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Focus: The House GOP Border Tax Plan (Part 4) - Feb 13, 2017

The New York Fed explains why a border tax won’t help the U.S. economy, Ideas that sound good on paper can end up working very differently in practice - WSJ

Fed economists criticize House GOP border tax, arguing that it would raise prices for American consumers and businesses - CNN

New York Fed economists' blog post: Why the proposed border tax adjustment is unlikely to promote U.S. exports - Liberty Street Economics

White House denies Axios report that chief economic adviser Cohn said Trump administration does not support the GOP border adjustment tax - Newsmax

White House statement denying Axios report on Cohn's comments on border adjuststment tax - Axios

VIDEO: Original Axios report: Cohn says no go on House GOP border tax version - CNBC

'We understand the concerns' of retailers, small businesses worried about border adjusted tax: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - CNBC

Sean Spicer & taxes: Press secretary doesn’t understand border adjustment tax - National Review

How a U.S. "border tax" could hit your wallet (Page 1-5) - CBS News

How a border tax could hit car buyers - Car and Driver

American-made companies worried about proposed border tax - Chicago Tribune

JCPenney CEO says he's confident Congress understands concerns about how a border adjusted tax will be regressive and will hurt low income consumers - CNBC

VIDEO: Hewlett Packard Meg Whitman on border adjustment tax: 'It actually lowers the number of jobs for many, many companies' - CNBC

VIDEO: Pernod Ricard CFO says he’s not in favor of border tax - Bloomberg

Border tax adjustments: an unnecessary gamble - Mercatus Center

Regressive and loophole-ridden: Issues with the House GOP border adjustment tax proposal - ITEP Reports

Is that the border-adjustment tax compatible with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules? - Tax Reform and Transition

The border adjustment tax creates more problems than it solves - Tax Justice Blog


Alchemy is difficult and dangerous: The border adjusted tax distorts terms of trade with unknown consequences in pursuit of something that looks nice only in spreadsheets -

Don't ruin a chance for tax reform with “border adjustments" - Foundation for Economic Education

How ‘border adjustment’ poisons tax reform - WSJ

Why the GOP should abandon the border adjustment tax, Instead Republicans should go bold and propose a tax cut - POLITICO

Why a border tax is a tax on Middle America - Morning Consult

The introduction of a border tax adjustment (BTA) to the U.S. corporate tax code would be disruptive to currency markets, global trade, and global supply chains - CNBC

VIDEO: Gluskin Sheff economist gives thumbs down to border tax - Bloomberg

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump support 2 different policies they both call a “border tax” - Vox

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Focus: The House GOP Border Tax Plan (Part 3) - Feb 21, 2017

CEOs of 16 U.S. companies urge Congress to pass border tax - Reuters

Text of U.S. companies’ letter to Congress on the border tax - American Made Coalition

Americans for Affordable Products coalition responds to American Made Coalition press call on the border tax - AAP


Americans for Affordable Products calls on Sens. Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to oppose border adjustment tax: Press event set for 11:00 am on Feb 23 - AAP

Graham: Ryan tax plan won’t get 10 votes in the Senate - TheHill

Koch-backed group American for Prosperity squares off against Paul Ryan on import tax - Bloomberg

Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity president: 'Border adjustment' a 'devastating tax increase' - Washington Times

Walmart warns against House GOP's proposed border tax - Business Insider

Retail has good reason to hate a border tax - Bloomberg

Border tax could wipe out retail earnings by 50% or more, analyst says - CNBC

IHA urges Congress to stop border adjustment tax - Giftware News

The president of a housewares and cleaning products company: Border tax will cripple companies like mine - TheHill

Bespoke Bikes threatened as border-tax plan hangs over factory - Bloomberg

Rep. Ro Khanna op-ed: Border tax is reverse redistribution - TheHill

Robert Reich op-ed: The Republican tax sham - The Huffington Post

Paul Ryan’s border adjustment tax mistake - National Review

A bad way to pay for Trump's corporate-tax cuts - Bloomberg View

Border adjustment tax just complicates tax code even more - MacIver Institute

Border tax debate pits theory against the real world -

EU denies plan to challenge GOP border tax - The Times

China to respond if U.S. introduces border adjustment tax: minister - Xinhua

The planned US border tax would most likely violate WTO rules - Inter Press Service

