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Clean energy is lowering electric bills in North Carolina – but this solar trade war could reverse that trend 21.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By Dionne Delli-Gatti , Director, Southeast Clean Energy North Carolina’s in the middle of a clean energy boom, but the looming threat of an international trade war may leave the state’s incredible success story a few chapters short. Over the last few months, two floundering solar manufacturers petitioned the U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against foreign competitors. These companies want the United States to levy tariffs on imported solar products because they can’t match the cheaper prices. Recently, the ITC agreed with the companies’ complaint and recommended to President Trump a 30 percent tariff. President Trump will decide this month what to do – he can follow the ITC recommendation, but, by law, doesn’t have to. He should reject the tariffs, so North Carolina’s clean energy economy can continue to thrive. Clean energy success Today, there are more than 34,000 clean energy jobs in North Carolina (a 30 percent increase since 2015), more than 5,600 MW of ...
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Paul Krugman Blog: Tax Cuts, Growth, and Leprechauns 21.11.2017 NY Times: Editorials
A tiny bit of growth; but does any of it stay here?
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Urban Trees: A Smart Investment in Public Health 21.11.2017 THE CITY FIX
Would you spend $8 per year to see your community reduce rates of obesity, heart disease, anxiety and asthma? Still not convinced? What if that investment also reduced energy costs and increased property values? Urban trees can transform city neighborhoods, ...
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Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation 19.11.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In a time of deep political, social and economic uncertainty for everyone (except the ultra-rich), Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin provide some theoretical and practical guidance for the left. This Truthout interview is an effort to help reimagine a realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, ...
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The Finance 202: Trickle-down economics is back, at least according to Gary Cohn 10.11.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The NEC chair may regret some of his comments to CNBC yesterday.
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The Finance 202: Tax drama moves to Senate as Trump takes aim at House bill 9.11.2017 Washington Post
The Finance 202: Tax drama moves to Senate as Trump takes aim at House bill
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Three (almost) inexplicable parts of the Republican tax plan 6.11.2017 Washington Post
Three (almost) inexplicable parts of the Republican tax plan
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Offshore trove exposes Trump-Russia links and piggy banks of the wealthiest 1 percent 6.11.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum.
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The Republican tax bill's small-business problem — most won't benefit from the special new rate 4.11.2017 LA Times: Business

The House Republican plan to cut taxes for small businesses has a big problem: Most apparently won’t benefit from it.

The typical small business, whether it’s a sole proprietorship, partnership or limited liability company, doesn’t pay taxes itself, but its owners do as individuals.

And already...

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Unfriendly Skies 3.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  When Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from United Airlines Flight 3411 on April 9, with cell phone cameras documenting the display, the uproar was immediate. People were infuriated by United’s resort to brutality, by the use of law enforcement to solve an overbooking problem, by the bloodied face of the doctor, and by United CEO Oscar Munoz’s ham-handed apology for “re-accommodating” customers. But the real outrage should be directed at the fact that abuse of passengers is the logical endpoint of a 40-year trend since the government liberated the airline industry. Until 1978, air travel was heavily regulated. In that year, some of the nation’s most celebrated liberals joined conservatives in trusting free markets. A brief rush of competition in the 1980s gave way to consolidation and monopoly power, at the expense of workers and passengers alike. Today, four carriers control 80 percent of all U.S. routes. The ...
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Unfriendly Skies 3.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  When Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from United Airlines Flight 3411 on April 9, with cell phone cameras documenting the display, the uproar was immediate. People were infuriated by United’s resort to brutality, by the use of law enforcement to solve an overbooking problem, by the bloodied face of the doctor, and by United CEO Oscar Munoz’s ham-handed apology for “re-accommodating” customers. But the real outrage should be directed at the fact that abuse of passengers is the logical endpoint of a 40-year trend since the government liberated the airline industry. Until 1978, air travel was heavily regulated. In that year, some of the nation’s most celebrated liberals joined conservatives in trusting free markets. A brief rush of competition in the 1980s gave way to consolidation and monopoly power, at the expense of workers and passengers alike. Today, four carriers control 80 percent of all U.S. routes. The ...
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What to know about 401(k) plans amid talk of tax change 24.10.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 401(k) may be in Washington's crosshairs....
Trump’s top economist provided a dishonest look at who benefits from corporate tax cuts 22.10.2017 Washington Post
A former treasury secretary knocks down the claim that lower taxes for businesses would raise the wages of the average American family by at least $4,000.
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Look out, banks: Sustainability funding gets creative 19.10.2017 GreenBiz.com
Emerging fintech options can back a range of risky business ventures, such as sustainable agriculture, local resilience projects or startups.
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A business prescription for reducing toxic chemical use 18.10.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Here's how companies big and small in Massachusetts are demonstrating the financial case for greener chemicals.
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Trump’s tax package is shrinking before the fight has even begun 18.10.2017 Washington Post
As GOP lawmakers aim to take a significant stride toward their goal of a tax code rewrite, it remains a mystery how the plan will be paid for, if at all.
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Blueprint for a Progressive US: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin 17.10.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) Expanding educational opportunities and building a green economy -- while shrinking both the military and the fossil fuel industry -- are the best routes to full employment, say world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. Also, greater financial regulation and more public development banks that prioritize social welfare over massive profits are crucial for a progressive agenda. (Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. This is the first part of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. The next installment will appear on October 24. Not long after taking office, it became evident that Donald Trump had engaged in fraudulent populism during his campaign. His promise to "Make America Great Again" has been exposed as a lie, as the Trump administration has been busy extending US military power, ...
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Innovative measurement tool will help Illinois calculate the benefits of smart-grid investments 16.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Dick Munson Even as the Trump administration moved this week to repeal the Clean Power Plan , some of the biggest American utilities indicated they’ll continue investing in clean energy and strategizing around climate change. And as they continue investing in smart meters and other  grid modernization efforts , utilities will want to know how well they do. Are grid programs fulfilling environmental promises and cutting pollution? Can they measure success and prove to investors and regulators they’re making smart decisions? In Illinois, electricity providers Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Ameren are the first in the country to adopt a new tool that calculates clean air benefits from investments such as advanced meters. ComEd began using the tool last year, and now Ameren will follow suit . Beyond bringing tangible rewards to the utilities, this little-noticed milestone can have major implications for the entire power industry. Billions for smart grid After Illinois passed the Energy Infrastructure ...
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Dean Baker on the GOP Tax Plan: 80 Percent of the Benefit Is Going to the Richest 1 Percent 15.10.2017 Truthout.com
President Donald Trump participates in a tax reform kickoff event at the Loren Cook Company in Springfield, Missouri, on August 30, 2017. (Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images) Janine Jackson: The key part of the Republican tax plan, CNBC  explained,  isn't the individual or even the corporate tax rates. The big news is that it doubles the standard deduction and provides significant relief and simplicity for most taxpayers. And just to be clear, they added, "This should be the focus of the tax reform debate, not the endless old argument about benefits for the rich." A separate  report  noted that administration officials are abandoning their oft-voiced deficit concerns, because of the amazing "growth" the plan will generate. What's a lay person to think? Here to help us understand is economist Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He joins us now by phone from DC. Welcome back to CounterSpin, Dean Baker. Dean Baker: Thanks a lot for having me on. To the extent that ...
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Cooking the books to spoil the Clean Power Plan 12.10.2017 GreenBiz.com
The new EPA chief Scott Pruit has highly exaggerated the costs of a policy that makes economic sense.
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