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Majora Carter

Entries by Majora Carter

Vote for Obama -- Because the Republicans Don't Even Want You to Vote

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 4:56 PM

I want you to vote for President Obama this November 6 because the Republicans don't even want you to vote.

This country has a sad history of attempts, too many of them successful, to keep the poor and people of color from voting. The Jim Crow laws of the last...

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Plan It Forward: The Right Way To Put Americans To Work On American Lands

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Some would argue -- and I'm one of them -- that many government programs over the years have had disastrous consequences because they've lacked good planning. For example, we have a long and shameful history of dumping coal-fired power plants, along with chemical plants and other poison-spewing facilities, in our...

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Clean Energy, Brown Fields, Wild Spaces

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 3:07 PM

One of the best things about my work in green project development is that I get to see how innovative projects inspire new policies, which in turn open doors for more exciting new projects. My favorites are the ones that move us to a clean energy economy, help communities, create...

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Our Most 'Expensive' Citizens Can Become Our Climate Change Heroes

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2009 | 10:18 AM

As part of the Roosevelt Institute's 10-part series on the Jobs Crisis, running on the New Deal 2.0 blog from Nov. 12-25, I was asked to reflect on what can be done to get Americans working again. Here's my take.

People with jobs are better off than people...

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The Case For (Truly) Accurate Labels

(7) Comments | Posted June 8, 2008 | 7:49 AM

Does "Made in China" (or anywhere else for that matter) tell you the whole story? Why not require production labels on products sold here?

Food labels tell us about what we eat, but what about the ingredients in other products? One thing they all require is electricity. In China,...

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Retrofitting Our Buildings

(19) Comments | Posted May 30, 2008 | 7:04 AM

In the US, energy-inefficient buildings account for over half of greenhouse gas emissions.

But tearing everything down and rebuilding means a lot of demolition debris - carted off with trucks through poor communities - to be dumped on other poor communities further away. Not good.

Retrofitting buildings is...

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Clean Tech: What Is It And Why Should You Care?

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2008 | 9:16 AM

So what is going to drive the economy after oil and coal have played their parts and are on the way out? Probably a combination of many things, but they are all going to have one thing in common, they will be "cleaner" than what we do now.


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Greenwashing Our Cities?

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 9:24 AM

One problem we face with all our well-meaning legislative efforts is that not all laws get enforced equally. Let's face it, no matter what color you are, areas where poverty exists are last on the list when it comes to enforcing our environmental laws.

One trick to making sure...

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What One Tree Can Do For ADD, Crime And Stress

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2008 | 11:01 PM

If a tree grows in a city and nobody is there to assess its ancillary benefits to society, is it worth anything?

We can all agree that green, living things like trees, wet lands, green spaces, even flowers, help deal with costly problems like cleaning the air, reducing urban heat...

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What The Greatest Generation Can Teach Us

(15) Comments | Posted December 20, 2007 | 6:00 AM

Gasoline and food rationing, domestic production mandates, a military draft! Sounds like a totalitarian nightmare, but it stopped global fascism. As we face our own global environmental crisis, what lessons can we learn from pre-war Americans?

My wedding ring belonged to my husband's grandmother, and I love to hear...

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Saving the World (Starting With the South Bronx)

(8) Comments | Posted November 24, 2007 | 7:00 AM

When people ask me what I do for a living, my short answer is, "I'm working to save the world, starting in the South Bronx."

Yes, the South Bronx is a poor Latino and Black community in New York City. At first glance, we don't have much in common...

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Making Cities Sustainable

(11) Comments | Posted November 6, 2007 | 7:00 AM

A low-income single mom takes her child to a high-cost emergency room for an asthma attack late at night. She is less productive at work the next day, and might get fired if it happens too often. She and her child are more likely to suffer from obesity and diabetes...

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