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By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

By Banning Fracking Bans, Texas Picks Gas Drillers over Local Democracy

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In what environmental campaigners and the people of the small town of Denton, Texas are calling a clear example of fossil fuel interests trumping the will of local residents, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed HB 40 into law thereby undermining a local ordinance, […]

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Million a Minute: IMF

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Million a Minute: IMF

Published on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer The fossil fuel industry receives $5.3 trillion a year in government subsidies, despite its disastrous toll on the environment, human health, and other global inequality issues, a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published Monday has found. That means that governments worldwide are […]

Sen. Warren Backs Plan for Working Families To Overthrow Corporate Rule

Sen. Warren Backs Plan for Working Families To Overthrow Corporate Rule

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday told a packed crowd of progressive labor activists and community organizers that she agrees with their new demand of “putting families first and good jobs for all“—because while “big bank, powerful corporations, and billionaires” are “doing just fine,” it remains […]

Bernie Sanders Is Running and Says, ‘People Should Not Underestimate Me’

Bernie Sanders Is Running and Says, ‘People Should Not Underestimate Me’

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Making official what was initially reported on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders has told theAssociated Press: “I am running for president.” In an interview with the news agency, Sanders jumped right into a discussion about his populist mindset and progressive agenda while issuing an additional message for […]

‘Right to Work’ Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages

‘Right to Work’ Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages

Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Contradicting arguments typically used to advance so-called Right to Work legislation, new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that wages and benefits are actually lower in states with such anti-worker laws on the books. The paper, released as part of EPI’s Raising America’s […]

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Going Backwards: Texas House Moves to Gut Municipal Fracking Bans

Published on Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Common Dreams by Common Dreams staff The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules, angering environmentalists and cities across the state. Conservative state lawmakers have been working hard to halt a growing anti-fracking movement since lastNovember, when voters in the […]

In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations

In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations

Published on Friday, April 03, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer As California Governor Jerry Brown this week instituted the state’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water usage to combat its historic four-year drought, environmental activists are pointing out two glaring exemptions from the order: the fossil fuel and agriculture industries. Brown’s mandate, announced Wednesday, directs cities […]

The Cost of a Cure: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

The Cost of a Cure: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

by Charles Ornstein ProPublica, March 29, 2015, 10 p.m. This story was co-published with the Washington Post. Medicare spent $4.5 billion last year on new, pricey medications that cure the liver disease hepatitis C 2014 more than 15 times what it spent the year before on older treatments for the disease, previously undisclosed federal data […]

TPP Opponents Mobilize as Powerful Forces Seek to Ram Through ‘Fast Track’ Trade Authority

TPP Opponents Mobilize as Powerful Forces Seek to Ram Through ‘Fast Track’ Trade Authority

Published on Monday, March 30, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer With Congress “dangerously close” to ramming through trade promotion authority, or Fast Track, by mid-April—in turn smoothing the way for passage of corporate-friendly trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership—lawmakers and activists are scrambling to sway key figures in the debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]

What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren

What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren

Published on Friday, March 27, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer What could she possibly be doing right? According to exlusive reporting by Reuters on Friday, big Wall Street banks are so upset with Elizabeth Warren’s call to “un-rig” the economy and proposals for stronger financial regulations that discussions are underway about withholding campaign contributions to […]