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Climate change doesn't have to be polarizing 21.6.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
30 years ago global warming became front-page news — and both Republicans and Democrats took it seriously.
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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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While Workers Get Crumbs, GOP Tax Scam Analysis Details $25 Billion Bonanza for Big Oil 28.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
"The oil and gas industry benefitted to the tune of billions of dollars from the Trump tax cut bill... And you didn't." That's how the Center for Biological Diversity responded to a new analysis published Tuesday, which shows how the fossil fuel industry has saved $25 billion so far -- "with many more billionaires more to come" -- from the Republican tax plan signed by President Donald Trump in December. Antonia Juhasz at Pacific Standard reviewed 2017 Securities and Exchange Commission filings by 17 American oil and gas companies, "looking at the largest companies in production, refining, and pipelines that also clearly specified the impacts of the Tax Act in their result." Confirming reports that the new tax code has "supercharged the oil industry," she found that "it is the oil and gas industry, including companies that backed the presidency of Trump and whose former executives and current boosters now populate it, that are among the tax bill's largest and most long-lasting financial ...
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As the Trump Administration Retreats on Climate Change, US Cities Are Moving Forward 25.2.2018 Truthout.com
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! Despite almost universal scientific consensus that climate change poses a growing threat, President Donald Trump's recent infrastructure plan makes  no mention  of the need to build resilience to rising global temperatures. Instead, it actually seeks to  weaken environmental reviews  as a way of speeding up the infrastructure permitting process.  This proposal flies in the face of scientific evidence on climate change. It also contradicts the priorities of many local leaders who view climate change as a growing concern. During the summer of 2017, we and Boston University's  Initiative on Cities  asked a nationally representative sample of 115 US mayors about climate change as part of the annual  Menino Survey of Mayors . Mayors overwhelmingly believe that climate change is a ...
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Lawmakers From Both Parties Move to Ban Fracking in Florida 7.2.2018 Truthout.com
A bipartisan effort to place a statewide ban on fracking is moving ahead in Florida, where Republican lawmakers are taking a not-in-my-backyard-style departure from the GOP's love affair with fossil fuels. Fracking has yet to take hold in Florida, and conservationists fear unconventional oil and gas drilling could threaten underground reserves of fresh water due to the state's unique geology. (Photo: Sasacvetkovic33 / Getty Images) The effort to prevent fracking in Florida cleared a major hurdle on Monday as the state senate's environmental conservation committee approved a bipartisan bill to ban fracking statewide by a 10-0 vote. The bill would place a permanent ban on "advanced well stimulation techniques" for producing oil and gas, including fracking and acidizing. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves injecting large volumes of water, chemicals and sand at high pressure into oil and gas wells to break up underground rock formations and release raw fossil fuels. Acidizing is a similar technique ...
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A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas 2.2.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Sen. Steve Daines wants to slash protections for some of the state’s wildest land.
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Utah’s approach to public lands won’t work 30.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
New Mexico exemplifies the risk of managing lands at the whim of local interests.
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Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds 26.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
The rollback prompts broad opposition from former officials from both political parties.
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Why Trump Wouldn't Actually Want an Influx of Norwegian Immigrants to the US: Their Progressive Policies 23.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway held a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. (Photo: Cheriss May / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! In the past couple of weeks, thanks to the president's  racist comments  about Haiti and African countries he can't even name -- remember " Nambia "? -- as well as the stamp of approval he awarded future immigrants  from Norway , we've seen a surprising amount of commentary about that fortunate country. Let me just say: those Norwegians he's so eager to invite over are my ancestral people and, thanks to years I've spent in that country, my friends. Donald Trump should understand one thing: if he and his Republican backers really knew the truth about life in Norway, they would be clamoring to build a second " big, fat, beautiful " wall, this time right along ...
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What the new tax law means for renewables 11.1.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Geothermal and fuel cells did not get relieft, but what's left intact may surprise you.
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The Endangered Species Act itself could go extinct 9.1.2018 Writers on the Range
Congress and the Trump administration threaten an act vital to wildlife and habitat.
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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 President Plays With Matches and the Whole World Burns 18.12.2017 Truthout.com
Donald Trump arrives back at the White House on December 17, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chris Kleponis-Pool / Getty Images)   Far more people read Truthout than will ever donate -- but we rely on donations to keep our publication running strong. Support independent journalism by making a contribution now! "I've just heard that my family home near  Carpenteria  is literally in flames at this moment," a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because "my mom has MS. She and my dad got the call to evacuate after midnight last night. They were able to grab a few photos, my sister's childhood teddy bear, and the dog. That's it. That's all that's left." My friend's parents are among the thousands of victims of the 240,000-acre  Thomas fire , one of California's spate of late-season wildfires. Stoked by  80-mile-an-hour  Santa Ana winds, plenty of dry fuel, and 8% humidity, such fires are devouring huge swaths of southern California from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Months of dry ...
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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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Much-Needed Hope for Planet Earth in "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution" 13.12.2017 Truthout.com
With your support, we can publish more stories like this one. Click here to make a donation towards independent media now! The new documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, brings good news for anyone who's been crushed by the recent stream of headlines on climate change. Director Jamie Redford takes us on a journey to discover the green energy revolution that's taking place in towns, cities and states across the country while underscoring issues of human resilience and social justice. We visit places like Georgetown, Texas where the colorful Republican mayor, a self-avowed “right-wing conservative,” is leading the charge on the green revolution. Georgetown is one of the first towns in the US to run on 100-percent renewable energy. We visit an Apple facility and learn that every  Apple store in America  is powered by renewable energy. That should give some comfort to iPhone-addicted shoppers this season. Redford examines how cutting-edge technology, coupled with innovative investments and ...
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Congress has rejected many of Trump’s budget cuts 5.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Congress has pushed back on repeated efforts to ax environmental programs.
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Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society and Create "Hereditary Aristocracy" for Rich 4.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles

On Saturday morning, Senate Republicans passed a nearly 500-page tax bill that will have dramatic impacts not only the US tax code, but also healthcare, domestic spending and even oil and gas drilling. The plan would cut taxes by nearly $1.5 trillion. Major corporations and the richest Americans, including President Trump and his own family, would reap the most dramatic benefits. Overall, the bill is expected to add $1.4 trillion to federal budget deficits over the next decade. The bill passed the Senate 51 to 49, with every Democrat voting against the bill and all Republicans voting for it except for Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. We speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison. He's the first Muslim member of Congress. Ellison is also the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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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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Racism and Avarice: Thanksgiving in Trump's Dystopia 23.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House, November 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. I've never been one for omens or portents. If New Hampshire gets clobbered with snow this winter, it won't be because of the three-ringed caterpillar I saw last week, and if the Patriots lose on Sunday, it won't be because I spilled the salt. Fate has more methodical ways of tipping its hand than bugs and condiments. Still, there are some moments that whisper a true chill into you, moments that stop you short, steal your breath and send shards of fear up your spine. One such just happened in Germany, where construction workers were excavating an old stadium when they accidentally unearthed a massive swastika buried more than a foot beneath the ground. Given everything that is happening here and around the world, ...
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