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Policy Points: Simple Tax Change Will End Online Retailer Favoritism

The current tax policy gives Amazon and other online megastores an unfair, anti-competitive advantage. Representatives of both independents and chains agree a long-overdue update to tax laws will fix the problem and create a level playing field.

SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy

SEC Holds Debt/Equity Crowdfunding Hostage

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law in April 2012, it was with the intent to break down the barriers for regular people to be able to invest in small businesses, but absent a concrete set of rules by the SEC, they still can’t. Will the SEC ever finalize their rules?

Fracking Moratorium in New York Gets Extended

The New York State Assembly last week approved a two-year moratorium on fracking, extending a de facto ban that has been in place since 2008. The moratorium, if approved by the State Senate and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will extend to 2015.

Watchdog Group Calls Chevron’s $2.5m Super PAC Donation Illegal

A collection of government watchdog and environmental organizations has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Chevron and the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC to which Chevron donated $2.5 million during the 2012 campaign.

FedEx Exceeds Vehicle Fleet Fuel Efficiency Goal with Holistic Strategy

FedEx Express has already exceeded its 2020 goal for achieving a 20 percent improvement in vehicle fleet fuel efficiency and has set a new goal of 30 percent, cementing the fuel efficiency leadership position it has established through President Obama’s Clean Fleets partnership.

Californians are Set to Benefit from Cap-and-Trade Proceeds

Since California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases officially entered into force this year, many have focused on its cost to businesses – particularly energy companies and industry. However, California consumers will actually start seeing some rewards – even in disadvantaged communities.

Entergy: Utilities Should Focus on Climate Change Risk Mitigation

At the 2013 Climate Leadership Conference in DC, Rod West, Executive Vice President at Entergy Corporation urged the 450 attendees to stop focusing on converting people to climate change believers and start focusing on the cost of doing nothing. “I could give a rat’s cheek whether you’re a true believer – as a business people … Continued

NOAA Starts Crowdsourcing Weather Data

Last week, NOAA announced the launch of their new smart phone app called mPING which invites thousands of people throughout the continental US to send in weather observations so as to compile a more complete picture of the weather. Why, you might ask, in this era of high technology, do we need such a thing?

Thousands Rallied Against Keystone Pipeline Presidents’ Day Weekend

The Go Forward on Climate rally held in front of the White House brought all ages of Americans together from shore to shore to send a message to President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The time to act is now, as the phrase goes, “on the right side of history.” Do you agree?