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first_imgFederal Subsidies Favor Taxpayer-Owned Oil, Gas, and Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Hill:President Trump’s energy policies have established a wide-spread effort to rig the economy in favor of big energy and mining companies at the expense of the American public, while burying the evidence in secrecy.Early on, the Trump administration and Congress acted to keep its energy giveaways secret by repealing requirements that fossil fuel companies disclose publicly their tax, royalty and lease payments to federal and state governments. The rule, which had bipartisan support when it was included in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, was part of a 50-plus nation anti-corruption movement — an effort Zinke has announced the U.S. will abandon.For other countries, disclosing government payments by oil, gas, and coal companies is aimed at detecting bribes. In the U.S., the overturned rule would have revealed how little those companies pay in taxes, public royalties and lease payments. Researchers and reporters could have tracked the hidden subsidies to fossil fuel companies — information those companies do not want the public to know.This first step by the Trump administration to keep subsidies secret was a setup for enormous actions to convert public lands into profit centers for oil, gas and coal corporations at great cost to the public and with a reckless disregard of the law. These actions include:Interior, conferring secretly with fossil fuel companies, repealed rules closing loopholes that have cost American taxpayers tens of billions in lost revenue.To replace those rules, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed a royalty policy committee beset with conflicts of interest including companies that — having incurred half of Interior’s fines — are among the worst violators of royalty rules.Zinke cut the royalty rate on offshore oil to 12.5 percent from the 18.75 percent rate set in the George W. Bush administration.Interior is vastly expanding oil, gas, and coal leasing when energy prices are low — guaranteeing bargain basement prices for public resources and short-changing American taxpayers, states and communities.Interior has targeted for elimination or reduction virtually every effort to identify and mitigate environmental damage caused by energy development, shifting costs to the public that should be paid by industry.Trump, following a blueprint prepared in secret by Zinke, is shrinking several national monuments and seemingly turning these sensitive lands into oil and gas fields, coal and uranium mines to be sold under lax lease and royalty policies.Fossil fuel subsidies cause real harm. In October, the magazine Nature published a major study showing that at $50 a barrel for oil, nearly half of the oil production would be unprofitable except for federal subsidies. Simply put: oil production is propped up by public welfare.While unjustified subsidies for fossil fuels have long existed, their expansion in the Trump administration in the face of climate change is a disgraceful scandal. Keeping the subsidies secret is unconscionable. For years, public interest groups have worked separately on parts of these problems. Some focused on bribery and influence peddling by energy companies. Tax justice groups fought to end unjustified tax breaks. Conservation groups resisted giveaways of public lands and minerals. Meanwhile, not enough has been done to create sustainable opportunities for communities and workers.The separate efforts have yielded too little progress. It is time for citizen groups and concerned officials to launch coordinated efforts to end the hidden subsidies to fossil fuel companies, stop Trump and Zinke’s giveaways, and develop a better future for public lands and the people who depend on them.Trump’s looming scandal of fossil fuel subsidies on federal landslast_img read more


first_imgThe family of teenager at the center of the video that shows a Broward Sheriff’s deputy slamming his head on the ground in front of a crowd of high school students in Tamarac is speaking out for the first time.His mother Clintina Rolle spoke with NBC6https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Mother-of-roughed-up-teen.mp3The video of the rough arrest of 15 year-old Delucca Rolle has since gone viral.Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony is asking the public to not judge his deputies until the investigation into the case is complete saying they deserve due process.Also, that the incident may have simply been a de-escalation technique.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Gregory-Tony.mp3Deputy Christopher Krickovich and Sgt. Gregory LaCerra have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.Sheriff Tony says he does not agree with the Broward State Attorney’s Office dropping all the charges against the teen.Rolle was initially arrested on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and trespassing. Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump held a news conference Thursday to discuss the treatment of a teenager whose rough arrest by Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies has gained national attention.Crump and the NAACP are getting involved in the treatment of Delucca Rolle, who was pepper sprayed, thrown to the ground and punched by deputies April 18 outside a McDonald’s in Tamarac. Sheriff Gregory Tony is calling for due process for the suspended deputies involved in the incident.Crump, however, said the video clearly shows that the deputies were in the wrong.“They were not acting like responsible professionals with proper training, following procedures,” he said.last_img read more


first_img MLB trade rumors: Mets will ‘have no issues’ sending Zack Wheeler to Yankees In fact, LeMahieu leads Trout significantly on those fronts, as he finished the Yankees’ 5-1 win over the Mets with a .342 average and 110 hits on the season.But here’s the kicker, despite leading Trout by nearly 50 points in average, Trout is beating LeMahieu by 65 points in on-base percentage. Related News DJ LeMahieu has been absolutely incredible for the Yankees this season, but Mike Trout is the front-runner for the MVP in the American League.Trout went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs on Wednesday in the Angels’ 6-2 win over the Rangers. He now leads LeMahieu in every category offensively save two — batting average and hits. He’s also topping him in slugging, OPS, OPS+, WAR, home runs, runs scored, stolen bases and walks. He has walked 51 more times than LeMahieu, which makes his numbers even more impressive.Absolutely no one wants to pitch to him and he’s still smoking the ball at-bat after at-bat.And, for those out there who say a player who plays for a losing team can’t win an MVP, go talk to Giancarlo Stanton, whose Marlins went 77-85 in 2017 when he won the award. He did so because his numbers far trumped anything any other player did in the National League that year.If the season ended today, Trout’s numbers absolutely demolish those of LeMahieu. And yes, the Yankees infielder has been a huge bright spot in a lineup that sustained a lot of injuries.But, Mike Trout didn’t have Shohei Ohtani or Andrelton Simmons for a month and Justin Upton was out for two months. Kole Calhoun is also batting .229 and Albert Pujols is hitting .234.Trout has willed a mediocre and injured Angels team over .500. That’s the definition of MVP worthy.LeMahieu has been fantastic, but he is not leading the MVP race.Studs of the NightStephen Strasburg tossed 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball against the Marlins with 14 strikeouts. Washington won 3-1.Cubs catcher Victor Caratini homered from both sides of the plate in a 6-5 loss to the Pirates.Reds starter Sonny Gray struck out 12 batters in eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Brewers.Dud of the NightRays reliever Jose Alvarado gave up five earned runs in 2/3 of an inning in a 9-6 loss to the Orioles. HighlightNolan Arenado is a cheat code. The Astros, though, defeated the Rockies 4-2.Too easy for Nolan 😍 pic.twitter.com/5IXltoBRpe— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 4, 2019What’s NextPhillies (45-41) at Braves (51-36) , 7 p.m. ET — The Phillies need to win the rubber game of this three-game series for a couple of reasons. For one, they need it to cut into Atlanta’s 5 1/2 game lead in the division, and secondly, a divisional win against one of the best teams in the National League can only build confidence going forward. MLB trade rumors: Could Yankees target Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray? Cubs will make ‘a ton of changes’ if they continue to struggle, Theo Epstein sayslast_img read more