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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:15
Study: U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Exceed Pentagon Spending
The world would be richer and healthier if the full costs of fossil fuels were paid, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund
Tim Dickinson May 8, 2019 https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/fossil-fuel-subsidies-pentagon-spending-imf-report-833035/
 
 
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The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen behind the smoke stacks of the Capitol Power Plant, the only coal-burning power plant in Washington, D.C.
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The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen behind the smoke stacks of the Capitol Power Plant, the only coal-burning power plant in Washington, D.C.
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The United States has spent more subsidizing fossil fuels in recent years than it has on defense spending, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund. 
 
The IMF found that direct and indirect subsidies for coal, oil and gas in the U.S. reached $649 billion in 2015. Pentagon spending that same year was $599 billion.
 
The study defines “subsidy” very broadly, as many economists do. It accounts for the “differences between actual consumer fuel prices and how much consumers would pay if prices fully reflected supply costs plus the taxes needed to reflect environmental costs” and other damage, including premature deaths from air pollution.
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UN chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 May 2019 09:05

A huge concrete dome built over a crater left by one of the 43 nuclear blasts on Runit Island photographed in 1980

A huge concrete dome built over a crater left by one of the 43 nuclear blasts on Runit Island photographed in 1980 (AFP Photo/)

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.

Speaking to students in Fiji, Guterres described the structure on Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands as "a kind of coffin" and said it was a legacy of Cold War-era nuclear tests in the Pacific

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:26
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We Must do More to Speed up Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 11:43

By Niklas Hagelberg iklas Hagelberg is Coordinator, Climate Change Programme, UN Environment

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 2019 (IPS) - Fossil fuels—oil, gas, coal and their derivatives—pollute the atmosphere and emit the greenhouse gases that are ramping up global heating to dangerous levels. But did you know that governments around the world are subsidizing this pollution?

Historically, governments around the world have used fossil fuel subsidies for a variety of reasons, including to promote energy independence, encourage industry and cushion the poorest in society.

But they never took sufficient account of what economists call “externalities” such as air pollution and the resulting impacts on our health.

There is a special kind of madness in a system that funds the healthcare burden from asthma, respiratory diseases and lung cancer, and at the same time funds companies that pollute the air and contribute towards these health issues in the first place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 09:10
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Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 07:18

Originally Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by Common Dreams

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The Al Marzoqah oil tanker on Monday, a day after it was attacked outside the Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo: EPA-EFE)

Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran?

Gareth Porter without citing any concrete evidence blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.

Commentators quickly likened the accusations to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, referring to the "fabricated" event that President Lyndon Johnson used to massively escalate America's war in Vietnam.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:40
 
Canadian Military Spying Activities Require More Scrutiny: Watchdog PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 April 2019 06:51

 

A committee flagged the possibility that Canadians' rights may be infringed.

 

By Jim Bronskill  

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/04/09/canadian-military-spying-activities-require-more-scrutiny-watchdog_a_23709085/

The facade of the headquarters of the Department of National Defence is pictured in Ottawa, on April 3, 2013. ADRIAN WYLD/CP

 

 

 

 
The facade of the headquarters of the Department of National Defence is pictured in Ottawa, on April 3, 2013. 
ADRIAN WYLD/CP
 
OTTAWA — A national-security watchdog has called for stricter controls on the Canadian military's spying, including the possibility of legislation spelling out when and how defence intelligence operations can take place.
 
In a report issued Tuesday, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians said National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, yet these operations get little outside scrutiny.
 
The committee, which examined thousands of pages and received several closed-door briefings, found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through sensitive methods including technical means, human sources and investigations.
 
It says these activities entail considerable risks, including possible infringements on Canadians' rights.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:51
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