Big Business’s Undisclosed Climate Crisis Plans

Companies know the U.S. economy’s large exposure to climate threats. Regulators can make them show their cards.

#global-warming, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy

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Supreme Court Could Give Trump Second Chance at Environmental Rollbacks

Court losses are piling up for President Trump’s environmental deregulation agenda. But a second term in the White House could help them stick.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Trump Hasn’t Protected Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

The president’s promises on health care stand in stark contrast with his legislative, regulatory and legal record.

#executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j

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Chief Executive of Embattled Alaskan Mine Project Resigns

The executive made “offensive” remarks about the state’s political leaders, the company said, in meetings recorded by an environmental group.

#alaska, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #collier-tom-1951, #mines-and-mining, #northern-dynasty-minerals-ltd, #pebble-mine-bristol-bay-alaska, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years

The proposal would speed up the state’s efforts to fight global warming at a time when California is being battered by wildfires, heat waves and other consequences of climate change.

#automobiles, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #newsom-gavin, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Childrens’ Brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #chlorpyrifos, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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These Everyday Toxins May Be Hurting Pregnant Women and Their Babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #chemicals, #containers-and-packaging, #diabetes, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-food-safety-authority, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hoosick-falls-ny, #obesity, #parenting, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #teflon, #thyroid-gland, #water-pollution

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Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Are Exotic Skins Out of Fashion?

Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alligators, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #biodiversity, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #fur, #kering-sa, #luxury-goods-and-services, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #minks-animals, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #reptiles, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-fashion

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This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

The $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 was a “game changer.” A growing number of antitrust experts say it’s the sort of deal that should no longer be possible.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appnexus, #computers-and-the-internet, #doubleclick-inc, #google-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #search-engines

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Banks Suspected Illegal Activity, but Processed Big Transactions Anyway

A leak of thousands of “suspicious activity reports” that banks filed with regulators shows the widespread nature of illicit money flows.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #buzzfeed-inc, #deutsche-bank-ag, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #frauds-and-swindling, #international-consortium-of-investigative-journalists, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #money-laundering, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standard-chartered-bank-plc

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In ‘Power Grab,’ Health Secretary Azar Asserts Authority Over F.D.A.

Experts said the memo would make it more difficult for the F.D.A. to issue new rules, but it’s unclear how it would affect the vetting of coronavirus vaccines.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.

#finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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House Report Condemns Boeing and F.A.A. in 737 Max Disasters

A committee’s Democrats say two fatal crashes were a “horrific culmination” of engineering flaws, mismanagement and oversight lapses.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #federal-aviation-administration, #house-of-representatives, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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America Is Going to Decapitate Huawei

The United States’ technological dominance gives it an immense power. But how long will that last?

#5g-wireless-communications, #cadence-design-systems-inc, #china, #computer-chips, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #nanotechnology, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations

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Under Trump, OSHA’s Covid-19 Response Is Failing Workers

Businesses have little to fear from the government’s workplace safety office.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #fines-penalties, #jbs-sa, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #overhill-farms-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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In Visiting a Charred California, Trump Confronts a Scientific Reality He Denies

A president who has mocked climate change and pushed policies that accelerate it is set to be briefed on the scorched earth and ash-filled skies that experts say are the predictable result.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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Europe Feels Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between U.S. and China

As the rapid pace of change mixes with national security issues, Europe’s role as a global regulator is increasingly tested — and may not be enough.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #google-inc, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations

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A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views on Climate Change

At a meeting last year, industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control

#energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #natural-gas, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Liberals Opened the Door to Libertarian Economics

Milton Friedman’s free-market ideas found favor in a free-love era and helped redirect the country toward the right. The aftershocks of his radical arguments are still being felt today.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #business-roundtable, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #friedman-milton, #income-inequality, #libertarianism-us-politics, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Accused of Ruining Popcorn, Cass Sunstein Wants to Repent

In “Too Much Information,” President Obama’s onetime regulatory chief takes another look at whether disclosing information — including calorie counts — is always a good thing.

#books-and-literature, #labeling-and-labels-product, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sunstein-cass-r, #too-much-information-book

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Even Big Pharma Is Turning On Trump

The president is the Coronavirus vaccine’s worst hype man.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Franchise Workers Win Victory Over U.S. Effort to Curb Lawsuits

A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Federal Report Warns of Financial Havoc From Climate Change

A report commissioned by President Trump’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued dire warnings about climate change’s impact on financial markets.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #commodity-futures-trading-commission, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Deliveries Slowed by Quality Concerns

The company said it was stepping up inspections, citing new manufacturing problems. Federal regulators are also looking into production flaws.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #defective-products, #factories-and-manufacturing, #federal-aviation-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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I Study Corporate Welfare. Even I Was Shocked by This Cronyism.

A privately owned entity created by the Export-Import Bank allows its customers to also be its owners.

#boeing-company, #conflicts-of-interest, #export-import-bank-of-us, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries

When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #california, #california-independent-system-operator, #california-public-utilities-commission, #electric-light-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Stiffing Workers on Wages Grows Worse With Recession

New research shows that minimum-wage violations spike as low-paid workers become more vulnerable and less inclined to complain.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #recession-and-depression, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #wages-and-salaries, #washington-center-for-equitable-growth, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Backed by Federal Funds, New Virus Tests Are Hitting the Market

Six months into the pandemic and with no coherent national testing strategy, the Trump administration is encouraging private development of an array of faster and cheaper techniques.

