LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday dramatically ramping up this state’s already ambitious program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it was critical to address what he called “an ever-growing threat” posed by global warming to the state’s economy and well-being.
Documents obtained by Greenwire show that FERC employees are actively and frequently seeking employment with the companies they regulate.
Apparently, much like an Ivy League business or law degree, having FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) on your resume makes you a hot commodity on the job market, especially in the very industries—power utilities, oil and gas companies and natural gas exporters—that FERC regulates.
Dust produced by mountaintop removal mining sites are a known cancer risk, but little has been done to protect inhabitants of Appalachia
For many in central Appalachia, the fight against reckless strip mining operations recalls a popular t-shirt in West Virginia: “Save the Endangered Hillbilly.” It’s not really a joke; decades of contempt and disregard for rural mountaineers underscore an existence no less threatened than local wildlife.
Calling for a "national, coordinated response to the humanitarian disaster of mountaintop removal mining," CREDO Action launched an extraordinary petition drive this past weekend for Congress to pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (ACHE Act) and place an immediate moratorium on "the deadliest and most destructive form of coal mining." Within 24 hours, over 50,000 signatures had joined the campaign.
'This deferral represents serious complacency towards the urgent need for action on climate change,' student group warns.
Alumni and students of Britain's Oxford University are up in arms over the school's deferral of a plea to pull shares of its $3.9 million endowment from fossil fuel companies.
With mountaintop removal mining on the ropes, as the last bank financiers ditch lending support amid new scientific research that demonstrates "solid evidence that dust collected from residential areas near mountaintop removal sites causes cancerous changes to human lung cells," residents from across central Appalachia's coal country are converging on Monday, March 16, at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Charleston to demand an end to new permits.
'The nation can deploy wind power to economically provide 35 percent of our nation's electricity and supply renewable power in all 50 states by 2050,' says Obama administration
The economics of wind power are looking good, according to a 350-page report issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy, which states that the nation's swiftly expanding wind industry could help America significantly reduce its carbon emissions, support more than 600,000 jobs, and provide 35 percent of the United States's electricity needs, all by the year 2050.
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting an effort by Republicans and some Democrats to force his administration to let the highly contested energy project move forward.
By saying no to the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. The White House has said the president would decide whether to allow the pipeline when all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete.
New research predicts epic, never-before-seen dry spells for U.S. southwest and Great Plains
Within this century, global warming will bring about disruptive, decades-long droughts in the U.S. southwest and Great Plains, exceeding even the driest periods of the last millennium, according to new research released this month.
Because of irresponsible reporting by conservative sources, many Americans have been led to believe that social programs are bankrupting our nation. The mainstream media fawningly concurs, with statements like this from USA Today: "The massive deficits...[and] chronic underfunding...are largely the result of Washington's habit of committing too much money to…
When I graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990, students were graduating from college with an average of about $12,000 in debt. Today, the average student debt for undergraduates in Minnesota is more than $31,000 — the fifth-highest in the nation.
We can’t fight the rich without fighting our own privileges. Last night, I asked my mom if she’d heard ever heard the term, “We are the 99%.” After we spent a frustrating few minutes of her repeatedly asking, “But 99% of what?” she admitted that she’d heard tell of Occupy…
Despite what the New York Times would have you believe, Americans have said over and over that they want the wealthy to pay more.
The New York Times has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” Irwin suggests a couple of different answers to this question, depending on your ideological point of view:
New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.
While a self-serving and bought-off Conservative majority in Congress -- along with its DINO ("Democrat In Name, Only") enablers -- remains mired in the sludge of their own "agenda" of destructive and inane policy proposals, out in the world beyond D.C., activists and everyday folks are marshaling and growing a populist Progressive movement…
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the center of gravity of left and progressive politics in the United States today. Over the past two decades it has grown steadily in size, sophistication, and impact. Today its membership listed on the CPC website is 68 Representatives and one Senator.
The Service Contract Act is obscure, and the Department of Labor has to police every complaint, so sometimes it's just overlooked.
"Nothing illustrates more how much the political system is rigged in favor of the wealthy," warn critics of the bill
In another boon for U.S. billionaires, Congressional Republicans are planning to ring in this year's Tax Day with a vote to repeal the federal estate tax.
Low-wage workers compromise more than 70 percent of individuals enrolled in federal and state-run poverty assistance programs
Stagnant wages and declining employer-provided benefits mean that low-wage workers in the United States are increasingly reliant on federal and state-run public assistance programs.