Congress can override the Supreme Court

Rachel M. Cohen, Marcia Brown The Intercept November 24 2020 https://theintercept.com/2020/11/24/congress-override-supreme-court/ FROM 1979 UNTIL her retirement in 1998, Lilly Ledbetter worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Once she had left the job, she learned a disturbing fact. When Ledbetter had started, her supervisor salary was comparable to men in similar positions. But with each performance review, the men …

Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine

By Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, 26 May 2020 Mining company was given permission to blast Juukan Gorge cave, which provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional owners This cave in the Juukan Gorge, dubbed Juukan 2, was destroyed in a mining blast on Sunday. Consent was given through outdated Aboriginal heritage laws drafted in 1972. Photograph: The Puutu Kunti Kurrama …

How Biden can prevent climate action from failing in court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News, November 17, 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on June 26, 2019. Law experts say there are several ways President-elect Joe Biden can address climate change without risking court challenges. Francis Chung/E&E News President-elect Joe Biden may have to get creative if he wants his climate policies to survive — or avoid — scrutiny by a …

Protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030

S. Res. 372: The 30×30 Resolution to Save Nature Human survival depends on the natural ecosystems around us – for clean air and water, medicine, outdoor recreation, energy, food, economic growth, and more. Right now, the world is facing two dual, existential crises: the climate crisis, and a rapidly accelerating nature crisis. These crises are interconnected – and we cannot …

99% of Green New Deal Co-Sponsors Won Their Races This Cycle: Analysis. State legislators win too. Give rural voters broadband, climate action, and a platform for their concerns.

Politicians who supported popular redistributive policies, such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, were reelected at higher rates than ostensibly centrist Democrats, including in swing districts.  “The people who actually back progressive policies came through the election largely unscathed and, in many cases, fared better than their more conservative Democratic counterparts in swing districts,” Kahn wrote. Ocasio-Cortez made the evidence-backed …

Colorado Governor Jared Polis Moves to Dismiss Himself from Climate Accountability, Turns Back on Duty to Protect Climate, Achieve Environmental Justice in Colorado

This post includes multiple articles and statements on the topic September 10, 2020, by Jeremy Nichols, (303) 437-7663 Denver– Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis moved (asked) a court to rule that he has no duty to protect the climate, arguing he is not legally required to achieve legislated greenhouse gas reduction goals in the state. “With this court filing, Governor …

With BREATHE Act, Movement for Black Lives Seeks Sweeping Legislative Changes

With the BREATHE Act, Cullors said she is hopeful the bill will gain support and build upon the change the movement has produced since it first began seven years ago. “We are calling for the federal government to be creative in identifying new approaches to dealing with harm and violence in our communities as well as developing investments into building …

Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act

Fri, June 26, 2020 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum Earlier this week, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, a sweeping bill that would take major steps toward closing the digital divide. We reported on the legislation yesterday, but today we want to take a closer look at the bill text [pdf]. Below, we examine some …

Better Jobs and Health Returns with a Clean Focus on Building Back Better – See Washington and Renew Oregon

Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State, June 30, 2020 This report analyzes the potential jobs and community health benefits created by a sample portfolio of investments in Washington State. We find that investing in clean transportation, forest conservation and ecosystem restoration, clean energy, water and energy efficiency, low carbon agriculture, and sustainable industry supports over …