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Should Chevron be reconsidered? A federal judge thinks so. 25.8.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Should Chevron be reconsidered? A federal judge thinks so.
Climate Change This Week: Heating Up, Melting Away, Upping Wind Power, and More! 24.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Jeweled Flower Mantis found in Asian forests, is another reason to save these important ecosystems. Source Pinterest Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Malaysia: Sarawak Establishes 2+ Million Acres Of Protected Areas and may add 1.1 million more... now will these truly be protected from illegal deforestation? Stay tuned, folks. <> Credit Dan at freedigitalphotos.net OO Rising Temperatures Stunt Tree Growth new research finds iconic Douglas firs across the West are water- and heat-stressed. Rising Temperatures Fuel Fires - the Sobranes, CA wildfire has destroyed nearly 70,000 acres of forest and destroyed over 40 homes. Source www.wcvb.com OO 43 Large US West Wildfires as of August 24, 2016 shows the US Forest Service wildfire map. OO New England Is Being Deforested since the 1980s due to expansion of affluent suburbs, says a new study; since then 5% of its forests has been ...
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New Solar Study in Nevada Sings Same Old I-Done-it-Wrong Song 24.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Let's address something head on. Solar energy provides a benefit to all consumers, even those who don't have solar panels. Study after study in states from Maine to Arizona, and by groups such as the The Brookings Institution and the Natural Resources Defense Council prove this point. Solar is transforming America's energy use. Nationally, rooftop solar is growing faster than ever. We reached one million installations nationwide earlier this year, and we're on pace to clear two million in just two more years. That number is expected to hit 4.5 million in the end of 2021, and that's not counting the number of community and utility scale solar projects. It's not a matter of if solar energy becomes a fixture of every community's electricity generation, it's a matter of when. And the utilities and regulators who fail to recognize this growth, and find ways to give their customers what they want, will be left behind. In Nevada, however, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) heeded too many false cries about ...
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Does the Fourth Amendment allow arrest warrants for civil offenses? 24.8.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Does the Fourth Amendment allow arrest warrants for civil offenses?
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How business can drive energy access for all 24.8.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The UN's Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 seeks sustainable, "modern energy for all." Your company could be crucial to it.
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Energy summit: Oil and gas measures risk unleashing litigation 24.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
Colorado taxpayers could face billions of dollars in compensation claims if two ballot measures to limit oil and gas drilling in the state make it into the constitution.
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Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA 24.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Clean air activists delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s doorstep Tuesday morning in an attempt to dissuade the utility company from fighting federally mandated pollution controls at Utah power plants. About a dozen demonstrators walked 44,000 petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake City offices while calling for the company to stand down and comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require the pollution controls, rather than file its plan... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Climate change vote expected on Assembly floor 23.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Drug companies spend millions to oppose price cap on prescriptions, Assembly OKs new regulations for charter buses Aug. 23, 2016, 11:07 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: The state Assembly...
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From the Destruction of Greece to Democracy in Europe 23.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
James K. Galbraith

In protesting the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I, John Maynard Keynes wrote: “The policy . . . of depriving the lives of millions of human beings, of depriving a whole nation of happiness should be abhorrent and detestable — abhorrent and detestable, even if it were possible, even if it enriched ourselves, even if it did not sow the decay of the whole civilized life of Europe.”

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US War Crimes or "Normalized Deviance" 23.8.2016 Truthout.com
Sociologist Diane Vaughan coined the term "normalization of deviance "  as she was investigating the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. She used it to describe how the social culture at NASA fostered a disregard for rigorous, physics-based safety standards, effectively creating new, lower de facto standards that came to govern actual NASA operations and led to catastrophic and deadly failures. Vaughan published her findings in her prize-winning book , The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture and Deviance at NASA, which, in her words, "shows how mistake, mishap, and disaster are socially organized and systematically produced by social structures" and "shifts our attention from individual causal explanations to the structure of power and the power of structure and culture -- factors that are difficult to identify and untangle yet have great impact on decision making in organizations." When the same pattern of organizational culture and behavior at NASA persisted until the ...
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Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas 23.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Paul Street

The American version of democracy focuses on elections and candidates. As the venerable left intellectual Noam Chomsky observed in June, “Citizenship means every four years you put a mark somewhere and you go home and let other guys run the world.

