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State receives federal grant for energy efficiency 1.11.2014 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state has been awarded $450,200 federal grant to lead work on projects dealing with energy efficient buildings and retrofits in Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia....
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Lobbyist-Tied Group Accused Of Faking Support For Potentially Higher Energy Bills 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Wisconsin is the latest state to see a national group attempting to influence state-level policies on utility rates and solar energy -- and this one used a campaign that allegedly faked support from locals. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission is reviewing three cases where utility companies have asked for changes to the rate structure. As part of the public comment process on those proposals, a group named the Consumer Energy Alliance submitted a petition claiming support from 2,500 Wisconsin residents "who believe every energy consumer should pay a fair share for maintaining the electrical grid" and who support changes to the current utility rate structures. Consumer Energy Alliance is a Houston-based trade group with connections to Washington, D.C., energy lobbyists. The petition caught the attention of many in the state who thought it was suspect that 2,500 people would sign a petition in support of policies that would likely raise their energy bills. Many also wondered why the CEA, a ...
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Silence in the Court! Why the Supreme Court Often Says Nothing 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Don't get mad at the recent Supreme Court failure to rule on cases you and many other Americans consider critical. Of 8,000 cases that go to the court each year, the justices only hear about 75 -- and never say why. But the justices are not shirking their responsibilities; they've simply reread the Constitution and found not a mention in it of anything to do with the cases in question. What the justices are saying (or not saying) is that the case is none of their business -- and they are usually right. What many Americans often forget is that the Constitution has less to do with their rights than the rights of government. It is not a code of conduct for citizens; it is a code of conduct for government -- a blueprint that outlines the powers that "we the people" conferred on our officials and what they can and cannot do. Although the Constitution begins, "We the People," those three words never again appear in the historic document our Founding Fathers wrote in Philadelphia in 1787. What they said was ...
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Clean Energy Conferences Roundup: November 2014 31.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Each month, the Energy Exchange rounds up a list of top clean energy conferences around the country. Our list includes conferences at which experts from the EDF Clean Energy Program will be speaking, plus additional events that we think our readers may benefit from marking on their calendars. Top clean energy conferences featuring EDF experts in November: Speaker: Kate Zerrenner ; Project Manager Featuring presentations from innovative utilities, advanced solution providers, and insights from leading experts, Smart Cities attendees will walk away with a roadmap to shape the convergence of energy infrastructure and public services. The conference will also focus on maximizing utility plans, people, and processes to evaluate the performance of grid investments and evolving revenue streams. Nov 3-6: Texas Renewables 2014 , Dallas, TX Speaker: Marita Mirzatuny , Project Manager, Clean Energy At Texas Renewables 2014 we will explore today’s energy landscape, give a nod to how we got here, ...
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Why Women Are the Moralist's Favorite Scapegoat 31.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
PARIS -- What works up a moralist more than anything else? Women. Why? Because the most political organ that exists lies right between their legs -- and moralists would just love to get their hands on it. Do you know of anything more political, more visceral, than the survival of the species and the transmission of identity, national values and family? Just think of the way in which man has always viewed the female sex organs as both a source of pleasure and birth. Nowhere on Earth is there a more privileged place to project every ideology possible than the place that is recognized as the origin of our world. Alas, as soon as the world is in crisis, man's immediate impulse is to turn to the female crotch. Let me explain. Whenever there is a period of economic, political or religious crisis; whenever the foundations of society are shaken, men feel the need to tighten their political grip on the female sex and to say, "This is mine" -- and to reaffirm a woman's social role at the heart of the family and ...
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Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They're Locally Owned, Report Finds 31.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
At last month's People's Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it's easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we can. But, from an economic point of view, it turns out that not all renewable energy is created equal. One main difference is between energy generators that are locally owned and ones owned by some faraway entity, and a new report from the Institute of Self-Reliance presents the details. The report, written by Senior Researcher John Farrell, makes two main points: Locally owned renewable energy projects create more economic benefits than absentee-owned projects, and they are less likely to encounter community opposition. By enacting policies to support local renewables, Farrell argues, states and counties stand to gain thousands of jobs and millions of dollars. Farrell's report presents striking data from an earlier ...
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Vet Homelessness Drops As 2015 Deadline For Ending Issue Nears: Report 31.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The number of veterans living on the streets is on the decline -- a welcome update considering that the Department of Veterans Affairs' deadline to end vet homelessness is fast approaching. On a single night in January, 49,993 veterans were homeless, marking a 33 percent drop since 2010 , according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report released on Thursday. The results were tallied by HUD’s annual "point-in-time" count, which partners with local agencies and volunteers across the country to manually enumerate the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night. The Obama Administration and the VA have remained steadfast in their commitment to end vet homelessness by 2015. The success so far has been largely attributed to the close collaboration between the VA and HUD and their supportive housing program, called HUD-VASH. Since 2008, the program has doled out more than 59,000 rental vouchers and an estimated 45,000 formerly homeless veterans currently live in ...
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Corporate Destruction of Free Markets Rules Us 31.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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At fast-growing Brookings, donors help set agenda 31.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics

