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AFL-CIO to Planet Earth: Drop Dead 21.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
At a meeting with the deputy political director of the AFL-CIO during my campaign for Congress, she looked across her desk and told me that I could get major union support by coming out in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That was five years ago. Since then, the nation's biggest labor federation has  continued  to serve the fossil fuel industry. Call it union leadership for a dead planet. Last week, the AFL-CIO put out a  statement  from its president, Richard Trumka, under the headline "Dakota Access Pipeline Provides High-Quality Jobs." The rhetoric was standard flackery for energy conglomerates, declaring "it is fundamentally unfair to hold union members' livelihoods and their families' financial security hostage to endless delay." The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is steadfast against the Dakota Access pipeline: "We will not rest until our lands, people, waters, and sacred sites are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline." In sharp contrast to the AFL-CIO's top echelon, some unions ...
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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Addresses UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe addressed members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, today. Archambault told members of the UN commission that human rights have been violated by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the actions of law enforcement.

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Indians and Cowboys The 2016 Version of an Old Story on a New Planet 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Chip Ward

Cowboys and Indians are at it again.

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Indians And Cowboys: Last Stand At Standing Rock 20.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Cowboys and Indians are at it again.  Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers is long past because the Indians were, after all, defeated and now drive cars, watch television, and shop at Walmart.  Not so.  That classic American narrative is back big time, only the Indians are now the good guys and the cowboys -- well, their right-wing representatives, anyway -- are on the warpath, trying to grab 640 million acres of public lands that they can plunder as if it were yesteryear.  Meanwhile, in the Dakotas, America’s Manifest Destiny, that historic push across the Great Plains to the Pacific (murdering and pillaging along the way), seems to be making a return trip to Sioux country in a form that could have planetary consequences. Energy Transfer Partners is now building the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion oil slick of a project.  It’s slated to go from the Bakken gas and oil fracking fields in ...
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As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK'd Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Photo Credit: C-SPAN On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline  (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters. However, at the same time the pipeline and protests surrounding it were galvanizing an international swell of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its Sacred Stone Camp, another federal move on two key pipelines has flown under the radar. In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines -- the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines -- also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico. The Dakota Access Pipeline is also set to carry oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") , but in the ...
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Standing Rock Warriors' Noble Fight for Mni Wiconi Endures 20.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Water protectors standing guard. Mists tell us winter is coming. An elder said "do not worry, spirits are dancing on the waters" Texas based Energy Transfer Inc. and its partners on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) may have bulldozed ancient burial grounds, but the oil interests have not demolished the will of the self described "water protectors" supporting the Standing Rock Reservation. "Mni Wiconi" (water is life) is the prayerful battle cry of the thousands of protectors camped along the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers in south central North Dakota. In July 2016 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave its approval for the pipeline to run within a half mile of the "official" boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. There had been no proper consultation with or consent from the tribe on the pipeline scheduled to cross upstream, endangering drinking water, sacred treaty grounds, and therefore tribal identity. The People are in this for the long haul and last week offered them a mixed ...
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AFL-CIO To Planet Earth: Drop Dead 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At a meeting with the deputy political director of the AFL-CIO during my campaign for Congress, she looked across her desk and told me that I could get major union support by coming out in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That was five years ago. Since then, the nation's biggest labor federation has continued to serve the fossil fuel industry. Call it union leadership for a dead planet. Last week, the AFL-CIO put out a statement from its president, Richard Trumka, under the headline "Dakota Access Pipeline Provides High-Quality Jobs." The rhetoric was standard flackery for energy conglomerates, declaring "it is fundamentally unfair to hold union members' livelihoods and their families' financial security hostage to endless delay." The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is steadfast against the Dakota Access pipeline: "We will not rest until our lands, people, waters, and sacred sites are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline." In sharp contrast to the AFL-CIO's top echelon, some unions really ...
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Disease prevention in urban areas: EU cities can be a hub of health promotion 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last June, I was having a public discussion with citizens in Eindhoven, Netherlands, together with Mary-Ann Schreurs, the Vice-Mayor of the city. I hold those dialogues regularly, in different EU Member States, on the issues that I am in charge of at the European Commission level - health and food safety but also broader European topics. These public discussions are never easy but I appreciate the exercise. It brings food for thought and gives birth to interesting ideas. That day in Eindhoven, a young woman told me: we all know that prevention is better than cure and preventing people from getting sick should therefore be the obvious goal, but my son's school has two vending machines full of sugary drinks and fatty foods that are easily accessible to him. I can do little to control what he is buying with his pocket money. Aren't we in a major contradiction - we expect our kids to eat healthy but we make sugar and fat easily available and cheap in the places where they spend most of their time without ...
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Climate Justice Meets Racism: This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making 19.9.2016 Truthout.com
Waves of arrests by police in riot gear could look like isolated incidents of overreaction to the activism stemming from the Standing Rock reservation. But for the Lakota Sioux who live in these marginalized hillsides, the escalated militarization they face is a situation decades in the making. Catcher Cuts The Road, an Iraq War veteran, leads a protest march to a sacred burial ground at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, on September 9, 2016. (Alyssa Schukar / The New York Times) If you believe our world needs more journalism covering the issues that matter, then show your support for independent media: Make a donation to Truthout today! Attack dogs and waves of arrests by police in riot gear could look like isolated incidents of overreaction to the activism stemming from the Standing Rock reservation. But for the Lakota Sioux who live in these marginalized hillsides, the escalated militarization behind their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline is a situation decades in the ...
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AFL-CIO to Planet Earth: Drop Dead 19.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Norman Solomon