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Focus: The House GOP Border Tax Plan (Part 2) - Feb 13, 2017

EU and trade partners readying WTO challenge to GOP border tax, say plan ‘definitely not compatible’ with global trade rules - Financial Times

VIDEO: Economist Chad Bown explains why the GOP border tax could lead to $385bn retaliation by US trading partners under WTO rules - YouTube

The GOP border tax threatening to split corporate America, Will Trump back the radical reform that pits importers against exporters? - Financial Times

A border tax could turn the Trump dream into a nightmare - Financial Times

Border tax could upend global markets, but investors shy away from any bets - WSJ

House tax chief Brady : Lawmakers coming around on border adjustability - Washington Examiner

US border tax plan could harm developing nations, destabilise world economy - The Straits Times

‘Trump’s border tax devastating for India’ - Business Line

Border tax didn't come up in Trudeau's meeting with Trump, Canada's finance minister says - CNBC

U.S. border adjusted tax could raise vehicle prices by hundreds, thousands -

Proposed border tax would hurt low-income car buyers most, study finds -

Automakers enlist dealers in border tax fight -

U.S. refiners give mixed reviews of GOP-backed border tax, concerns that it could upend the energy ecosystem and consumers most likely to get hit with gas up 30-40 cents - Oil & Gas 360

Financial Industry worried about effects of border adjustment tax plan - Morning Consult

VIDEO: Border adjustment tax clearly bad for retail: Leonhardt - Yahoo Finance

Solomon retail chief: How a border tax will threaten retail M&A - CNBC

These 21 companies support GOP proposed border adjustment tax, over 100 companies have come out against -

US exporters may not benefit from border adjustment tax, companies that run negative tax liabilities would be entitled only to a carry-forward and not a refund - Global Trade Magazine

The real dangers of border adjusted tax for fashion, it could cripple any American fashion brand reliant upon importing goods and services from abroad - BoF

Italian fashion industry hopes to avert additional US border tax - AP

GOP senator Perdue: Reject border tax proposal - TheHill

Letter of Senator David Perdue (R–Georgia) concerning tax reform - Forbes

GOP stalwart Steve Forbes blasts Republicans on ‘crazy' border tax's $1 Trillion cost to consumers - NBC News

VIDEO: Steve Forbes: 'Crazy' border tax punishes American consumers - CNBC

The border-adjusted tax plan is bad for America - The National Interest

Paul Ryan’s border adjustment tax vs. Donald Trump’s targeted tariffs -

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Focus: Donald Trump and Trade - Feb 1, 2017

NAFTA negotiation may start in May after 90 days consultation with businesses: Mexico - Yahoo7 Finance

Mexico says it will negotiate NAFTA changes but won't accept import quotas or new tariff barriers - Fox News

Mexico's Pena Nieto, Canada's Trudeau spoke Monday: Mexico govt - Reuters

Mexico turning its focus on trade with the rest of the world, from Latin America to Europe and Asia: Foreign Affairs Secretary -

EU, Mexico pick up trade talk pace as Trump touts tariffs - TheStreet

Mexico seeks to bolster ties with China, attract investment - CCTV News

China-Mexico tie-up to invest $200 mln in Mexican auto plant - Reuters

Trump backlash turns Mexicans against NAFTA - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Why Mexicans think NAFTA should be scrapped entirely - Bloomberg

'Viva Mexico!': Trump wall awakens Mexican patriotism - Yahoo News

Gloom descends on Monterrey, Mexico’s NAFTA capital - WSJ

POLL: Over two-thirds of Mexicans agree with Peña Nieto’s decision to cancel visit with Trump - The Huffington Post

Report: In a 'humiliating' and 'threatening’ tone during a phone call, Trump lambasted Mexico's president and threatened to use military force against the drug trade - Yahoo Finance

U.S., Mexican officials meet in Mexico, discuss security: sources - Reuters

Mexico may halt fight against drugs on US border: former foreign affairs sec - RT America

US State Dept to hire security companies to protect U.S. personnel working at the embassy in Mexico City - TMZ

Fear of Trump move drives remittances to Mexico to record, The increase brings 2016 transfers to $27 billion - Bloomberg

