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Will Trumpism, Brexit and Geopolitical Exceptionalism Sink the Planet? 15.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Scientists and Coast Guard swimmers test the integrity of a melt pond on sea ice in the Chukchi Sea on July 9, 2010, before drilling holes through which instruments can be deployed to collect data. (Photo: NASA ) In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 Paris climate summit agreement -- already endorsed by most nations -- should be a complete no-brainer. That it isn't tells you a great deal about our world. Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in the United States that could put a climate denier in the White House) spell bad news for the fate of the Earth. It's worth exploring how this might come to be. The delegates to that 2015 climate summit were in general accord about the science of climate change and the need to cap global warming at 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius (or 2.6 to 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit) ...
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Mass Fish Die-Offs Are the New Normal: Climate Change Shuts Down a Montana River 15.9.2016 Truthout.com
A dead mountain whitefish floats in the Yellowstone River in Montana. (Photo: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) An unprecedented fish kill in Montana's iconic Yellowstone River has brought the West's climate future in focus. Scientists say climate change killed the fish by creating a perfect environment for microscopic parasites, deadly to fish, to thrive. It's bad news for the West's outdoor economy. A dead mountain whitefish floats in the Yellowstone River in Montana. (Photo: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) Early in the morning on August 19, 2016, Chad Jacobson, a 36-year-old Montanan, lifelong fisherman and soon-to-be father received a text message from a friend who is one of Montana's many fly-fishing guides. "Can you believe they shut down the Yellowstone?" said the text. Jacobson grew up in a family of fishermen and makes it a priority to get out on the rivers as often as possible throughout the year. He was stunned. "I mean, you see this kind of stuff happening in rivers around here, it's ...
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Pradhan holds auction road show in Europe's oil capital Aberdeen 14.9.2016 New Kerala: World News
Pradhan holds auction road show in Europe's oil capital Aberdeen
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National Labor Relations Board Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Class-Action Waivers 14.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Geraldshields11 ; Edited: LW / TO) The Supreme Court was asked to settle disputes over the legality of contract terms that bar employees from filing class action lawsuits, in petitions filed by opposing parties. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), accounting conglomerate Ernst & Young, and medical software company Epic Systems have all asked Justices to rule on the issue, according to a  Politico  article published on Monday. Appellate courts have recently issued decisions both in favor and against the NLRB, which is seeking to have class action waivers declared illegal under the National Labor Relations Act. The split circuit makes it more likely that the Supreme Court will want to weigh in to settle the matter. Earlier this year, the Ninth and Seventh Circuits ruled against the terms of employment, in the cases involving Ernst & Young and Epic Systems. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, meanwhile, sided  against  the NLRB in recent litigation involving energy exploration company Murphy ...
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More Than 150 Million Workers in India Just Staged the Largest Strike in History to Resist Neoliberalism 14.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Trade unionists in India staged a nationwide strike last week that affected key sectors of the nation's economy, including transportation, healthcare, finance, energy, coal, steel, defense and education.  Organizers reportedly claimed  that more than 150 million people took part and that it cost the economy some $2.5 billion, making the strike the "world's largest."  Those numbers could not be independently confirmed, but this much is clear: Workers are angry at the Indian government and unwilling to accept its neoliberal economic agenda without a fight. Union leaders had asked for negotiations in March, and called the September 2 strike when government officials ignored them. On August 30, in a last-minute attempt to head off the strike, the government proposed to increase the minimum wage for unskilled workers employed by the central government, from about $3.70 to $5.20 per day. The offer wasn't enough. Union leaders rejected the proposal, which didn't begin to address their broader, far-reaching ...
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Poll: Americans favor slightly higher bills to fight warming 14.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming — but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign. Seventy-one percent want the federal government to do something about global warming, including 6 percent who think the government should act even though they are not sure that climate change is happening, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...
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Poll: Americans favor slightly higher bills to fight warming 14.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming — but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign. Seventy-one percent want the federal government to do something about global warming, including 6 percent who […]
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Poll: Americans favor slightly higher bills to fight warming 14.9.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming - but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign....
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Groups rekindle battle over lesser prairie chicken 14.9.2016 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – The fight over a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains is far from over as industry and state officials worried Tuesday that relisting the lesser prairie chicken as a federally protected species could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs for oil and gas developers, renewable energy companies and...
