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The Energy 202: Why Ted Cruz rallied with Philadelphia union workers this week 23.2.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Why Ted Cruz rallied with Philadelphia union workers this week
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How Democracy in America Can Survive Donald Trump 23.2.2018 American Prospect
Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1835 that “the greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” Tocqueville’s observation, broadly accurate over the past two centuries, is facing perhaps its most severe test today. In its 2016 “Democracy Index” report, the Economist Intelligence Unit downgraded the United States from a “full” to a “flawed democracy.” In 2018, Freedom House offered a more dire assessment: “[D]emocratic institutions have suffered erosion, as reflected in partisan manipulation of the electoral process, bias and dysfunction in the criminal justice system, and growing disparities in wealth, economic opportunity, and political influence.” Declining participation and confidence in government are not new, but the populist forces that propelled the election of Donald Trump signaled a new level of public disillusionment with democratic politics and institutions. During his campaign and first year in office, Trump’s ...
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A lasting movement or passing moment: Will a burst of new, young energy break an old impasse over gun laws? 23.2.2018 LA Times: Nation

For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that...

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Will a burst of new, young energy break an old impasse over gun laws? 23.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears 22.2.2018 Washington Post
The Daily 202: Trump tries to show empathy for gun violence victims, but don’t expect tears
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Mayors across the country announce their opposition to repealing the Clean Power Plan 21.2.2018 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF’s John Bullock co-authored this post) 233 U.S. Mayors just added their voices to the growing chorus that opposes rolling back the Clean Power Plan. The mayors represent more than 51 million Americans from 45 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. They just sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt saying: “[W]e […]
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A Government Scientist Resigned in Protest After the Trump Administration Demanded Sensitive Oil Data 21.2.2018 Mother Jones
Murray Hitzman could have had a long and distinguished career at the US Geological Survey. In September 2016, when he joined the USGS as head of its energy and minerals program, his name was being floated as a possible future director of the agency. But just 15 months later, he resigned in protest over what […]
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Jake Voracek's late heroics lift Flyers past Canadiens, 3-2, in OT 21.2.2018 Philly.com News
The Flyers moved to within three points of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. They are now 12-0-1 at home against Montreal since April 2, 2010.
For PG&E, mitigating climate change is a team sport 21.2.2018 GreenBiz.com
The utility's director of sustainability chats about climate risks and balancing clean energy adoption with the need for reliable, affordable power
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Democracy Unchecked: Trump Spurs State Lawmakers to Curb Judges’ Powers 21.2.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Donald Trump walks out of the Diplomatic Room of the White House American democracy relies on a careful balance—legislators pass laws, governors or presidents decide whether or not to sign them, and courts ensure that, whatever the outcome of that legislative process, politicians don’t overstep their authority or encroach on individuals’ rights. Key to this balance is an understanding that, no matter how much a politician disagrees with a court ruling, they respect judges’ independence and don’t try to undermine the public’s faith in the judicial branch. President Trump bucked that norm many times in 2017, repeatedly attacking the “so-called” judges who ruled against his policies. Now state legislators want to follow his lead.      In just the last month, legislators in Pennsylvania have boldly (and possibly illegally) refused to comply with a court order, and asked their colleagues to kick five sitting justices, all Democrats, off the Pennsylvania Supreme Court—because, ...
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In the Face of Preemption Threats, Austin Passes Paid Sick Leave 21.2.2018 American Prospect
(Work Strong Austin/Facebook) Austin City Council member Greg Casar speaks at a Work Strong Austin rally in September.  After five hours of intense debate, the Austin, Texas, City Council voted late last Thursday night to approve an ordinance that will mandate paid sick days for some 87,000 workers . The capital city of Texas is now the lone municipality in the state—and in the entire South—to require that employers allow workers to take a day off to, say, recover from the flu or care for a sick family member without losing out on a day’s pay. The ordinance was pushed by a coalition of progressive groups called Work Strong Austin that included the Fight for 15, labor union UNITE HERE, and the Workers Defense Project. As the Texas Observer reported , the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America also advocated for the policy, knocking on 5,000 doors since December. But in the heart of a deep-red state with Republican legislators who are hostile to local action, the move is expected to provoke ...
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Utility can remove power poles in an area of Montecito burned by the Thomas fire, judge rules 21.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Southern California Edison’s removal of power poles and repair work in an area near the start of the Thomas fire will be allowed to continue, a Santa Barbara County judge ruled Tuesday.

Tossing out the bulk of a temporary restraining order request filed on behalf of homeowners affected by the blaze...

Mandates, Not Market Prices, Likely to Keep U.S. Solar Growing 20.2.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Government mandates requiring utilities to procure renewable energy should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices.
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Trump's National Defense Strategy: Something for Everyone (in the Military-Industrial Complex) 20.2.2018 Truthout.com
The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?  Back in 2008, some of us placed our faith, naively enough, in the hands of mainstream Democrats -- specifically, those of a young senator named Barack Obama. He would reverse the war policies of George W. Bush, deescalate the unbridled Global War on Terror, and right the ship of state. How'd that turn out?  In retrospect, though couched in a far more sophisticated and peaceable rhetoric than Bush's, his moves would prove largely cosmetic when it came to this country's forever wars: a significant reduction in the use of conventional ground troops, but more drones , ...
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Water Shortages Cost Indian Energy Companies Billions 20.2.2018 WRI Stories
Water Shortages Cost Indian Energy Companies Billions Comments|Add Comment|PrintTuticorin thermal power plant south of Chennai. (Wikimedia Commons/Ramkumar) There's a hidden threat to Indian energy companies' revenues—water. Most of India's thermal power stations—everything from coal to natural gas to nuclear plants—use freshwater for cooling. New WRI research finds that growing water scarcity forced 14 of the country's 20 largest thermal utilities to shut down at least once between... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040 19.2.2018 AP Business
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press....
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Why Growing Veggies in the City Isn’t Just a Feel-Good Exercise 18.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling […]
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"Pro-Immigrant" Liberalism and Capitalist Exploitation: Why Corporate Democrats Do Not Support Immigrant Justice 18.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been relatively silent on the plight of nearly 10 million other undocumented immigrants. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) The immigration debate, which teeters between racist vitriol from the right-wing and pro-immigrant discourse from corporate liberals and multicultural elites, deliberately ignores the fundamental issue of exploitation under a capitalist system. Immigrant workers are, above all, a means to turn a profit for both those in the detention and deportation business as well as industries that thrive on cheap labor. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been ...
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Utility offered Burgum more than free Super Bowl tickets 18.2.2018 AP Top News
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's trip to the Super Bowl as a guest of a Minneapolis utility included free invitations to a rock concert, private parties, meals and other events, The Associated Press found through an open records request....
Democracy and Its Discontents 17.2.2018 American Prospect
Yascha Mounk  Harvard University Press This article will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Throughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War, the consoling myth of the self-styled Free World was that democratic politics constituted the end point of political evolution. It was an article of faith that once the blighted societies on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain attained democracy, the “end of history” would commence, as Francis Fukuyama memorably put it in 1989. Political contestation would not disappear, but the battle henceforth would be about mere “economic calculation” and “the endless solving of technical problems” rather than fundamental political ideology. That things haven’t worked out quite as Fukuyama imagined is the common theme of the three books under review. All three take as their fundamental premise the idea that democracy, far from being a stable and all-but-irreversible political regime, is instead fragile, perpetually ...
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