19 Senators Expose 'Web of Denial' Blocking Action on Climate Change - EcoWatch. By Brendan DeMelle Nineteen U.S.
Senators Explain How Fossil Fuel Groups Use Media To Spread Denial And Thwart Climate Action. A group of U.S.
Senators took to the Senate floor on July 11 and 12 to expose the “web of denial” that the fossil fuel industry has spun to block action on climate change. Essential to this effort is a media misinformation campaign that several senators described in detail. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) remarked on the “unfortunate role” that the media has played in spreading misinformation by providing false balance on the science of climate change: Sen. Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics. Sanders: GOP health care plan gives wealthiest a $275 billion tax break. Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., put a different spin on the Republican House’s plan to overhaul the health care system.
Speaking on MSNBC, Sanders said the House plan isn’t really a health care plan at all. Trump OKs Wall street to do anything they want. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump is set to sign two executive orders on Friday that would roll back two major Wall Street regulations, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Trump will target the Dodd-Frank Act, which was written in the aftermath of the financial crisis to scale back risk-taking at the country's largest financial institutions, as well as the fiduciary rule, which requires investment advisers to put client interests above their own when it comes to investment choices for retirement accounts, according to The Journal's Michael Bender and Damian Paletta.
Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs COO who is now the director of the White House National Economic Council, told The Journal that the executive orders would not immediately repeal the two regulations. Amazon Will Pay Whopping $0 In Federal Taxes On $11.2 Billion Profits. Some States Spend Billions on Economic Tax Incentives for Little or No Return. By one estimate, state and local governments spend at least $45 billion a year on tax breaks and other incentives to lure or keep job-producing businesses and plants in their jurisdictions.
New York, for example, plows billions of dollars into the Empire State Development Corp. and Democratic Gov. Polluter-Friendly Scientists May Soon Join a Key EPA Advisory Panel. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at the Grand Hyatt in New York on September 19, 2017.
(Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit) Millions In U.S. Funds Spent On Border Equipment In Afghanistan That No Longer Works. In 2006, the U.S. military purchased $12.1 million worth of inspection equipment for five border posts in Afghanistan in an effort to crack down on illicit drug smuggling and boost customs duty revenues to the Afghan government.
FCC will block states from passing their own net neutrality laws. After the FCC began its assault on net neutrality earlier this year, several cities and states began looking into ways to protect consumers on their own.
Unfortunately, the FCC has decided that it won’t allow that to happen: as part of its proposal to repeal net neutrality, the commission is trying to use its authority to preempt any and all state and local net neutrality regulations. The commission intends to block any local laws or regulations that “effectively impose rules or requirements that we have repealed or decided to refrain from imposing in this order or that would impose more stringent requirements for any aspect of broadband service that we address in this order.” Kushner, Bannon, Flynn Pushed Huge Nuclear Power Deal in Middle East for Profit, In Secret – BillMoyers.com. Trump Advisers Pushed Secret Middle East Nuclear Power Deal.
Donald Trump’s FCC is a Clear and Present Danger to Democracy. Eighty years ago, the dawn of the modern communications age coincided with the rise of authoritarian leaders who controlled and manipulated communications in Europe.
President Franklin Roosevelt recognized the danger, declaring that. How Donald Trump and Elaine Chao Sold Off Flood-Control Policy to the Highest Bidders – BillMoyers.com. How Donald Trump and Elaine Chao Sold [...] The downtown Houston skyline and flooded Highway 288 on Aug. 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images) Trump's infrastructure proposal: Let Wall Street run everything. George Frey/Getty Images As recently as Monday, few campaign promises looked deader than Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox. How dead? Consumer Protection Bureau To Lose Its Fangs Under Trump Administration's New Plan.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is also the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is also the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Minted: the rich guys in Trump's cabinet who can't resist public money. Wall StreetDoes End-Run - Federal Anti-Corruption Rules click 2x. A super PAC led by Florida Gov.
Rick Scott raked in donations from two private equity executives after Scott’s administration directed lucrative state pension investments to their firms, according to government records reviewed by MapLight and Capital & Main. The donations were made to a committee that’s now supporting Scott’s U.S. Senate bid, despite a federal rule designed to prevent financial firms from bankrolling the election campaigns of public officials who oversee state pension investments. Scott, a Republican, began chairing the New Republican PAC in May 2017 and announced his former campaign manager would serve as its executive director.
The GOP Tax Plan Tells Us Everything About Who Matters In American Democracy. What the GOP Tax Plan Says About American Democracy President Donald Trump shows samples of the proposed new tax form as he meets with House Republican leaders and Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee at the White House in Washington, DC, on Nov. 2, 2017. Republicans Senators Who Tried to Kill Yemen War Resolution Were Paid by Saudi Lobbyists. On Wednesday, senators delivered a historic blow to the country’s relationship with ally Saudi Arabia, a country whose leadership has committed notable human rights violations, by voting to move forward a resolution that would end all U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. But at least five of the Republican Senators who voted against the bill have received funding from lobbyists working for Saudi Arabia, a fact that illustrates how the kingdom uses its vast wealth to influence U.S. foreign policy.
Petrochemical Booster Rick Perry Rides to the Rescue of the Fracking Industry. 60 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump. 1. Revoked Obama-era flood standards for federal infrastructure projects This Obama-era rule, revoked by Mr. Trump in August, required that federal agencies protect new infrastructure projects by building to higher flood standards. Building trade groups and many Republican lawmakers opposed it as costly and burdensome. The War Against Solar Energy. Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head interior department as Zinke exits.
Documents detail multimillion-dollar ties involving EPA official, secretive industry group. The nation’s biggest coal-burning power companies paid a top lobbying firm millions of dollars to fight a wide range of Obama-era environmental rules, documents obtained by POLITICO reveal — shortly before one of the firm’s partners became President Donald Trump’s top air pollution regulator. AT&T Plans to Fire 7,000 People Despite Tax Breaks, Net Neutrality Repeal.
Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation. President Trump's dismantling of environmental regulations unwinds 50 years of protections. Amid Trump self-dealing, America abandons global anti-corruption fight. U.S. and Ukraine relations go further back than the now infamous phone call between Trump and Zelensky. We explain their relationship.