#abbott-laboratories, #budgets-and-budgeting, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fluidigm, #food-and-drug-administration, #giroir-brett-p, #health-and-human-services-department, #national-institutes-of-health, #quidel-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Japan’s Convenience Stores Are Told to Stop Pushing 24-Hour Schedules

The country’s antimonopoly regulator has warned the powerful industry to improve the treatment of franchisees who have been fighting for shorter opening hours.

#7-eleven, #convenience-stores, #franchises, #japan, #matsumoto-mitoshi, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Wildfires Hasten Another Climate Crisis: Homeowners Who Can’t Get Insurance

Insurers, facing huge losses, have been pulling back from fire-prone areas across California. “The marketplace has largely collapsed,” an advocate for counties in the state said.

#california, #consumer-protection, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #wildfires

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These Scientists Are Giving Themselves D.I.Y. Coronavirus Vaccines

Impatient for a coronavirus vaccine, dozens of scientists around the world are giving themselves — and sometimes, friends and family — their own unproven versions.

#antibodies, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #church-george-m, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #do-it-yourself, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #harvard-university, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #science-and-technology, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state, #your-feed-healthcare

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Facebook Could Block Sharing of News Stories in Australia

The move, a response to pressure to pay publishers when their stories are posted on the social network, could add to internet silos springing up around the world.

#australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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E.P.A. Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants

The agency weakened Obama-era rules meant to keep metals and other pollution out of rivers and streams, saving industry tens of millions of dollars.

#coal, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

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Big Oil Is in Trouble. Its Plan: Flood Africa With Plastic.

Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash.

#american-chemistry-council, #basel-action-network, #center-for-international-environmental-law, #chemicals, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kenya, #plastic-bags, #plastics, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights

As the economy contracts and many companies struggle to survive, the biggest tech companies are amassing wealth and influence in ways unseen in decades.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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California Expresses Frustration as Blackouts Enter 4th Day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.

#california, #california-independent-system-operator, #electric-light-and-power, #federal-energy-regulatory-commission, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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E.P.A. to Lift Obama-Era Controls on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas

The reversal is the latest move in the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to weaken environmental rules, but it could be quickly undone after the November election.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wheeler-andrew-r

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TikTok, Trump and an Impulse to Act as C.E.O. to Corporate America

The president’s interventions in company dealings based on his own instincts are a departure from the arm’s-length approach of predecessors of either party.

#china, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘I Am Scared’: Italian Sex Workers Face Poverty and Illness In the Pandemic

Prostitution is not illegal in Italy, nor is it regulated as an official occupation. But the coronavirus has forced many sex workers to accept certain risks in order to avoid poverty.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #human-trafficking, #italy, #politics-and-government, #prostitution, #quarantines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project

Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the approval process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #azar-alex-m-ii, #birx-deborah-l, #clinical-trials, #conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fauci-anthony-s, #food-and-drug-administration, #hahn-stephen-m-1960, #health-and-human-services-department, #kushner-jared, #medicine-and-health, #moderna-inc, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #slaoui-moncef-m, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Italy Draws a Line Under Genoa Tragedy, Shunting Aside the Benettons

The government has leveraged anger over the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge to take back control of the nation’s highways. But critics say the deal sends a troubling message to investors.

#autostrade-spa, #benetton-group-spa, #bridges-and-tunnels, #five-star-movement-italy, #genoa-italy, #infrastructure-public-works, #italy, #politics-and-government, #privatization, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic, #tolls

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #vestager-margrethe

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One in Three Children Have Unacceptably High Lead Levels, Study Says

“Children around the world are being poisoned by lead on a massive and previously unrecognized scale,” according to the study, a collaboration of UNICEF and Pure Earth, an advocacy group.

#batteries, #children-and-childhood, #institute-for-health-metrics-and-evaluation, #lead, #occupational-knowledge-international, #poisoning-and-poisons, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback

The agency’s watchdog office said Monday it would investigate whether the reversal of Obama-era fuel efficiency standards violated government rules.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #inspectors-general, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Slowly, Italy Is Waking From the Coronavirus Nightmare

This is a very strange, subdued summer for a country with an economy that relies heavily on tourism and merrymaking. But E.U. aid is on the way.

#abruzzo-italy, #adriatic-sea, #beaches, #bergamo-italy, #brussels-belgium, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #european-council, #european-stability-mechanism, #european-union, #florence-italy, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #naples-italy, #palermo-italy, #quarantines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #spain, #stimulus-economic, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #turin-italy, #tuscany-italy, #veneto-italy, #venice-italy

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Don’t Ban TikTok. Make an Example of It.

There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

Google, Amazon and Qualcomm finance a George Mason University institute teaching a hands-off approach to antitrust regulators and judges.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #george-mason-university, #ginsburg-douglas-h, #google-inc, #justice-department, #law-schools, #naidu-suresh, #philanthropy, #qualcomm-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #varian-hal-r, #wright-joshua-d-1977

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A Hedge Fund Bailout Highlights How Regulators Ignored Big Risks

The Dodd-Frank financial law succeeded at making banks safer, but empowered shadowy corners of finance that nearly wrecked the system in March.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act-2010, #federal-reserve-system, #financial-stability-oversight-council, #government-bonds, #hedge-funds, #mnuchin-steven-t, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #stocks-and-bonds, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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