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Place Matters 22.6.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Donald Trump’s election may have stunned us all, but it shouldn’t have. There were plenty of signals that regions of the country on whose support Democrats had long counted were in economic collapse. And like most of us, the Democrats failed to see them. In May 2016, the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) released a study—“The New Map of Economic Growth and Recovery”—that made no discernible impact on progressive discourse or Democrats’ strategy. But, like the Angus Deaton and Anne Case studies on rising death rates within the white working class—which did enter progressive discourse but also had no impact on Democrats’ strategy—it sure as hell should have. The EIG’s study strikes me as the necessary corollary to the Deaton-Case documentation of the rise in “deaths of despair” within the white working class. What it shows, simply, is that businesses and employment opportunities are concentrated as never before ...
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What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He Will Face 22.6.2017 NPR News
Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.
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Topless bans aim to protect, but some question who needs protecting 22.6.2017 Washington Post
Topless bans aim to protect, but some question who needs protecting
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EPA Chief Spent First Weeks Courting Fossil Fuel Execs, Exposing 'Fatal Flaw' At Agency 22.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One month after taking office, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt hosted BP’s U.S. chairman at his office to discuss issues the company “works with” the agency on. The next day, Pruitt met with two top executives from Chevron Corporation to discuss “regulatory reform.” The day after that, he spent two hours mingling with 45 CEOs from oil and gas companies at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. It’s not unusual for the nation’s top environmental regulator to meet with leaders of some of the industries he or she regulates. But Pruitt, who came into the agency with a reputation for siding with fossil fuel interests, has virtually ignored conservation and public health advocates, according to calendars released under the Freedom of Information Act and first reported by E&E News . Pruitt’s calendars show far fewer meetings with environmental and public health advocates. On Earth Day, the agency issued a press release feting the “great natural resources that the United States is ...
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Saudi Arabia’s next king is a young, ambitious risk taker 21.6.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — He is known as MBS and his rise through Saudi Arabia’s corridors of power has been shockingly swift. At age 31, Mohammed bin Salman already controlled the kingdom’s defense policy and was overseeing a massive internal economic overhaul with the backing of his father, King Salman. His sudden appointment […]
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Rocky Flats Made Nukes. Then It Made A Mess. Now It's About To Become A Public Park. 21.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ROCKY FLATS, Colo. ― Plutonium, named for the Roman god of the underworld and the dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, is one of the world’s most dangerous elements. Inhaling just one particle will bombard internal organs, particularly the lungs and liver, with harmful alpha radiation for decades. For the most part, it isn’t naturally occurring. But until just over a decade ago, it was plentiful in this 5,000-acre patch of rolling hills and grasslands. From 1952 to 1989, this picturesque sanctuary was home to a factory that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons ― a lot of them. Nearly all of the approximately 70,000  nuclear weapons produced in the United States include a part made at Rocky Flats. It was designated as a Superfund site in the early 1990s, and the radioactive materials have been removed. It’s scheduled to open to the public for the first time next summer . But rather than welcoming the prospect of thousands of new acres for recreation, some Coloradans are suing to stop ...
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The Daily 202: Democrats despondent, Trump emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election 21.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Nancy Pelosi was a real drag on Jon Ossoff and other takeaways from last night’s results in Atlanta.
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Metro opts for low-tech solution to track safety: face-to-face conversations 21.6.2017 Washington Post
Metro opts for low-tech solution to track safety: face-to-face conversations
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A Big Oil-Backed GOP Proposal For A Carbon Tax Is Just As Suspect As It Sounds 21.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In February, a cadre of Republican elder statesmen unveiled their plan to put a tax on carbon emissions, arguing that “mounting evidence of climate change is growing too strong to ignore.” That plan got the backing of Big Oil on Tuesday, as Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total announced a new campaign to push Congress to consider passing a carbon tax. Those companies are getting a lot of credit for supporting a carbon tax. But they also have a record of doing so when it seems highly unlikely that such a policy would pass Congress and get a presidential signature. And the industry has a history of working to undermine plans to price carbon when they do stand a chance of becoming a reality. The Republican-backed carbon tax already has the support of former Treasury Secretary James Baker and former Secretary of Labor George Shultz, who have aligned with business and environmental leaders under the banner of the Climate Leadership Council. Industrial heavyweights, including Johnson & Johnson ...
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A Consensus Climate Solution 20.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune . Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek . If there’s a silver lining to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, it’s the renewed commitment to climate action we’re seeing across the country. More than 1,200 universities, colleges, investors, businesses, mayors and governors recently sent a letter to the United Nations underscoring their pledge to help the U.S. make good on its promise for climate action. Among these voices are members of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), a new coalition calling for a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment. The coalition includes 11 of the largest companies in the world as well as former Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy. What kind of climate plan could garner such broad support? First, the proposal draws on free-market principles that Republicans, businesses and ...
