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Foes want probe, but antitrust law favors Amazon 26.10.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
No doubt Amazon makes life difficult for suppliers and rivals. But there’s little likelihood that regulators will use antitrust law anytime soon to curb the company’s growing clout.
Southern Illinois residents rally, wait for fracking 26.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Business
Wayne Woolsey, an oilman since 1958, says he has core samples pulled from deep below the shale rock here that "look awful promising," comparable to what has been found elsewhere in the country where fracking has brought plentiful jobs and enriched land owners and energy ...
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Despite California climate law, carbon emissions may be a shell game 25.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
California's pioneering climate-change law has a long reach, but that doesn't mean all its mandates will help stave off global warming.
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Greek Mainstream Media: Economic Interests Come Before the Law 25.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
One factor connecting censorship, political favoritism, violence toward journalists, and selective enforcement of the law is economic influence, and in Greece, media is dominated by a few business tycoons, with significant commercial, industrial and financial interests.   Do you want media that’s accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This is the sixth in a series of articles that chronicle the long history of corruption, lawlessness and censorship in Greece's media and journalism landscapes. This is a situation that has worsened in recent years in the midst of the country's severe economic crisis, but which has a deeply-rooted history. Censorship, political favoritism, violence towards journalists, and selective enforcement of the law collectively pose a tremendous threat to press freedom. One factor which connects all of the above, however, is economic influence, and in Greece, media has traditionally been dominated by a ...
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Bay Area solar firms take dim view of Arizona utility’s move 25.10.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
In Arizona, the state’s largest utility has proposed leasing rooftops from its residential customers, installing solar arrays and paying the homeowners $30 a month in return. If approved by state regulators, the plan would place Arizona Public Service in direct competition with Bay Area companies such as Sungevity, Sunrun and SolarCity that already lease panels to homeowners. Washington state legislators this year rejected a bill that would have given utilities exclusive rights to lease panels to their customers. The bill, which solar companies worry may return in the next session, said that “If an electric utility offers a leased energy program, no other entity may offer leases to the utility’s customers.” With the number of rooftop solar installations rising at breakneck speed, utilities have begun to fear a future in which more and more customers generate their own energy, leaving others to bear the cost of maintaining the electrical grid. The APS plan would treat solar panels the same way, with ...
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Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks 25.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Randall Palmer, Richard Valdmanis and Scott Malone OTTAWA/HAMILTON Ontario (Reuters) - Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals. Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined a crowd at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot by a troubled and drug-addicted convert to Islam on Wednesday while on ceremonial guard at the memorial in the center of the country's ...
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India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Leader 25.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow In the midst of celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving...
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Canada seeks to beef up security after attacks 25.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
In the aftermath of two deadly attacks on Canadian soil this week and amid growing concerns over the radicalization of local youths, Ottawa is quickly moving to bolster its surveillance capabilities. The attacks on soldiers outside Montreal on Monday and in Ottawa on Wednesday came just days after Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced draft legislation to give new powers to Canada's spy agency. The legislation was to be unveiled in parliament on Wednesday, when a gunman fatally shot a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial before storming the halls of parliament, where he himself was shot dead. The proposed amendment to the 1984 Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Act will be "unveiled soon," Blaney's spokesman told ...
We know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault. But What About Abortion? 24.10.2014 American Prospect
In the past three years, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the United States than in the entire previous decade . At the same time, 85 colleges and universities are now under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence. While these two issues are not divergent, campus feminists have devoted much of their energy to challenging their universities’ failure to adequately handle sexual assault cases—often at the expense of abortion rights advocacy. But the growing threats to reproductive justice— like the Texas law that could shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, and looming ballot measures in Colorado, Tennessee, and North Dakota that could result in women losing their legal right to terminate a pregnancy—have catalyzed the ongoing efforts of national pro-choice organizations to invest in student leaders. Campus activist priorities and national women’s rights goals might finally be aligning—sort of. For many students attending schools in East and West Coast states, the ...
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The Post-Michael Brown Agenda Provides Goals for the Movement to End Racist, Militarized Policing 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Throughout the nation the issue of police brutality, including killings of unarmed people, is a common problem. It is part of a criminal enforcement system that has pitted police against people in ways that are very destructive to the fabric of the nation. DOJ is taking or has taken action involving three dozen law enforcement agencies during the Obama era. To turn this moment of awareness and activism into an effective movement, we need an agenda to transform policing so police play a constructive role in the community. At the inspiring FergusonOctober actions, protesters put forward a list of demands that provide an agenda for a movement to fix policing in America, including: 1: Body cameras on all police. 2: Empowered civilian review boards. 3: Independent review of fatalities. 4: End of military surplus going to police. Long-time Washington, DC community activist Kymone Freeman, a co-founder of We Act Radio, has been participating in organizing a series of powerful protests in Washington, DC around ...
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The Post-Michael Brown Agenda Provides Goals For The Movement To End Racist, Militarized Policing 24.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Throughout the nation the issue of police brutality, including killings of unarmed people, is a common problem. It is part of a criminal enforcement system that has pitted police against people in ways that are very destructive to the fabric of the nation. DOJ is taking or has taken action involving three dozen law enforcement agencies during the Obama era. To turn this moment of awareness and activism into an effective movement, we need an agenda to transform policing so police play a constructive role in the community. At the inspiring FergusonOctober actions, protesters put forward a list of demands that provide an agenda for a movement to fix policing in America, including: 1: Body cameras on all police. 2: Empowered civilian review boards. 3: Independent review of fatalities. 4: End of military surplus going to police. Long-time Washington, DC community activist Kymone Freeman, a co-founder of We Act Radio, has been participating in organizing a series of powerful protests in Washington, DC around ...
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Vermont's largest municipal utility goes 100 percent renewable 24.10.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

Wind, hydro and biomass provide the bulk of electricity consumed in the city of Burlington.

