Justice Department announces they will end the use of private prisons

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.” The Justice Department just announced they would end the use of private prisons. Letting …

A simple fix with a big benefit: California lawmakers consider closing loophole to curb gas leaks

On Breaking Energy, August 16, 2016  After passing the State Assembly Appropriations committee on Wednesday, a little known bill – SB 1441 – is headed for the assembly floor, which is slated to deliver big benefits for consumers and the environment. Not only will the bill create a strong market driver for utilities to operate tighter infrastructure and save California consumers tens …

Employee ownership gaining popular and political support

By Neal St. Anthony, 4 Aug, Star Tribune A poll conducted several weeks ago by Public Policy Polling showed that two thirds of Americans “support the concept of companies being owned by their employees so that all workers share in their success.” Only 13 percent oppose the idea; 19 percent are unsure. The poll also found that 58 percent of …

State-owned oil companies are acting more nimble than the private oil majors: globally, state-owned fossil fuel firms are investing in renewables

State-owned oil companies are acting more nimble than the private majors.  In Denmark, Norway, France and Saudi Arabia, gigantic state-owned oil companies are becoming some of the biggest players in renewables. Denmark’s DONG (Danish Oil and Gas) Energy is the leading offshore wind developer. Norway’s Statoil parlayed its pioneer R&D in offshore oil platforms into global leadership in floating offshore …

EJ input to the Clean Power Plan, in Chicago and Illinois

…“There should be hard restrictions on the purchase of credits by generators in environmental justice communities,” said Juliana Pino, policy director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), whose members fought to close Chicago’s coal plants. “So-called waste-to-energy facilities are in no way carbon neutral. This is particularly salient for communities like Little Village that have [closed] coal plant facilities …

How Mossack Fonseca (Panama Papers firm) went beyond simply creating shell companies to helping and suggesting how US clients escape tax rules

 The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, Mossack Fonseca, helped many of its American clients evade U.S. tax and transparency laws, according to an investigation by the New York Times published Monday.  Documents including “confidential emails, copies of passports, ledgers of bank transactions and even the various code names used to refer to clients” show that …