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Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports 29.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil ...
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Forget the falling price, US oil industry renews push to lift ban on exporting US oil 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land 29.1.2015 WRI Stories
Installment 9 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy inherently comes at the cost of not using that land for growing food or animal feed, or for storing carbon. It recommends several policy changes to phase out forms of bioenergy that use crops or that otherwise make dedicated use of land. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Anti-Koch: The Fight for Green Energy Is a Fight for the 99 Percent 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The fact that this even needs to be said demonstrates that there's been a breakdown in the democratic process, but we'll say it anyway: Our number-one priority should be protecting the planet for future generations. That said, green energy makes sense even if we base our thinking on economic considerations alone. Energy policies can roughly be divided into two kinds: those which benefit society as a whole, and those which only benefit the very few -- the Koch brothers and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? Republicans are blocking pro-growth, job-creating green energy investments while pushing a pipeline that would enrich the few at the expense of the many -- with potentially disastrous environmental consequences. If you want to know why, follow the money. The '99-Percent Plan' A new report from the Political Economy Research Institute and the Center for American Progress (the "PERI-CAP" report) offers a plan to bring the United States in line with an international emissions-reduction goal: ...
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'Supreme Court Five' Unleash Government Of, By and For the Oligarchs 29.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Likenesses of Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, John Roberts (created by Daniel Lowenstein) stand in front of the 10th Circuit Court of appeals in Denver after 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC decision Photo reprinted with permission of Laura Avant The decades-long power grab by greedy oligarchs and the concomitant convulsion of democracy has been vastly accelerated by Supreme Court decisions that equate money and free speech, granting the latter to flush billionaires and effectively silencing the majority. In Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, the five most conservative Supreme Court justices struck down the longstanding ban on corporate expenditures in federal elections. Their action opened the floodgates for vast amounts of secret money and unlimited contributions that distort elections and corrupt government policy-making, observed Fred Wertheimer , longtime national leader on money in politics and campaign finance reform. Furthermore, the "Citizens United and [subsequent] ...
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Anti-Koch: The Fight For Green Energy is a Fight for the 99% 29.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The fact that this even needs to be said demonstrates that there's been a breakdown in the democratic process, but we'll say it anyway: Our Number One priority should be protecting the planet for future generations. That said, green energy makes sense even if we base our thinking on economic considerations alone. Energy policies can roughly be divided into two kinds: those which benefit society as a whole, and those which only benefit the very few - the Koch brothers and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? Republicans are blocking pro-growth, job-creating green energy investments while pushing a pipeline that would enrich the few at the expense of the many - with potentially disastrous environmental consequences. If you want to know why, follow the money. The "99 Percent Plan" A new report from the Political Economy Research Institute and the Center for American Progress (the "PERI-CAP" report) offers a plan to bring the United States in line with an international emissions-reduction goal: 40 ...
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Alaska Republican Wants Gun Control For EPA Agents 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The first legislative act by Alaska's new senator, Dan Sullivan (R), turns out to be a gun control measure -- but one that will only affect federal agents. Sullivan, who ousted Democratic Sen. Mark Begich last fall, is hoping to get a vote this week on an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that would ban police officers who work for the Environmental Protection Agency from carrying firearms. "When the EPA initially was stood up, it didn't have employees who were armed," Sullivan said at a Monday news conference when asked about the measure. The Alaska Republican is framing his amendment as a first step toward reducing the scope of the federal government. In particular, Sullivan said, members of the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division have shown a tendency to overstep their authority. He pointed to a clean water inspection at a remote Alaskan gold-mining settlement a year and a half ago, in which EPA agents angered a group of miners by showing up armed and wearing body armor. "We ...
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Rick Santorum And Mike Huckabee Still Just Don't Get It On Climate Change 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike Huckabee said Islamic extremism poses a greater threat than climate change. That’s his opinion. But in expressing it, he grossly understated the potential impact of climate change by saying it threatens to give Americans “a sunburn” — an issue almost entirely unrelated to climate change. Military leaders have long warned that climate change poses a national security ...
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Fed keeps key rate near zero, will stay 'patient' on raising it 29.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept their benchmark interest rate near zero and reiterated a plan to be patient about future hikes, indicating no increase is coming until at least June despite a more upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy.