Mexico will send $50 Million to help victims of Trump's deportation agenda - Konbini

Think tank Center for American Progress: Trump's 'vilification' of Mexico will harm US - TheHill

REPORT: Preserving and Strengthening the U.S.-Mexico Relationship – Center for American Progress



Trump, trade adviser signal displeasure with U.S. 'strong dollar' policy, say Germany, Japan and China engaged in devaluing their currencies - Reuters

Merkel pushes back at Trump team’s accusations on German trade - Bloomberg 

Merkel's spokesman says Germany says it's working at troubled Trump ties - Reuters

German foreign minister heads to Washington amid growing U.S. critiques - Yahoo Finance

German economy minister: Trump′s protectionism a threat to Germany′s economy - DW.COM

Germany's Martin Schulz calls Trump 'un-American' and warns against lifting Russia sanctions - The Independent

Trump protectionism will hurt Germany badly: BDI industry body - Reuters

BMW says will stick to investment plans for Mexico despite Trump threats - Reuters

EU chair Tusk labels Trump a 'threat' as Europeans debate U.S. ties - Reuters

Japan policymakers reject Trump devaluation claims - Reuters

Japan PM: Car trade imbalance not Japan’s fault - The News Wheel

Auto trade key in Abe-Trump talks - The Japan News

Japan eyes U.S. job, investment initiative ahead of Abe-Trump summit - Reuters

With NAFTA under threat, Japanese automakers in Mexico wary of Trump's trade stance - The Japan Times

Report: 3.4 million jobs lost to China - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

REPORT: Growth in U.S.–China trade deficit between 2001 and 2015 cost 3.4 million jobs: Here’s how to rebalance trade and rebuild American manufacturing - Economic Policy Institute

Quebec wants a seat at NAFTA negotiating table - Montreal Gazette


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Focus: The House GOP border tax plan - Jan 29, 2017

Note: The Trump's tariff on Mexican imports should not be confused with the GOP border adjustment tax. While the first aims to save American jobs, the second will hurt the consumers by considerably hiking prices on most, if not all, goods.

Koch Network ready for a fight on the House GOP border adjustment tax - National Review

Letter to the House tax-writing committee on the border adjusted tax - Americans for Prosperity

Koch political network to spend $300M to $400M over 2 years to influence public policy -

Corporate America split over radical Republican import tax plan -

Exporters forming coalition to support House GOP border tax - TheHill

Small businesses uneasy over border-adjustment tax plan, owners say they may have to raise prices and lay off workers but exporters expect to benefit - WSJ

New border tax proposed by GOP could hike prices on cars, clothes, electronics, gas and more - USA TODAY

Here's how Under Armour can be impacted by the proposed ‘border adjustment tax' -

Boeing may have negative tax bill under GOP tax reform, Treasury might write checks to the company - IBD

Border tax ideas roil oil markets, favor Gulf Coast refiners - Reuters

Chevron's CEO, echoing Trump, calls GOP border tax 'complicated' - NBC

GOP border tax may hurt more than Mexico as Asia exports at risk. Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea may be hurt the most - Bloomberg,

Steve Forbes hits GOP border tax in WSJ ad -

Steve Forbes' letter to Congressional Republicans on the border adjustment tax - TPA

Steve Forbes' letter to President Trump: Don't let Congressional Republicans wreck your tax plan -

U.S. House tax chief: lower tax rates vulnerable without border adjustment - Business Insider

An analysis of the House GOP tax plan - Tax Policy Center

Opinion: Let's bury the idea of a border adjustment tax - IBD

Opinion: Trump right to question GOP tax plan - TheHill

GOP border adjusted taxes and Trump's ‘big border tax' are not the same: Here are four reasons why -

Text of the House GOP tax plan: Better way forward on tax reform - House Ways and Means Committee

President Trump announces Manufacturing Jobs Initiative -

Dana exec tapped for President’s jobs council - The Blade

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Focus: NAFTA - Jan 24, 2017

Pressured by Trump, Mexico ready to discuss NAFTA rules of origins in U.S. talks - Reuters

Mexico President demands North America stay free-trade zone, announces 10 objectives in talks with U.S. - Bloomberg

