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"A Complete Disaster": Noam Chomsky on Trump and the Future of US Politics 24.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) Just how bad are things with Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestionable support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these and other related questions in an exclusive interview with Truthout. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! Just how bad are things ...
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Canary in the Coal Pond 23.4.2018 Truthout.com
New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would lessen the consequences and weaken requirements for polluting power plants. Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the waste generated from burning coal. Mixed with water and ...
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How the private sector is stepping up on climate change 20.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Author Michael Vandenbergh sees business transcending partisan politics.
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Under Louisiana Bill, Peaceful Protesters Could Face 20 Years in Prison 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a second line parade as it made its way through the french quarter. Under a proposed Louisiana law, peaceful protests against pipeline infrastructural projects bear the possibility of prison sentences as long as 20 years, or fines of up to $10,000. (Photo: Julie Dermansky / Corbis via Getty Images) With House Bill 727, Louisiana has joined a growing number of states that are criminalizing nonviolent civil disobedience actions at "critical infrastructure" sites, which typically include pipelines, refineries and electrical power facilities. Financed by Big Oil, the Louisiana bill makes even discussing a possible trespass action punishable with prison sentences of five years and fines up to $10,000. New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2013, The environmental group 350.org's 'Draw the Line' on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline protest took the form of a ...
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Class Dismissed: Class Conflict in Red State America 17.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Kentucky public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a day of action to pressure legislators to override Gov. Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. The teachers also oppose a controversial pension reform bill the governor signed into law. (Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson. The American mythos has always rested on a belief that this country was born out of a kind of immaculate conception, that the New World came into being and has forever after been preserved as a land without the class hierarchies and conflicts that so disfigured Europe. The strikes, rallies, and walkouts of public school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, soon perhaps Arizona, and elsewhere ...
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Why Berkshire Hathaway's utility is aiming for 100 percent renewable energy 17.4.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Hint: it’s about falling costs and rising customer demand for clean power.
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Patient Advocacy Groups Take in Millions From Drugmakers. Is There a Payback? 13.4.2018 Truthout.com
Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood.  (Photo: Last Resort / Getty Images) No "alternative facts" here -- we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database  logging 12,000 donations  from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood. Unlike payments to doctors and lobbying expenses, companies do not have to report payments to the groups. The database, called " Pre$cription for Power ," shows that donations to patient advocacy groups tallied for 2015 -- the most recent full year in which ...
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Kinder Morgan ultimatum reveals fraudulence of Trudeau's climate deal 12.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Last time I checked, Alberta's oilfields had not been seized by marauding bands of eco-warriors. But you might be confused into thinking so by the inflamed rhetoric coming out of Ottawa and Alberta. We're told that the country faces a national crisis over the resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, following an ultimatum by Houston-based Kinder Morgan that it's suspending long-stalled building plans unless it's assured a green light by May 31. With both Alberta and Ottawa offering full-throttle support for the project, including potential financial backing, a chorus of rage has arisen from the country's business and political ranks over B.C.'s refusal to fall into line. Some commentators insist this shows Canada is broken, even implying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a sissy unless he gears up to send in the army to restore the rule of law. So what precisely has B.C. done that it is trampling on the rule of law? After hiring the distinguished former B.C. Supreme Court ...
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Trudeau's Kinder Morgan deal is a compromise on climate change 12.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Last time I checked, Alberta's oilfields had not been seized by marauding bands of eco-warriors. But you might be confused into thinking so by the inflamed rhetoric coming out of Ottawa and Alberta. We're told that the country faces a national crisis over the resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, following an ultimatum by Houston-based Kinder Morgan that it's suspending long-stalled building plans unless it's assured a green light by May 31. With both Alberta and Ottawa offering full-throttle support for the project, including potential financial backing, a chorus of rage has arisen from the country's business and political ranks over B.C.'s refusal to fall into line. Some commentators insist this shows Canada is broken, even implying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a sissy unless he gears up to send in the army to restore the rule of law. So what precisely has B.C. done that it is trampling on the rule of law? After hiring the distinguished former B.C. Supreme Court ...
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Trump's Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack: Illegal and Deadly 12.4.2018 Truthout.com
Donald Trump speaks with the media before a meeting with his cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House April 9, 2018, in Washington DC. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool / Getty Images) Although there has been no independent investigation, Donald Trump is blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical attack that killed 49 people. Trump is vowing to retaliate but bombing Syria would run afoul of the US's own War Powers Resolution passed by Congress in 1973. Moreover, it would violate international law and risk a confrontation with Russia. Donald Trump speaks with the media before a meeting with his cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House April 9, 2018, in Washington DC. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool / Getty Images) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. Donald Trump says the United States is about to bomb Syria, and Russia has vowed to shoot down US aircraft ...
