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Two Fed Dissenters Air Opposing Views 20.12.2014 Wall St. Journal: US
The presidents of the Minneapolis and Philadelphia regional Fed banks both dissented for different reasons at the central bank’s policy meeting Wednesday and on Friday elaborated on their dovish and hawkish rationale.
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Dog Sentenced To Die In Owner's Will May Have Second Chance 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Connie Ley, an Indiana woman who died in November, put in her will two provisions for her dog, Bela : The healthy German shepherd could either be euthanized, cremated and buried along with her -- or else sent to a no-kill animal sanctuary. As of Friday, it was still unclear which fate Bela will meet. Eric C. Rayvid, a spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society , told The Huffington Post that the group is still working on convincing the will's executor, who has remained anonymous, to allow Bela to be brought to the group's facilities in southern Utah. There the 9-year-old dog would join some 1,700 other cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds and other animals. Many of the shelter's inhabitants are available for adoption, while others will live out their natural lives amid the state's red-rock mountains. "We're hoping that Bela will be able to come to our sanctuary," Rayvid said. Best Friends also released a statement on Facebook, asking supporters to use the hashtag #SaveBela on social media: Post by Best ...
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The 12 Days of a Healthy Home: A Holiday Checklist 19.12.2014 Health

The 12 Days of a Healthy Home: A Holiday ChecklistThe 12 days of Christmas are fast approaching. While five golden rings would be lovely, most of us have no use for two turtle doves, or a partridge. What we do seek, and at the top of most people's wish list these days, is good health. Why then, do we adorn our homes with holiday décor and engage in activities that could be making the whole...


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EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage 19.12.2014 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material....
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Texas Grid Regulator Cites Very Little Burden in Complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan 19.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Well, it didn’t take long before the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released, at the request of Texas’ very political Public Utilities Commission, another report about the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules designed to protect public health. This time ERCOT, which manages 90 percent of Texas’ electric grid, looked at the impact of seven EPA clean air safeguards on the electric grid, including the Cross State Air Pollution Rule ( CSAPR ), the Mercury Air Toxics Standard ( MATS ), the Regional Haze program (all of which go back before the Obama administration), the proposed Clean Power Plan , which would set the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, and others. What was surprising to learn, though, is that after power companies in the state start complying with EPA’s other clean air protections, the proposed Clean Power Plan poses a minimal incremental impact to the power grid. We would only have to cut 200 ...
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America Agrees That It’s Time to Act on Methane Pollution From Oil and Gas 18.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jeremy Symons There’s not much in Washington these days that Americans can agree on. But a new poll released today by the American Lung Association found that a large majority of voters would support EPA regulations requiring the oil and natural gas industry to cut methane pollution in half by 2020. This comes as EPA nears a decision – likely in the coming weeks — on whether to tackle the growing problem of unregulated methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. It’s a big decision. Reducing methane pollution from the oil and gas sector by half would save close to $1 billion a year in wasted energy and, over a 20-year time frame, cut climate pollution equivalent to closing about 90 coal-fired power plants. The  new poll of 1,000 voters, conducted by a bipartisan team of pollsters, also shows that public support for the Environmental Protection Agency and for strong clean air laws are as high as ever. GOP leaders should take note as they take over in Congress: voters believe, by a 3-to-1 margin, ...
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Warning: Fracking May Harm Public Health 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
What do public health advocates like me tell people all the time? Get tested. Use protection. In practice, that means we’re always explaining how everything from cancer screenings to immunizations to bike helmets can save lives. The same logic ought to apply to natural gas drilling. Take what’s happening in Maryland, my state. Until now, Maryland has banned the controversial gas-drilling process commonly known as “fracking.” That’s kept a portion of the Marcellus Shale formation — a gas-rich stretch of bedrock that stretches from New York State to Tennessee — off-limits to frackers. Maryland was the only state to complete a public health study of the impacts of fracking before drilling. The participants found fracking to have a high or moderate likelihood of negative impacts in seven out of eight core areas — including air quality, water quality, occupational health, and earthquakes, among other things. Before Election Day, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, had supported a moratorium on ...
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EDF at Senate Subcommittee Hearing: Strengthened Smog Standards Urgently Needed to Protect Human Health and the Environment 18.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF at Senate Subcommittee Hearing: Strengthened Smog Standards Urgently Needed to Protect Human Health and the Environment
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After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World's Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses? 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
As a psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program admits he personally waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, we look at allegations that the American Psychological Association — the largest association of psychologists in the world — secretly colluded with U.S. abuses. Speaking to Vice News, retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell confirmed for the first time he personally waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mitchell was hired to help create the interrogation program along with his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen. The Senate report says Mitchell and Jessen were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the most abusive tactics. The Senate's findings come as the American Psychological Association has launched a review to determine whether its leadership also played a role in CIA torture. The APA's probe was prompted by revelations from Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter James Risen. In his new book, "Pay Any Price," ...