VIDEO (Spanish): Las 10 claves de Peña Nieto para negociar con Trump - Univision

Economy minister: Mexico may leave NAFTA if renegotiation unfavorable, 'It's impossible to sell it here at home if there aren't clear benefits for Mexico' - Reuters

Economy minister: Mexico set to 'mirror' policy on any U.S. trade tax change, 'If there is any action that punishes imports to the North American market' - Reuters

Mexico warns US it will not conduct negotiations unless Trump abandons plans to make it pay for border wall construction -

Interview with Economy minister Guajardo: Sin beneficios claros ‘no tiene sentido quedarnos’ en el TLC (VIDEO, Spanish)- Televisa News

Interview (Spanish): Habrá “medidas espejo” contra Trump, dice la Secretaría de Economía Guajardo - El Universal

RADIO (Spanish): Todo listo para reunión con el equipo de Donald Trump: Guajardo interview - YouTube

Mexico’s potential weapons if Trump declares war on NAFTA - The New York Times

Trudeau braces for Trump NAFTA gambit with oil-patch huddle - Bloomberg

Trump aide reassures Canada on trade talks, isolating Mexico - Bloomberg

Canada not the focus of Trump's NAFTA talk, Canada ambassador says  - CBC News

Canada to Mexico on NAFTA: you might be on your own - Reuters

Trump-friendly lawmaker: Forget NAFTA, let’s do one-on-one deal with Canada (a country that is not Mexico) - Financial Post


NAFTA: GOP leaders fire warning shot to Trump -

President Trump can levy tariffs without Congress - CNN



Trump meets labor unions leaders: 'We're going to stop the ridiculous trade deals' - LifeZette

AFL-CIO praises President Trump’s move to withdraw from TPP, renegotiate NAFTA - Breibart

Machinists Union ‘heartened' by announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the TPP and is seeking to reopen NAFTA - Business Wire

United Steelworkers USW commends Trump decision to withdraw from the TPP; anticipates further action - Yahoo News

Teamsters: Withdrawal from TPP and renegotiating NAFTA the right choice for U.S. trade policy - Teamsters

With new NAFTA terms, Trump wants ‘yuge' min.-wage hike in Mexico - IBD

REPORT: Looking for Local Labor Market Effects of NAFTA - Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press Journals

REPORT: NAFTA and the Gender Wage Gap - University of Michigan

How a Trump tariff could sideswipe US auto industry - AP

Reopening NAFTA could revive debate over what makes a car 'American' - Fox Business

Latest data on automobile manufacturing and trade with Mexico - FXS

The Center for Automotive Research report says Trump trade policies will kill 31,000 car jobs 'If the U.S. were to enact a 35 percent tariff on light vehicles imported from Mexico' - Yahoo Finance

REPORT: NAFTA trade benefits to the automotive industry and potential consequences of withdrawal from the agreement - Center for Automotive Research

Trump move on TPP and NAFTA dismays agricultural groups -

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Focus: Donald Trump and Trade - Jan 21, 2017

Trump trade strategy starts with quitting Asia pact TPP, renegotiating NAFTA: White House - Reuters

White House website gives priorites on economy and trade, Trump seeks 4% annual GDP growth and 25 million jobs over 10 years - Bloomberg

White House website: Trade deals working for all Americans -

Republican senator's bill aims to reel in Trump's trade power, will require him to go through Congress to use tariffs or quit NAFTA - CNN

How Trump's trade advisers are planning to shake up China -

Trump team: We don't want a trade war with China, just better deals -

Trump team backs call for crackdown on China over semiconductors -

China says can resolve trade disputes with new U.S. government - Reuters

U.S.-trained official may shape China’s response to Trump on trade - The New York Times

Asian media decry isolationist Trump, fear economic, diplomatic turmoil - Reuters

North Asia will be hit the hardest from Trump’s trade barriers: Goldman Sachs -

What's at stake for U.S. in a trade war with China - CNN

China is preparing to retaliate against Donald Trump’s tough trade stance, warns American Chamber of Commerce - Financial Post

Apple, GM, Boeing are China's top hostages in a Trump trade war - IBD

Chinese paper says Boeing, US agriculture at risk in Trump trade war - VOA

Trump to receive Mexican president on January 31: White House - AFP

Mexico announces high-level meetings with Trump team - TheHill

Mexico says it is willing to negotiate with Trump, including border wall - BNN


How Trump could change U.S. auto manufacturing, by renegotiating or quitting NAFTA - CBS News

