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1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 


STUDY: AMERICA'S NATURAL GAS SYSTEM IS LEAKY AND IN NEED OF A FIX

February 13th, 2014  |  Source: Mitchell Foundation

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.


Elizabeth Warren's New Bill Could Save Taxpayers Billions

January 15th, 2014  |  Source: Mother Jones

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that aims to make government settlements with corporations more transparent and fair. It could end up saving taxpayers billions of dollars.

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Poverty nation: How America created a low-wage work swamp

December 16th, 2013  |  Source: Salon

For decades, both parties supplanted a push for higher wages with well-intended public aid. The result: calamity

2013 is the year many Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor. It turns out it’s also the crisis of the welfare poor. That’s tough for us: Americans notoriously hate welfare, unless it’s called something else and/or benefits us personally. We think it’s for slackers and moochers and people who won’t pull their weight.


Mozambique Tuna Bonds Fund Anti-Pirate Fleet in Surprise

November 13th, 2013  |  Source: Bloomberg

The deal that helped one of the poorest nations raise $850 million and bond investors lock in rates three times higher than U.S. Treasuries is also spurring concern some of the money isn’t going where the buyers -- and one of the underwriters -- expected.


SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION ACQUIRES OPENCONGRESS.ORG

October 29th, 2013  |  Source: SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION

 

OpenCongress brings together official, congressional data and allows anyone to track how a bill becomes a law, the voting records of elected officials and more. Major features of OpenCongress include:


BURIED SECRETS: How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes.

July 4th, 2013  |  Source: The New Yorker

Guinea: It is no easy task to transform a country that is corrupt from top to bottom. During President Condé’s first months in office, he performed a kind of triage.

With the assistance of Revenue Watch—an organization, backed by Soros, that encourages transparency in extractive industries—Condé established a committee to inspect existing mining contracts and determine if any of them were problematic.


Conde Nast Violates Labor Laws with Interns - say lawyers

June 14th, 2013  |  Source: Pub Exec

Conde Nast, the worldwide publisher of fashion, culture, food and home magazines, illegally employs interns in violation of federal and state labor laws, Outten & Golden LLP alleged today in New York federal court.

The class action complaint, filed on behalf of two former interns who worked at W Magazine and The New Yorker, accuses Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc., which does business as CondeNast Publications, of failing to pay interns proper wages for the work they perform in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL).


Gun control petition breaks record

December 18th, 2012  |  Source: Salon.com

A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling on Obama to introduce a gun control bill has become the site's most popular ever

Only hours after news broke of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, thousands took to the White House website, calling on the Obama administration to lead on gun control by introducing a bill to Congress.
The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered in gun related deaths.




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