June 14, 2012 – John McCain, in an interview with PBS News Hour’s Judy Woodruff, says what he really thinks about the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. It’s not pretty. Full Interview: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politi…
Sen. Bernie Sanders told a Senate panel that a constitutional amendment is needed to undo the Supreme Court ruling that let corporations and wealthy individuals spend unlimited sums to sway American elections. Vermont and five other states have adopted resolutions asking Congress for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. More than 200 local governments, including about 60 towns in Vermont, have passed similar measures. Read more: http://goo.gl/r9h7x
The Citizens United v. F.E.C. decision was made on January 21, 2010. On January 27, 2010, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama responded to that decision. This is the excerpt from his address on January 27 in that regard.
Reuters has reported that the Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an Oklahoma oil refinery owned by billionaire former Trump adviser Carl Icahn. The waiver enables Icahn’s refinery—CVR Energy Inc.—to save tens of millions of dollars by exempting it from the requirement of mixing biofuels into the gasoline. The regulation was enacted to cut air pollution and reduce petroleum imports. Icahn served as a special regulatory adviser to President Trump, during which time he personally vetted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his job. Icahn resigned last August, just before The New Yorker published an investigation detailing Icahn’s potential conflicts of interest, including his heavy lobbying for a rule change about blending ethanol biofuels into gasoline—which is the exemption he has now received from the EPA for his refinery.
For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs. With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive, but it often comes at a cost. Natural gas extraction – fracking – is being touted as the answer. The way fracking is taking place, there are questions being asked about the process and its implications.
The UK government is going ahead with its plans to commence fracking across more than half of the country, hoping that it will boost the economy and provide an abundant supply of natural gas. Critics of the process argue that it contaminates groundwater and damages the environment and public health. A grassroots resistance movement has emerged to fight the introduction of fracking in the UK, and it appears to be gaining momentum throughout the country. VICE News travels to Blackpool, Lancashire, to see the fractivists in action. The seaside resort town is at the center of a David and Goliath battle between local residents and the energy company Cuadrilla over fracking in the region, which is believed to have one of the largest shale gas reserves in the Northern Hemisphere. Read “The Only Fracked Site in the United Kingdom Suffered Structural Failure” – http://bit.ly/1yHYgNE
Read “These Towns and Counties Across America Just Banned Oil and Gas Fracking” – http://bit.ly/1F3oiwu
Watch “The Lake That Burned Down a Forest – Full Length” – http://bit.ly/1vZSnMX
Watch “Showdown in Coal Country” – http://bit.ly/1wfWtur Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com
The Institute for Responsible Technology
Published on May 10, 2013
It was “supposed” to be harmless to humans and animals—the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”
That’s right. The herbicide sprayed on most of the world’s genetically engineered crops—and which gets soaked into the food portion—is now linked to “autism … gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others.”
Enjoy this videotaped guided tour of Jeffrey Smith interviewing co-author Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT.
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