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4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

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  • "That has been a disaster in our lives," said Ducote, from the town of Meraux, in coastal St. Bernard Parish. "The little amount of money they're trying to give us, it's never going to replace our quality of life, our health."
  • Canada vastly underestimated the tar sands’ cancer-causing toxicants.

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April 11, 2014 | When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had destroyed his livelihood.

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Canada vastly underestimated the tar sands’ cancer-causing toxicants, Lindsay Abrams, Salon 

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  • "Some of the worst things out there" are more prevalent than official reports suggest, according to a new study.
  • Yet another reason to reject Keystone
  • Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb
  • Breaking: Update on Keystone XL

Moms Take On Walmart, And Win!

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While the announcement is a huge acknowledgement of the workers who have been urging Walmart to change, they say there is still a long way to go. Now it’s essential that the new policy is enforced and that reasonable accommodations are extended to all pregnant women.

Making Change at Walmart

TifRTB-300x300.jpg2014 / April / 07 | Under pressure from mothers working in their stores and women’s groups, Walmart recently altered its policy around accommodating pregnant women. As reported last weekend in the Washington Post, Walmart reworked its policy so that women with pregnancy-related complications that could be considered “temporary disabled” and would be eligible for “reasonable accommodation.”

While this policy fails to provide reasonable accommodations regarding physical demands for all pregnant women, it is a step forward in protecting the health of the most vulnerable pregnant women and their babies.

Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our economy and strengthen working families. Anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations, women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of our country.

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Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low; They Keep Its Profits High, Amy Traub, Huffington Post

  • The truth is that Walmart and all the other large and profitable retailersfast food companies, and other corporations that fatten their bottom line by letting the public feed their employees have made a business decision to shrink their payroll on the taxpayer's dime. It's up to us to decide whether to continue allowing them to do it.
  • Walmart Stumbles on SNAP; Warns of Lost Profits

The General Motors Ignition Switch Debacle

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  • Was General Motors reckless in its decision not to recall these vehicles of death sooner because it put profits over people's lives?
    • Part 1: "A Culture of Timidity": Ralph Nader on How Regulators Ignored a GM Safety Defect Tied to 13 Deaths
    • Part 2: General Motors Cover-ups Result in Motor Vehicle Deaths, and Workplace Abuses in Colombia

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Part 1: "A Culture of Timidity": Ralph Nader on How Regulators Ignored a GM Safety Defect Tied to 13 Deaths

Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | After hundreds of complaints and 13 deaths, the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into how the nation’s largest automaker, General Motors, may have covered up deadly safety defects in its compact cars. Six GM models made from 2003 to 2007 suddenly turned off while being driven — leaving drivers with no engine power, no power steering, no breaks and no air bags. For 11 years, GM reportedly treated the defect as a matter of customer satisfaction, not safety. Federal regulators also failed to take action, declining to investigate despite a flood of complaints. GM finally announced a massive recall of some 1.6 million vehicles last month. We speak with consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who is no stranger to GM. After writing "Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile," he won a major settlement against the auto giant for spying on him and trying to discredit him. Nader faults what he calls "a culture of timidity" in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "bred by the lack of backing by the Bush White House and, to some similar extent, by the Obama White House." He adds: "That of course leads to a reluctance to follow up on the evidence, to stand tall for the American motorist. That is not why we established the auto safety agency in 1966, so maybe this will help turn it around. Often it takes a tragedy like this to turn it around."

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). 

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Part 2: General Motors Cover-ups Result in Motor Vehicle Deaths, and Workplace Abuses in Colombia

Colombian autoworkers take fight to the U.S.

Frank Hammer, Portside

RJ Matson  

March 28, 2014 | Media reports are exposing that GM was aware for over a decade of a design flaw in 1.6 million vehicles which led to upwards of 300 fatalities before announcing a recall of those vehicles.  Though GM re-engineered the part in 2007, it didn't issue a recall until February, 2014.  Meanwhile, complaints were piling up from drivers who suddenly lost engine power causing the power steering, brakes, and airbags to fail.  12 deaths have already been attributed to a faulty ignition switch.  GM explained that it didn't recall the cars because drivers could still maneuver them manually and even turn the ignition back on!

How GM blew off the complaints, injuries, and deaths was no surprise to a group of ex-GM autoworkers from a Chevrolet assembly plant in Bogota, Colombia.   They, too, were victims of GM's disregard for safety - not on the road - but in the workplace.  Workers at their factory routinely suffered disabling injuries to their spines, shoulders and wrists from the intense work pace, 60-80 hour work weeks, the very physical nature of the work, and lack of workplace health and safety standards.  This was particularly true for workers who operated bulky, heavy welding guns, or manually lifted car bodies, or carried transaxles on their backs.

Frank Hammer is a retired GM employee, a board member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, and a former UAW-GM International Representative living in Detroit.

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Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low; They Keep Its Profits High

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  • The truth is that Walmart and all the other large and profitable retailersfast food companies, and other corporations that fatten their bottom line by letting the public feed their employees have made a business decision to shrink their payroll on the taxpayer's dime. It's up to us to decide whether to continue allowing them to do it.
  • Walmart Stumbles on SNAP; Warns of Lost Profits

Amy Traub, Huffington Post

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04/04/2014 | "The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue -- an estimated $13 billion last year -- also likely has the most employees using food stamps."

The name of the mammoth food stamp-reliant company is no secret: Walmart.

