The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will be meeting in Chicago on August 7-9 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. ALEC connects corporate lobbyists with legislators behind closed doors to write "model legislation". This Legislation is then put on the floor of state legislatures across the country, without indication that it is an ALEC model bill. Put simply, corporations are writing state laws. That type of concerted effort in favor of profit between business interests and the state is NOT acceptable. ALEC's model bills include Right to Work (for less) laws, "Ag-gag" bills which brand environmental and animal rights activists "terrorists", Arizona's racial profiling law (SB1070), Wisconsin legislature's attack on public-sector collective bargaining, and so many others.
Since the 1970s, the coal industry has been deploying deceptive advertising campaigns to scrub its image and delay important clean air standards. They use the same arguments year after year -- environmental protections will cripple the economy, the science behind pollution problems is inadequate, and that coal is already clean...
Chico Mendes, Ken Sarowiwa, Dian Fossey, Joan Root, P.D. Majhi and Amit Jethwa, are just a handful of the thousands of environmental activists murdered for defending the planet. As another year approaches, be reminded of the majesty of the earth that inspired them, and also let it inspire you...
[media id=7016] From The Tennessean--Collapse poses risk of toxic ash: Millions of yards of ashy sludge broke through a dike at TVA's Kingston coal-
Democracy Now!: As the media focuses on President-elect Obama and the transition of power here in Washington, the Bush administration is quietly tr
The Left Coaster: You can go to a soldier's funeral now, Mr. President Politics in the Zeros: The unexpected return of class war Where's the Outrage
Angry Bear: Chris Dodd, having played along with the "this is urgent" call has now presented the "if this is so urgent, show us what it's really worth
T. Boone Pickens is a billionaire oil man and a career corporate raider who loves George Bush so much he donated $250,000 to his 2004 inaugural ball
David Sirota at Open Left: A few weeks back, I wrote a New York Times magazine article about the populist uprising against unbridled oil and gas dri
Think Progress: Study concludes US media embed program a “communications victory” for the Bush administration. Just don’t tell Brian Williams th
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