Tag Archives: Environmental Issues

As Trump Obscures Anti-Worker Record Ahead of Labor Day, New Report Details His Actual Worker Agenda: ‘Drop Dead’

“Trump has betrayed America’s workforce, sacrificing lives at the altar of industry profits.”

By Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 9-1-2018

“The Trump administration has systematically dismantled fundamental health and safety protections, and undermined the very agency tasked with safeguarding America’s workforce,” Public Citizen’s Shanna Devine wrote in a new report. Photo: pxhere (Public Domain)

In the week leading up to Labor Day, President Donald Trump’s vicious anti-worker agenda has been on full display: In addition to abruptly canceling a modest pay raise for around two million public employees on Thursday, Trump also signed a retirement savings executive order that was denounced as a gift to Wall Street and “a cruel joke on American workers” facing a retirement income crisis.

Yet, as if none of these latest attacks on American workers took place, the White House issued its annual Presidential Labor Day Proclamation late Friday, touting what it describes as Trump’s “historic action to advance prosperity for the American worker.” Continue reading

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An elusive justice—holding parent companies accountable for human rights abuse

A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need to prevent powerful multinationals hiding behind their subsidiaries to dodge accountability for human rights abuses.

By Joe Westby. Published 2-14-2017 by openDemocracy

Local residents survey the aftermath of an oil spill in the Niger River Delta. Photo: Sosialistisk Ungdom/Flickr

Recently, the UK High Court threw out a case brought against oil giant Shell by two impoverished communities in the Niger Delta. It is a blow to the communities in their struggle for justice after suffering years of devastating oil spills.

But the judgement also has wider implications for corporate accountability, making it more difficult to bring future legal cases against UK companies that abuse human rights abroad. As such, the ruling goes to the heart of a situation in which multinational corporations enjoy an impunity that is sharply at odds with their enormous profits and power. It further demonstrates the need for legal reforms that actually improve access of victims of corporate abuse to courts in jurisdictions where large corporations are based (the ‘home’ state). Continue reading

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Florida Now Spraying Neurotoxic Pesticide Banned in Other Countries to Combat Zika

By Claire Bernish. Published 8-7-2016 by The Free Thought Project

Areas of Miami, Florida, are now being sprayed with the insecticide naled in an attempt to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito — carrier of the zika virus. Naled, a potent neurotoxin that kills mosquitoes on contact, is perfectly safe, or so the Environmental Protection Agency insists, despite Puerto Rico’s rejection of its use to combat the spread of zika there — due to concerns about its safety.

To keep naled airborne where it would be most effective, the agent is sprayed in very fine aerosol droplets — about two tablespoons can be dispersed to cover an area the equivalent of two football fields, a local CBS affiliate reported. Continue reading

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One Small Step…

Why should there be such a ideological war in the topic of tar sands and shale gas exploitation? Oil provides a lifestyle that many cultures have become quite comfortable living. But what happens if we tip the balance of the environment to the point that it can no longer support not only our life style, but also our life and that of all life on earth? No one can “bail out” humanity from mistakes made by those seeking only profits, without proper research and consideration of the overall impact of their work.

Photo by User Raul654 on en.wikipedia [CC-BY-3.0-br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by User Raul654 on en.wikipedia [CC-BY-3.0-br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

In a recent interview with The Guardian, author and linguist Noam Chomsky calls on us to consider how we can benefit from saving the environment, and challenges us to accept the mission as the indigenous peoples in Canada blocking fossil fuel developments are taking the lead in combating climate change, he said.

Despite opposition from concerned citizens, pipeline building has become all the rage in the oil industry. The populace is told the oil will help lesson foreign dependency and improve the economy. Why then, do all the pipelines run to ocean ports for shipment to world markets? We are told the pipelines will be safe, yet leaks in existing lines continue to rupture while the news media pays little attention. We are told there is no need for concern once these lines start flowing, yet the actual contents of the pipelines are closely guarded “proprietary” information.

How much can the planet take?

How much can you stop taking?

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