As journalist Krissy Clark notes in Marketplace's valuable new series "The Secret Life of the Food Stamp," Walmart benefits from food stamps in multiple ways, as taxpayers both underwrite the company's food sales and also subsidize its payroll costs. 

Amy TraubSenior Policy Analyst at Demos

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Walmart Stumbles on SNAP; Warns of Lost Profits, kavips, Daily Kos

  • Retail Food is a huge engine of our economy. Putting water into the gasoline that feeds that sector, will have dire consequences,of which we are beginning to now see.  Wal*mart and other grocers need to get active on the Hill now, lobby against any SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill, threaten to withdraw funding for all rural conservative candidates,.. or face a rather dismal, ten year slump.....
  • Everyday Low Wages at Walmart: Brought to You by Government Policy

The Kochs’ Fig Leaf

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  • Americans For Prosperity Fesses Up To Their Dirty Agenda
  • The Koch’s goal is to keep the economic deck stacked in their favor and that means a government that only work for the wealthiest. And they will spend whatever it takes to protect their bottom line.
  • Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement

Think Progress

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Jeff%20Danziger%20%7C%20Koch%20Brothers-%20Spewing%20Their%20Garbage%20Against%20Us.jpg  March 21, 2014 | Billionaires Charles and David Koch — who made their vast fortune through oil, gas and other energy related industries – continue to spread their wealth to benefit their own agenda. Their political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity have already spent tens of millions of dollars on ad campaigns attacking Democrats for support the Affordable Care Act. And today we found out why: Not because they care about health care, but to prevent action on climate change and protect their financial bottom lines. Their actions don’t stop at the federal level though. They’ve also been launching state fights in Kansas, Michigan and others. Below are just some highlights of where the Kochs are working to build a government that only works for the wealthiest.

Koch-Backed Americans For Prosperity Admit Their Anti-Obamacare Ads Are Really About Preventing Action on Climate Change And Helping Their Bottom Line. The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity have spent around $30 million in attack ads against Democrats in 2014 with the majority of those ads attacking Obamacare. Despite a public focus on attacking health care, the aim is really about protecting their bottom line and fighting against climate change, regulations and the government. Today in the New York Times, AFP head Tim Phillips admitted “We have a broader cautionary tale. The president’s out there touting billions of dollars on climate change. We want Americans to think about what they promised with the last social welfare boondoggle and look at what the actual result is.” The Koch’s have significant interest in reducing “big government”, particularly reductions in carbon pollution from power plants, oil refineries and other sources, since they have billions of dollars invested in energy, transportation and manufacturing. Even yesterday, a Koch subsidiary was fined by the Department of Justice for pollution violations and required to spend $45 million on upgrades.

Think Progress is an editorially independent, non-partisan, progressive project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement, Yasha Levine, The eXiled Online

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  • The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.
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BP raises estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill

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  • “This spill raises questions about the long-term safety and reliability of BP’s new, expanded production at Whiting,” US Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk said. They are among officials demanding more aggressive action from BP to prevent additional spills.
  • BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer.
  • Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment

Michael Hawthorne, Chicago (IL) Tribune

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chi-oil-spill-2-20140325/1024 Crews clean up an oil spill along Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind. — E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune

March 28, 2014 | BP today more than doubled its maximum estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan earlier this week from its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana.

In a statement, the company said a malfunction in a new distillation unit forced up to 39 barrels or 1,638 gallons of oil into the lake just across the Illinois border. A day earlier, the company had estimated that 18 barrels at most had been spilled.

Michael Hawthorne: Chicago (IL) Tribune reporter

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BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer, John Upton, Grist

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Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment, Miyoko Sakashita, Huffington Post

  • Despite the ongoing carnage, little has been done to tighten oversight necessary to prevent similar spills in the future.
  • BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer.

Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment

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  • Despite the ongoing carnage, little has been done to tighten oversight necessary to prevent similar spills in the future.
  • BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer.
  • Special Project | Ecological Disasters: Week Ending March 30, 2014

Miyoko Sakashita, Huffington Post

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banner-oilspill.jpg 03/26/2014 | Nearly four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion dumped more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the slate has been largely cleared for BP -- the EPA ban on federal contracts has been lifted, and the company is free once again to bid on federal oil and gas leases.

But as a new study published this week makes clear, we're only beginning to understand the spill's devastating long-term implications for the region's sea life. 

r-GULF-OIL-SPILL-CLEANUP-large570.jpgMiyoko Sakashita, Oceans Director, Center for Biological Diversity

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BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richerJohn Upton, Grist

  • Misrepresentation. Fraud. Unjust enrichment.
  • Sign the petition. Stop BP from Profiting at Minnesota’s Expense.

 

 

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Special Project | Ecological Disasters: Week Ending March 30, 2014, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Climate change is real and poses a threat to every living thing on the earth. 
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    • Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment
    • BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer
    • Fukushima Fallout: Ailing U.S. Sailors Sue TEPCO After Exposure to Radiation 30x Higher Than Normal
    • The Crime of the Century
    • Canada vastly underestimated the tar sands’ cancer-causing toxicants
    • This man wants you to know the truth about Fukushima
    • How to Reverse a Slow-Motion Apocalypse
    • BP and Chevron accused of dumping toxic radioactive waste into Lousiana swamps
    • Keystone Pipeline: 125 Dents & other damage already! 

 

 

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