The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny

Download As the impacts of the climate crisis become ever more apparent, people around the world, led by Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and frontline communities, are demanding action. In response, Big Polluters and the governments that do their bidding have begun to tout commitments to achieve “net zero” emissions as solutions to the crisis they have caused. This report makes …

Texas AG Ken Paxton, told Trump advisor Steven Bannon on a public show that he delivered Trump’s win in Texas by blocking mail-in voting in 2020

June 2021 – Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, told Trump advisor Steven Bannon on a public show on June 4 that had he not been successful with lawsuits to block mail-in ballots, Trump definitely would have lost the election in Texas. Newsweek: https://www.newsweek.com/texas-ag-says-trump-wouldve-lost-state-if-it-hadnt-blocked-mail-ballots-applications-being-1597909. Also see: https://www.rawstory.com/ken-paxton-texas-voter-suppression/ and https://hillreporter.com/texas-ag-admits-trump-wouldve-lost-the-state-without-blocking-mail-in-voting-103060 and https://www.democracydocket.com/2021/06/texas-ag-credits-trump-victory-to-blocking-mail-ballots/ https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/us/politics/mark-meadows-justice-department-election.html

WV Can’t Wait! Also, viral video – Mountain State person forcibly removed for calling attention to oil-and-gas donations to lawmakers’ campaigns

By Avi Selk Feb. 12, 2018 – Also see WV Can’t Wait https://wvcantwait.com/ Video of a little-known candidate for a statehouse seat in West Virginia went viral over the weekend after she was forcibly removed from a hearing for reciting a list of oil-and-gas donations to lawmakers’ campaigns. Here is her story. You don’t run for the statehouse in rural West Virginia because you’re in it for the fame. Lissa Lucas hadn’t raised much …

Our fragile democracy, minimum wage fight, justice system and more

Feb 2021 With Trump’s Acquittal, The Fragility Of America’s Democracy Is Even More Clear (FiveThirtyEight) — “Even if Trump himself doesn’t seek the presidency again, aspiring Republican politicians know now that the party’s base and elected officials will tolerate a lot of anti-democratic behavior. So, both Trump and Trump-style politics remain major threats to American democracy and potentially the future …

Thousands Of Judges Who Broke Laws Or Oaths Remained On The Bench and Have Been Emboldened by Impunity

Thousands Of Judges Who Broke Laws Or Oaths Remained On The Bench (Reuters) — “Judges across America who were allowed to keep positions of extraordinary power and prestige after violating judicial ethics rules or breaking laws they pledged to uphold, a Reuters investigation found…Judges have made racist statements, lied to state officials and forced defendants to languish in jail without …

Mississippi regulators force Mississippi Power to close unneeded coal and gas plants

By Daniel Tait | February 23, 2021 | Tags: Georgia Power, Mississippi Public Service Commission, Plant Daniel, Plant Greene, Plant Watson | URL: https://wp.me/p7hDYu-4Xa Mississippi regulators force Mississippi Power to close unneeded coal and gas plants Mississippi regulators are forcing Mississippi Power to shutter as many as 950 megawatts of uneconomic and unneeded legacy coal and gas plants by the end …

Natural gas utilities lobby for pre-emption against gas bans and building decarbonization

Across the country, natural gas utilities and their lobby, the American Gas Association, are lobbying state legislatures to adopt laws preempting cities and municipalities from banning new natural gas infrastructure in order to combat climate change. Preemption laws are an anti-majoritarian tool increasingly used by business lobbying groups and conservative lawmakers to stem grassroots progressive momentum. Gas Industry Lobbies In …

Small businesses are disappearing across most sectors even though they often outperform their bigger competitors on price and quality. Big businesses with more political power tilt the playing field & destroy community economic vitality but policies can help

States and cities have potent policy tools for checking corporate power and sparking a new wave of entrepreneurship and small business development. We define “independent” to mean that the owners have full control over the business; that it’s not a franchise or subsidiary of a larger corporation. “Locally owned” means that the owner(s) live in the region. In many sectors, …

Getting off fossils sooner rather than later saves money

Jan-Feb 2021: ExxonMobil announced a $19.3 billion write-down this week – reducing the value of the assets on its books – a big hit to a company reeling from depressed oil and gas prices and a rapidly changing global energy market. The fossil fuel giant, however, may be understating the financial damage to its assets, according to a former ExxonMobil …

Facebook as a regulated utility?

Excerpt from Steven Hill, Should President Biden Revoke Section 230? https://www.laprogressive.com/revoke-section-230/ Jan 2021 Facebook is no longer simply a “social networking” website – it is the largest media giant in the history of the world, a combination publisher and broadcaster with approximately 2.6 billion regular users, plus billions more on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram. A mere 100 pieces of COVID-19 …