Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes—an entrepreneur who co- founded Working Assets and a solar energy company—is co-founder of On the Commons. He is the author of Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons and Climate Solutions: A Citizens Guide. His 2001 book Who Owns the Sky? presented the cap-and-dividend solution for climate change.

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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 9:32am
How to Restore the Middle Class
A cushion of reliable income is a wonderful thing. It can help pay for basic necessities. It can be saved for rainy days or used to pursue happiness on sunny days. It can encourage people to take entrepreneurial risks, care for friends, or volunteer for community service.
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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:31am
A Brief History of Commons Destruction
In the beginning, almost everything was the commons. Humans roamed through it, hunting and gathering to meet their needs. Like other species, we had territories, but these were communal to the tribe, not private to the person.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:20am
Clear Act: A Climate Bill That Can Pass
For nearly a decade, green NGOs in Washington worked closely with corporate polluters to promote “ cap and trade ” as a climate solution. The deal was, there’d be a leaky carbon cap with lots of money flowing to polluters and Wall Street. It was far from perfect, but better—so the NGOs said—than nothing.
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