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February 23 2014

08:00

Why Is Obama Charging You For Nuke Plant Costing Higher Energy Bills Than Solar?

beforeitsnews.com - Feb. 23 (News Analysis) - “If nuclear power is such a good idea, why does it need financial help from every U.S. taxpayer?” is a question many Americans and even the Washington Post are asking this week. Even more would ask that question and demand better if they knew the new nuke facility will cost more in energy bills than had the same money funded solar energy. This week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Obama’s administration would extend a $6.5 billion federal loan guarantee to cover partial cost of building two new reactors at Southern Co.’s Alvin W. Vogtle site.

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08:00

Big Oil, Bad Air

Center for Public Integrity - By Alex Cohen, Chris Zubak-Skees, Zahra Hirji, Sabrina Shankman, Marcus Stern. - Feb. 23 (Special Report) - When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie. About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees.

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February 22 2014

08:00

Anatomy of the Deep State

billmoyers.com - By Mike Lofgren - Feb. 22 (Opinion) - Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face.  Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome.  By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks …

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February 20 2014

08:00

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

Huffington Post - By Ryan Grim, Zach Carter - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - GOP leaders in Congress support the trade pact, which is still being negotiated. But Democratic opposition is broad in both the House and Senate, making Froman's mission critical if the Obama administration hopes to clear the agreement through Congress when it is finished. And if the reception at the Common Purpose gathering is any indication, a lot more charm will be needed. The liberal coalition was unusually unified -- against the administration.

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February 19 2014

08:00

5 reasons why climate change is back in the news

CNN - Feb. 19 (News) - In the space of 48 hours, Secretary of State John Kerry likened climate change to a weapon of mass destruction, Newt Gingrich called Kerry delusional, Sunday talk shows argued about it and President Barack Obama announced another executive action to combat it.

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08:00

Major Oil Companies Making Double Profits from Oil Spills

ringoffireradio.com - By Alisha Mims - Feb. 19 (Investigative Report) - An investigation led by a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) engineer and an environmental and civil rights attorney is uncovering evidence that major oil companies are being paid twice for cleaning up toxic oil spills. Multibillion-dollar companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, and BP are being paid for cleanup efforts with state government funds and again, in secret, by insurance companies, Reuters reports.

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February 11 2014

08:00

The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 11 (Special Report) - Scientists say we are now experiencing the sixth extinction, with up to 50 percent of all living species in danger of disappearing by the end of the century. But unlike previous extinctions, the direct cause this time is us — human-driven climate change

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February 10 2014

08:00

Red Alert - Mysterious Deaths Leave Red Wolves on the Brink of Extinction

weather.com - By Eric Zerkel - Feb. 10 (News Report) - During a three-week stretch from Oct. 28 to Nov. 19, 2013 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recovered the bodies of five red wolves with gunshot wounds, and more mysteriously, the frayed collar of a sixth, indicating potential foul play. After more than a month of silence, the USFWS discovered the bullet-ridden body of a seventh red wolf, signaling the rash of deaths may continue into the new year.

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January 24 2014

08:00

Acidification fight faces political hurdles

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Jan. 24 (Special Report) - The corrosion of the oceans by carbon-dioxide emissions has barely made a ripple among Washington, D.C.’s power brokers. Little money gets earmarked for research. Ocean change has inspired few stabs at curbing CO2. In fact, aside from West Coast lawmakers and scattered others from coastal regions, few in Congress seem to grasp the scale of the challenge, said current and retired lawmakers from both parties.

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January 21 2014

08:00

China Exports Pollution to US, Study Finds - New York Times

New York Times - By Edward Wong - Jan. 21 (News Report) - China Also Exports Pollution to Western U.S., Study Finds

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January 15 2014

08:00

TPP: Poison for Local Community Resilience

Common Dreams - By Richard Heinberg - Jan. 15 (News Analysis) - Now comes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new trade deal negotiated in secret (only corporations get to contribute to, and look at, the draft language). The point of the Treaty: to double down on globalization at precisely the moment in time when the entire enterprise is beginning to fail as a result of stubbornly high oil prices, worsening climate change impacts (floods, droughts, wildfires), debt deflation, and middle-class fears of losing even more ground.

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08:00

Leaked TPP 'Environment Chapter' Shows 'Corporate Agenda Wins'

Common Dreams - By Jon Queally - Jan. 15 (News Report) - Confirming the suspicions and fears of environmental campaigners and concerned individuals across the globe, Wikileaks on Wednesday released a draft version of the 'Environment Chapter' from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), exposing most of the so-called "environmental protections" as toothless policies that serve to protect corporate profit not Mother Earth.

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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January 05 2014

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December 26 2013

08:00

2013 In Review: Obama Talks Climate Change–But Pushes Fracking

Mother Jones - By Suzanne Goldenberg - Dec. 26 (Special Report) - This was the year when climate change came out of the closet. Barack Obama elevated climate change to one of his top presidential priorities. White House and other officials brought up the topic in public after spending the previous four years scuttling away from any mention of climate change. Climate change became a factor in state elections and there were polls suggesting even Republicans in the most conservative states wanted to take measures to avoid a future of dangerous climate change. But it was also a year when Obama claimed as a personal achievement the expansion of oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing, and when the coal industry sent coal overseas to rescue the mines closing down at home. Barack Obama used the January 21 inaugural address for his second term in the White House to renew his commitment to respond to the climate crisis "knowing that ...

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December 24 2013

08:00

Elizabeth Warren Comes Down Hard Against Keystone XL Pipeline While Hillary Clinton's Allies Push It Ahead

AlterNet - By Eric Zuiesse - Dec. 24 (News Report) - On Friday, December 20, Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren finally separated herself clearly from former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, regarding the issue of climate change and global warming. TransCanada Corporation wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil from Alberta Canada's tar sands to two refineries owned by Koch Industries near the Texas Gulf Coast, for export to Europe. Hillary Clinton has helped to make that happen, while Elizabeth Warren has now taken the opposite side.

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December 23 2013

08:00

The Hard-to-Believe, Cruel Things Corporate Executives Say About Americans Struggling to Get By

AlterNet - By Paul Buchheit - Dec. 23 (Special Report) - At a time of year when we're inclined to show empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves, some of our top business leaders are notable for comments that show their disdain for struggling Americans. Their words may seem too outlandish to have been uttered, or inappropriately humorous, but all the speakers were serious.

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December 17 2013

08:00

Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story

Rolling Stone - By Bill McKibben - Dec. 17 (Opinion) - If you want to understand how people will remember the Obama climate legacy, a few facts tell the tale: By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we've begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs. We are, despite slight declines in our domestic emissions, a global-warming machine: At the moment when physics tell us we should be jamming on the carbon brakes, America is revving the engine.

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December 11 2013

08:00

ALEC's "Institutional Corruption," From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 11 (Special Report) - We discuss ALEC’s latest efforts, along with its historic opposition to divestment campaigns from apartheid South Africa, with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

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December 04 2013

08:00

The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal

readersupportednews.org - By George Monbiot - Dec. 04 (News Report) - All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments.

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