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 …

No Debate, Most Oil Shale Is Doomed. Meanwhile, FF bankruptcy filings show funding of climate change denialism

Oct. 27, 2020 Seeking Alpha.com by Kirk Spano https://seekingalpha.com/article/4381730-no-debate-oil-shale-is-doomed Shale has huge competition to fill remaining oil demand. Zero cash takeovers for Permian producers is a very bad signal for the rest of the industry. Debt-laden shale companies simply cannot pay down debt at likely demand and prices – a last wave of bankruptcies and takeunders is coming. There might …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …