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SJI earnings rise despite Revel problems 28.2.2015 Philly.com News
South Jersey Industries Inc., the Folsom utility and energy company, reported a 7 percent increase in 2014 earnings despite taking a hit over the Revel Casino Hotel bankruptcy.
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The Destruction of Cultural Heritage Should be a War Crime 28.2.2015 Wall St. Journal: World
The world has changed; the law must change with it.
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'Audit' push challenges Federal Reserve's independence 28.2.2015 Yahoo: Politics
After unemployment and deflation, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen finds herself in her toughest battle yet, fighting a push by Congress to assert itself over monetary policy. Newly in control of both houses on Capitol Hill, Republicans accuse the Fed of misguided policies and political bias, saying the world's most powerful central bank is too autonomous and unaccountable. The Fed calls it a blatant move to politicize its work. Yellen got a taste this week of what's to come when legislators accused her of going way beyond the Fed's mandate and of actively supporting the Democratic Party's ...
The US Helped Create International Law, Now We Just Ignore It 28.2.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "The sovereign is he who decides on the exception," said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation's leader can defy the law to serve the greater good. Though Schmitt's service as Nazi Germany's chief jurist and his unwavering support for Hitler from the night of the long knives to Kristallnacht and beyond damaged his reputation for decades, today his ideas have achieved unimagined influence. They have, in fact, shaped the neo-conservative view of presidential power that has become broadly bipartisan since 9/11. Indeed, Schmitt has influenced American politics directly through his intellectual protégé Leo Strauss who, as an émigré professor at the University of Chicago, trained Bush administration architects of the Iraq war Paul Wolfowitz and Abram Shulsky. All that should be impressive enough for a discredited, long dead authoritarian thinker. But Schmitt's dictum also became a philosophical foundation for the exercise of ...
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Here's how far we've come with net neutrality 28.2.2015 Yahoo: Business

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Ohio Electricity Regulators Reject Bailout for Uneconomic Power Plants 27.2.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By John Finnigan Ohio’s clean energy economy celebrated a big win this week. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied American Electric Power Company’s (AEP) request for guaranteed profits to operate its aging, uneconomic coal power plants. EDF, along with many other parties, opposed AEP’s proposal. EDF applauds the Commission for recognizing AEP’s proposal would not benefit Ohio residents and businesses. These old coal plants cost more to operate than the value of power they generate. Plus, they produce harmful greenhouse gas emissions which, if the plants continue to operate, would make it more difficult for Ohio to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan , which would set the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants. The Public Utilities Commission’s decision sends a clear message: power companies can no longer rest on their laurels. Clean energy businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and Ohioans are ready for a new era – ...
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FactCheck: Biden resurrects bogus talking points 27.2.2015 Philly.com News
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The Supreme Court and the Freedom to Gerrymander 27.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
So far this decade, the Supreme Court has not really weighed in on redistricting. But two cases this term are set to change that — and could result in a renewed freedom for politicians to manipulate maps for partisan or self-serving purposes. The first case, Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama — which the Court heard in November — challenges the maps that Alabama Republicans drew after taking control of the legislature in 2010. Although Republican legislative leaders say they simply redrew districts to comply with the Voting Rights Act, African-American legislators say the goal was far more nefarious. By using the Voting Rights Act as an excuse, they say Alabama Republicans packed African-American voters into a reduced number of "minority" districts. The effect was to dilute African-American influence in the legislature and, worse, African-American leaders argue, to require that those districts be maintained permanently even as population shifts make it harder to draw compact districts in the ...
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Commending Fannie Mae for innovation... in energy efficiency! 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Washington, DC: Some people might be surprised to learn that Fannie Mae -- a company that purchases mortgage loans and sells mortgage-backed securities -- is leading with important innovation in energy efficiency. Its new policy to offer a discount on loans for...
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New York REV Order Poised to Deliver More Clean Energy, a Stronger Grid & Lower Bills for New Yorkers 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York: This blog post was co-written with my NRDC colleagues Raya Salter, Senior Attorney, Energy and Equity, and Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, who are NRDC's leads in the REV proceeding Yesterday, the New York Public Service Commission, which regulates New...
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Spain's Iberdrola buys UIL Holdings for $3 billion 27.2.2015 Philly.com News
UIL Holdings Corp. wasted little time setting a new course after its bid to buy the Philadelphia Gas Works failed.