Vermont's largest municipal utility goes 100 percent renewable
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Utility Group Tries To Rally Black Caucus Against Solar Incentives 24.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -– Representatives of an industry group representing electric companies met with staffers for members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday to rally support for efforts to kill solar energy incentives, an attendee said. The meeting, announced in an invitation provided to The Huffington Post, included a briefing by David Owens, the executive vice president of business operations and regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric Institute, a utility trade group; Sheri Givens, counsel for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel; and Florida state Rep. Joseph Gibbons (D), chair of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators committee on energy, transportation and environment. The invitation framed the meeting as focusing on "net metering and communities of color." An attendee told The Huffington Post the session aimed to convince caucus members that solar incentives, including net metering, are bad for black communities. The speakers argued "that communities of color are suffering" from ...
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Cory Gardner: Bring us together 24.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Coloradans are independent thinkers who expect candidates for office to present a clear and positive vision for the future of our state. Too often in this campaign, the dialogue has focused on negative attacks that divide Coloradans instead of a positive vision that brings us together. I think Colorado deserves better and that’s why I’ve proposed my Four Corners plan. The Four Corners plan focuses on growing our economy, moving us toward North American energy security, improving education, and conserving our beautiful environment. In order to get people back to work we must reform the tax code, making it flatter and fairer and designed to incentivize small business expansion through tax-free savings. Much of this is achieved by getting the federal government out of the way by relieving some of the duplicative and burdensome regulations imposed on our small businesses. Obamacare’s mandates are stifling growth and development and our businesses are suffering; we must replace this law with common sense, ...
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Caution: Slippery Loan Ahead! 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Nikola Perušić, Project Manager at Cekor in Serbia Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered many losses and damage this spring when both countries were hit hard by the heaviest rain in 120 years of recorded weather measurements. Official counts indicate that over 1.6 million people were affected in both countries after a week of flooding. Assessments of the damage range up to several billions of dollars. Official figures for the damage in Serbia alone stand at 1.55 billion euros (1.98 billion dollars). The events initiated a large international aid campaign, with numerous countries and organizations donating humanitarian and monetary support for the affected areas. Among the supporting organizations is the World Bank Group. The institution just approved a 227.5 million euros loan (300 million dollars) to aid the country's emergency recovery efforts. The loan is intended to meet critical needs in the power and agriculture sectors, repairing damaged flood control infrastructure, and ...
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The Missing Smart Power Chapter 24.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This fall, Island Press released an Anniversary Edition of Smart Power , allowing me to supplement the original text with forewords from industry leaders such as Jim Rogers , Daniel Esty , Daniel Dobbeni , and Lyndon Rive . These experts joined me in expressing amazement at the rapid changes taking place over the past few years: plunging solar costs, the shale gas revolution, the new EPA regulations for power plants, the need for energy system resiliency, and how growing interests in exploring new business models have set interest in utility transformation into overdrive. In his foreword, Daniel Dobbeni writes: "Often cited in the past as a model of long-term planning, the power sector nowadays is upside down. Fast and often uncoordinated transformations reshape each and every segment of the value chain. Long gone are the days when long term energy and environmental policies were determined without paying too much attention to competitiveness issues or potential 'black swan events.'" As we near the ...
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EU leaders divided over costs as climate talks begin 24.10.2014 World
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders met on Thursday to forge energy policy to cut climate-warming gas emissions in the years to 2030, but haggled over how to share out the costs of a deal. The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be agreed in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. That pact would aim to improve on two decades of stuttering cooperation and rein in carbon dioxide emissions blamed for a disruptive rise in temperatures. ...
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Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why 23.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Diane Munns Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants. Often lost in the heated debate over EPA’s  Clean Power Plan , however, is the fact this built-in flexibility will also give a boost to clean technology ventures, and speed up  energy innovations  already under way in many states. It could  bring down costs  for consumers, and maybe even give a much-needed boost to our economy. Here’s how. 1. Flexibility will foster creativity. All states have different strengths and weaknesses, and their infrastructure varies. Under EPA’s plan, a state can choose to close or upgrade coal plants, join a  carbon market  such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, invest in zero-carbon renewable energy sources, boost  energy efficiency  programs, or take any other step to meet the individual goal EPA ...
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Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe 23.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Businesses want a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 as concerns mount over lack of support for carbon capture and storage.

Coke, Philips, Shell call for big climate cuts in Europe
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Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds 23.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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