President Obama has kept true to his State of the Union address this week: He has placed a moratorium on coal mining on public lands while the Department of Interior reviews the use of federal lands for coal mining production. As the tag line often says: Some exceptions exist.
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The armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, are taking too many lessons from John Galt: the fictional protagonist of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”
Entering 2016, a number of key factors are providing greater resolution of what a low-carbon future might look like, and how to get there. As a consequence, the options for clean energy here in the U.S. are reaching levels never before seen.
If you are going to pick a consumer product to symbolize the social message of your presidential campaign, you can’t go wrong with ice cream. And if Bernie Sanders should win the Democratic candidacy, Ben & Jerry’s will have the flavor picked out for the party.
With all these one-person or small-team shops opening up, they can’t possibly have an effect on the economy, can they? They can, and they do.
Last week, the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA said “no deal” to Volkswagen’s proposal to buy back some of the vehicles that were outfitted with cheat devices. The two agencies say the plan doesn’t go far enough to address the problems caused by its latest emissions scandal.
Call it a modern-day tale of two cities: Chicago and Flint, Michigan, are both battling epidemics of lead poisoning, and looking at generations of lower scholastic scores and a higher incidence of behavioral issues for many of the cities’ youngest residents. Community members in both cities charge that local and state governments have failed their children and should be held accountable for the exposure.
To acknowledge climate change as a human life issue, regardless of religious or political affiliation, is to bridge political divides and broaden the base of people who will act.
Campbell Soup Co. announced that it will now support federal legislation that establishes a standard for GMO labeling. Perhaps even more importantly, Campbell’s says it will withdraw from all organizations that oppose such labeling measures.
SPECIAL SERIES: Tech Titans: Community Citizens?
Thanks to the influx of large tech companies, the San Francisco Bay Area has ballooned in both wealth and population over the past two decades. But the picture isn’t always as pretty as those postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Obama administration is to blame for billions of dollars in losses, says TransCanada, which is taking the government to court over its decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two suits, which some Canadian experts say have a strong footing, don’t appear to address the question at heart, which is whether governments have the responsibility (and the right) to act on new scientific data and protect their environment and constituents from climate change.
As of Jan. 1, signs that intend to raise awareness of human trafficking are now required to be displayed at many public places and even some businesses across Florida.
Remarkably, there are several U.S.-based companies whose missions are to not just empower, but enable refugees and individuals who reside in developing nations. Here are two of them.
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over the methane gas leak in Porter Ranch, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, heightening attention on what has been one of the worst disasters to hit Southern California in the past several decades.