Showing posts from October 15, 2016

Germany Wants to Ban Fossil-Fuel-Powered Cars

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[Cf. Trudeau's phony carbon tax. The nation’s parliament is calling for the elimination of the internal combustion engine by 2030. *RON*]

Taylor Hill, TakePart, 11 October 2016
Germany, home of global automotive giants Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, is on the road to banning gas and diesel engines from its highways and byways.

The Bundesrat, the upper house of Germany’s parliament, passed a resolution on Monday that calls for the elimination of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines by 2030.

The resolution is nonbinding and needs the approval of the European Union, as it would also apply to vehicles from other EU nations. But it marks a shift in thinking for a country whose automobile industry is one of the largest in the world and the driver of the German economy.

Trudeau’s carbon price clever politics, not credible climate policy

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[The Liberal government needs a much higher price on carbon, while getting rid of subsidies to the energy sector. See also: Capitalism Behaving Badly - What role should industrial policy play in how we address climate change? Meanwhile: Trudeau: 'Scare Tactics' Being Used By Naysayers Of Carbon Plan*RON*]

Jason MacLean, Policy Options, 14 October 2016

The federal government’s recently announced national carbon price may be clever politics, but a credible, evidence-based climate change policy it most certainly is not. The government’s national carbon price, starting at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising $10 per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022, suffers from three fatal — yet fixable — flaws.

The first flaw is familiar: the price is far too low to matter. Yes, it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but not enough to help us meet even our admittedly unambitious target of reducing emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by…

George Orwell never dreamed of advertising as invasive as Yahoo’s proposal

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[Yahoo's outdoor, public advertising scheme relies on what it calls "grouplization." At the same time: Cops decry Waze traffic app as a 'police stalker' and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Provided Data Access for a Surveillance Product Marketed to Target Activists of Color. *RON*]

David Kravets, Ars Technica, 13 October 2016
Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance society. That's according to a Yahoo patent application recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to Yahoo, the time has come to move outdoor and public-facing advertising into the digital age—and get there by deploying more intrusive techniques than how it's now done online.

Amy Goodman to Turn Herself In, Will Fight 'Clear Violation' of Press Freedom

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[Freedom of the press? Are we to have a democracy or a corporatocracy? Goodman will return to North Dakota to fight charges of criminal trespassing for filming an attack on protesters at Dakota Access Pipeline site. *RON*]
By Nadia Prupis,Common Dreams, 13 October 2016
Award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman will turn herself in to police in North Dakota next Monday to face charges stemming from her coverage of a Dakota Access Pipeline protest last month.

Goodman, whose camera crew filmed a private security team attacking peaceful Native American protesters with dogs and pepper spray, faces charges of criminal trespassing—which many have said amounts to an assault on press freedom. The arrest warrant wasissued on September 8.

In a media advisory issued Thursday, Goodman said, "I will go back to North Dakota to fight this charge. It is a clear violation of the First Amendment. I was doing my job as a journalist, covering a …

Walloon revolt against Canada deal torpedoes EU trade policy

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[Interesting to see how this goes, e.g., compared with Brexit, since this was supposed to be the "easy one." Regional Belgian parliament delivers potentially fatal blow to EU trade agenda and sets a worrying precedent for UK talks. Twitter: Deeply troubled by blockage of #CETA trade agreement by Belgian regional govt. #EU in true crisis if this cannot be solved urgently. - John Clancy‏@EUJohnClancy*RON*]

By Hans Von Der Burchard & Christian Oliver, Politico Europe, 14 October 2016

The EU’s once-mighty trade negotiators never dreamed that their powers would be stripped from them so unceremoniously — and possibly for good.

The Francophone parliament of the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels — only 10 minutes’ walk from EU headquarters — stands to win a place in history for sinking the EU’s landmark trade deal with Canada and potentially for scuppering the European Commission’s ability to lead the world’s biggest trade bloc for many year…

Elizabeth Warren urges President Obama to remove the head of the SEC

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["Warren calls White the 'biggest barrier' to progress on a push to force corporations to disclose their political spending, and she says that White 'has refused to develop a political spending disclosure rule despite her clear authority to do so.' In January, Warren issued a report arguing that U.S. companies get away with crimes that regular people don’t because of weak enforcement. The SEC 'is particularly feeble, often failing to use the full range of its enforcement toolbox,' the report said." *RON*]

By Renae Merle and Jim Tankersley, Washington Post, 14 October 2016

A long-running feud between a leading critic of the finance industry in the Senate and the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission reached a new peak Friday, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked President Obama to replace SEC chair Mary Jo White.

In a letter to Obama, Warren calls White the “biggest barrier” to progress on a push t…