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Illinois Kicks Off Ambitious Utility of the Future Process 22.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Illinois Kicks Off Ambitious Utility of the Future Process
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People Power Defeats 'Death Sentence' Water Bill In Nigeria -- But The Fight Isn't Over 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a heartening about-face, the government of Lagos, Nigeria, has backpedaled on a controversial law that would have  criminalized the informal water sector , which almost 20 million people rely on to obtain their drinking water. Activists credit overwhelming public opposition for the reversal, and environmental and human rights groups are breathing a sigh of relief. But a huge protest that unfolded in Lagos on Wednesday ― World Water Day ― signals their fight is far from over.  “I can confirm that most of the anti-people provisions have been removed from the final version of the law,” Akinbode Oluwafemi, deputy executive director for Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, told The Huffington Post in an email this week.  But even with the revisions to the law, “it is still not yet uhuru,” Oluwafemi warned in a statement, using the Swahili word for freedom. The United Nations , local activists and citizens alike had reacted strongly to a draft of the  Lagos Environment Bill , passed ...
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Seven Things That Need to Happen to Keep Global Temperature Rise Below 2C 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to "well below 2C". Ever since the signing of the  Paris Agreement  on climate change,  scientists ,  think tanks  and  policymakers  have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new  report  released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the latest attempt to address this question. Commissioned by the German government in its role this year as G20 president, the report sets out the "essential elements" needed to create an energy sector transition consistent with the Paris Agreement. The  G20  is a group of 20 major economies, including China, India, Germany, the UK and US, which  accounts  for 63% of global population and 83% of emissions. The IEA and IRENA each took a separate approach to modelling the most cost effective decarbonisation pathway, with the IEA using a so-called ...
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The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America 22.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. (Image: JR / TO ; Adapted: Auntie P , Tallapragada ) A culture of cruelty and callousness has become an organizing principle of everyday life under Trump, infusing our society with massive amounts of misery, suffering and violence. But getting rid of Trump alone will not solve this problem unless we first eliminate the mindset that equates democracy with unbridled capitalism. Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. (Image: JR / TO ; Adapted: Auntie P , Tallapragada ) This story was published thanks to readers like you. Donate now to support Truthout's fearless, independent coverage. For the ...
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The world's energy is getting cleaner (and cheaper) — but not fast enough 22.3.2017 Washington Post
The world's energy is getting cleaner (and cheaper) — but not fast enough
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India looks to microgrids to bridge the energy access gap 22.3.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The government has promised energy access to all households by 2019. Here are five issues to watch as India reaches for this ambitious target.
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The Hour of the Attorneys General 22.3.2017 American Prospect
This article will appear in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . On a Tuesday night in early February, not three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, three federal judges in San Francisco heard arguments about whether to halt his first major policy undertaking. Trump had issued an executive order banning hundreds of thousands of travelers from entering the country, including citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, and all refugees. As many as 60,000 individuals had their visas revoked. Almost immediately, a pair of Democratic attorneys general, Washington state’s Bob Ferguson and Minnesota’s Lori Swanson, brought suit against Trump’s executive order, arguing it violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law as well as the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, harmed all Washington and Minnesota businesses and communities, and was “undermining [their] sovereign interest” as welcoming destinations for immigrants and refugees. More ...
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Are Baby Boomers A 'Generation Of Sociopaths'? 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Long before millennials were dubbed the “Me Generation,” journalist Tom Wolfe used the label to describe the young baby boomers  coming of age in the mid-1970s, a time of heightened focus on the self and personal development.  “The new alchemical dream is: changing one’s personality — remaking, remodeling, elevating, and polishing one’s very self ... and observing, studying, and doting on it,” Wolfe wrote in a 1976 New York magazine cover story .  To the extent that millennials really are self-absorbed and narcissistic, it may be because they learned from the masters: their parents. Baby boomers ― the unusually large generation born during a wave after World War II ― grew up in a time of historic prosperity. In many ways, the world they’ll leave for their children couldn’t be more different from the one they knew as children.   Boomers blew through resources, racked up debt, and brought an end to economic growth, using their enormous voting power to elect politicians who enacted policies that typically ...
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This Alabama Church Wants Its Own Armed Police Force For Protection 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An Alabama church is poised to create its very own police force thanks to a new bill that has already made headway in the state senate. Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in the outskirts of Birmingham, is seeking to hire a team of individuals who will be trained as cops to patrol its grounds. A bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R-Ala.) in February, would authorize the church to “appoint and employ one or more persons to act as police officers to protect the safety and integrity of the church and its ministries.” These individuals would be certified by the Alabama Peace Officer Training Commission, which oversees the certification of all law enforcement officers in the state. Under the bill, Briarwood’s police force would have all the powers of law enforcement officers in the state.  A church spokesperson said the institution feels it needs the force to protect its 40 ministries, which include a K-12 school and a seminary. He pointed to the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook ...