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The Heritage Foundation's "CPP analysis": the old two-tricks-in-one move 27.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: Earlier this month, the polluter-backed Heritage Foundation "think tank" (I like to call it the Inheritance Foundation) released a rehash of a March 2014 analysis, an anti-regulatory "study" against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic first-ever proposed carbon pollution standard...
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Ted Cruz seeks role of 'disruptive app'; some colleagues would hit delete 27.2.2015 LA Times: Nation
On a gray wintry day outside the Capitol, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stood on the grassy East Lawn and denounced President Obama’s plan to temporarily defer deportation for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
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The Climate Post: First Rules for Arctic Drilling Released 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled the first draft rules for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. The rules would require energy companies to clear a number of safety hurdles before being approved for drilling. "The Arctic has substantial oil and gas potential, and the U.S. has a longstanding interest in the orderly development of these resources, which includes establishing high standards for the protection of this critical ecosystem, the surrounding communities, and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska Natives," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. She noted that the proposed regulations "are designed to ensure that offshore exploratory activities will continue to be subject to the highest safety standards." The regulations, which were crafted with a nod to previous experiences in the Arctic's first drilling season when a Royal Dutch Shell oil rig ran aground in 2012, are open for public comment now, but they are not expected to be finalized before this ...
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Net Neutrality Is Back! But the Fight Isn't Over Yet 27.2.2015 Truthout.com
Depending on whom you talk to, today's vote is either a victory for consumers, civil rights activists and a ragtag coalition of grassroots advocates that formed an alliance with Silicon Valley to take on the behemoth telecoms, or a government power grab that will turn the internet into a lumbering public utility and squash technological innovation and investment. (Photo: Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com ) Federal regulators approved tough net neutrality rules today. Still, the fight for internet freedom continues, and advocates say public participation will be as important as ever. Depending on whom you talk to, today's vote is either a victory for consumers, civil rights activists and a ragtag coalition of grassroots advocates that formed an alliance with Silicon Valley to take on the behemoth telecoms, or a government power grab that will turn the internet into a lumbering public utility and squash technological innovation and investment. (Photo: Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com ) Federal regulators ...
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And the Internet Goes Wild... FCC Vote Enshrines Net Neutrality Protections 26.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Michigan utility on the wrong track increasing rates for LED municipal lighting 26.2.2015 Environmental News Network
Earlier this month, DTE Energy announced a rate hike for LED lights. The decision sparked anger in Michigan city officials involved in municipal streetlight conversions, who would see their financial incentives for energy conservation diminish. At the same time, DTE plans to lower its rates on sodium lighting, which can use up to three times more electricity than LED.In 2014 Ypsilanti, best known as the home of Eastern Michigan University, converted all 1,100 of its streetlights to LED — making it the first Michigan municipality to do so. City leaders worked with DTE Energy on the project and expected to see substantial annual energy savings. In the first year, the municipality’s DTE energy bill was 29 percent lower, saving $176,000. Now, with DTE’s proposed rate increase, Ypsilanti’s city leaders are seeing their expected savings ...
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Wisconsin Gov. Walker says timing was right for right-to-work bill 26.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Legislature's timing on taking up the right-to-work bill was "just right," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday, adding that he believes the public has been given plenty of opportunities to express themselves on the fast-tracked ...
Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation 26.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." John Adams As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have the majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America . Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home; but they would not because blindness to reason is the inevitable consequence of religious zealotry. Conservatives who so proudly tout their fealty to the Constitution want to trash our founding document by violating the First Amendment in hopes of establishing Christianity as the nation's religion. This is precisely what the Constitution prohibits: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition ...
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Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts? 26.2.2015 Mother Jones
Back in November, a group of Republican lawmakers fired off a stern letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees electric grids. President Barack Obama's new climate plan, the letter warned, could lead to blackouts across the country. The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of Obama's climate policy. It calls for the nation to reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 and requires each state to reduce the "intensity" of its power sector—that is, how much greenhouse gas is produced per unit of energy. States can choose from a wide array of options to meet their individual goals, including closing or renovating coal plants, boosting energy efficiency, and building new renewable energy systems like solar or wind farms. The GOP letter cited a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (a nonprofit that helps power companies coordinate between the United States and Canada) that said the gap left by shuttered coal plants "may represent a ...
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