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In Congress, an effort to curtail national monuments 18.10.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Any monument larger than a square mile would require additional review.
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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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Why Rick Perry's Proposed Subsidies for Coal Fail Economics 101 15.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! In a controversial proposal, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has asked federal regulators to effectively subsidize coal and nuclear power plants at ratepayers' expense. Under Perry's  proposal , plants that operate in deregulated electricity markets -- where generators normally compete to provide power at the lowest cost -- would be guaranteed positive profits so long as they stockpile 90 days' worth of fuel on site.  To rationalize this proposal, which a former Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dubbed " the antithesis of good economics ," Secretary Perry points to uncompensated benefits generated by coal and nuclear plants. As energy economists, when we think about coal-fired electricity generation, what usually comes to mind are unaccounted-for costs -- not benefits. This emerging pro-coal narrative is worth ...
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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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Trump's Failed Army Secretary Nominee Running For Congress 6.10.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Mark Green withdrew his name from consideration after he came under criticism for anti-LGBTQ remarks.
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The Trump Presidency 3.10.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Or how to further enrich "the masters of the universe."
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Trump's Quest to Enrich the Richest: An Interview With Noam Chomsky 3.10.2017 Truthout.com
President Donald Trump looks on from the clubhouse during Sunday singles matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The most dangerous of Trump's antics have barely been reported. (Photo: Cliff Hawkins / Getty Images) This interview has been excerpted from  Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy , the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December.  David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump's buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, political, or international policy goals? What has Trump actually managed to accomplish in his first months in office?  Noam Chomsky: There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the ...
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Trump Administration Doubles Down on Plans to Withdraw from Paris Deal as UNGA Makes Climate Top Priority 21.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
At the United Nations, President Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said Monday the US would withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord as planned. His comments came as UN Secretary-General António Guterres said climate should be a top priority at this year's General Assembly. Our guest, economist Jeffrey Sachs, notes that the "agreement is completely symmetrical for all 193 countries," and also argues that chemical and oil companies should help pay for recovery efforts after extreme weather related to climate change. Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: At the United Nations, President Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said Monday the US will withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord as planned. His comments came as the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, said climate should be a top priority at this year's General Assembly, the UN secretary-general urging countries to go above and beyond the Paris climate accord ...
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America Is Doubling Down On Climate Progress 18.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The decarbonization of the real U.S. economy – as opposed to the cardboard, fossil fuel-handicapped White House version – continues.
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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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The Time I Went Canoeing With A Republican Congressman 14.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Priceless lessons learned while floating Little Rock's Fourche Creek.
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Despite Hurricanes, House Republicans Work to Gut Environmental Protections 9.9.2017 Truthout.com
With a comfortable majority in the House and Trump appointees at the helm of agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, House Republicans have been eagerly working to gut environmental regulations and spending on interior programs. As Hurricane Harvey and Irma devastate coastal communities and wildfires rage across the West, these lawmakers are looking increasingly out of touch. A flare erupts from a tower at a flooded refinery in Port Arthur, Texas last weekend. Damaged refineries and chemical plants released thousands of pounds of toxic pollution after Hurricane Harvey, but that did not keep House Republicans from working to gut environmental protections this week, including a program that assesses the dangers of hazardous chemicals. (Photo: Alex Glustrum) Earlier this week, while residents of south Texas wondered whether dangerous chemicals from the chemical plants, refineries and toxic waste sites that flooded during Hurricane Harvey were floating in their air and water as they returned home, ...
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An Open Letter To Senators Cruz And Cornyn Of Texas 7.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Gentlemen, It’s one of the oldest stories we know. Mankind receives warning of an unprecedented disaster that’s about to
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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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Hurricane Harvey Is A Symbol Of American Peril 2.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Denying the reality of climate change is resulting in foreseeable, avoidable tragedy.
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Lifting the Veil on Another Batch of Shadowy Trump Appointees 2.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Trump still has many appointment seats to fill, but the ones that don't require Senate confirmation are shrouded in mystery as the administration doesn't even make their identities a matter of public knowledge. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) President Donald Trump has left hundreds of government jobs unfilled that require a vote by the Senate. Yet his administration has installed more than 1,000 people through political appointments at every major federal agency, handing over control of the government's day-to-day operations to industry insiders and loyalists to an unprecedented degree. Among the latest Trump administration appointees is a lobbyist who until March worked for a leading hepatitis C drugmaker that priced its treatment at $1,000 a pill and is now  leading a White House working group  setting drug pricing policies. The list includes the new head of the government's offshore oil drilling safety and enforcement agency, who previously sat on the board of Sunoco Logistics and who  told an ...
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Who's Behind Fossil Fuel Extraction? It's Not Just Republicans 2.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Though many see the Paris Accord as President Obama's shining moment for the environment, the plan to speed the construction of fossil fuel infrastructures cast a shadow over the US's well-publicized but halfhearted participation in the agreement. The trend has only continued under Trump. (Photo: David McNew / Getty Images) Obama's signing of the Paris agreement and Trump's withdrawal from it signal different priorities, but the steady expansion of fossil fuel development and infrastructure proceeded apace under Obama and continues under Trump. As the need to avoid contamination and deter climate change grows more urgent, we should look beyond self-styled climate heroes from either party and hold all elected officials equally accountable. Though many see the Paris Accord as President Obama's shining moment for the environment, the plan to speed the construction of fossil fuel infrastructures cast a shadow over the US's well-publicized but halfhearted participation in the agreement. The trend has only ...
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Could This Russian-Born Trump Donor Be The Key To A Cryptic Manafort Note? 2.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
by Robert Maguire Yesterday, NBC News reported that notes written by Trump’s then-campaign manager Paul Manafort during a
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Federal Lawmakers Buck Home States to Promote Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration 29.8.2017 Truthout.com
North Carolina and South Carolina have been hotbeds of local community resistance to federal proposals to open the Southeast's Atlantic Coast to oil and gas exploration and drilling. Since 2014, when the latest push to open the Atlantic to drilling got underway in earnest, almost 30 communities along North Carolina's coast and more than 20 along South Carolina's have passed resolutions or otherwise taken stances against seismic testing for offshore oil and gas reserves and/or offshore drilling. While the Obama administration canceled plans to include the Atlantic in the latest five-year offshore drilling plan, the Trump administration is revisiting that decision. Since then, responding to the strong grassroots opposition in their states, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) have come out against seismic testing and drilling off their coasts. Federal law governing offshore oil and gas development gives special consideration to a governor's position. But members of ...
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