Tag: Regulations and regulators

US Poised to Approve Shipping LNG by Rail for Export With No New Safety Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog On June 6, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the company Energy Transport Solutions LLC had applied for a special permit to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) in unit trains 100 cars long and […]

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Grenfell Tower Fire: A (Non-)Progress Report

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Today, June 14, is the second anniversary of the GrenFell Tower fire in London, a public housing block where 72 people died in a conflagration where the proximate cause was inflammable cladding installed on the outside of the building during a remodelling, and the ultimate cause was Thatcherite deregulation and […]

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Breakfast of Champions: New Tests Reveal Unsafe Levels of Glyphosate in Children’s Cereals

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Confession: I hate breakfast cereal. I grew up in a 1960s Wonderbread US home. My Mom – a teacher – was big on making sure we each had a proper breakfast before […]

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Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse

By Jessica Corbett, a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica. Originally published at Common Dreams Demanding action from industries and government, a top federal regulator warned this week that the human-caused climate emergency poses a threat to the economy which rivals the subprime mortgage meltdown that led to the 2008 financial crisis. […]

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Why Boeing May Never Recover From Its 737 Debacle

Lambert here: Yes, but is there a better way to cut back on air travel than to launch demonstrably lethal civilian aircraft? Let’s look on the bright side. By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Most of us are […]

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The Poor Who Are Not With Us

America has a bad case of poverty denialism. And no wonder. Being poor is stigmatized. In neo-Calvanist America, if you aren’t doing well, it must be the result of bad choices (like choosing the wrong parents) or not working hard enough. So many people in dire straits often feel compelled to underplay how bad things […]

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It’s Time to Stop Calling Natural Gas a ‘Bridge Fuel’ to a Safe Climate, Says New Report

Jerri-Lynn here.  The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual market report, Gas 2019, yesterday, forecasting that global demand for natural gas will continue to surge over the next five years, driven by strong consumption in Asian countries and the further development of international natural gas trade (see the IEA’s press releases launching the report […]

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Protecting Yourself from Amazon Violating Your Air Rights and Privacy by Drone Trespassing

Amazon is planning to launch delivery by drone “within months” and announced it could send 75% to 90% of its packages by drone. The Associated Press reported that the FAA, the regulator of commercial drones, did not respond to a request for comment, but the article noted that the agency had given Google the go-ahead […]

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FANGMAN Stocks Crushed by Potential “Unprecedented, Wide-Ranging Probe” into Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

Yves here. Who’d have thunk it? Curbing rentier capitalism would be bad for rentiers. It’s only recently that more and more economic research and press interest about the cost of monopolies has taken the sheen off tech giants like Google and Amazon as it becomes increasingly obvious that their outsized results result from the abuse […]

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Ecological Importance and Human Rights Be Damned, Trump Admin Says Fossil Fuel Pillaging in Arctic Refuge Coming Soon

Jerri-Lynn here. Trump has pledged to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel drilling, and as this post describes, Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash told an industry gathering last week in Alaska that leases will be offered for sale later this year. This move will undoubtedly be subject […]

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Glyphosate Use Surges in Midwest, Lawsuits Mount: What Will the Supremes Say?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Farmers’ use of glyphosate is surging throughout the midwestern United States. Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup, the controversial herbicide that is the subject of more than 13,000 pending lawsuits against […]

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Trump Admin’s Latest Rail Safety Rollback Sets up Industry to Make Its Own Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama administration. In the process, the agency made quite clear that it has no plans to further regulate the rail […]

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Lawmakers Push To Stop Surprise ER Billing

Yves here. This article is a bit fuzzier than I’d like on the details of how the proposed California legislation to bar balanced billing would work, and past failures to halt this practice says that details matter. However, as I read this piece, the intent is make health insurance work like old-fashioned indemnity plans, at […]

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How Trump’s ‘America First’ Trade Strategy Is Accelerating America’s Decline

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. Produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute The United States has increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 percent, and Beijing has responded in kind on $60 billion worth of American goods. More tit for tat appears to […]

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