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SfunCube: Lighting the Way for Solar Innovation in California 28.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Anna Doty EDF’s Innovators Series profiles companies and people across California with bold solutions to reduce carbon pollution and help the state meet the goals of AB 32.  Each addition to the series will profile a different solution, focused on the development of new technology and ideas. Emily Kirsch calls herself a “solar-lifer.”  Kirsch came onto the solar scene by way of former Obama advisor Van Jones’ green jobs campaign in Oakland.  Now, as the co-founder and CEO of Oakland-based SfunCube —the world’s only solar-exclusive start-up business accelerator—Kirsch is growing California’s clean economy in an entirely new way and she knows that the future of solar is bright. Nestled in the heart of downtown Oakland, SfunCube—Solar for Universal Need—is supporting a growing “solar ecosystem” of the most promising solar startups that are making the San Francisco Bay Area the nation’s epicenter for solar innovation and entrepreneurship.  Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Emily Kirsch and some ...
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5 Reasons the Future of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger than Ever 28.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Over $1.5 billion in investments by Google in various renewable energy projects For further support of this trend, Deutsche Bank, among others, is bullish on solar investment’s 2015 prospects. 2. Wind and solar energy costs continue to drop precipitously According to Lazard, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar and wind energy have decreased 78 percent and 58 percent, respectively, since 2009. It goes without saying that is huge. Also, according to BNEF, costs of solar PV modules have fallen in line with an ‘experience curve’ since 1976 – i.e. prices have declined by 24.2% with every doubling of cumulative capacity, and there are no signs of this trend losing steam. As costs of wind, solar, and other forms of clean energy decline, improved economic viability will likely lead to growth in clean energy investment. 3. Clean energy investment in the developing world is growing explosively – and just getting started As costs drop, renewables promise to catch and become even more desirable in the ...
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Are the Elites Catching Up with the People? 28.1.2015 American Prospect
Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity , convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity is in question as never before,” the report declares. It calls for several measures of the sort that the labor movement, the Economic Policy Institute, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and others on the left edge of Democratic politics have been urging for years. What’s surprising is not what’s being said but who’s saying it. For instance, the commission offers a frank statement of what’s wrong with both labor markets ...
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Kline on the future of No Child Left Behind law 28.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
U.S. Senate Republicans hope control of Congress could help change the No Child Left Behind law and give more power to state and local governments to improve education.
Loretta Lynch Defends Obama's Immigration Actions 28.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch attempted on Wednesday to tread a fine line on immigration, telling senators she believes President Barack Obama acted within his powers on deportation relief, but that she would respect the courts if they find his actions unconstitutional. Her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes at a time when Republicans are fighting Obama's November executive actions on immigration. Lynch, currently the United States attorney in Brooklyn, was not part of that decision-making process, but had to answer repeatedly as to whether she believes Obama acted within his powers. She also tried to differentiate herself from current Attorney General Eric Holder, a controversial figure among Republicans, who has defended Obama's use of executive authority to keep some undocumented immigrants from being deported. On the issue of executive action, though, Lynch indicated that she agreed with Holder. She told senators she had reviewed the Office of ...
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Praising Progress: Michigan's Energy Efficiency Program for Multifamily Affordable Housing 28.1.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariana Gonzalez, Energy Policy Analyst, Midwest, Chicago Office: For many, the New Year means the kickoff of new resolutions, but in Michigan, one energy efficiency project that started well before the flurry of fad diets is celebrating its first six months of progress. The pilot program, facilitated...
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US stocks mixed in morning trading; Apple up sharply 28.1.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Major stock indexes were mixed in late morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement for clues about when the central bank may raise interest rates. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners. Apple and Boeing bucked the trend after reporting impressive earnings.
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US stocks mixed in morning trading; Apple up sharply 28.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Major stock indexes were mixed in late morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement for clues about when the central bank may raise interest rates. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners. Apple and Boeing bucked the trend after reporting impressive earnings.
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North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills 28.1.2015 Yahoo: US National
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. The waste, which becomes slightly radioactive as part of the hydraulic fracturing process that churns up isotopes locked underground, must be trucked out of state. The most common form of radioactive waste is a filter sock, a mesh tube resembling a sandbag through which fracking water is pumped before it's injected back into the ...
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This International Data Privacy Day, protect what you hold dear 28.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
This International Data Privacy Day, protect what you hold dear
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With Liberal Views Like These, Ben Carson's Going to Have a Tough Time Winning the GOP Nomination 28.1.2015 Mother Jones
Tea party favorite Ben Carson has said some out-there stuff. The former neurosurgeon, author, and possible Republican presidential candidate once compared women who get abortions to dog-abuser Michael Vick, blamed the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on gay marriage, and concluded that believing in evolution was like thinking that "a hurricane blowing through a junkyard could somehow assemble a fully equipped and flight-ready 747." But in his writings and public remarks, he has also voiced views on hot-button issues—immigration, foreign policy, gun control—that place him well outside the tea-party mainstream. He once embraced a universal catastrophic health care plan, and some of his other past positions—gasp!—sound downright liberal. Here are some of the comments that may put him at odds with the conservative GOP ...
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