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At Science March, Flint Whistleblower Warns More Crises To Come If Trump Gets His Way 23.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON —  Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha , the pediatrician who blew the whistle on the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, was among the thousands who converged on Washington, D.C. on Saturday to rally in support of science and against what many see as an attack on the scientific community by the Trump administration.  In an interview with The Huffington Post at the March For Science , Hanna-Attisha warned that the direction the Trump administration is taking the country will likely come with serious consequences.  “We right now have the perfect milieu for more Flints to come, in regard to the denial of science,” she said. “The regulations that were on the books to make Flint not happen — the lead and copper rule, public health regulations, water regulations, air regulations — those are all being threatened right now.”   For almost two years, the residents of Flint were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead via the city’s tap water. And had it not been for Hanna-Attisha’s heroic action to  side-step ...
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Op-ed: Will the U.S. decline under Trump's leadership? 23.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Do all great powers decline? If the past is any indication, the answer is yes. But when they decline and how they decline depends on the leadership of that country. With President Donald Trump at the helm, should we be concerned about how his leadership affects the potential of decline of the U.S.? I believe the quality of Trump’s leadership as shown by his foreign policies may be facilitating the decline of the U.S. The genesis of this argument goes back to the 1980s, when international politi...
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This Earth Day, 100 percent clean energy is 100 percent possible 22.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jayant Kairam More than 25 U.S. cities , 12 countries , and at least 89 companies have all committed to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. That’s because they all recognize the unstoppable potential clean energy has to create jobs, strengthen and protect the economy, and fight climate change. Now, U.S. states are throwing their hats into the 100-percent renewable ring. California and Massachusetts have proposed plans to get there, while Hawaii has made the pledge. This 100-percent dream does not come from fantasy, but is actually the result of a number of coalescing factors. Earth Day is our time to recognize what’s more: With the right mix of clean energy technologies and solutions, 100 percent renewable is 100 percent possible. 100 percent is possible Cost competitive and scalable renewable energy has taken off over the past 10 to 20 years. The hungry solar market in California for example, has resulted in exponential growth of utility-scale and rooftop solar over the last decade, creating ...
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Marine Le Pen, Donald Trump and the Emergence of New Right-Wing Movements 22.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Globalization's contradictions have changed the political and ideological landscape of capitalist societies, introducing a new right-wing radicalism that has adopted the "antiglobalization" rhetoric of the left, says political economist C.J. Polychroniou. In this context, the left needs to rethink strategies for a new globalized economy, as a return to the old nation-state is not plausible. Marine Le Pen, a frontrunner in the coming French presidential election, at a rally in Monswiller, France, April 5, 2017. (Pascal Bastien / The New York Times) Want to see more original stories like this? Make a tax-deductible donation to support the independent investigative reporting and analysis at Truthout! Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump and the emergence of a new right-wing radicalism in both Europe and the United States signify fundamental developments in the political and ideological landscape of Western societies, while at the same time, there is a resurgence of extreme nationalism and authoritarian politics ...
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Trump Puts Two Dodd-Frank Powers on Hold in Symbolic Move 22.4.2017 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The Trump administration puts on hold two of its powers under the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law during a 180-day review.
The Latest: Equipment failure shut down power to thousands 22.4.2017 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on a widespread power outage in San Francisco (all times local):...
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Fire at PG&E substation leaves thousands without power in San Francisco 22.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A fire at a Pacific Gas & Electric substation in San Francisco left tens of thousands of residents without power and halted some rail line services Friday morning.

The power outage occurred around 9 a.m. when a fire erupted at PG&E’s Larken Substation, affecting about 95,000 customers, according...

