The U.S. EPA wants to hear from the public about a proposed study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “hydrofracking”).
Curb-side sign in Ithaca, NY.
Photo: P. Wray
Take Action Now – Let EPA know about YOUR experiences with contaminated water and the need to protect your drinking water. A coalition of environmental groups will hold a joint press conference before the meeting.
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Thursday, July 22
Hilton Garden Inn, Pittsburgh/Southpointe
1000 Corporate Drive
Canonsburg, PA 15317
You do not need to speak publicly at this meeting, BUT YOUR PRESENCE WILL SEND A STRONG MESSAGE to regulators that the public cares about what EPA does to regulate this new Marcellus gas industry. Large crowds have participated in similar meetings in Texas and Colorado, so ATTENDEES and SPEAKERS should register HERE
Hydrofracking is used to release natural gas trapped deep underground. Currently unregulated, the EPA is just beginning to examine hydrofracking’s potential impact on drinking water, human health and the environment. Much of the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing are unknown.
The purpose of this Scoping Meeting is for EPA to:
promote discussion of the public engagement process,
MEXICAN LABOR NEWS AND ANALYSIS July 2010, Vol. 15, No. 5
The merger would create an international union of one million metal workers and miners.
The United Steelworkers (USW), which represents 850,000 workers in Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States, and the National Union of Miners and Metal Workers (SNTMMSRM), known as the Mineros, which represents 180,000 workers in Mexico, have announced plans to explore uniting into one international union. The agreement to begin exploration of a merger was signed on June 21.
This new step in the creation of a global union — as opposed to a global federation of unions — represents a significant new development for labor in the Americas with implications for workers around the world. Building on the 2008 trans-Atlantic relationship between Unite in the United Kingdom and the USW, now the USW and the Mineros are working to build a worldwide labor union with the power to confront the concentrated capital of the mining and metal working industries.
Increasing proportions of low-income young adults are pursuing higher education, but some remain poor even with a postsecondary degree, according to a new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
In 2008, among Americans ages 18 to 26 whose total household income was near or below the federal poverty level, 47 percent were or had been enrolled in college, compared with 42 percent in 2000. Eleven percent of them had earned a degree, a proportion roughly equivalent to that eight years ago, according to the report, which is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
The institute is a nonprofit group in Washington that conducts public-policy research to encourage access and success in higher education.
In introducing its report, the group called into question President Obama’s declaration in his State of the Union address in January that “the best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education.” Poor students go to college academically unprepared, the report says, and, amid competing family and work obligations, they accumulate debt “that could have been avoided by pursuing a different type of degree or a credential.”
“The six largest banks will still enjoy the enormous implicit subsidy that results from the expectation that the federal government will bail them out in the event of a crisis.”
Statement on Wall Street Reform Bill
Dean Baker: “Reform Bill Will Improve Regulation in the Financial Sector”For Immediate Release: July 15, 2010 Contact: Alan Barber, (202) 293-5380 x115
Washington, D.C.– Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, issued the following statement on the passage of the financial reform bill by Congress:”The final bill passed by the Senate today and already approved by the House of Representatives will improve regulation in the financial sector. However, given the severity of the economic crisis caused by past regulatory failures, the public had the right to expect much more extensive reform.”
On the positive side, the creation of a strong independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stands out as an important accomplishment. Such an agency would have prevented some of the worst lending practices that contributed to the housing bubble. It will be important that President Obama choose a strong and effective person, such as Elizabeth Warren, as the first head of the Bureau to establish its independence.”
WASHINGTON — Republicans almost unanimously oppose spending $33.9 billion for extended unemployment benefits for some 2.5 million people who’ve lost them, because they say it would increase federal budget deficits.
At the same time, they’re pushing a permanent extension of Bush administration tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, which could increase federal budget deficits by trillions of dollars over the next 10 years.
How do they justify this?
“Tax policy is dynamic. If you have the right kind of tax reform, it helps generate a more dynamic economy,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which writes tax law. While that may be true, even the Bush Treasury Department concluded that its tax cuts increase budget deficits.