for teens and young adults, this book group explores interesting reads of all genres...
Broadband For All Work Plan

A work plan for BayCATs to pass legislation for CBN in San Mateo County.

Palo Alto’s Waste Ordinances by Jake Kim

We can successfully divert our waste from landfills and consume sustainable alternatives to plastic products.

Bioswales by Mark Menz

Bioswales are a creative alternative to standard sewage piping during the aftermath of storms. These natural and innovative funnel and filter systems for stormwater treatment push for a community to be more optimized than it could have been before.

Bike Lanes by Victoria Lin

Bike lanes benefit society. If we are strategical about where we place them and follow through with building them, it will be a step towards an effective eco-friendly movement.

Encouraging Environmentally-Friendly Behavior

I have been thinking about the problem of how to incentivize people to behave in an environmentally-friendly way.

Climate Change, Fish Migration, and Political Conflict

As our planet heats up, fish are migrating north, spurring conflict among nations.

Local Climate Actions Are Critical

Actions to combat climate change need to focus much more on local actions.

Car Companies: The Bad and the Good

Toyota, GM, Subaru, Chrysler , Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, and Kia have sided with the Trump administration in its attack on California’s much stricter carbon emissions standards.

Election Central
Superdelegates Are Still Around

In case people think the 2016 dispute over superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention has been resolved, think again.

Is Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All Plan Feasible?

Criticized by her fellow Democrats for not talking about how she plans to pay for a single-payer Medicare for all program and for insisting that under her plan, the middle class will not see higher taxes, Warren has responded by unveiling details about where the money for her Medicare for all  plan would  come from.

The Difference Between Warren and Sanders

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders seem to agree on a lot of issues—Medicare for All,  Free College,  Taxing the Rich,  Forgiving College Loan Debt and more.  The two are in complete agreement that the system is currently rigged in favor of the rich and corporations. .  So, what are the differences between the two?

Why Universal Basic Income Will Not Work

Universal Basic Income, or UBI, is an idea that has been promoted by “progressive” capitalists who are not interested in fundamental structural changes.  Instead, they advocate glitzy band aids slapped on gushing wounds, believing that such measures would alleviate serious problems like the extreme income inequality that plagues many developed countries.

Can Dems Win Back the White House in 2020 with a Moderate Candidate?

While media commentators have focused on the energy generated by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and its leading campaign issue—Medicare-for-All—this could be deceptive.  In this article, the author shows that for the 2018 mid0term elections, significantly more moderate Democrats were able to flip seats than progressives supported by Bernie Sanders’ grassroots organization, Our Revolution.

The Chances of a Dem Majority in the Senate in 2020

Most analysts agree that the Democrats’ chances of carrying out their agenda after 2020 (regardless of which party is in the White House) will depend on whether they can become the majority party in the Senate.  If the Republicans are still the majority party in the Senate, Mitch McConnell will continue to block bills.  

Prediction: Dem Victory in 2020

Professor Rachel Bitecofer, the assistant director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Virginia’s Christopher Newport University, accurately predicted that Democrats would gain 42 sits in 2018 (Dems gained 40). 

Would a Dem Progressive Have a Chance in 2020?

The conventional wisdom is that in the primaries, candidates tend to be more extreme—for Dems, this means tilting left--as they try to stand out among the field of candidates, but after a nominee has been chosen, he/she will run to the middle, hoping to appeal to independents and moderates.

Must Reads
Obstacles to Medicare for All

The for-profit private healthcare insurance companies,  hospitals,  and big pharmaceutical will fight Medicare-for-All to the bitter end.  They have everything to lose and nothing to gain.

Immigration 101: History of Immigration Law and Current Situation

First, a few key historical facts about Immigration in the U.S. Until 1965, American immigration law has always been racist, starting with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

Green New Deal 101

The idea of a “Green New Deal” has been germinating for a little over 20 years  in the U.S. and U.K.  The name is inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s when his administration  created a whole host of new programs and social safety legislation to lift America out of the Depression. 

Breaking Up Big Tech by Elizabeth Warren

Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.

How Amazon Gobbles Up Small Businesses

The way Amazon competes and the power of its monopoly are seldom highlighted in the media. Elizabeth Warren mentions it frequently as the reason why breaking up big tech is important, because the “winner take all” !

A Middle Class is Essential to Democracies

It's no secret that America's middle class is in decline. But while we focus on how that decline started (and who is to blame), we often forget to consider what happens if our middle class is wiped out entirely.

Reasons to Worry About the Disappearing American Middle Class

Despite gains in national income over the past half-century, American households in the middle of the distribution have experienced very little income growth in recent decades.

Automation is Not the Main Reason for Low Wages and Job Loss

In an opinion piece, Princeton economist Paul Krugman states that while many people assume that automation is the main reason for job loss and low wages, this is just not the case.

Madeleine Albright: 21st Century Fascism

The rise of demagogues with autocratic tendencies--men who can rally certain segments of society using nativist, racist, and fake populist appeals--is an emerging trend today.

Don’t Blame the Robots for Manufacturing Job Losses in U.S.

This piece by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is based on studies comparing countries’ levels of automation and job loss. It concludes that while there is a relationship, it is definitely not the only reason. Why?

Trickle Down Economics Does Not Work

The economic theory championed by conservatives that emerged during the Reagan era—that by cutting the tax rates of the rich/corporations would “trickle down” to everyone else through economic growth and job creation—has been proven to be INVALID.