Current Scandals

Trump Administration to Drop Its Emergency Coal, Nuclear Bailout Plan

The Trump administration has shelved a plan to invoke wartime emergency powers to justify multibillion-dollar bailouts for economically struggling coal and nuclear plants — at least for the time being.  That’s according to a Tuesday report from Politico, which cites four unnamed sources wh ...

Fuel Cell Power Plays From California to Kenya

If high-temperature fuel cells grow into their long-promised potential and scale Wesoff’s Wall into profitable territory, future historians may well point to 2018 as the sector’s annus mirabilis. In early 2018 Congress restored the Fuel Cell Investment Tax Credit and introduced the Section 4 ...

Trudeau says Quebec cannabis plan leaves opening for organized crime

YEREVAN, Armenia — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Saturday the incoming Quebec government’s plan to raise the legal age for smoking cannabis to 21 could leave an opening for organized crime. Speaking to reporters on the last day of a trip to Armenia, Trudeau said increasing the l ...

Alberta UCP candidate removed over racism controversy

EDMONTON — A United Conservative Party candidate for nomination has been turfed after he and his fellow challengers were photographed with an anti-immigration group linked to neo-Nazis in Europe. The party has informed Lance Coulter he is disqualified from seeking a nomination because his acti ...

PSEG Seeks Nuclear Support on the Tail of $4.1 Billion Clean Energy Proposal

New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group this week doubled down on claims that only state subsidies can save its three nuclear power plants. The comments come just a week after the group's electric and gas utility presented a plan to invest $4.1 billion in clean energy.  PSEG’s push towa ...

Feds unsure if Indigenous communities can ban cannabis distribution

It’s unclear whether Indigenous communities in Canada will be able to ban cannabis from their communities once it becomes a legal substance on October 17. That’s coming from Bill Blair, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, who was grilled by senators Wednesday night ab ...

BP offshore drilling threatens Nova Scotia coastal waters

Brent Patterson There is a deposit of an estimated eight billion barrels of oil and 120 trillion cubic feet of gas under the ocean floor off Nova Scotia’s coast that should stay where it is. This past February, defying climate science in favour of corporate profit, the Trudeau government grante ...

Police technology vs. civil liberties -- science fiction or current reality?

Anti-Racism Civil Liberties Watch Technology I enjoy reading science fiction, especially when it considers humanity's struggle to deal with new technologies. Often these stories present a cautionary tale about how new technologies can be misused to oppress people. This idea of science fiction a ...

Are the real Sandinistas in Nicaragua standing up?

World The 1980s were an incredible time of change, challenge and hope in Nicaragua as thousands of international volunteers and aid workers flocked to that country in the wake of the 1979 Sandinista Revolution. They worked on brigades, joined special construction projects, delivered material aid, ...

Approval of Frontier mine would be a climate crime

Brent Patterson Hearings begin today on the proposed Teck Resources Frontier tar sands mine that could produce at its peak 260,000 barrels of oil a day. CBC reports, "[The mine] undergoes its first day of public hearings in Fort McMurray on Tuesday [September 25] before a joint review panel estab ...