Of all the topics the venerable Brookings Institution has examined in recent years, legalizing marijuana was rarely high on anyone’s scholarly agenda.

That changed after a November 2012 visit from a lawyer working with Peter B. Lewis, the late billionaire insurance magnate who had made the legalization of marijuana his personal mission during the last years of his life.

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Argentina OKs law aimed at luring oil investment 31.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Congress has passed an energy law aimed at luring foreign investment into its promising shale oil and gas.
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Argentina Congress passes law aimed at luring foreign investment for oil, gas development 31.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors 31.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.
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On Realism, Old and New 30.10.2014 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Though few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. During his 1996 re-election campaign, striving to describe America’s role in the world, Clinton began to speak of this country as the “indispensable nation.” In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that year, Clinton proclaimed, “We remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace, and freedom and to keep our own children safe from the dangers of terror and weapons of mass destruction.” (Clinton himself apparently got this phrase from historian James Chace and adviser Sid Blumenthal.) The words stuck and became a regular catchphrase for his second-term secretary of state, Madeleine Albright—so much so that many people mistakenly attribute the words to Albright. “Indispensable nation” was the formulation Clinton put forth to the ...
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US Energy Policies Based on Inflated Fracking Predictions: Post Carbon Institute Report 30.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Economic predictions about the fracking industry's potential growth have for the most part gone unquestioned — until now. A  new report  from the  Post Carbon Institute  exposes highly inflated forecasts and concludes that the amount of oil that can be tapped by hydraulic fracturing cannot be maintained at the levels assumed beyond 2020. The report , “Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check on US Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom,”  says inflated forecasts from the Energy Information Administration have fostered a lack of urgency to transition to renewable energy. The report also looks at the oil industry's increased pressure to relax restrictions on fracking and change oil and gas export rules.   “The Department of Energy’s forecasts — the ones everyone is relying on to guide our energy policy and planning — are overly optimistic based on what the actual well data are telling us,” says  David Hughes , a geoscientist and author of the Post Carbon Institute report. The report shatters ...
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The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law 30.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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China's New Tools to Battle Air Pollution Can Also Help Fight Climate Change 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In preparation for hosting the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which will be attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Beijing's municipal government has announced a six-day public holiday for central and city government. It will order drivers to use their vehicles only on alternate days. In neighboring Hebei province, more than 800 factories and 900 construction sites will halt work for nearly two weeks, in an attempt to keep the skies clear over Beijing during the meeting. Much of the air pollution in China comes from burning coal, for heat, in power plants, and in factories--hence the shutdowns. But coal is also the major contributor to China's carbon emissions--meaning that China's attempts to tackle its crippling air pollution problem could also have the added benefit of curbing climate change. A truck loaded with coal moves toward hazy Beijing. ("Coal Consuming China," by Han Jun Zeng , Creative Commons BY-SA-2.0) China's government recently declared a "war on ...
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The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law 30.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
On September 29th, power in Afghanistan changed hands for the first time in 13 years. At the Arg, the presidential palace in Kabul, Ashraf Ghani was  sworn in  as president, while the outgoing Hamid Karzai watched calmly from a front-row seat.  Washington, congratulating itself on this “peaceful transition,” quickly collected the new president’s autograph on a  bilateral security agreement  that assures the presence of American forces in Afghanistan for at least another decade. The big news of the day: the U.S. got what it wanted.  (Precisely why Americans should rejoice that our soldiers will stay in Afghanistan for another 10 years is never explained.) The big news of the day for Afghans was quite different -- not the long expected continuation of the American occupation but what the new president had to say in his  inaugural speech  about his wife, Rula Ghani. Gazing at her as she sat in the audience, he called her by name, praised her work with refugees, and announced that she would continue that ...
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Rise Up America, Rise Up! 30.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Canadian National Security Bill May Curtail Civil Liberties, Watchdogs Warn 30.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Fukushima sets off green boom and glut as utilities choke on cost, hope for return of nuclear 30.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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