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Chattanooga asks FCC for help in spreading broadband 25.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Chattanooga asks FCC to 'pre-empt' state law banning expansion of city-offered broadband service.
Report finds gaps in US nuclear disaster plans 25.7.2014 Yahoo: Politics
US nuclear plants must better prepare for the risk of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, said a report Thursday on lessons learned from Japan's Fukushima crisis in 2011. As of now, US safety regulations are based on making sure nuclear plants can withstand equipment failures, loss of power and other malfunctions related to the design of the plant, otherwise known as design-basis events. Things like natural disasters, human errors and power outages "have the potential to affect large geographical regions and multiple nuclear plants," said John Garrick, a nuclear engineer and co-author of the ...
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New Study Confirms That Some Biomass is Dirtier Than Coal 24.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sami Yassa, Senior Scientist, Director of NRDC’s Markets Initiative, San Francisco: Today the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released its report: Lifecycle Impacts of Biomass in 2020. The report analyzes the carbon emissions produced by burning biomass fuels.  The findings confirm what U.S. and European ENGOs have been...
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Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling 24.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On July 17, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)   announced the lease in the name of President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy .  "As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, BOEM...today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area," proclaimed a July 17 BOEM press release . The release says this equates to upwards of 116-200 million barrels of oil and 538-938 billion cubic feet of natural gas and falls under the banner of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement .  That Agreement was signed into law on December 26, 2013 . It served as a precursor to the recently-passed Mexican oil and gas industry  privatization reforms , which have opened the floodgates to international oil ...
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Professor William I. Robinson: Global Capitalism Is in the Midst of Its Most Severe Crisis 24.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Prof. William I. Robinson: Global Capitalism is in the Midst of its Most Severe Crisis 24.7.2014 Truthout.com
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For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy 24.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows. Eighty percent of adults surveyed believe climate change poses a serious threat to California's economy and lifestyle, and 68 percent back a 2006 law for lowering statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. For example, 76 percent of adults agreed with California's requirement that at least a third of all electricity it generates should come from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, by 2020. The same level of support was found for requiring oil refineries to produce gasoline and other fuels that yield lower carbon dioxide emissions.
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Thousands remain without power from fire; floods still a danger 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
With transmission lines down in the trail of the Carlton complex wildfire, about 7,000 Okanogan County customers remain without power as a mix of fire and rain complicates recovery efforts.
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Thousands remain without power from fire; floods still a danger 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Local
With transmission lines down in the trail of the Carlton complex wildfire, about 7,000 Okanogan County customers remain without power as a mix of fire and rain complicates recovery efforts.
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Eva Longoria Says The Way The Child Refugee Crisis Has Been Handled Is ‘Un-American' 24.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES -- As a child growing up in a Texas border town, Eva Longoria recalls asking her father, “Why were we born on this side?” to which he replied, “Because we were lucky.” The actress reminisced about her childhood experiences crossing the border during the National Council of La Raza’s Awards Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday night. After being honored for her activism, Longoria took time to reflect on the thousands of Central American children currently seeking refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border. NCLR, the country’s largest Hispanic advocacy group, honored Los Angeles First District Supervisor Gloria Molina, activist Angelica Salas, journalist Jose Diaz-Balart, baseball star Manny Mota and actress and activist Longoria during the final night of its annual conference. Longoria was awarded the Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award, named after the organization’s former leader, for her work with the Latino community. “Eva uses her platform to advocate for issues of concern for our ...
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Two Realities: On Debating 'Growth' on a Finite Planet 24.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Making Sense of Gaza: An Interview With Ilan Pappe 23.7.2014 Truthout.com

Dissident Israeli historian Ilan Pappé discusses current events in Gaza in light of Israel's longstanding relationships with Hamas, Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the effectiveness of the BDS movement, the possibility of a two-state solution and the progression of racism within Israel.

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Industry Pushes EPA to Roll Back Power Plant Regulations 23.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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How Congress Gave Auto Dealers A Pass 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Car sales are surging and subprime loans are helping to drive the growth, but some consumers are getting run over. A recent New York Times story highlighted some lending shenanigans familiar to anyone who remembers the subprime pileup in the housing industry. That mess led to a crackdown on Wall Street lending practices -- but lawmakers made a very deliberate decision not to include auto lenders in new regulation. The Wall Street reform bill passed in 2010 excluded auto dealers from the purview of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While the bureau regulates auto lenders , the dealers -- who connect car buyers with the lenders -- are overseen by the Federal Trade Commission. Consumer advocates say the resulting ripoffs are a fairly predictable result of the car dealer carveout. "Having separate regulators for dealers and lenders doesn’t make a lot of sense," Chris Kukla of the Center for Responsible Lending told HuffPost. "The two parties are inextricably linked in the auto ...
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Making Sense of Gaza: An Interview With Ilan Pappé 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles

Dissident Israeli historian Ilan Pappé discusses current events in Gaza in light of Israel's longstanding relationships with Hamas, Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the effectiveness of the BDS movement, the possibility of a two-state solution and the progression of racism within Israel.

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South Dakota PUC rules against wind power producer 23.7.2014 Twincities.com: Business
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Public Utilities Commission has ruled against an alternative energy producer seeking to force rural electric
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New York State of Fracking 23.7.2014 Truthout.com
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New York State of Fracking 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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SD PUC rules against energy producer seeking to force rural cooperatives to buy its wind power 23.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Thirsting for Democracy in Detroit: Activists Resist Water Service Shutoffs, Wall Street and Privatization 23.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles

After a week of direct actions protesting privatization and water service shutoffs, the people of Detroit reject a Wall Street-dictated world, decry commodification of the commons and push back against unaccountable officials, while working to restore democracy. 

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