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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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Why natural gas makes global warming worse 9.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Hint: it has to do with methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times as potent as carbon dioxide.
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Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, a New Democrat, delivers a traditional Progressive Conservative budget 23.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Despite the predictably apocalyptic tone of Opposition political spokespeople and the unenthusiastic analysis by mainstream media commentators, if you ask me Finance Minister Joe Ceci delivered a traditional Progressive Conservative budget in the Alberta Legislature yesterday. If this seems odd -- Ceci is a New Democrat, after all -- it's just the Alberta way. We elect new governments from time to time and, before we know it, they start to turn into PCs. As has been said in this space before, the re-election of Premier Rachel Notley's NDP government would be a virtual certainty if it had a different name, one with "conservative" somewhere in it. I don't know if NDP is a damaged brand in these parts, exactly, like that of the hapless Alberta Liberals. But the New Democratic Party does have a brand, and Alberta's Conservative Opposition has done its level best to exploit it effectively to paint everything the Notley government does as "risky," "ideological" and "socialist." This has ...
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Alberta's NDP borrowed more than export-cut threats from Peter Lougheed for throne speech 9.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Understandably given the nature of the daily news cycle, reporters covering yesterday's throne speech focused on the threats by Alberta's NDP government to punish British Columbia if that province's NDP government actually tries to block expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Premier Rachel Notley's New Democrats, as journalists on the scene remarked in their stories last night, borrowed a strategy from Premier Peter Lougheed when she said she would cut oil exports to the province next door if Premier John Horgan won't behave. Indeed, the throne speech made that point explicitly: "In the past, when workers in our energy industry were attacked and when the resources we own were threatened, Premier Peter Lougheed took bold action," Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell read aloud. (Emphasis added, of course.) "Your government has been clear," the speech went on, presumably deliberately not mentioning Lougheed's political affiliation, "every option is on the table." In 1980, the Lougheed ...
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Embattled Trump Nominee Inadvertently Draws Attention to Radiation in Drinking Water 11.1.2018 Truthout.com
Kathleen Hartnett White is probably best known for her idealistic view of fossil fuels, but a scandal from her tenure as a top environmental regulator in Texas is drawing attention to radiation in drinking water -- a problem environmentalists say is widespread and a public health concern. (Photo: Delwin ; Edited: LW / TO) Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump's pick to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is probably best known for her idealistic view of fossil fuels. In 2014, she  suggested  that energy from fossil fuels "dissolved the economic justification for slavery" in the British Empire. As the Texas Observer  noted  at the time, coal mining fueled industrialization that actually increased demand for cotton picked by colonial slaves in the early 19th century. Hartnett White has other controversial ideas. She told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in November that climate science is still "subject to debate," and the degree that human-caused carbon pollution is ...
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With Trump Impeachment Petition Nearing Four Million Signatures, Democratic Mega-Donor's "Digital Army" Gains Steam 28.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A billboard in Times Square, funded by Philanthropist Tom Steyer, calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump on November 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Your support is crucial to keeping ethical journalism alive! Donate now to keep our writers on the streets, covering the most important issues and beats. Billionaire Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer's " Impeach Trump " petition began as a marginal political operation that was greeted with contempt by Democratic leaders. But as public support for impeachment has continued to skyrocket over the past several months, Steyer's once-obscure campaign has ballooned into a full-scale " digital army " that analysts say is surpassed in size only by Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.)  coveted email list . "Campaign experts say Steyer's petition drive is breaking new ground in digital organizing in the nontraditional political terrain of the Trump era, though it's been anchored by a traditional media onslaught ...
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GOPspeak: Fighting the Anti-Trump Bias One Word at a Time 23.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Yes, Trump is correct, there is a definite bias against the Republican Party. It's called quantifiable reality. When accurately reported, we call it "truth." And when people are exposed to truth and tellers of truth, they tend to turn against Trump and his loyalists. Truth, it turns out, is biased. Those exposed to it often think differently, become different people, and as such, vote differently. Neither truth nor the realities it supports are balanced. For the Trump team, reality is a motherfucker and has to be suppressed at all costs. An Anti-Trump Conspiracy Journalists, when they do their jobs, report the truth. This puts the press part and parcel at the center of an anti-Trump conspiracy. By the very nature of their profession, they conspire to build on each other's work, pick up where others leave off, and craft their reporting around growing bodies of evidence, growing like cancers on the dreams of fascists. At the core of this truth-telling conspiracy are words. Without words journalists could ...
