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Sanctions on Venezuela Exempt Citgo — U.S. Energy Portfolio at Risk

Citgo, the American oil company owned by the government of Venezuela, has been granted an exemption from recent U.S. sanctions by the Trump White House. The administration claims Citgo cannot transfer profits to its Venezuelan parent, but it turns out lobbying may have had something to do with giving the company a pass.

Concrete Jungle Exacerbates Houston Flooding

Hurricane Harvey and climate change are being blamed for Houston’s unprecedented flooding this weekend. But experts point out that the volume of rain — 12 trillion gallons — that deluged the city wasn’t really the problem. It was the lack of planning for predictable increased flooding.

Welcome to Fort NOx: Diesel Industry Braces For Impact

Automakers and other diesel stakeholders failed to come up with a groundbreaking solution to diesel’s local air pollution issue at the recent Diesel Summit in Berlin. Absent an industry solution, they make be stuck with whatever policy-makers decide.

Hurricane Harvey Tests Limits of Federal Flood Insurance Program

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the greater Houston region is offering another grim reminder: the federal government’s national flood insurance program, NFIP, is going to become even more financially unsustainable — and it’s already $25M in debt.

Why Companies Like Salesforce Differentiate on Gender Pay Equity

84 percent of Americans want companies to address women’s rights specifically. So how can socially-responsible companies differentiate themselves among corporate peers who are quick to sign on to the notion of equal pay for equal work, but resistant to the transparency required to actually prove it? 

As Global Slavery Rates Rise, Corporations Struggle to Respond

Millions of individuals still live in slavery or other forms of forced labor. A high-level meeting in the Australian city of Perth attempted to develop global standards for more ethical and transparent labor practices within companies’ global supply chains. Unfortunately it ended with few concrete action items.

Trump’s DOE Invests $13M in Alternative Fuel Vehicles

New electric vehicles that can support mass transit are on the horizon, according to an announcement by the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office. The office has just dolled out $13.4 million to encourage the production of alternative fuel vehicles that can support community mass transit.

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Leading and Following by Example: Companies Taking a Public Stance on Social Issues

To better equip corporate leaders with strategies on how to respond to social issues, CECP asked members of its corporate coalition to weigh in on how attention received by other companies is affecting their company strategy for speaking out on a social issue. CECP found that 61 percent of companies are sticking to their public advocacy strategy, with more than 20 percent advancing their strategy in response to public reaction to corporate leaders’ stance on social issues.

Massive Infrastructure Needs Require Creative Funding Approaches

Municipal bonds have helped pay for some our country’s most iconic projects, including the Erie Canal and the Golden Gate Bridge. Today they help pay for the full spectrum of critical infrastructure, from schools, roads, and airports to hospitals, water systems, and affordable housing. But while municipal bonds have helped animate the growth of the United States for the past 200 years, to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs for the next 200 years, new financing tools are required.