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The water-energy nexus is not what you expect 23.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
While saving water does save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are other benefits, too.
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Why manufacturing will make or break the future of energy 23.8.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Forget your MakerBot. The Department of Energy has a plan for a new production paradigm.
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FTC Should Ban Forced Arbitration Clauses in Solar Leases 23.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program

Note: Public Citizen today submitted comments (PDF) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the agency to ban mandatory arbitration clauses in solar leasing contracts.

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Climate change as an economic issue will hurt Clinton and the Democrats in 2016 23.8.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Climate change as an economic issue will hurt Clinton and the Democrats in 2016
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Education Reformers' Core Beliefs Are Objectionable 22.8.2016 Truthout.com
America's corporate education reform movement has been a marketing success. Reformers have popularized slogans that promote a radically new public school system; one where tenure and bargaining rights are abolished or severely degraded. The former Daniel J. Healy International Academy, which was part of Detroit Public Schools, in Detroit, May 3, 2016. (Joshua Lott / The New York Times) Truthout takes zero advertising money -- instead we rely on readers to sustain our site. Will you join the thousands of people who fund our work? Make a donation by clicking here! America's corporate education reform movement has been a marketing success. Reformers have popularized slogans that promote a radically new public school system; one where tenure and bargaining rights are abolished or severely degraded; where CEOs and administrators, who may have backgrounds in business, politics or public relations rather than education, make hiring and firing decisions; and where data-based accountability -- necessarily driven ...
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Blue Cities Battle Red States 22.8.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in our Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  When Denton, Texas, passed a fracking ban in November 2014, it was national news. The story seemed out of a movie, a David-and-Goliath tale in which a scrappy band of citizens goes up against big industry and wins. Located in the heart of oil and gas territory, the town is hardly a liberal bastion; its state representative is a staunch conservative, and among its biggest annual events is the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. But residents were watching gas drills come closer and closer to their parks and schools. Adam Briggle, a professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, found himself attending more and more meetings as he tried to understand the environmental impact of fracking, a process used to extract oil and natural gas from the ground. Tara Linn Hunter, a music teacher, found herself with debilitating adult asthma, a condition she attributed at least partly to pollution generated by the efforts to get natural gas. After the ...
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Developer’s light bills: Rich get off free, poor struggle with rent 21.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Shame on Mayor Ed Murray, The Seattle City Council and Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light. Their support and cronyism of developer Martin Selig is an embarrassment. The Seattle Times’ watchdog article stated Selig owed $2 million to Seattle City Light for various construction-project utility bills dating back to April [“Developer piles up $2M […]
Municipalities Dream Big on Broadband 20.8.2016 American Prospect
For most Americans, it’s hard to imagine going even one day without using the internet to find information, play games, or work. But for residents of rural areas with marginal or no internet access, the simplest task becomes a major chore. Farmers in rural Minnesota may drive miles to upload crop data. Students in the Tennessee countryside may go to a church to download notes for a biology class. For years, nearly 40 percent of people in rural America have been saddled with slow internet speeds and no opportunity to get broadband internet services which provide fast connections. Yet internet service providers (ISPs), such as AT&T and Verizon, that can’t turn enough profit from rural investments have also made it almost impossible for competitors to provide alternatives. With the assistance of groups like the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a network of state lawmakers and corporate officials, they’re spending millions of dollars lobbying for laws that bar municipalities from ...
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Brita Horn: Taxpayers must be treated equally 20.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Every day, fellow community members who face hard times come to the Treasurer’s Office and ask for a break on the interest and fees from non-payment or late payment of taxes. Some don’t have money to buy groceries for their families. The county is not authorized to offer them special relief. Why should the Treasurer’s Office treat a company differently? That’s exactly what Peabody Energy is asking of Routt County. It’s unlawful and unfair. Peabody Energy recently declared bankruptcy and did not pay its property tax bill of $1.8 million. Peabody got permission from the bankruptcy court to pay its taxes, but Peabody will pay only if Routt County reduces it by $91,723. According to state law, the Treasurer’s Office is not permitted to reduce or waive taxes, fees or interest for amounts greater than $50. Peabody requested that the Routt County Treasurer’s Office ignore state statute to cut the company a special deal. This law exists for good reasons. As officers entrusted with collecting taxes, we must treat ...
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