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Dreaming of a Green Shutdown, Forty-Two Senate Democrats Vow to Filibuster Must-Pass Funding Bill 19.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Senate Democrats are vowing to filibuster an impending must-pass funding bill. (Photo: *Deep* / Flickr ; Edited: JR / TO) In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. Senate Democrats are vowing to filibuster an impending must-pass funding bill, if it includes add-on proposals that would undermine environmental regulations. Forty-two members of the Democratic Senate Caucus say they lodge "strong opposition to any riders" included in proposed funding packages "that would gut bedrock US environmental laws." The federal government is set -- yet again -- to run out of money on Friday. Forty lawmakers in the upper chamber can filibuster any bill that would keep the government open. The Democratic Senators cited several House Republican proposals that have already been approved by the lower chamber in its appropriations process, including two measures that could severely hamper long-term environmental ...
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The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power 15.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On Thursday, another Democrat endorsed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a resolution presented in November by a half-dozen Democrats accusing Trump of obstruction of justice and other offenses. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire is the latest official to join the effort and is one of 12 House Democrats who represent a district won by Trump in 2016. This comes as a petition for impeachment launched in October by Democratic donor Tom Steyer has garnered more than 3.5 million supporters. At least 17 communities around the country are now on record calling for impeachment proceedings against Trump. "It is not acceptable to say that we will simply kick the can down the road and wait until after an election cycle to lay the groundwork for the impeachment proceedings," says constitutional attorney John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People. "We need to be laying that groundwork and making this call now." TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy ...
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Interior Department mired in investigations 27.11.2017 Current Issue
Democrats vow to press the investigations while Zinke shrugs them off.
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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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How the Alaska Pipeline Is Fueling the Push to Drill in the Arctic Refuge 18.11.2017 Environmental News Network
The war over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) — one of the most contentious and enduring environmental fights in U.S. history — is once again heating up. 
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One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue 10.10.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Campaign donations are flowing at record pace for a state Senate seat in the high-tech suburbs of Seattle.
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Pittsburgh’s Mayor Calls For ‘An American Marshall Plan’ For Clean Energy 7.10.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This could be the key for Democrats to win back the working-class voters who elected President Donald Trump.
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Egypt Is Holding US Green Card Holders In Solitary Confinement Without Charges 6.10.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A middle-aged couple is caught up in a power play involving President Trump, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood and the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
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Trump's Clean Air Nominee Represents Air Polluters in Court 3.10.2017 Truthout.com
Trump's nominee to head the EPA's clean air program has represented industry groups opposed to new standards meant to protect workers from airborne cancerous silica dust. While unions claim that hundreds of workers die each year from silica exposure, attorney William Wehrum has argued in federal court that the new standard goes too far because people "are designed to deal with dust." Using a mask to keep the silica dust from entering his lungs, an employee of Maine State Highway Maintenance Department sweeps a large quantity of the the harmful salt laced road sand. Unions say hundreds of workers die each year from silica exposure, but William Wehrum argued on behalf of industry groups that new standards go too far. "People are in dusty apartments all the time and it doesn't kill them," Wehrum reportedly told the court. (Photo by Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Last week, attorney William Wehrum appeared before a federal court to argue against new standards meant to protect workers from airborne ...
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New leader of Canada’s 3rd largest political party rides a bike 2.10.2017 TreeHugger
The brand new NDP leader also offers really seriously green policy options.
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McCain resumes his quest for climate change action 14.9.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
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Donald Trump Woos Democratic Senator With Another Tax Speech Light On Details 7.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp joined the president at an event in her home state.
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Pushing the People's Platform: An Interview With the President of "Our Revolution" 22.8.2017 Truthout.com
Power does not belong to the person who holds the seat but to the people, and Our Revolution is about pushing the Democratic Party to view the people's agenda through a social, political and economic lens. Campaigns end, but revolutions endure, says Nina Turner. (Photo: Public Citizen / Flickr ) Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same. Today's interview is the 65th in the series.  Click here for the most recent interview before this one. Today we bring you a conversation with Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator and president of  Our Revolution . Sarah Jaffe: What are your thoughts about the national ...
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