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Report: Energy Industry Spent $721 Million on Midterm Elections

The American Progress analysis — conducted with data from the Center for Responsive Politics and Kantar Media Intelligence — found that the energy industry as a whole gave $84 million to candidates, political parties and political action committees (PACs), spent $163 million on television ads, and paid nearly $500 million to Washington lobbyists in the two years leading up the elections.

Policy Points: Three Signs of Hope from 2014

For a year that didn’t exactly inspire confidence in policy-making generally, 2014 was actually a better year for sustainable policy than one might think.

Young v. UPS and the Rights of Pregnant Women in the Workforce

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Young v. UPS, a case that could change the way pregnant women are treated by their employers. The case will force conservative justices to choose between two core right-wing constituencies: anti-choice activists and pro-business groups.

Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution

By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The re-urbanization movement puts stress on the infrastructure that supports cities and citizens. Advances with smart technologies will transform society, just as advances during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries did.

Groups Sue Feds Over Climate Effects of Coal Leasing

FOE and WORC are seeking the first comprehensive review of the federal coal-leasing program since 1979. “Since that time, scientific evidence has established that greenhouse gases produced by coal mining and combustion endanger the public health and welfare,” they said. “The BLM, however, has never analyzed the coal leasing program’s impact on climate change.”

Forced Labor Occuring Now in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields

In addition to offending all notions of civil liberties, the Uzbek forced labor system is just plain bizarre. For example, one’s work boss is also one’s boss in the cotton fields and, incredibly, cotton-picking skills may “become a component of annual job evaluations, skewing decisions on promotions.”

Which City Ranks as Most Connected?

A recent survey by communication technology provider Ericsson evaluates 40 leading cities around the world for their level of information and communication technology (ICT) maturity.