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Carnegie Mellon University Launches Carbon Emissions Index 22.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced the creation of a new index that will measure carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electrical power generation sector. The Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index will track the environmental performance of U.S. power producers and compare current emissions to historical data collected nationwide for more than two decades. A quarterly press release will inform interested parties of power sector carbon emissions performance trends.  In addition, CMU will provide an online resource for a wide variety of power sector emissions data and forecasts.
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Keeping America Great: Smart Rules Can Help The Economy And Nature Prosper 22.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Diane Regas Barely a month after his inauguration, President Trump is proceeding with plans to dismantle protections under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.  The targets include limiting pollution into streams and wetlands that flow into drinking water for a hundred million Americans, automobile fuel economy standards that cut tailpipe pollution, and performance standards under the Clean Power Plan that would boost renewable power and fight climate change.  Trump and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have drawn up reckless plans to slash EPA’s budget—greeted with derision even by some Republicans in Congress.  With the tragic story of Flint still fresh in people’s minds, the President is betraying the demands of his own supporters — fully 64% of Trump voters want to maintain or increase spending on environmental protection. These actions are a tragic wrong turn for the country — and not just because they threaten to roll back decades of progress on air and water pollution, and the recent steps ...
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A path to prosperity that we can all embrace 21.3.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray Prosperity. We all want to attain it, yet the ways we each define it are as different as we are. As President Trump charges through his first 100 days, there is a risky theme being pushed that a prosperous America comes with a choice between environmental protection and economic growth. This concept is not only false, but dangerous and short sighted. Just look at China. When I was there last year, I saw a country that, during its own industrial revolution, made decisions that had unfortunately sacrificed the environment for a short-term surge in economic prosperity. Those tradeoffs were made during a time when coal and oil provided over 90% of energy consumption, and as a result, air quality reached unhealthy standards. Now China, the world’s fastest-growing economy ( IMF ), is sprinting to play catch-up. In 2015, in fact, China invested $102.9 billion in renewables, making it the world’s largest investor in clean energy (the US, by contrast, invested $44.1 billion that same year). ( ...
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Supreme Court limits president’s appointment powers 21.3.2017 Washington Post
Supreme Court limits president’s appointment powers
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A report card on Tillerson’s trip to Asia 21.3.2017 Washington Post
A report card on Tillerson’s trip to Asia
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High court limits president's power to fill temporary posts 21.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the president’s power to temporarily fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights. The 6-2 ruling said a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board had served in violation of a federal law governing temporary appointments. Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Lafe Solomon was not allowed to serve as acting general counsel of the agency that enforces labor laws while he... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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High court limits president’s power to fill temporary posts 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the president’s power to temporarily fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights. The 6-2 ruling said a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board had served in violation of a federal law governing temporary appointments. Writing for the […]
AP Explains: A doctrine in focus at Neil Gorsuch’s hearings 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers questioning Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation are asking about something called “Chevron deference.” For the record, it is not about letting someone ahead of you in line at the gas station. But it is a legal concept Gorsuch has addressed as a judge on the 10th U.S. […]
Evaluating the Mariners’ first base platoon, bullpen depth and utility infielder competition 21.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Three issues to watch in the final two weeks of spring training
A Last Chance for Resistance 20.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Chris Hedges

The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible. Its opponents, including those within the establishment, make sporadic attempts to resist, but week by week, month by month, the despot and his reactionary allies methodically consolidate power. Those inside the machinery of government and the courts who assert the rule of law are purged.

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GOP Senate About to Allow Bad Employers to Avoid Reporting Workplace Injuries 20.3.2017 American Prospect
AP/CQ/Tom Williams Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a news conference after the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol, March 14, 2017.    As Republicans accelerate their deregulatory crusade in Congress, they are putting workplace safety standards squarely in their crosshairs. At the top of the list, the GOP wants to do away with an Obama administration regulation that maintained the power of an OSHA workplace injury recordkeeping rule. House Republicans voted to eliminate the rule in early March, and the Senate will vote on it Tuesday. The rule mandates that employers are responsible for tracking and recording all their workplace injuries and illnesses and allows OSHA to fine companies that fail to keep accurate and complete records going back five and a half years. Obama’s former top OSHA official warns that repealing the rule would undercut the agency’s ability to levy fines against high-violation companies that consistently fail to keep records of workplace injuries, making it harder for ...
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