Tag: Regulations and regulators

Major Health Study Shows Benefits of Combating Climate Change

By David Suzuki, a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington. Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org. Originally published at desmogblog. During the holiday season, people often drink toasts to health. There’s something more we can do to ensure […]

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As Global Climate Talks Proceed, Trump EPA Opts to Weaken Coal Emissions Standards

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Well, I suppose one has to award points to Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for chutzpah, when it last week announced a rollback in coal emissions standards […]

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Jane Sanders: Climate Crisis Critical Issue in 2020 Elections

Jerri-Lynn here: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a ‘first lady’ who did more than plant gardens and appear on Carpool Karaoke? In this Real News Network interview, Jane Sanders discusses the climate crisis and tells Paul Jay that voters shouldn’t support candidates who claim to be progressive, but don’t prioritize the […]

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Bill Black: Who Said This? A Bank Fraud Quiz

By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and co-founder of Bank Whistleblowers United. Jointly published with New Economic Perspectives I cannot write many blogs during the fall semesters because […]

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Bitcoin Wallets For First Time

By Michael Kern, a newswriter and editor at Safehaven.com, Oilprice.com, and a writer at Crypto Insider. Originally published at CryptoInsider Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) targeted two bitcoin addresses, announcing that the wallets associated Iranian citizens Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan had been added […]

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Decades of Denial and Stalling Have Created a Climate Crunch

Jerri-Lynn here. The UN Climate Change Conference – COP24-  began yesterday, a day early, in Katowice, Poland. Negotiators from 195 countries seek to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Accord. These are the most significant climate talks to occur since that accord and prospects look bleak – not least […]

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Don Quijones: Wall Street Mega-Landlord Blackstone Turns Screw on Spanish Government & Property Market

Jerri-Lynn here.  Blackstone is a major operator in the Spanish property market. This post discusses prospects for  the Spanish government’s plans to enact modest protections for tenants, by reforming rent laws. One proposed reform would extend the minimum length of rental contracts so as to slow the pace of rent […]

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As Zuckerberg Refuses to Testify, UK Seizes Thousands of ‘Potentially Explosive’ Documents Facebook Has Tried to Keep Secret

Yves here. Zuckerberg’s woes are too much fun not to highlight. Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are already in hot water thanks to a New York Times expose that Facebook conceded was correct in the news dead time of last Friday. It included bombshells like this: While Mr. Zuckerberg has […]

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The Global Financial Crime Wave Is No Accident

By Nat Dyer, a freelance writer based in London. He was previously an investigator and campaigner at Global Witness, an anti-corruption group. He tweets at @natjdyer. Originally published at openDemocracy There was a little bit of good news this month for those worried about a tidal wave of McMafia-style financial […]

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The Fracking Industry’s Wastewater Injection Well Problem

Jerri-Lynn here. This latest DeSmogBlog fracking post discusses  the damage fracking is causing, by triggering earthquakes and contaminating water supplies. For those who may have missed it, I also suggest you read this important September post,  The Fracking Industry’s Water Nightmare: Injection Wells Damage Production Wells, Rising Disposal Costs Will […]

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Sunrise Movement and AOC Push Pelosi for a Green New Deal, Highlighting Job Creation

Jerri-Lynn here: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has floated the eminently sensible albeit extremely modest suggestion that  the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives create a a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. That’s there’s any debate about this proposal at all – given the crisis we face – is further […]

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IMF, Warren Sound Alarm on Leveraged Lending

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Looks like we might be stumbling again into one of these situations Yogi Berra described as deja vu all over again. Tobias Adrian, Fabio Natalucci, and Thomas […]

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Brexit: Brexit Minister Raab Resigns; May to Face Hostile Parliament. Update: Two More Resignations, Bringing Total So Far to Four

It would be nice to go into some of the details of the Brexit agreement, but one point seems not to have gotten the attention it warrants. PlutoniumKun pointed out yesterday that May was putting a lot of emphasis on the draft status of the deal. Later in the day, […]

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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regulations

By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. Before joining KHN, Julie spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times in London and the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California. She serves on […]

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Cryptocurrencies: Financial (In)stability and (Un)fairness

By Jon Danielsson, Director of the ESRC funded Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics. Originally published at VoxEU Cryptocurrencies are controversial.  Advocates see them as a better form of money that imparts freedom, useful economic functions, fabulous riches and hedges against bad government policies. The sceptics worry about investor protection […]

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How UK (and US) Surveillance Creates Havoc for Personal Data Movement Post Brexit

By J. Scott Marcus, a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, and an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory policy regarding electronic communications. Originally published at Bruegel The UK government would like to keep EU-UK data transfers largely the same following the country’s separation from the EU. But talks have yet […]

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From Brothels to Independence: The Neoliberalization of (Sex) Work

Yves here. Further confirmation that the gig economy is not what it is cracked up to be. Sex workers in the UK have less privacy, lower returns, and much less safety in the days of online platforms than they did when brothels dominated the profession. By Ava Caradonna, a migrant, […]

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UK Contests European Court of Justice Case on Article 50 Withdrawal, Averring No Way Will It Back Out of Brexit

Wellie, for those of you who were hoping that the UK might wake up from it derangement,1 channel its inner Emily Litella, and say “Never mind” to Brexit, the Government has dug itself in deeper on its current plans. Some readers had pointed hopefully to a case lodged at the […]

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State AGs to Step Up Enforcement Against Tech Companies?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The Wall Street Journal published an article Monday,  States Loom as a Regulatory Threat to Tech Giants, examining the emerging stance state attorneys general are taking on […]

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UN to Launch Talks on Treaty to Regulate High Seas

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Talks begin in New York tomorrow to negotiate a conservation treaty to regulate the high seas, in the first of four sessions, with a 2020 timetable set […]

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White-Collar Criminals Got Off Scot-Free After the 2008 Financial Crisis — and That Helped Fuel President Trump’s Rise

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and Research Associate at the Levy Institute. Originally published at the Independent Media Institute n the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, bank officials at HSBC admitted to the Department of Justice that the bank violated the Bank Secrecy Act, the […]

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