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ERCOT Report Confirms Ease to Comply with EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan 17.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
ERCOT Report Confirms Ease to Comply with EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan
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OPINION | Shut up and work: The question of free speech on the job 16.12.2014 Twin Cities Daily Planet
Mary Turck Workday Minnesota "Discussing political views is not advisable." This 1905 rule for Iowa teachers apparently also applies to Delta Air Lines workers in 2014. MORE » "Discussing political views is not advisable." This 1905 rule for Iowa teachers apparently also applies to Delta Air Lines workers in 2014. The Story County, Iowa, teaching contract was explicit in saying teachers should not talk politics — or loiter in ice cream parlors, play cards, dance, or indulge in "undue use of cosmetics." While the code of conduct for teachers seems antiquated and laughable, the continuing right of employers to control workers' speech and conduct, on and off the job, is no laughing matter. On Dec. 2, Delta Air Lines fired baggage handler Kip Hedges for speaking out about wages and the $15Now minimum wage campaign in a Workday Minnesota video . Hedges was off-duty and outside the terminal when he spoke. This is what he said: “A lot of the Delta workers make under $15 an hour. As a matter of fact, I would say ...
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2014--A Year of Clean Cars for All 15.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Luke Tonachel, Vehicles Analyst, New York City: Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   When it comes to automobiles, 2014 has been a year of good news for consumers, public health and the environment. Thanks to tightening standards, cars are more fuel efficient...
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Congress Passes Spending Bill Backing Expanded Campaign Against ISIS 13.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
(Adds final vote in second paragraph) By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at $577 billion, including $64 billion for wars abroad. The Senate passed the legislation 89-11 and sent it to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The House of Representatives last week endorsed the measure, which sets defense policy and authorizes spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, but does not actually appropriate funding. The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama's request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. It also authorizes $17.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons work. The measure formally endorses the Pentagon's plan to vet, train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition military force ...
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Senate poised to OK defense policy bill 13.12.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to approve a massive defense policy bill that endorses President Barack Obama's stepped-up military campaign of air strikes and training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels in the war against Islamic State militants.
Standing Up with Those Who Stand for Justice 13.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rhea Suh, President of NRDC, New York City: Working on environmental issues, I’ve seen firsthand the ways that communities of color too often suffer first, and suffer most, from pollution that poisons our waters and air, our communities, and our food. For people consigned to living on the...
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Fond Farewell to Retiring Environmental Champions 12.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Late Thursday night, three of the longest-serving environmental champions in Congress took their final votes. Representatives John Dingell, George Miller, and Henry Waxman are retiring. They surely deserve the rest, but -- oh! -- how the environmental community will miss having them in the House. With gratitude, we bid them a fond farewell. John Dingell Congressman Dingell is retiring after setting the record as the longest-serving member of Congress ever. He served 59 admirable years, many of them as Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in which he wrote and worked for some of the most important environmental accomplishments on the books. Mr. Dingell describes himself as "an avid conservationist and outdoorsman." Inspired to protect that great outdoors, Dingell authored and worked to pass many of the laws that we now call "bedrock environmental laws." Dingell was an architect of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the 1990 updates to ...
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At COP 20 in Lima, tracing a path to cap greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from coal and oil in China 12.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Alvin Lin, China Climate and Energy Policy Director, Beijing: WRI President Andrew Steer, Vice President Al Gore, Minister Xie Zhenhua, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Vanke Chairman Wang Shi at the opening of the Making the Future of Cities Green event at the China Pavilion. Photo by author....
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Half Of Republicans Back Limits On Carbon, Poll Shows 12.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The results of a new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and Yale University show their priorities may be misplaced. Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren't asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not. And majorities across party lines said environmental protections "improve economic growth and provide new jobs" in the long run, a popular Obama administration talking point. The picture of Republicans that emerges from the poll runs counter to the monolithic view of Republicans ...
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North Texas Fracking Zone Sees Growing Health Worries 12.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity , a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. DALLAS—Propped up on a hospital bed, Taylor Ishee listened as his mother shared a conviction that choked her up. His rare cancer had a cause, she believes, and it wasn’t genetics. Others in Texas have drawn the same conclusions about their confounding illnesses. Jana DeGrand, who suffered a heart attack and needed both her gallbladder and her appendix removed. Rebecca Williams, fighting off unexplained rashes, sharp headaches and repeated bouts of pneumonia. Maile Bush, who needed surgery for a sinus infection four rounds of antibiotics couldn’t heal. Annette Wilkes, whose own severe sinus infections were followed by two autoimmune diseases. They all lived for years atop the gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas , birthplace of modern hydraulic fracturing . And they all believe exposure to natural gas development triggered their health problems. “I’ve been trying to ...
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Spokane psychologists helped craft CIA’s harsh interrogation tactics 11.12.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Two Spokane psychologists helped the CIA establish an interrogation program that utilized “brutal” techniques that violated U.S. law, treaty obligations and the nation’s values, a Senate report released this week says.
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