America's original NAFTA negotiator says Trump can improve deal - Chicago Tribune

Europe expresses concern, hope on Trump’s approach to trade, Officials warn that promises to restrict international trade would be damaging if enacted - WSJ

Merkel vows compromise with U.S. on trade, military spending - Reuters

U.S. under Trump must abide by trade deals: German Finance Minister - Reuters

Donald Trump plans new deal for Britain as Theresa May becomes first foreign leader to meet new president since inauguration - Telegraph

Boris Johnson warns Donald Trump deal must 'work for UK' - Daily Mail Online



Davos’ elite fear Trump presidency might usher in end of globalization and free trade - AP

Chinese leader warns against trade wars in dig at Trump at Davos - France 24

'Don't damage trade', emerging market leaders tell Trump from Davos - Reuters

The world should be wary of stumbling into trade wars that would destroy jobs, World Trade Organization Director-General says at Davos - Reuters

Trump fear and loathing in Davos – POLITICO

Davos elites see an ‘abyss’: The populist surge upending the status quo - The New York Times

Davos elite seeks fixes to defend the system from populists - Bloomberg

Obscene: Just eight men own half the world's wealth, reveals Oxfam report at Davos - Business Standard News

Davos elite fret about inequality over vintage wine and canapés - The New York Times

Editorial: An odd moment for Davos - The New York Times

I saw enough at Davos to convince me that the global elite isn't interested in ending inequality - The Independent

Davos man has no clothes - Foreign Policy

At Davos Chinese billionaire Jack Ma says the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure -

Pharma CEOs, blasted by Donald Trump for 'getting away with murder' on drug prices, put a brave face in Davos - Reuters

George Soros calls Donald Trump a 'would-be dictator' who 'is going to fail' -

VIDEO: Davos interview with Lawrence Summers on the risks of Trump - Bloomberg

Davos elites are increasingly stressed about robots taking your job -

Society is 'on a collision course' with driverless cars, Davos leaders warned - Daily Mail Online

The Global Risks Report 2017 - World Economic Forum, Davos

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The Scandal of Vast Inequality in Retirement Pay

Cato the Elder, a Roman senator and historian, once remarked:  “Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.”  For centuries, retirees have been aware of this unfortunate fact, which led them to demand and, in many cases, secure old age pensions to help provide financial security during their “golden years.”  But as indicated in a recently-released report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the financial security of retiring corporate CEOs is far, far greater than the financial security of average Americans.

Focus: Trump's Carrier Deal - Dec 2, 2016

Trump warns of 'consequences' for companies leaving US, says firms can move from state to state but leaving the country will be 'very, very difficult' - Sky News

Trump defends direct negotiations with companies to keep jobs in U.S., says 'we’re going to have a lot of phone calls'  - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Donald Trump Carrier plant full speech in Indiana - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump’s remarks at Carrier plant in Indiana - TIME

Several companies this year have announced plans to lay off workers and move production abroad, among them Caterpillar, Rexnord, Manitowoc and CTS - WSJ

Ford open to making deals with Trump on keeping jobs, CEO Says - Bloomberg

Trump’s Carrier talks up the ante for Ford, Auto maker is well on its way to spending $1.6 billion to build a new factory in Mexico - WSJ

Ford to be first automaker to import cars made in India to US - Sputnik

Trump Carrier deal worry US defense firms that may lose their contracts with the federal government because of outsourcing jobs abroad - CNBC

Donald Trump offers Apple’s Tim Cook incentives to make iPhone in U.S.: Tax cuts and less regulations - iTech Post

How much would the iPhone cost if manufactured in the U.S.? -

Trump strikes deal with Carrier, Ford, what about Oreo? - Fox Business

State, local officials see pluses and minuses of Trump’s Carrier deal, While cheering effort to keep jobs some see increased competition between states - WSJ

Trump's Commerce pick: NAFTA likely starting point on Day 1 - CNN


‘Modernize’ NAFTA, Mexico’s new ambassador to US says in Tucson - Tucson Business News

As Trump prepares for office, concerns about Chinese trade intensify - The Washington Post

