Skip to main content
Default Image

The Clean Power Checkerboard

Gar Alperovitz writes for TruthOut on Obama’s accouncement of the Clean Power Plan that would be mobilized state-by-state to provide potentially far-reaching results in what Alperovitz calls the checkerboard strategy. He recalls the politically impossibility of same-sex marriage 15 years ago, but now it’s the law of the land. Could clean power follow in those footsteps?

state-by-state checkerboard strategy can be powerful: Same-sex marriage seemed like a political impossibility at the start of the millennium; 15 years later, it’s the law of the land. In the New Deal era, much of what ultimately became Roosevelt’s signature social and economic programs was a product of the checkerboard strategy as well, prototyped in the local “laboratories of democracy.” A strategic breakthrough at the state rather than federal level might one day make it possible to tell a similar story about the fight for a just energy transition.

Read the full article on TruthOut.

Publication date: 2015-09-09
Parent publication: Truthout
Publication URL: The Clean Power Checkerboard

More related work

March 19, 2020
Default Image

Protect the vulnerable, advance the democratic economy: Our statement on the COVID-19 crisis

We are in a period of breakdown, in which all that is wrong with the current system is now being laid bare. Rather than rebuild what we now clearly see should never have been, we must lead the construction out of this crisis of something new.

read more
March 18, 2020
Default Image

HAN Public Comments on Fair Housing Act Proposed Changes

The Healthcare Anchor Network submitted public comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), expressing our opposition to HUD’s proposed changes to the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

read more
March 17, 2020
An array of prescription medications on shelves

Online press briefing: Vaccines—The COVID-19 Case for Public Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Leading experts believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure widespread access to safe and effective vaccines that are developed with taxpayer money. In this virtual press briefing, hear why the U.S. government should develop and manufacture vaccines and other essential medicines so that we get the medicines we need, when we need them and at prices we can afford.

read more