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Pierre Ballouhey | Environment

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazin


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https://images.jacobinmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/05124437/GettyImages-868319654.jpg / Then–US secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former head of ExxonMobil, looks on during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on October 30, 2017 in Washington DC. Drew Angerer / Getty /

02.05.2019 | The fossil-fuel industry is lawyering up.

To date, nine cities have sued the fossil industry for climate damages. California fisherman are going after oil companies for their role in warming the Pacific Ocean, a process that soaks the Dungeness crabs they harvest with a dangerous neurotoxin. Former acting New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood has opened an investigation into whether ExxonMobil has misled its shareholders about the risks it faces from climate change, a push current Attorney General Leticia James has said she is eager to keep up. Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey opened an earlier investigation into whether Exxon defrauded the public by spreading disinformation about climate change, which various courts — including the Supreme Court — have refused to block despite the company’s pleas. And in Juliana vs. U.S., young people have filed suit against the government for violating their constitutional rights by pursuing policies that intensify global warming, hitting the dense ties between Big Oil and the state.

Kate Aronoff is a fellow at the Type Media Center and a contributing writer to the Intercept.

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Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout

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  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

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The Prescription Drug Landscape, Explored

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  • A look at retail pharmaceutical spending from 2012 to 2016
  • Where Do Prescription Drug Dollars Go?

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https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/files/digital_logo_v3.png / March 8, 2019 | Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than the citizens of any other country. Measuring drug spending remains a challenge, however, because of limited public data on how much the various payers and supply chain intermediaries pay for prescription drugs.



While the total cost of (retail prescription drug coverage) coverage has increased, patient out-of-pocket spending has remained stable in recent years, due in part to increased insurance coverage and manufacturer assistance, such as the Part D coverage gap discount and copay coupons.



Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than do the residents of any other country. Key findings, charts, and graphics break down the impact along the drug supply chain.

Pew Charitable Trusts uses evidence-based, nonpartisan analysis to solve today's challenges.

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FDA Found Glyphosate in Nearly All Foods Tested and Hid the Results


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  • In an alarming revelation, it has come to light that government scientists at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found the weed killer ingredient glyphosate in many popular processed foods.
  • Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

Jonathan LandsmanHumans Are Free / Stillness in the Storm

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06/23/2018 | Glyphosate is perhaps best known as the main ingredient in the Roundup weed killer brand from the Monsanto company. And, the FDA has been testing foods for the presence of herbicides and pesticides including this highly toxic substance glyphosate for two years – but had not released results. (Gee, I wonder why).

Glyphosate has been used in weed killer for the past 40 years.

The leaked information shows that the organization has had trouble finding foods that do NOT contain traces of this harmful chemical. Corn meal, crackers, cereals and many other processed foods all show traces of glyphosate.

Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a weekly health show.

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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis, Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

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  • We’re an egotistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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New Analysis Shows Why Democrats Are Wrong to Fear Bold Embrace of Medicare for All.

/ A new poll finds that seven in 10 Americans believe the U.S. healthcare system is in crisis, while a new analysis argues that promoting Medicare for All is far fromthepolical suicide that corporate Democrats warn candidates against. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc)

  • Corresponding with its skyrocketing enthusiasm for Medicare for All, the American public reported extreme dissatisfaction with the current for-profit healthcare system in a new poll—and expressed concern that the model has created a crisis for the nation.
  • Related: Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option

Julia Conley, Common Dreams

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January 14, 2019 | O‪n the same day a new poll showed an overwhelming majority of Americans think the nation's healthcare system is "in state of crisis," a new analysis shows that Democrats should listen to those Americans—and end their reluctance to run on the promise of a bold solution like Medicare for All while propping up the for-profit system.‬



"Democrats shouldn't fear authentic candidates who articulate our values. Those candidates offer the best path forward for the party." —Sean McElwee, Data for Progress



A new Gallup survey released Monday showed that 70 percent of respondents saw the U.S. healthcare system as having "major problems" or being in a "state of crisis." Eighty-four percent of Democrats expressed these concerns about the system in which many families are forced to pay highpremiumsand and deductibles, with worse health outcomes than in other high-income countries, while 56 percent of Republicans agreed.

Julia Conley, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option, Michael Corcoran, Truthout

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/GettyImages-1001242904-1200x800.jpg / Despite co-sponsoring Medicare for All, Rep. Brian Higgins is clearly not interested in pursuing the reform any time soon. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

The next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.

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