Vijay Prashad and Manolo de los Santos
Cuba is receiving assistance from Venezuela and Mexico to extinguish the blaze, which began on August 5. Image: Peoples Dispatch

Aug. 11, 2022

The Climate Beat
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In many regards, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is a story of contradictions. Narrowly passed over unanimous Republican opposition in the Senate last week, the bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives soon. The IRA bill devotes $369 billion to accelerate the transition to green energy, making it by far the biggest climate change legislation in US history. But the price of West Virginia senator Joe Manchin’s support was the inclusion of measures intended to boost fossil fuel production.

Jessica Corbett
Gas pump

Aug. 1, 2022

"Make no mistake; these profits mark a large transfer of wealth from working- and middle-class people to wealthy oil executives and shareholders," said Jordan Schreiber of Accountable.US.

As fossil fuel giants this week reported record profits for the second quarter, an analysis out Friday highlighted how eight oil companies have raked in nearly $52 billion over the past three months “while Americans continue to struggle at the pump.”

David Wallace-Wells
Kena Betancur/VIEWpress, via Getty Images

Editor: "a historic achievement for the climate left and a tribute to both its moral fervor and its political realism" maybe, but not for climate emergency realism!

July 29, 2022

Ashley Braun, originally published by Hakai Magazine
On Calvert Island, British Columbia, the subtle rock line of an extant clam garden is a reminder of how Indigenous peoples turned the sea into a shellfish garden. Photo courtesy of the Hakai Institute

July 20, 2022

By focusing on reciprocity and the common good—both for the community and the environment—sea gardening created bountiful food without putting populations at risk of collapse.

 Ria Verjauw
Image of warplane and CO 2

 July 29, 2022

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death” – Martin Luther King.

Everything is interconnected: armed conflicts – human rights violations – environmental pollution – climate change – social injustice…

Jane McMullen
Getty Images - refinery

July 23, 2022

Thirty years ago, a bold plan was cooked up to spread doubt and persuade the public that climate change was not a problem. The little-known meeting - between some of America's biggest industrial players and a PR genius - forged a devastatingly successful strategy that endured for years, and the consequences of which are all around us.

Guy Miller
Brainwashing Cover

A very important political reality that many of us progressives don't really know about and understand the workings of. Obviously, Canada is not immune. Not mentioned in the article is a commercial movie on related matters that you all might find interesting. It's entitled "The Loudest Voice" and deals with the career of Roger Ailes and his FOX News. Russell Crowe plays Ailes convincingly.

                     -- Gene McGuckin

Jonathan Burleigh, In These Times.
Truckers gather to protest AB 5 at Port of Los Angeles, July 14, 2022 [Photo by Cindy Perez]

July 21, 2022

Dockworkers Refuse To Cross Picket Line.

For the third consecutive day, hundreds of independent truckers protested Wednesday at the Port of Oakland. The truckers’ main demand is the repeal of provisions in California State Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which would eliminate much of the independent trucking industry on the docks. Hundreds of truckers blocked the entrances to the docks with their trucks, bringing operations to a standstill.

Jonathan Rosenblum
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention on July 15, 2022. (Michael Dwyer / AP Photo)

July 20, 2022

Liz Shuler, the head of the AFL-CIO, thinks it’s OK to open a conference alongside the would-be architects of labor’s destruction.


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