Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Build Public Renewables - New York

June 6, 2023 

On May 2, New York became the first US state to pass a major Green New Deal policy following four years of organizing by the Public Power NY coalition and allies. The Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA), now New York State law, empowers and directs the state’s public power provider – the New York Power Authority (NYPA) – to plan, build, and operate renewable energy projects across New York State. Organizers are now focusing on growing the movement for Public Power from coast to coast.

Christopher Flavelle, Jill Cowan and Ivan Penn
A firefighter tried to save a home in Meyers, Calif., in 2021. Credit...Max Whittaker for The New York Times

May 31, 2023

The largest insurer in California said it would stop offering new coverage. It’s part of a broader trend of companies pulling back from dangerous areas.

The climate crisis is becoming a financial crisis.

This month, the largest homeowner insurance company in California, State Farm, announced that it would stop selling coverage to homeowners. That’s not just in wildfire zones, but everywhere in the state.

Tom Malleson
Illustration - Tax the rich

May 16 2023

To fight 21st-century inequality, Canada needs 21st-century taxes that force billionaires and corporations to pay their fair share

Ward McAllister, a wealthy New Yorker, recently threatened that if the U.S. Congress were to move ahead with its plans to levy a high income tax, the plan would backfire because it would simply drive “rich men to go abroad.”

Justin Nobel
Brine trucks at an Injection well in Cambridge, OH. George Etheredge for Rolling Stone.

May 2023

This post originally appeared on Rolling Stone and was published January 21, 2020. 

In 2014, a muscular, middle-aged Ohio man named Peter took a job trucking waste for the oil-and-gas industry. The hours were long — he was out the door by 3 a.m. every morning and not home until well after dark — but the steady $16-an-hour pay was appealing, says Peter, who asked to use a pseudonym. “This is a poverty area,” he says of his home in the state’s rural southeast corner. “Throw a little money at us and by God we’ll jump and take it.”


Jean Chemnick, Pamela King and Robin Bravender
President Joe Biden speaks about climate change at Brayton Power Station in Somerset, Mass., last year. His administration is preparing to announce carbon regulations on power plants. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

May 5, 2023

‘No other way to do it’: Biden about to go big on power plants

Historically strict EPA regulations on coal- and gas-fired power plants are due out. They face legal and political peril.

The Biden administration is poised to unveil its most ambitious effort yet to roll back planet-warming pollution from the nation’s thousands of power plants — an effort that’s certain to bring a legal and political attack from conservatives but may disappoint some supporters of the president’s climate agenda.

Helene Cooper and Zolan Kanno-Youngs
Asylum-seeking migrants waving their hands at National Guardsmen near the Rio Grande before crossing into the United States in March.The Biden administration fears that the lifting of a public health rule that allowed officials to quickly expel migrants could lead to an increase in border crossings.Credit...Go Nakamura for The New York Times

May 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Biden is sending 1,500 active-duty troops to the southern U.S. border with Mexico, officials said on Tuesday, as the administration braces for a possible influx of migrants seeking to take advantage of the lifting of Covid-era restrictions on asylum.

Brig. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that the troops would fill gaps in transportation, warehouse support, narcotics detection, data entry and other areas.



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