On the outskirts of Florida's Miami-Dade County, dozens of individuals formerly convicted of sexual offenses live as exiles on an abandoned strip of land near a railroad track. The area has no shelter from the elements, no running water, and no bathrooms.
Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In other words, even the alleged benefits of fracking are undermined by its general horribleness.
Rex Sinquefield was raised in St. Louis' Saint Vincent Orphanage and went on to create Dimensional Fund Advisors, which oversees $350 billion in global assets. It's the type of rags-to-riches, up-by-his-boot-straps story that makes Republicans smile in their sleep, surrounded by dreams of Ronald Reagan's resurrection and the end of food stamps. Since 2007, Sinquefield has invested at least $30 million to mold his home state — one he didn't live in for 40 plus years while he amassed his wealth elsewhere — into an anti-union, anti-public education, tax-free utopia that only ALEC can create.
Uncertainty over the future of the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit — and Congressional inaction on both matters — could pose a serious challenge to development in the renewable energy sector. Two new “technology roadmap” reports recently released by the International Energy Agency show that the sun could be the single biggest source of energy, providing nearly 30 percent of the world's electricity by 2050, but warned that “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers” are required to make it happen.
Right Wing Watch (RWW) has released their list of five GOP extremists that could be heading to Congress next year and on that list is everyone’s favorite anti-union Wisconsinite, Glenn Grothman. Grothman is running for Congress in the 6th district where he has been unable to get the endorsement of the outgoing Republican. But he certainly has the nutty endorsement of all those sane folks fearing the long-running War on White Men.
The big corporations are pushing our government to finalize three very big trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). These are not really trade deals but cover all kinds of issues, including the ability to place corporate rights alongside or above the rights of countries to make their own laws. And if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress, you can bet your last silver dollar that these "trade deals" will become planetary law.