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The growth of corporate clean energy in 6 charts 24.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Recently, U.S. facilities have begun to offer large-scale renewable energy options to customers. Here, a closer look at the rapid scale-up.
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So what exactly counts as an impeachable offense? 24.5.2017 Washington Post: Politics
It's whatever Congress thinks is serious enough to require impeachment.
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A convicted coal executive is still trying to dodge blame for the deaths of 29 miners 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In the annals of executive chutzpah, one would be hard-pressed to find a more extreme case than Don Blankenship’s efforts to vindicate himself for his role in a huge mine disaster.

Blankenship was chief executive of Massey Energy on April 5, 2010, when an explosion in its Upper Big Branch mine...

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States Are Taking Note of Nuclear Energy's Carbon Free Benefits 24.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I care deeply that progress continue to be made in the fight against climate change – and policymakers in states across the country are stepping up to do just that. I also know the resolve it requires to drive meaningful change in how we develop and use energy, which is the key factor in combatting climate change. Ultimately, there is no silver bullet that will solve climate change. Rather, we have to pursue an array of promising solutions. To that end, I have always been a strong proponent of renewable sources of energy. It is increasingly clear that clean power sources such as wind and solar have an important role to play in our energy infrastructure. However, in our menu of clean energy options, nuclear energy and its carbon free output often is overlooked for its contributions in the fight against climate change. I have always been a proud environmentalist, but I didn’t always support nuclear energy. In fact, up until a few years ...
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Iran's Election Marks The Deepening Of Democratic Culture, Says Former Iran President 24.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, came to power in 1980 following the revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. He spoke to The WorldPost from his home outside Paris, where he lives in exile. In Iran, the main pillars of power are controlled by the unelected supreme leader. And President Hassan Rouhani has declared that the president must be submissive to the supreme leader. Given the president’s limited power, what is the role of elections in Iran? As you said, the main pillars of power are under the control of the supreme leader, who also dictates overall socioeconomic and foreign policy. Despite this, elections, especially the presidential election, are regarded with the utmost importance because it is obvious that, without them, a theocratic regime on its own lacks popular legitimacy. More importantly, elections provide an aspect of legitimacy domestically and internationally, especially in a region ruled largely by oil-fueled monarchies. Elections also register ...
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Congress cannot ignore a growing body of evidence that Trump abused his power 23.5.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Congress cannot ignore a growing body of evidence that Trump abused his power
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Why full compensation for property owners might lead to more unlawful takings 23.5.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Why full compensation for property owners might lead to more unlawful takings
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The Daily 202: Comey was not the only official to resist Trump entreaties 23.5.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Former CIA general counsel calls it ‘an appalling abuse of power’
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Renewable energy, consumer groups disappointed with energy bill 23.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The jobs-energy omnibus bill passed by the Legislature contains several energy provisions that various stakeholder groups have opposed. Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet indicated whether he will sign it, though GOP leaders said they worked with the governor's staff to find compromise language.
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Riyadh dances with Trump but goes home with Putin to prop up oil 22.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Saudi Arabia and Russia are at odds on pretty much everything: the war in Syria, policies on Iran, ties with Washington. But when it comes to propping up global oil prices, they have never been more aligned. Just look at how the world’s two biggest oil producers united last week to tell markets they want to maintain output curbs for an extra nine months. Coordinated leaks and official statements from Riyadh and Moscow — circulated even before the Saudis sit down to agree the cuts with OPEC this ...
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Winning Iran's Election Is Just The Beginning Of Rouhani’s Political Struggles 22.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Iranians just overwhelmingly voted to keep President Hassan Rouhani in power after a fiercely competitive and divisive election campaign . But while the president’s re-election was hailed by moderates as a rejection of isolation and populism, it is only the beginning of a much larger battle for the centrist leader ― one that will require Rouhani to make good on past promises while finding a way to compromise with those whom he now needs on his side. Iran’s presidential election took place at a time when the country is witnessing its most sensitive political period since its 1979 revolution . There is unprecedented regional turmoil and a newly elected American president who, on his first overseas trip, openly advocated for overt confrontation with the Islamic republic. It is amidst such a backdrop that Rouhani’s resounding victory promises to be especially significant for the country as it defines its future ― and as the global community decides how to react to that future. Rouhani beat out the other ...