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San Francisco power outage traps people in elevators 22.4.2017 AP Business
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A power outage struck a wide area of San Francisco on Friday, blacking out about 90,000 utility customers, trapping people in stuck elevators, snarling traffic as intersection signals went dark and forcing shops and restaurants to close....
Can Donald Trump Use Military Force Anywhere In The World Whenever He Wants? 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece was written in collaboration with three of my extraordinary students at the University of Chicago Law School: Sten Jernudd, Zachary Levine, and Daniel Scime. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on an airfield in Syria. The missiles were not aimed at ISIS, nor did they target any al-Qaida-affiliated group. The strike was instead aimed at a Syrian missile base in response to the Assad regime’s recent use of chemical weapons against civilians. Then this Monday, Vice President Pence – standing near the DMZ in South Korea – proclaimed that the United States’ “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over. Speculation has mounted that the Trump Administration might now be contemplating a preemptive strike. Such speculation has laid bare one of our nation’s oldest and most vexing constitutional issues: To what extent does the Constitution grant the president the authority to employ armed force without congressional authorization? The debate over this question is as ...
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Happy Earth Day! Here Are All The Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done So Far. 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump gave many signals on the campaign trail that his presidency would be a disaster for the environment. He called global warming a “hoax” and “bullshit,”  vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and undo regulations to revive the fossil fuel industry.   Almost 100 days into Trump’s tenure, the fears of environmentalists, scientists, public health advocates have been confirmed — and then some. Before he’d even been sworn in, Trump nominated several climate deniers chummy with the fossil fuel industry to his cabinet, including former Texas Gov.  Rick Perry  as the head of the Department of Energy and Oklahoma Attorney General  Scott Pruitt  to head the Environmental Protection Agency ― a man who had sued the agency 14 times over industry regulations. Pruitt recently claimed, in contradiction to overwhelming scientific consensus, that human activity ― i.e. the burning of fossil fuels ― is not definitively the primary contributor to climate change.  On the day Trump took ...
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French Elections: Alt-Right, Total and Gold Mines, the Story Behind the Candidates' Environmental Policies 21.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The birthplace of the Paris Climate Agreements, the first round of France's presidential election on starts on Sunday, April 23. Throughout the campaign debates on the environment have often been sidelined, with the three leading candidates showing no sign of real climate leadership. The backdrop to the election campaign has been full of "fake news", Brexit and Donald Trump. It has also been mired in scandals over corruption claims and  growing concerns of Russian interference . Many in France are still deciding who to vote for in one of the most unpredictable elections yet. If no candidate wins a majority on April 23, a second election round featuring the top two candidates will take place on May 7. Far-right Marine Le Pen's rise through the polls shows the populist pulse of Brexit and Trump's election continues to resonate on the continent. But Le Pen's efforts to give the Front National (FN) a new, greener image is tainted by the party's ongoing magnet effect with alt-right groups which reject ...
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Saving the Planet Goes Local 21.4.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Of all the Trump administration’s policies, the one most likely to cause damage that can’t be undone may not be deporting immigrants or throwing poor people off Medicaid or outsourcing our foreign policy to the Kremlin. Rather, it could well be a cessation of efforts to combat climate change. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is cumulative; even a later reversal of the Trump administration’s fossil fuel–friendly policies would not be able to undo the damage about to be done. Even by the environmentally retrograde standards of his party, Donald Trump stands out as an extreme climate-science denier: Cold winter weather in New York prompts him to tweet that global warming has been proven a hoax. He hates wind farms (partly because they threaten the views from one of his Scottish golf resorts). On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to repeal President Obama’s pro-climate regulations and all ...
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The Climate Post: EPA Administrator Says United States Should Exit Paris Agreement 21.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In an interview last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt said that the United States should “exit” the Paris Agreement —the first time such a high-ranking Trump administration official has so explicitly rejected the global accord to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit that increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Pruitt also vowed that the EPA would “roll back” the Clean Power Plan, a key component of former Obama administration’s plan to meet the U.S. pledge under the Paris Agreement, which calls for an emissions reduction of 26–28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. “Paris is something we need to look at closely,” Pruitt said . “It’s something we need to exit in my opinion. It’s a bad deal for America. It’s an ‘America second, third or fourth’ kind of approach.” Pruitt said that he would not risk U.S. jobs to comply with the agreement, the subject of a battle within the Trump administration—one ...
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Trump’s pick for regulatory czar would hand more power to the president 21.4.2017 Washington Post
Among the more controversial aspects of law professor Neomi Rao’s writings is her support for the power of the president and the need to bring independent agencies under control of the White House.
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Dakota Access Pipeline Mogul Cut $250,000 Check to Trump's Inauguration 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, January 24, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times) Financial disclosures filed on Tuesday reveal that corporate chiefs, including those with pending business before then-incoming President Trump, provided much of the financing for the festivities around his inauguration. Complying with federal law, the Trump Inaugural Committee disclosed its donors to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Tuesday, showing total contributions of more than $106 million -- a new record. Included in the roster of funders is pipeline builder Kelcy Warren, who contributed a quarter-million dollars to the event. Warren's company, Energy Transfer, is behind construction of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. In an interview with The Dallas News in January, Warren described 2016 as the "toughest year of my life," referring to protests that rocked the company over the construction of DAPL. He said that Trump's election ...
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Videos: Business owners share clean energy success stories 20.4.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Smuttynose Brewery in New Hampshire uses clean energy incentives to succeed. By Roger Stephenson, EDF’s senior adviser for New Hampshire affairs In New Hampshire, the clean energy economy is at a crossroads. On one hand, the legislature and governor remain ambivalent at best about clean energy and its role in our state moving forward. But local businesses are confident that renewable energy and energy efficiency choices already are making a positive impact. And many are calling for clean energy policies in the state to be strengthened . Several owners were kind enough to share their time and explain what clean energy means to them and their businesses.  Through a series of videos, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is now sharing those stories with lawmakers, fellow business community leaders, and the clean energy sector. Last fall, EDF sought out businesses that were growing, competing, and thriving in the Granite State with the help of existing clean energy policies. We worked closely with The Nature ...
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Leaked Documents Reveal Trump Administration Prepping to Ramp up Drilling, Mining, Grazing on Public Land 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administrators have drafted a " Priority Work List " that reveals BLM's focus on oil, gas and coal development on federal land as well as the security of the U.S.-Mexico border.  E&E News  obtained the internal documents, which had not yet been shared with BLM staff.  The list was "assembled by the team at the BLM to clearly lay out our continued commitment to ensure opportunities for commercial, recreation and conservation activities on BLM-managed lands," BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall told E&E News.  In the first of five subsections, "Making America Safe through Energy Independence," the following are identified as key components of "BLM Priority Work":   Make additional lands available for "all of the above" energy development Address backlog of Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) and Expressions of Interest (EOIs) Streamline Federal coal leasing and permitting, and address backlog Streamline oil and gas leasing and permitting Streamline rights-of-way processing ...
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Why did Putin oppose Clinton? Decades of American hypocrisy. 20.4.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
When the U.S. intervenes abroad, we say it's justified. When Russia does the same, we say it isn't.
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Solar energy disparity emerges among Minnesota schools 20.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Schools are embracing solar to save money on utility bills and put more toward education. But a complicated web of utility rules and regulations means opportunities aren't universal.
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Trump adviser’s visit to Moscow got the FBI’s attention 20.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

From the Russia trip of the once-obscure Carter Page grew a wide-ranging investigation that has cast a shadow over the early months of the Trump administration.
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