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Report Report: Customer insights, power purchasing, proxy preview and more 11.4.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The latest crop of research reports on sustainable business and cleantech topics.
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Teachers in Puerto Rico Demand an End to School Closures and Privatization 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Efforts to privatize the public schools in Puerto Rico were already under way when Hurricane Maria provided just the impetus the neoliberal establishment was looking for. But educators there are fighting back -- with the support of their peers on the mainland. Ultimately, it's a fight for the future of the working class, say Liza Fournier and Mercedes Martinez, unionized teachers in Puerto Rico. Teachers participate in a one-day strike against the government's privatization drive in public education, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 19, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty Images) Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. ...
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Why demanding Ottawa intervene to bend B.C. to Alberta's will is probably a terrible idea, from Alberta's point of view 11.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga All Albertans are fed scary stories about perfidious Liberals led by the tyrant Pierre Trudeau and the nefarious provincial-rights-stealing National Energy Program (NEP) with their mothers' milk. We all understand that This Must Never Happen Again. The ideas the NEP wrecked the provincial economy in the 1980s and that the elder Trudeau did it on purpose are mostly baloney, to stick with nutrition metaphors, but at this point it's pretty hard to persuade any dyed-in-the-wool Albertan that's so. Never mind the worldwide recession of 1981 and '82. They've stopped listening long before you get to that. Albertans of all political stripes accept fairy tales about the NEP as unvarnished truth because generations of Conservative politicians have worked hard to entrench this narrative about the evils of Ottawa's interference in Western Canadian provincial rights deep in the public psyche. So why, all of a sudden, is there an entire elite consensus in this province that the government of Prime ...
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Energy storage charges forward 11.4.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Both grid-scale and commercial installations are gaining favor as the industry seeks ways to reduce outages and integrate new electric loads such as renewable power plants and EVs.
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As storm clouds gather for Justin Trudeau, sunny ways provide no help 10.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Pierre Elliot Trudeau was the last Canadian prime minister to use the powers accorded to the federal government under the Constitution Act (1867) for purposes other than to serve large corporations. Elected leader of the Liberal Party on the fourth ballot in April 50 years ago, Trudeau described the Canadian Constitution as having provided for virtually any situation, except having a weakling as prime minister. His remarks were directed at Brian Mulroney, who in 1987 was busily redistributing power to the provinces through the Meech Lake Accord, after having seriously curtailed parliamentary authority under the terms of the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement. Though Meech died through the unwillingness of the Manitoba Legislature to proceed with its adoption over the opposition of Indigenous MLA Elijah Harper, subsequent federal governments have to all intents in purpose implemented the decentralization envisaged by Meech. The process of weakening federal power culminated with Stephen ...
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An optimistic Jigar Shah talks tariffs, taxes and state leaders in clean energy 10.4.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why he believes federal policies are misguided, but far from devastating.
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Why PG&E, National Grid and Enel are charging up to power EVs 10.4.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
And how businesses also stand to benefit.
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How Google and Walmart work with utilities to procure clean power 9.4.2018 GreenBiz.com
An emerging southern strategy is drawing companies to red states that previously were not particularly renewables-friendly.
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From Stephon Clark to Voter Suppression, the Attack on Black America Intensifies 6.4.2018 Truthout.com
Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California on March 28, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images) Republicans have enacted voter ID laws, purged voter rolls, shut polling places and enthusiastically embraced mass incarceration of Black people under different pretexts to deny them voting rights. Both Republicans and Democrats have maintained open season on Black bodies for law enforcement. The message couldn't be clearer: In this country, Black citizenship and Black lives have never mattered. Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California on March 28, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images) It's hard to watch. Guns aimed at the dark. Loud yells. Loud salvo. Night drizzle in the tactical lights. Cops mistook his cell phone for a gun. I know already, he's dead. I finished watching the video of Stephon Clark's murder. ...
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How Standing Rock Is Leading by Example on Renewable Energy 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline may have failed to stop Big Oil for now, but the folks at Standing Rock have taken their fight to other fronts. Water Protectors are taking proactive steps to move the Standing Rock Sioux reservation toward renewable energy and plans are also being proposed to move both North and South Dakota to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Giant flood lights set up by a pipeline company and law enforcement illuminate a cloudy winter night at the Oceti Sakowin camp just outside of the Lakota Sioux reservation of Standing Rock, North Dakota, on December 1, 2016. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein / Getty Images) The Trump administration quickly  overturned  the December 2016 decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the construction of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline -- almost as quickly as Trump took office. Subsequent challenges in court  failed  to prevent the pipeline from being completed and going into operation. Rather than concede defeat, Water Protectors ...
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