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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice insists that as a safety measure, the federal government should give $4.5 billion in annual funding to power companies that continue to use coal. That would amount to a subsidy of $15 per ton of coal burned.
Push back against Uber and Lyft continues as a Massachusetts report revealed that over 10 percent of drivers affiliated with those ridesharing services had permits denied, often due to a crime record or driving with a suspended license.
The Sierra Club announced that the Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a resolution mandating that the city run 100 percent on renewables by 2050. But as more cities announce these plants, are they backed up by staff and funding?
According to a recent report, there has been a tiny upward blip in trademark requests sent to the federal government to register racists words and slogans for products. The sudden drive to file trademarks for racial slurs comes in the wake of a June Supreme Court decision.
New Jersey’s legislature passed, and Governor Chris Christie signed into law, Senate Bill 3027, which established a statewide food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030. But plans to achieve the landmark goal are still in development.
Wisconsin's politicians are ebullient about Foxconn's arrival, but it has not taken long for critics of the deal to crunch the numbers and question whether the amount of taxpayers’ money to be spent on luring the company to the Badger State makes it a worthwhile investment for taxpayers.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it had approved the first of four plans of Volkswagen to invest $800 million in zero-emission infrastructure, outreach and electric vehicle access for citizens who live in disadvantaged communities. The first phase, totaling $200 million, has just been launched.
Foxconn, one of the most important companies within Apple's supply chain, is close to announcing the location of a brand new factory in the U.S.; Wisconsin is reportedly the favorite to land this $10 billion factory that could boast as many as 10,000 jobs.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico introduced a bill that would ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide some research says has links to learning disabilities as well as severe health problems. NGOs including the NRDC is supporting such a ban.
Despite a study concluding that the city could lose $90,000 a year from foam container recycling, San Diego's city council has given the green light to include Styrofoam in its municipal recycling program instead of outright banning the material.
Canada, one of the world's largest beef producers has issued new dietary guidelines in an effort to promote healthy eating. And beef is no longer on the menu.
U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will fine ExxonMobil $2 million for violating U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia after the country's military intervention in Ukraine. This is a black eye for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who led ExxonMobil at the time.