User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Resource Conflicts
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School district pulls suicide book 'Thirteen Reasons Why' 17.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Denver • As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that’s the basis for Netflix’s popular new series “13 Reasons Why,” which some critics say romanticizes suicide. The order rankled some librarians who called it censorship, and it appears to be a rare instance in which the book has been removed from circulation — albeit briefly. It also has highlighted the debate a...
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South America's indigenous groups used to line up with the left. Not anymore. 12.5.2017 Washington Post
South America's indigenous groups used to line up with the left. Not anymore.
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Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize 25.4.2017 Washington Post: World
Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year.
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Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize 24.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year. The diminutive, soft-spoken evangelical pastor was recognized for defending his indigenous Q’eqchi community’s […]
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Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize 24.4.2017 AP Top News
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year....
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Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia - UN agency 25.3.2017 New Kerala: World News
Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia - UN agency
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Repeal of anti-corruption rule may hurt national security, critics warn 28.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.
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Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn 28.2.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.
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Trump Today: Another big win for oil 15.2.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology

American oil and mining companies won’t need to report payments to foreign governments, after President Trump on Tuesday signed legislation wiping out a regulation staunchly opposed by the petroleum industry. The legislation, House Joint Resolution 41, eliminated a regulation issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last June that would have forced extractive industries to report payments they make to governments abroad for access to natural resources. [...] the American Petroleum Institute — which represents Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other petroleum companies — complained that the rule would impose an unfair burden on the U.S. oil industry, since foreign competitors would not face the same requirement. According to Politico, former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson in 2010 personally lobbied against the provision of Dodd-Frank that led to the new rule.

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Trump undertakes most ambitious regulatory rollback since Reagan 13.2.2017 Washington Post
As the administration targets dozens of Obama-era policies, business leaders are thrilled, saying President Trump is responding to long-standing complaints. But the campaign has alarmed labor unions, safety advocates and environmental activists as the fallout ripples across the federal bureaucracy and U.S. economy.
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Greenland needs money. Is a uranium mine the answer? 10.2.2017 Washington Post: World
A foreign venture wants to dig for the metal and rare earth minerals near a village staggered by economic travails.
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US reconsiders reporting rule on Congo 'conflict minerals' 3.2.2017 AP Business
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reconsidering its rule requiring public companies to report their use of minerals from Congo, where multiple armed groups have stakes in the vast country's trillion-dollar mineral wealth....
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US reconsiders reporting rule on Congo ‘conflict minerals’ 3.2.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reconsidering its rule requiring public companies to report their use of minerals from Congo, where multiple armed groups have stakes in the vast country’s trillion-dollar mineral wealth. A change by the SEC could either benefit the armed groups and increase the region’s potential for […]
Tale of two states: N. Dakota has $4 billion saved from oil and gas taxes; Colorado has almost none 28.1.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado, on the heels of a court case that expanded energy industry tax exemptions, is scrambling again to tap diminished severance tax revenues collected from mining and energy exploration. The tax stash is getting carved up to pay for budgetary emergencies and parochial interests.
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Australian firm plans nation's largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley 14.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In California’s southeastern desert, where an abundance of clean energy boils just beneath the surface, two start-up firms aim to build the nation’s largest geothermal power plant and mining operation.

Controlled Thermal Resources and Alger Alternative Energy plan to tap the Imperial Valley’s geothermal...

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Obama's Climate Legacy Will Be Harder to Undo Than Trump Thinks 7.1.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Eight years ago, President-elect Barack Obama wanted Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to be his Interior secretary. David Hayes, who was leading Obama's transition team for Interior and other agencies, remembers trekking to Salazar's office on Capitol Hill at least twice to make the case for the Cabinet post. He had the perfect bait. Three years earlier, Sen. Salazar had led a successful effort to require the Bureau of Land Management to authorize renewable energy projects on public land. The agency was supposed to approve 10,000 megawatts of solar, wind and geothermal electricity by 2015, but under then-President George W. Bush, its congressional mandate went nowhere. Hayes, seeing a rare opportunity, told Salazar that as Interior secretary, he'd have the chance to make renewables on public land a signature issue. "We talked about renewable energy and how the Interior Department could ...
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Oil drilling and kitty litter lift the fortunes of Wyoming miners 3.1.2017 LA Times: Business

The market for a peculiar type of clay is looking up thanks to improved prospects for oil and gas drilling and to cat owners who use the stuff to soak up their pets' business.

More than 90% of the bentonite mined in the U.S. and almost half worldwide comes from beds of ancient volcanic ash in Wyoming....

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Daily Digest: TGIF edition 16.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
No special session, and the feds act to limit copper nickel mining and look at a local police force.
In Ohio Coal Country, Job Prospects Lie With Neither Coal Nor Trump's Promises 14.12.2016 NPR News
Donald Trump has made huge promises for creating coal jobs. Not many really think he can deliver. Instead, hopes are high for a new plant in Ohio that converts natural gas into plastic pellets.
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APNewsBreak: U.S. moves to block mining near Yellowstone 21.11.2016 Seattle Times: Local

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas. Mining claims on 30,000 acres north of the nation’s first national park would be prohibited for at least two years […]
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