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An open letter to the PA legislature: Evangelicals urge you to defend children’s health, not coal co. profits

Dear Representatives, According to the House Calendar, HB 2025 will be brought before the entire House tomorrow. As you consider the bill’s merits, please consider the old axiom: “penny wise dollar foolish.” There is much discussion and fear about rumors of RGGI closing coal fired electric generating in Pennsylvania. The reality is that coal plants will […]

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Political spending by corporations is big business.  In the 2018 election cycle, for example, private interests spent US$500 million on campaign contributions to U.S. federal election candidates and nearly $7 billion to lobby federal officials. As one corporate executive with experience in business-government relations says, “A company that is dependent on government that does not […]

July 11th

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame

In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and shouted “I can’t breathe” into a microphone at an anti-mask rally. His mocking of the last words of George Floyd is only one more example of the racism that […]

July 10th

Global warming edges closer to Paris Agreement 1.5C limit

The latest forecast (pdf) from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) suggests that over the next five years there is a 24% chance of the global average temperature exceeding 1.5C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year. Prof Richard Betts, MBE Carbon Brief While this is another reminder of the Earth’s rising temperatures, it is important to note that […]

July 10th

Australia: Without urgent intervention, koalas face extinction in New South Wales

Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales will be extinct before 2050 “without urgent government intervention,” a new report warns. The report, released Tuesday, is the result of a year-long parliamentary inquiry examining the state of the animal and their habitat. The multi-party committee tasked with the effort was led by Greens Member of the Legislative […]

Change finance, not the climate (A policy guide for overhauling the system to avoid climate chaos)

This new handbook is an indispensable guide to climate activists and policy-makers alike towards a complete overhaul of the financial system to stop climate chaos. Central to its message is that fossil fuel lending can be redirected towards green energy and that public finance and ownership can bankroll and provide the infrastructure for delivering a […]

Drain the Swamp: Trump-connected lobbyists have raked in $10 billion in COVID-19 aid for corporate clients

In yet another sign that the “swamp is alive and well in Washington, D.C.” despite President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to drain it, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released a new report Monday morning identifying at least 40 Trump-connected lobbyists who have raked in over $10 billion in federal Covid-19 relief for their corporate clients since the pandemic began. […]

As the Arctic burns, the global climate is once again pushing into “Hottest Year Ever” territory

The unprecedented heat and fires that ravaged Siberia last month came at the tail end of a 12-month period that European researchers revealed Tuesday effectively tied with the hottest year on record based on global surface temperatures, bolstering calls from activists for international bodies and governments across the globe to take immediate action to tackle the climate […]

July 8th

Federal Judge orders Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) shut down!

A federal judge ruled today that owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, must halt operations while the government conducts a full-fledged analysis examining the risk DAPL poses to the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes. By Dan Bacher This order by James E. Boasberg, United States District […]

July 7th

Farm bankruptcies on the rise – What can we do about it?

As extreme weather disrupts planting and trade wars shrink the market available to farmers, American agriculture is struggling. One recent report from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that farm bankruptcies were up 24% from last year — one of the steepest rises in modern history. At the same time, farm debt is reaching levels […]

July 7th

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the rally as a means of pranking the campaign. By Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University The Conversation Similarly, […]

Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project. By Jessica […]

July 6th

Election 2020: How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family and people of interest. But anyone on social media these days knows it’s increasingly a divisive landscape. Undoubtedly you’ve heard reports that hackers and even foreign governments are using social media to manipulate and attack you. You may […]