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DIVIDED AMERICA: How China fueled pain and Trump support 14.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

HANNIBAL, Ohio (AP) — Crushed by Chinese competition and feeling betrayed by mainstream politicians, workers in the hills of eastern Ohio are embracing Donald Trump and his tough talk on trade. For decades, they and others living across the Ohio River in West Virginia found work in coal mines and at a local aluminum plant […]
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DIVIDED AMERICA: How China fueled pain and Trump support 14.9.2016 AP Business
HANNIBAL, Ohio (AP) -- Crushed by Chinese competition and feeling betrayed by mainstream politicians, workers in the hills of eastern Ohio are embracing Donald Trump and his tough talk on trade....
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China vows to cut aluminum output, but producers plan growth 14.9.2016 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- China's leaders are promising to rein in aluminum production that is flooding global markets and threatening jobs in the United States and Europe, but its producers have ambitious plans to expand....
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Saudi bid for Houston oil refinery comes amid growing tensions 14.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Saudi national oil company aims to significantly expand its operations in the United States at a critical moment in the always uneasy relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
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China vows to cut aluminum output, but producers plan growth 14.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are promising to rein in aluminum production that is flooding global markets and threatening jobs in the United States and Europe, but its producers have ambitious plans to expand. The glut has cut costs for Western buyers of aluminum used to make lighter cars and aircraft. Prices have fallen so […]
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Blackstone, ArcLight to Buy Midwest Power Plants From AEP 14.9.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Blackstone Group and ArcLight Capital are nearing a deal to buy four Midwest power plants from American Electric Power for about $2.1 billion.
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Burlingame startup Proterra has electric bus with 350-mile range 14.9.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology

Proterra, a Burlingame startup that makes a fully electric city bus, has announced a product line that includes a high-end model capable of traveling roughly 350 miles per charge. Transportation — and the future of mobility — is a hot sector in the Bay Area, with fast-growing companies such as Tesla Motors and Uber Technologies getting enormous attention for their electric cars, ride sharing and forays into autonomous driving. [...] as the nation’s coal-fired power plants close, transportation is likely to eclipse electricity production as the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s first customer was Foothill Transit, which serves the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California and has committed to having a fully electric bus fleet by 2030. [...] orders for buses have come in from larger agencies, including King County Metro in Seattle and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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India, Russia agree to create energy bridge 13.9.2016 New Kerala: Technology
India, Russia agree to create energy bridge
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The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around 13.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Native activists march in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline at the Sacred Stone camp in Cannonball, North Dakota. (Photo: Joe Brusky ) This year's massive buildup of resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline follows closely on the heels of the victory over Keystone XL pipeline, something often credited to feverish organizing by 350.org. But years before 350's involvement, there was the Indigenous Environmental Network, which launched that movement and its "Keep It In the Ground" messaging. This time, with nearly 200 tribes unified behind the Standing Rock tribe's opposition to the pipeline and more than 3,000 people gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, Native Americans are clearly leading the movement. The encampment at Standing Rock are filled with prayers and ceremonies, and the spiritual core to this movement gives it resilience and power. The courage and clarity of the stand to protect our water is attracting support across the nation and around the world. I came to Standing Rock to ...
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Energy stocks pull U.S. markets lower 13.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Oil and gas stocks are leading an early decline on Wall Street as energy prices turn lower. Crude oil prices fell in early trading Tuesday after the International Energy Agency cut its forecast for global demand growth for this year. U.S. benchmark crude fell almost 2 percent to $45.42 a barrel. Energy companies followed suit. Marathon Oil lost 4 percent and Murphy Oil also fell 4 percent. At 7:35 a.m. Mountain time, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 153 points, or 0.9 percent...
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Why the Government's Top Campaign Finance Watchdogs Have No Teeth 13.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Ann Ravel, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, who says the gridlocked agency cannot rein in financial abuses, in Los Angeles, California, on April 29, 2015. There is a stalemate among the agency's six commissioners, who are perpetually locked in 3-to-3 ties along party lines because of a fundamental disagreement over the commission's mandate. (Kendrick Brinson / The New York Times) Cash from foreign corporations, illegal collusion between campaigns and super PACs, networks of dark money that conceal the identities of donors -- independent watchdogs and Democrats on the Federal Elections Commission want to tackle these challenges to democracy, but their Republican counterparts refuse to cooperate. Ann Ravel, the chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, who says the gridlocked agency cannot rein in financial abuses, in Los Angeles, California, on April 29, 2015. There is a stalemate among the agency's six commissioners, who are perpetually locked in 3-to-3 ties along party lines ...
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