Profile

Cover photo
Brian Ray James (Brian)
Worked at Denver Office of Economic Development
Attended University of Colorado Denver
Lives in Denver, CO
721 followers|74,125 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos+1's

Stream

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
For Democrats, the world’s third-richest person is a champion who has advocated higher taxes for millionaires and donated money to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. But green-energy advocates are expressing increasing frustration with Buffett, whose sprawling business empire is opposing them on fronts including solar power, oil train safety and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Thanks to +Gideon Rosenblatt for pointing me to this.

#politics #environment #renewables 
The billionaire’s companies are pushing against some green-energy policies, angering liberal Democrats.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
Being in poor-quality work which, perhaps, is boring, routine or represents underemployment or a poor match for the employee's skills is widely regarded as a good way for the unemployed to remain connected to the labor market — and to keep the work habit. But ... data shows unambiguously that the psychosocial quality of bad jobs is worse than unemployment.
Even in a recession, the uncomfortable truth may be that "any job" may not be a good job at all.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
While there’s still some resistance to the idea of building local economies through newer approaches, such as strengthening transportation networks, encouraging walkable downtowns, and creating mixed-use developments, ... that’s changing.
Mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly downtowns are the next frontier for the Rockies.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
The White House has significant leeway on how to manage natural resource extraction offshore and on federal land. A number of federal policies, from tax law to public lands management, were set up decades ago to encourage fossil fuel development. They haven’t been updated to reflect either the science of climate change or market conditions, but they should be.

#energy #politics #climatechange 
Coal-mining and oil-drilling programs on federal land are big money-wasters, in addition to polluting the environment and hurting the climate.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
We are killing ourselves with coal, with chemicals, with carelessness and with greed. The people behind all this don't care, and won't care until they are made to. Navajo Nation activists literally chased a sitting US senator down the road and off their lands in an attempt to force the issue.

#climatechange #economics #pollution
We are killing ourselves with coal, with chemicals, with carelessness and with greed.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
A new guide, part of the Transform Scotland initiative, gives tourists all the information that they need to see the most popular attractions without having to drive at all. Dubbed “Car-Free Tourism,” the site focuses on 24 attractions and activities. Each has its own profile page with all the information needed to get there and back without a car.

#sustainability #transportation #mobility
A new guide shows you how to explore by train, bus, bike and on foot.
1
Add a comment...
In his circles
634 people
Have him in circles
721 people
Barb Drozdowich's profile photo
Colin Elliott's profile photo
Rebecca Rubin's profile photo
Project Juice's profile photo
Alex Standiford's profile photo
Steel buildings - Capital Steel Buildings's profile photo
Eileen W. Espinal's profile photo
Lunaril Larentia's profile photo
Steven Petrofski's profile photo

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
Grassroots environmentalists — moved by nature, facts and concern for future generations — see one kind of pragmatism: what works to create a livable future. Neoliberal environmentalists see a very different kind of pragmatism: what’s politically achievable, whether or not it actually solves the underlying problems. Fundamentally changing the rules, so that polluting oligopolies no longer control the system, is simply unthinkable for them. The tensions between the two types of environmentalists have rarely been so stark — but they’ve long been consequential.

#climatechange #politics #environment 
Establishment Dems are trying to take climate action while still satisfying corporate interests. That won't work.
1
Gideon Rosenblatt's profile photo
 
This piece on Warren Buffet is interesting too. Talks about his connection to Democratic candidates and campaign contributions.

“Philosophically and politically [Buffett is] probably out there hoping to continue to promote greener energy,” said economist Charles Cicchetti, who used to work with Buffett’s companies and more recently consulted for the rooftop solar company SolarCity. “But there’s a gap between his brain and his [business] philosophy. He hires aggressive people who are out there to win at any cost. He doesn’t acquire utilities so they can enhance the public good.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/warren-buffett-green-energy-empire-anger-liberal-213125#ixzz3kIqC4idd
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
In all these scenes we see a system that’s at once powerful, built to get water “to where it is needed,” and tenuous, as it runs up against non-negotiable limits.

#water #drought #environment 
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
It turns out that while the U.S. has been good about slashing local ozone pollution, enough of it comes from over the sea to keep overall levels fairly constant. But those of you who would point the finger at China should remember that most of those polluting factories are running to make inexpensive goods for Americans and Europeans, so things are a little more complex than they might first appear.

#airquality #pollution #consumerism 
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
But whether laws or financial incentives work best for increasing green roofs, there is plenty of progress to be made. For now, many people will be watching France to see if the ecological, economic, and social benefits of green roofs can be translated from a city scale to a national one.

#sustainability #infrastructure #climatechange 
The new French law, which requires renewable energy or plants on all new commercial buildings, is the first of its kind at the national level.
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
Just as scientists announced July was the hottest month in recorded history, and ahead of a major climate summit in Paris later this year, an international group of Islamic leaders on Tuesday released a public declaration calling on the religion's 1.6 billion followers to engage on the issue of global warming and take bold action to stem its worst impacts.

#climatechange #religion #sustainability
1
Add a comment...