At a meeting with the deputy political director of the AFL-CIO during my campaign for Congress, she looked across her desk and told me that I could get major union support by coming out in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
 
That was five years ago. Since then, the nation’s biggest labor federation has continued to serve the fossil fuel industry. Call it union leadership for a dead planet.
 

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AFL-CIO to Planet Earth: Drop Dead 19.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At a meeting with the deputy political director of the AFL-CIO during my campaign for Congress, she looked across her desk and told me that I could get major union support by coming out in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. That was five years ago. Since then, the nation's biggest labor federation has continued to serve the fossil fuel industry. Call it union leadership for a dead planet. Last week, the AFL-CIO put out a statement from its president, Richard Trumka, under the headline "Dakota Access Pipeline Provides High-Quality Jobs." The rhetoric was standard flackery for energy conglomerates, declaring "it is fundamentally unfair to hold union members' livelihoods and their families' financial security hostage to endless delay." The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is steadfast against the Dakota Access pipeline: "We will not rest until our lands, people, waters, and sacred sites are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline." In sharp contrast to the AFL-CIO's top echelon, some unions really ...
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Tribes march in Seattle to back Standing Rock Sioux 17.9.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Tribal members from around the Northwest and their supporters marched through Seattle in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their opposition of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline....
This Moment at Standing Rock Was Decades in the Making 17.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jenni Monet

Attack dogs and waves of arrests by police in riot gear could look like isolated incidents of overreaction to the activism stemming from the Standing Rock reservation. But for the Lakota Sioux who live in these marginalized hillsides, the escalated militarization behind their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline is a situation decades in the making.

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YOLO Economics: Growth on a Burning Planet 17.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
John Feffer

The economy, we have been taught, is a cat with considerably more than nine lives. The bottom might drop out of the stock market, but it will rebound — again and again. The Chinese were on top of the world, economically, for a thousand years or more, but then the colonial powers cut the country down to size — and now China has regained its former glory. Laptops, which once boosted productivity, no longer do so, but don’t worry: another innovation will soon come along to revolutionize the workplace.

 

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Native American candidates hope for pipeline protest boost 17.9.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Henry Red Cloud’s recent trip to the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation filled him with conviction, compelling the South Dakota Democratic candidate to dance, sing — and campaign. The 56-year-old Oglala Sioux green energy entrepreneur hopes the vigor focused on defeating the $3.8 billion, […]
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In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks 17.9.2016 NPR News
Once upon a time, most of the millions of people who travel on India's vast train network brought their own food or bought it from vendors at stations. Sharing meals could turn strangers into friends.
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The week’s passages 17.9.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Sept. 18.
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How 'Equal Access' Is Helping Drive Black Renters Out Of Their Neighborhood 17.9.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
The city wants to give long-term residents of a historically African-American area preference in a lottery for new affordable housing units. Federal officials say that would violate fair housing laws.
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YVEA taps state grant to energy nonprofit to help usher in solar for households with modest incomes 17.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The cobalt September sky and mild temperatures in the high 60s provided the perfect atmosphere for small packs of volunteers in yellow vests and hard hats, who were installing a new solar array on the Steamboat Springs campus of Yampa Valley Electric Association. “Seventy degrees is the optimum ambient temperature for solar generation,” Jeff Bintz said. “Heat is resistance. Cold is better than hot." And even a little reflective snow on solar panels on a winter morning can improve solar panel performance. That’s good news for solar generation in the sometimes extreme climate of Northwest Colorado. Bintz is the construction manager for the nonprofit solar installation firm GRID Alternatives that received a $1.2 million grant from the Colorado Energy Office last year to partner with utilities like YVEA to create affordable access to solar in rural areas of the state. The new array at YVEA is the fourth project resulting from that grant and is expected to serve 35 or more households. But it’s about much more ...
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Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest 17.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A proud Ho-Chunk Nation member, Bronson Koenig, is bringing his expertise to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota.
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