Category: Politics

Americans Are Willing to Pay An Extra $177 a Year to Help Stop Climate Change

Last month, researchers published a paper that showed Americans are willing to pay to fight climate change. And it’s a substantial amount. Researchers found that that the average American is willing to pay $177 per year in higher energy bills to help reduce global warming. When asked what they preferred this hypothetical revenue to be allocated towards, Americans show strong preference towards investing in clean, green renewable energy. Improving infrastructure, such as bridges and water systems was the second most popular option. If every American actually did pay $177 extra on their energy bill to help reduce global warming, that would generate about...

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US Government Denies Endangered Species Protection for 25 Imperiled Species

The United States Fish & Wildlife Service has rejected petitions to list 25 different species for protection under the Endangered Species Act.  Several of the species are threatened by climate change. For example, Pacific walruses. These creatures can grow up to 12 feet long, weigh up to 2 tons, and live up to 40 years. They live in the Bering and Chukchi Seas near Alaska. Pacific Walruses spend their lives on  on sea ice, which is being lost at a steady rate— it is estimated that summer ice will be gone by 2030 and winter ice will be nearly half...

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US Energy Department Wants Big Bailout for Dirty Coal

Under the guise of bolstering America’s energy system, the Department of Energy (DOE) wants to bail out failing, expensive coal and nuclear plants. Last week, head of the DOE Rick Perry penned a letter and filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to adopt new regulations to help coal and nuclear plants stay afloat. The letter asked FERC to create a rule for a rate structure that would allow certain power plants to recover costs, plus a return on equity. All energy is subsidized, but the scale is weighted heavily in the favor of...

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Victory! California Foie Gras Ban to be Reinstated

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be reinstating the foie gras ban in California on the grounds that its production is cruel and inhumane, bringing an end to the horrific ‘delicacy’ within the state. Banning foie gras has been a controversial topic in the state for years, beginning in 2012 when importing the product into California was prohibited. However, the ban on importation was recalled in 2015 when restaurant group and poultry producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras sued the state, arguing that the restriction on imports was preempted by the federal Poultry Products Inspection...

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Yemen is Dying While the World Watches

Yemen is being destroyed by a man-made humanitarian crisis. Already the poorest country in the Middle East, over 80 percent of its population is in need of basic assistance due to armed conflict and a skyrocketing cholera epidemic sweeping over large war-torn regions of the country. The cholera outbreak has spread to an estimated half a million people, or around five thousand per day, half of them children.  It has claimed the lives of about 2,000 people since April. “This is the world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. In the last 3...

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Victory! Cambridge Bans Sales of Commercially-Bred Dogs and Cats

After a year of debate, the city council of Cambridge, Massachusetts approved an ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially-bred cats, dog, amphibians, birds, reptiles, arachnids, hamsters, and gerbils on Monday. The ordinance will go into effect next year and is aimed at the commercial animal breeding industry, one known for inhumane and irresponsible behavior. It follows a similar law passed in Boston last year banning the retail sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits, along with a recently approved ordinance in Stoneham, Massachusetts banning the sale of cats and dogs from puppy and kitten mills. This sweeping ban is...

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Canada’s New Plant-Focused Diet Guide Champions Health And The Environment

Plant-based diets are no longer just for animals lovers and health enthusiasts. Saving Earth from methane and other emissions that play a huge role in global warming requires an increase in vegetarian or vegan eating and a reduction of meat and dairy consumption. Unfortunately, many countries are politically and economically influenced by the meat industry. The $95-billion-a-year beef industry in the United States is very powerful, according to the USDA. The American Meat Institute and the National Cattlemen’s Association lobbyists in Washington dissuade the government from recommending plant-based diets despite scientific evidence linking meat consumption to global warming and illnesses like...

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California Counties are Suing Big Oil for Climate Change Cover-Up

In landmark legal action for the environment, California’s San Mateo and Marin counties and the city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County have filed lawsuits in California Superior Court against 37 fossil fuel companies for years of damages due to climate change. Claiming that the companies knew the effects of coal, oil, and gas production on the climate, the counties are suing for the damages incurred and expected as climate change wrecks havoc on the ocean. A consistently rising sea level has forced these coastal communities to prepare homes and businesses to deal with possible loss and damage from...

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