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Want a Big Boost in GDP? Bring in Immigrants

President Donald Trump has promised to boost the economy by 3-4 percent. It’s an unlikely prospect, say analysts, noting that 2 percent has historically been about par for the country’s yearly growth. Researchers at ProPublica however, say it’s possible, but it would require scrapping one of his other big campaign promises: deporting and banning immigrants.

UK Banning Diesel and Gasoline Fueled Cars and Vans After 2040

The government of the United Kingdom has announced that it will ban the sales of diesel- and gasoline-powered passenger vehicles after 2040, mostly in an effort to reduce the impact nitrogen oxides, or NOx, have had on public health.

Tiny Houses: A Salve for Tomorrow’s Housing Shortages?

Tiny is catching on these days. From do-it-yourself rolling palaces that amount to the size of a conventional living room to modest structures for low-income families, the concept of tiny houses is making more sense than ever for cities faced with housing shortages. But are residents and cities cut out for going teeny?

San Diego Struggles with Styrofoam: Recycle or Ban?

Despite a study concluding that the city could lose $90,000 a year from foam container recycling, San Diego’s city council has given the green light to include Styrofoam in its municipal recycling program instead of outright banning the material.

$2M in Fines for ExxonMobil for Violating Russia Sanctions

U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will fine ExxonMobil $2 million for violating U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia after the country’s military intervention in Ukraine. This is a black eye for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who led ExxonMobil at the time.

Facebook’s Sysphean Quest for a Fair Hate Speech Policy

How should social media companies like Facebook handle hate speech on their sites? According to the nonprofit journalism site ProPublica the criteria Facebook uses is amazingly complex. It’s also fallible, say critics, and unwittingly gives support to the kinds of comments it strives to police.

California Extends Bipartisan Carbon Cap and Trade

This week, with considerable bipartisan support, the Calif. Legislature passed AB-398, which extends the state’s cap-and-trade climate law to 2030. Supporters say the bill’s passage will strengthen market certainty for Calif.’s clean technology and oil sectors.

Leaked DOE Grid Study Favors Renewables — Will Politics Intervene?

A new grid study ordered by Energy Secretary Rick Perry was reportedly intended to support coal and nuclear, but facts on the ground are getting in the way. Career researchers from DOE leaked their draft of the report, just in case the findings change significantly when Perry’s approved version is published.