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Ohio explores perspectives, opportunities for modernizing the electric grid 20.6.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Asim Haque, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. This post was updated on June 20, 2017. Just think about the number of interactions we have with electricity each day – from our alarm clocks to our toasters to our smart phones and the lights in our homes and offices. Electricity is undeniably important to our lives and our economy. And unprecedented energy innovation has created the opportunity to build a smarter, cleaner, and more modern electric grid. But modernizing the grid won’t happen on its own. That’s why The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) convened about a hundred participants for a grid modernization conference last week in Columbus, Ohio. People came together to discuss challenges with our aging and frayed grid as well as opportunities presented by modern sensors and smart meters. Although participants brought different perspectives, everyone agreed now is a critical, opportune time to upgrade our aging electric grid.  Special guests The chairman of the ...
Carbon Dividend Coalition Grows, Raising Hopes for Rapid Emissions Cuts 20.6.2017 WRI Stories
Carbon Dividend Coalition Grows, Raising Hopes for Rapid Emissions Cuts Add Comment|PrintWind turbines, California. Photo by Vesselin Kolev/Flickr Many prominent U.S. corporations, opinion leaders and NGOs have announced their support of the Climate Leadership Council’s “carbon dividends” proposal. The proposal includes a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the return of tax revenues to all Americans in the form of monthly dividend payments, and the rollback of some climate regulations, among... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
“Carbon Dividend” Proposal Offers Bipartisan, Pro-Market Approach to Climate Change 20.6.2017 WRI Stories
“Carbon Dividend” Proposal Offers Bipartisan, Pro-Market Approach to Climate ChangeAdd Comment|PrintWind turbines, California. Photo by Vesselin Kolev/Flickr Many prominent U.S. corporations, opinion leaders and NGOs have announced their support of the Climate Leadership Council’s “carbon dividends” proposal. The proposal includes a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the return of tax revenues to all Americans in the form of monthly dividend payments, and the rollback of some climate regulations,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Rick Perry just got scooped: New report shows cleaner grid provides reliable power 20.6.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston As Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry set out to examine the impact of policies or regulations on coal and nuclear plants. He wasn’t the only one. A new report from the Analysis Group, commissioned by national business groups Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and American Wind Energy Association, finds market forces are pushing old coal and nuclear plants to retire, without posing any threat to the electric grid’s reliability. In other words, coal can’t compete in today’s market, and the United States is getting a cleaner, more diverse, and reliable energy mix as a result. Market forces The American energy system is undergoing a transformation, with more – and cleaner – power options than ever before. The primary driver of change? Market forces. In efficient and competitive markets, it’s natural for uneconomic assets (cough, coal) to be pushed out. The Analysis Group report outlines the top three factors contributing to the retirement of lumbering coal and nuclear power plants: highly efficient ...
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Zinke pledges to enforce Obama-era methane rule amid rewrite 20.6.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Trump administration will enforce an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production, even as it seeks to rewrite the rule to be more industry-friendly. Zinke told a Senate committee Tuesday that Interior will enforce those parts of the methane regulation […]
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A bipartisan price on carbon? Here's what to watch for 20.6.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The recently formed Climate Leadership Council has signed big founding backers like General Motors, PepsiCo and ExxonMobile in its bid to advance a "carbon dividend" model.
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Climate Leadership Council's Carbon Dividends Coalition Grows Along with the Chances to Reduce U.S. Carbon Emissions 20.6.2017 WRI Stories
Climate Leadership Council's Carbon Dividends Coalition Grows Along with the Chances to Reduce U.S. Carbon Emissions Add Comment|PrintWind turbines, California. Photo by Vesselin Kolev/Flickr Many prominent U.S. corporations, opinion leaders and NGOs have announced their support of the Climate Leadership Council’s “carbon dividends” proposal. The proposal includes a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the return of tax revenues to all Americans in the form of monthly dividend payments, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
The Stakes of the Supreme Court's Partisan Gerrymandering Case in Wisconsin 20.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The US Supreme Court announced on June 19 that it would consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. The case could reshape US politics. In the past, the court has struck down election maps as racial gerrymanders that disadvantaged minority voters, but it has never disallowed a map on the ground that it was drawn to give an unfair advantage to a political party. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) Racially gerrymandered voting districts are taking a beating in North Carolina and other Southern states. Now the Supreme Court will take up a case from Wisconsin challenging partisan districts that will have monumental effects on politics. While it won't stop the GOP from pursuing other voter-suppression tactics, a decision against partisan gerrymandering can serve as another crucial step toward free and fair elections. The US Supreme Court announced on June 19 that it would consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. The case could reshape US ...
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The Energy 202: Exxon, GM and Pepsi plan to back carbon tax floated by ex-GOP officials 20.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The proposal would rollback Obama-era environmental regulations.
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The Daily 202: Most Republicans in the Georgia special election are willing to give Trumpcare a chance 20.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Polls don’t tell the full story
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