Brian Ray James (Brian)

Shared publicly  - 
 
These are all so very perfect. :)
1
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
634 people
Have him in circles
721 people
Barb Drozdowich's profile photo
Colin Elliott's profile photo
Rebecca Rubin's profile photo
Project Juice's profile photo
Alex Standiford's profile photo
Steel buildings - Capital Steel Buildings's profile photo
Eileen W. Espinal's profile photo
Lunaril Larentia's profile photo
Steven Petrofski's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Urban/Environmental Planner, Husband, Father
Employment
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Associate City Planner - Environmental Planning & Compliance, 2011 - 2013
  • Colorado Center for Community Development
    Graduate Assistant - GIS & Planning, 2010 - 2011
  • Denver Public Works
    Planning & Policy Intern, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Colorado Land Use Futures Lab
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2008 - 2009
  • Eco-Justice Ministries
    Outreach Coordinator, 2008 - 2008
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Environmental & Historic Review Research Assistant, 2007 - 2007
  • FedEx Kinko's/Kinko's
    Various, 1993 - 2006
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Denver, CO
Previously
Bryn Mawr, PA - Denver, CO - Loveland, CO - San Luis Obispo, CA - Chula Vista, CA
Links
Contributor to
Story
Tagline
"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!
Introduction
I consider myself both an urbanist and an environmentalist. Done right, the two are not at odds. I am interested in sustainable and resilient community development that protects environmental and economic systems while providing opportunities for advancement for all members of a community. I am also into how geographic information system (GIS) technology can help with achieving those goals.

I'm into progressive politics, though I try and be respectful of differing viewpoints. Sometimes, I do find that conservatives come up with really good ideas, and I try to be open to that. Indeed, I am starting to think that our old liberal/conservative divides may be outdated, but I'm not sure yet.

I am a person of faith; I am a Christian and an active member of The Episcopal Church. However, anyone of any faith tradition, or of no religious inclination at all, who is interested in creating a fair and sustainable future for all, is someone I want to have an energetic but respectful conversation with.

For fun, I'm a bit of a tech nut, especially for Apple tech, and have a growing respect for Google (hence why I'm on Google+!). I love to read fantasy literature (JRR Tolkien & Terry Brooks are favorites) when time allows. But above all, I love to just hang out with my wife and son.

All posts are my own opinions and are not reflective of my employers or any other group I am a part of. Let the conversations begin!
Bragging rights
New daddy to the most amazing son ever!
Education
  • University of Colorado Denver
    Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Denver
    Master of Applied Science - Environmental Policy & Management, 2004 - 2008
  • California Polytechnic State University
    BS Landscape Architecture, 1988 - 1993
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Brian Ray James (Brian)'s +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Down With Cable! Why HBO Is Finally Launching a Standalone Streaming Ser...
www.wired.com

Rejoice, cord cutters. HBO has announced it will launch its own online video streaming service next year, no cable TV subscription needed. U

The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Catch a Bus to Work | Streetsblog USA
usa.streetsblog.org

It's been called “the geography of opportunity.” And David Levinson is trying to make a science of it. In a new analysis, Levinson, a Univer

Hackers launch Apple ID phishing campaign playing on iCloud security wor...
www.macworld.com

Phishing emails masquerade as security alerts from Apple about rogue iTunes purchases, researchers from Symantec said

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind
www.theatlanticcities.com

Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.

At Urban Summit, A Feeling Of 'The Feds Can't, But We Can'
www.npr.org

Passing mentions of the U.S. government during CityLab elicited knowing chuckles from the audience.

How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads
www.pcworld.com

The journey was long and full of baby steps, but we’ve finally reached the destination: Google updated its terms of service on Friday to all

A Silent Hurricane Season Adds Fuel to a Debate Over Global Warming | TI...
science.time.com

We've passed the midpoint of the Atlantic hurricane season, and there's been not a storm to see. What does a hurricane drought tell us about

The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs
www.theatlanticcities.com

Leigh Gallagher on her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving.

Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes
www.yesmagazine.org

Many of the legal and diplomatic processes that led to peace in other times of conflict haven't even been tried yet in Syria.

Biggest Secret in the World Economy | On the Commons
onthecommons.org

While a great many commons seek to develop alternatives to conventional businesses – and even to bypass markets altogether – the struggle to

Amazon to offer discounted Kindle ebooks when you buy real, printed book...
www.imore.com

Amazon has introduced a program, called Kindle MatchBook, that will let customers download the Kindle ebook version of physical books that t

Here's why Obama's Syria muddle is so disappointing
www.motherjones.com

Not because it's a muddle, but because Obama had a chance to change our national security norms and didn't seize it.

Some Evangelicals See Biblical Prophecy In Syrian Crises | TIME.com
swampland.time.com

The Syrian region was second only to Jerusalem in importance for Christianity's initial growth

Yosemite Fire Burns Bright in Incredible Nighttime Image From Space - Wi...
www.wired.com

The blaze raging its way through a national forest in the Yosemite National Park area, known as the Rim fire, can be seen with frightening c

The Lead
www.episcopalcafe.com

North Carolina and South Carolina are experiencing an economic boom but fears that the homeless will drive away business are resulting in so

Public Transit Is Worth Way More to a City Than You Might Think
www.theatlanticcities.com

A new report finds a hidden economic value of anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year.

“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell
www.salon.com

Pennsylvania's right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds -- and the sickening details will shock you

Urbanism and the Landscape Architect | Planetizen
www.planetizen.com

Landscape architects are not given nearly enough recognition for being urbanists. This is not because we don't get enough work in cities but

Think Progress
plus.google.com

Hard-hitting political news and analysis.