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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere

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[A good piece on what looks like a slowly dying culture. In general the point of the article is positive, I suppose, but you still get the impression that people in Appalachia are just beginning to be willing to look at alternatives to dirty fuel only once they feel that they are faced with none. *RON*]
By Laura Flanders, Yes! Magazine, 20 July 2014

Coal production is gradually leaving Appalachia - having already extracted much of the region's natural wealth. Local people are figuring out how to build a new economy based on shared vision and community knowledge. If transition can happen here, it can change the debate everywhere.

Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built."

International Harvester, a farm-equipment conglomerate created by industrial speculator J.P. M…

Harper Government Policies Don't Match Canadians' Priorities, Public Opinion Research Finds

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["Canadians have a broader perspective on what the economy is than the Conservatives, (who) talk about their laser-like focus. I would actually say that it's an incredibly narrow focus, on their own navel." Oil and gas versus education, health, pensions, environment, veterans. *RON*]
By Dean Beeby, CP / Huffington Post, 07/20/2014

OTTAWA - Public-opinion research for the federal Finance Department suggests key government policies are out of step with Canadians' priorities, including the Northern Gateway project.

Members of focus groups consulted prior to the February budget had "little enthusiasm" for the proposed bitumen pipeline to the British Columbia coast — even those who said they support the controversial project.

And among the 12 groups consulted — from Coquitlam, B.C., to Bridgewater, N.S. — the economy itself was not a top-of-mind concern.

Rather, the groups spontaneously raised education, health care, pensi…