New York Times editorial: The Carrier deal on its own doesn’t offer a template to protect millions of workers whose futures are threatened by offshoring or technological change - The New York Times

Wall Street Journal editorial: Trump’s Carrier shakedown, Workers don’t prosper when politicians force companies to make noneconomic decisions. - WSJ

Bloomberg editorial: Trump’s Carrier victory is the economy's loss - Bloomberg View

Lawrence H. Summers: Trump’s Carrier deal could permanently damage American capitalism - The Washington Post

Conservatives are worried Trump's Carrier deal could set a bad precedent, 'American presidents aren’t supposed to interfere on behalf of individual companies' - Business Insider

Americans, not Mexicans, should worry about Trump, billionaire Slim says - Bloomberg

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Too busy getting rich to commit war crimes?: Is Trump’s Idea To Fix the ‘Rigged System’ by Appointing Crooks Who’ve Played It?

By Dave Lindorff


       Donald Trump’s cabinet choices are suggesting a governing philosophy along the lines of a corrupt municipal police force relying on gangsters to help it keep street crime held in check.

Talk Nation Radio: George Lakey on Viking Economics

George Lakey recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project. His first arrest was for a civil rights sit-in. He has served as an unarmed bodyguard for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka. Lakey has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, and founded and for fifteen years directed Training for Change. In 2010 he was named “Peace Educator of the Year” and published his authoritative text on adult education, Facilitating Group Learning. We discuss his ninth book, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right -- and How We Can Too.

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How a Company With Ties to a Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Flew Over Protests in the No Fly Zone

Photo Credit: Richard Bluecloud Casteneda | Greenpeace USA

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Lobbyist for Dakota Access Formerly Led Army's "Restore Iraqi Oil" Program

Photo Credit: C-SPAN Screenshot

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Robert Crear, one of the lobbyists working for Dakota Access pipeline co-owners Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, formerly served as a chief of staff and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

This Natural Disaster Assistance Law Is Why Other States Are Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents present at the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.

Security Firm Running Dakota Pipeline Intelligence Tied to U.S. Military Work in Iraq, Afghanistan

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

TigerSwan is one of several security firms under investigation for its work guarding the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota while potentially without a permit. Besides this recent work on the Standing Rock Sioux protests in North Dakota, this company has offices in Iraq and Afghanistan and is run by a special forces Army veteran.

We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff


Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Before Presidential Debate, Obama Admin Weakened Endangered Species Act Under Oil Industry Pressure

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Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

As eyes turned to the most viewed presidential debate in U.S. history, the Obama administration meanwhile quietly auctioned off thousands of acres of land for oil and gas drilling in national forests, opened up 119 million acres for offshore drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, and delivered a blow to the Endangered Species Act. 

Wells Fargo’s Stumpf leads the way: We Should All Start ‘Taking Responsibility’ for Our Transgressions

By Dave Lindorff


Hey Americans! Let's all start taking responsibility for what we do wrong. Let's all start being accountable for our actions or our lack of action.

John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation's biggest "too-big-to-fail" banks, is showing us the way in to this bright new stand-up world.

As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK’d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Photo Credit: C-SPAN

On September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on federally controlled lands and asked the pipeline's owners, led by Energy Transfer Partners, to voluntarily halt construction on adjacent areas at the center of protests by Native Americans and supporters.

Security Firm Guarding Dakota Access Pipeline Also Used Psychological Warfare Tactics for BP

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

G4S, a company hiring security staff to guard the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), also works to guard oil and gas industry assets in war-torn Iraq, and has come under fire by the United Nations for human rights abuses allegedly committed while overseeing a BP pipeline in Colombia and elsewhere while on other assignments.

Documents: How Big Oil Pushed to Make Dakota Access-Style Permitting a New Normal

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline project an allotment of Nationwide 12 permits (NWP) — a de facto fast-track federal authorization of the project — an army of oil industry players submitted comments to the Corps to ensure that fast-track authority remains in place going forward.

This fast-track permitting process is used to bypass more rigorous environmental and public review for major pipeline infrastructure projects by treating them as smaller projects.

Obama Admin Moves Oil, Gas Lease Bids Online To Quell Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On August 30, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it would utilize Congress' blessing, given to it in the form of passed legislation, to proceed with online bidding for oil and gas located on U.S. public lands. 

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