Democratic lawmaker re-introduces bills to strengthen antitrust

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 / 3:03 PM / 2 DAYS AGO WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, said on Friday that she had re-introduced two bills aimed at strengthening enforcement of U.S. antitrust law. One of the bills would adjust fees paid to the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department’s Antitrust …

How climate change, obesity, and malnutrition are related. Want to fix obesity and climate change at the same time? Make Big Food companies pay: A new report says food companies are pursuing profit at the expense of public and environmental health

A new report, published Sunday in the Lancet, implores us to think about the possibility of big, systemic fixes for these interrelated scourges. Overnutrition, undernutrition, and global warming share common causes: powerful commercial interests that promote overconsumption, “policy inertia,” and weak governance, according to the report, led by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, George Washington University in the US, and …

ILO calls for universal labor guarantee, living wage, health, safety and education

The International Labour Organisation last week called for a universal labor guarantee to safeguard workers’ fundamental rights. There seems little real appetite for a new social contract among CEOs, despite the warm words.   The ILO report is the culmination of a 15-month review by a 27-member commission of senior figures from the world of business, academia, trade unions and charities. It calls …

Poverty and inequality require progressive taxation and enforcement rather than a focus on philanthropy

January 29th, Common Dreams Historian’s Advice to Davos Elite Worried About Pitchforks: ‘Stop Talking About Philanthropy’ and Start Paying Higher Taxes With Trump Seen as ‘Symptom Not a Cause,’ US Rank Plummets on Global Corruption Index Dutch historian and author Rutger Bregman told those gathered at last week’s Davos summit his advice was this: “Just stop talking about philanthropy, and …

Dem proposals for workers

Leading Democratic 2020 contenders are finally standing against unbridled capitalism. Excerpt from Robert Reich, The Guardian, Jan 2019Ohio senator Sherrod Brown has embarked on a “dignity of work” tour of key voting states ahead of a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination – along with a 77-page economic plan to reverse “the declining value of work” and “make life better for all …

What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Integrating Natural Capital in Risk Assessments: A Step-by-Step Guide

Excerpt from Clean Technica, What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Natural Capital Risk Assessment At Davos, January 16th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna A week before the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) has launched the world’s first step-by-step guide to help financial institutions conduct a rapid natural capital risk assessment — “not just greenhouse gases, but also how …

It’s Time to Bring Back the Corporate Death Penalty: When big companies engage in criminal harm to the public, they deserve serious punishment

January 08, 2019 in Common Dreams by Thom Hartmann Demonstrators speaking out against Wells Fargo bank in this file. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) “The prevalence of the corporation in America has led men of this generation to act, at times, as if the privilege of doing business in corporate form were inherent in the citizen, and has led them to accept …

Split the benefits: Incentives In The World Of Energy: What Power Use In Rental Properties Can Teach Us About The Larger Politics Of Renewable Energy & Climate Change

November 20th, 2018 by By Matt Chester, Chester Energy and Policy on Clean Technica While recently traveling, I was cozy and tucked in bed under full sheets and comforter with the thermostat set to 65 degrees when a pang of guilt about this unnecessary energy usage hit me. I grumpily got out of bed to adjust the temperature when it hit me. As …

New Cleveland Fund Will Acquire Businesses and Sell Them Back to Workers + Cook County Coop Resolution Passes Unanimously

BY ZOE SULLIVAN | NOVEMBER 13, 2018, NextCity.org Cleveland’s Evergreen network of cooperative businesses today announced a new fund to buy-out retiring small business owners and transfer their businesses into employee-ownership. (Credit: Democracy Collaborative/John Duda) Tameka Thomas had returned to society after a five-year prison sentence, and a month after her release, she landed a job with Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland with help from …

Fossil Fuel Companies Kill With Impunity. Why Are Their Leaders Not In Jail?

November 23rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Over the course of 2018, I have started emphasizing how the extraction and sale of fossil fuels is like a neighbor who pumps the contents of his septic system onto your front lawn and expects you to pay to clean up his mess. Only under the most absurd economic theory could such antisocial and irresponsible …