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While You Weren't Looking, Trump Basically Killed Dodd-Frank 22.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― As the nation’s capital has been consumed by the frothing chaos of President Donald Trump’s administration — botched Muslim bans, sudden personnel changes and the chief executive’s erratic behavior — a steady current of traditional right-wing orthodoxy is sweeping through the federal government. Whatever happens with Russia or the FBI, this tide is washing away former President Barack Obama’s second-greatest legislative achievement: Wall Street reform. And it’s all happening while you’re paying attention to something else. Trump campaigned on conflicting promises about big banks. One minute, he was going to stick it to the corrupt financial insiders who had wrecked the middle class. The next, he’d vow to liberate our benevolent princes of capital from crushing regulations Obama had cruelly imposed. Some of Trump’s populist rhetoric followed him into office. But the actual governing has been pure deregulation. Last week, a council of top regulators quietly met to discuss the future of the ...
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The business bulwark behind California's climate progress 22.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The unlikely story of how businesses backed the state's emissions reduction policies. Will they follow the same playbook for U.S. and global policies?
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Diesel drivers who are “rolling coal” in Colorado: Tune up or pay up 22.5.2017 Denver Post: Local
Colorado is riding hard on diesel truck drivers that “roll coal,” the politically charged display of power on the roads that has doused other vehicles, such as environmentally friendly Priuses, with sooty black smoke. Do it in Colorado and face a $100 fine.
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Congress' power to "define and punish" violations of "the Law of Nations" does not give it authority over immigration 22.5.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Congress' power to "define and punish" violations of "the Law of Nations" does not give it authority over immigration
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Reza Marashi: With Rouhani, Iran Has Extended Its Hand. Now The World Needs To Unclench Its Fist. 21.5.2017 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Reza Marashi: With Rouhani, Iran Has Extended Its Hand. Now The World Needs To Unclench Its Fist.
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With Rouhani, Iran Has Extended Its Hand. Now The World Needs To Unclench Its Fist. 21.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a region rife with wars, occupation and a distinct lack of democratic freedoms, Iranian voters overwhelmingly re-elected pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani to a second four-year term. They did so knowing that fulfilling their long-standing political, economic and social aspirations will be a marathon, not a sprint. To that end, their willingness to double down on Rouhani demonstrates savvy, strategic patience on domestic and foreign policy. Not coincidentally, the two are interconnected. This begs the question: what do the election results mean on a global scale? Five key issues highlight the implications. First, Rouhani’s vision for addressing Iranian society’s top priority – alleviating economic malaise – will require another four-year diplomatic charm offensive. His team wants investment, job creation and managerial development to boost the middle class and promote equality – all of which requires improved foreign relations. It is therefore not surprising that Rouhani said he would work to lift ...
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Ohio Pipeline Spill Raises Broader Questions About Oversight 21.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio's Rover Pipeline this month, and advocates suggest those incidents may be part of a bigger problem in the rush to develop Ohio's shale oil and gas. "I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Ted Auch at FracTracker Alliance, with many other problems, he and others suspect, going undetected. "How many little spills are there?" In April, construction activities for the Rover Pipeline led to "inadvertent" releases of a total of more than two million gallons of drilling fluid at and near Ohio rivers and wetlands. Now a May 5 enforcement letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency seeks $431,000 and other actions from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners for alleged violations of Ohio laws. "We are significant proponents of shale oil and gas development in Ohio… but the governor would say you have to do it right," said Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ...
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A tale of two princes: A king's son and a president's son-in-law drive Trump's visit 21.5.2017 LA Times: Nation

They’ve been dubbed the two princes, the rising powers behind the thrones in the budding strategic alliance between the House of Saud and the House of Trump.

Jared Kushner married into Donald Trump’s family and now serves as the president’s senior advisor. His portfolio of domestic and foreign...

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A tale of two princes: a king's son and a president's son-in-law drive Trump's visit 21.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

They’ve been dubbed the two princes, the rising young powers behind the gilded thrones in the budding strategic alliance between the House of Saud and the House of Trump.

Jared Kushner married into Donald Trump’s family and now serves as the president’s ubiquitous senior advisor. His portfolio...

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