Author Archives: Andrea Germanos

‘Be afraid—be very afraid’: Methane ruling seen as ominous sign with Barrett poised to join Supreme Court

The judge delivered a "puzzling and unsupported conclusion that the Bureau of Land Management can't limit methane waste because that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution."

A federal court’s decision Thursday to strike down an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing methane leaks from fossil fuel operations on public and tribal lands is being seen as a “grave threat to the climate” and possible precursor to the type of corporate-friendly rulings the U.S. Supreme Court will more frequently issue should the GOP-controlled Senate confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Continue reading

‘Appalling’ comments by Justices Thomas and Alito seen as harbinger of new wave of attacks on marriage equality and gay rights

‘It is appalling that five years after the historic decision in Obergefell, two justices still consider same-sex couples less worthy of marriage than other couples.’

Same-sex marriage advocates expressed concern Monday after right-wing Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito issued a fresh attack on a landmark 2015 decision that had been hailed as a “transformative triumph’” for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. Continue reading

Trump moves to finalize ‘catastrophic’ stripping of key protections for largest national forest in US

At issue is Tongass National Forest, located in southeast Alaska and described as ‘the crown jewel of the National Forest System.’

The Trump administration on Friday moved closer to its goal of stripping conservation protections from the nation’s largest national forest, putting over 9 million acres at risk of clear-cut logging and bulldozing for roads and sparking warnings of “irreversible ecological consequences.” Continue reading

Coalition files suit to stop Trump’s ‘slapdash and tragic plan’ to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

‘As our ancestors before us, we will stand and fight for our future generations, for the Porcupine caribou herd, and the Gwich'in way of life.’

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups joined the Gwich’in Nation on Monday in filing a lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s plan to open up the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel lease sales. Continue reading

‘Attacking the very foundations’ of church-state separation, SCOTUS delivers ‘seismic shock’ ruling on religious schools

‘Today's ruling is perverse,’ Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a ruling civil liberties advocates warned could make taxpayers “underwrite religious education”—opening a massive crack in the bedrock principle of church and state separation. Continue reading

Chomsky says Trump a ‘sociopathic megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting "to destroy the prospects for all organized human life... in the near future."

World-renowned intellectual and author Noam Chomsky called U.S. President Donald Trump a “sociopathic megalomaniac” whose leadership drove the U.S. to become “singularly unprepared” for the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

‘Deliberately cruel’: Millions of US citizens blocked from stimulus payments because they married immigrants

‘We're flat broke. We don't know what's gonna happen.’

Reporting out Monday shed new light on the fact that millions of U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive coronavirus stimulus checks because of who they married. Continue reading

Emerging climate-fueled megadrought in western US rivals any over past 1,200 years: study

‘We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we're on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts.’

The western United States is likely being gripped by an “emerging” megadrought partly fueled by the climate crisis, says a study published Friday. Continue reading

‘An appalling act of industrial vandalism’: Japanese officials do PR for plan to dump Fukushima water into ocean

The Japanese government told embassy officials from nearly two dozen countries that releasing the water into the ocean was a "feasible" approach that could be done ‘with certainty.’

As cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima disaster continues, the Japanese government made its case to embassy officials from 23 countries Monday that dumping contaminated water from the nuclear power plant into the ocean is the best course of action. Continue reading

‘Welp, glad that’s settled’: Global poll finds majority believe capitalism more harmful than good

The majority also said they believe they won't be better off five years from now.

A global survey out Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum summit in Davos shows that over half of respondents believe capitalism in its current form does “more harm than good.” Continue reading

New report details how EPA is promoting ‘worst of the worst pesticides’

From 2017-2018, the agency approved 69 new pesticide products containing an ingredient the EPA recognizes as a “known” or “likely” carcinogen. Continue reading

Trump accused of ‘disgraceful abdication’ of duty to protect earth for proposal to neuter landmark environmental law

The reported plan targets the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which has been called the Magna Carta of environmental legislation, and could hasten approval of pipelines like the Keystone XL.

The Trump administration was again accused of moving to attack the environment and wildlife in response to reports that the White House is moving to gut a five decade-old law referred to as the Magna Carta of environmental legislation. Continue reading

Why are drug prices rising so much? Pharma exec admits ‘no other rationale’ than profit-making

‘The industry executive said the quiet part out loud,’ said one outside expert in response. ‘Price-gouging is central to the industry business model.’

Corporations’ quest for profits is what “is driving up drug prices and nothing more.” Continue reading

Workers stuck ‘paying the ultimate price’ as GE freezes pensions for 20,000 employees

‘GE hired a new CEO last year with a pay package worth up to $300 million.’

Workers are stuck “paying the ultimate price for executives’ poorly-timed deals,” said Our Revolution on Monday after General Electric announced it was freezing the pensions of roughly 20,000 employees with salaried benefits. Continue reading

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Trump’s agenda driven by ‘ethnicity and racism’

At town hall event, New York Democrat says Trump "relished" racist chant directed at fellow lawmaker

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sustained her criticism of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and rhetoric on Saturday, and said that what’s driving his agenda is “ethnicity and racism.” Continue reading

‘We cannot overstate the harm this decision will have’: Oklahoma judge upholds ban on common abortion procedure

‘We will keep fighting this unconstitutional ban to make sure Oklahomans have access to the best medical treatment.’

The Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday announced its intention to keep fighting after an Oklahoma court upheld a ban on a common abortion procedure. Continue reading

Trump’s POS labor secretary, Acosta, out; POS number 2, linked to Abramoff, to fill role

Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will now serve as acting secretary

After Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announcing his resignation on Friday in the wake of outrage over the deal he brokered for alleged child rapist Jeffrey Epstein, President Donald Trump said the department’s number two, Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella, would now serve as the acting secretary. Continue reading

Chorus of outrage as Trump administration throws climate, public health under bus by killing Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Climate advocacy groups on Wednesday decried the Trump administration’s killing of the Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

Fossil fuel subsidies mean using public money ‘to destroy the world’: UN chief

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres's comment follows call by Pope Francis to "keep it in the ground"

As Pope Francis called on global financial leaders to help keep dirty energy in the ground, the United Nations chief said Tuesday that fossil fuel subsidies amount to “using taxpayers’ money… to destroy the world.” Continue reading

Socialist surge: DSA-backed candidates nab wins in Chicago election

‘Political observers and organizers should take these victories as a lesson’

The election of Chicago’s first black female and openly gay mayor—Lori Lightfoot—grabbed national headlines, but it was not the only noteworthy outcome of the city’s runoff election Tuesday. Continue reading

Whistleblower: Trump administration overruled dozens of security clearance denials

House Oversight Committee says it will swiftly begin authorizing subpoenas to probe concerns

A White House whistleblower says the Trump administration cast aside “the best interest of national security” when it overturned dozens of security clearance application denials made by career officials. Continue reading

Challenge to Trump’s environmentally disastrous plan to ‘wreak havoc along the border’ blocked by Supreme Court

'A human-made barrier on the scale of the proposed border wall would have a serious impact on animals,' conservation group had argued

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear (pdf) a challenge to President Doanld Trump’s proposed expansion to the U.S.-Mexico border wall brought by conservation and animal protection groups who said the administration improperly skirted environmental laws in its pursuit of the project. Continue reading

‘How many more women have to die?” Days after lawmakers reject legalization bill, Argentine woman dies from at-home abortion

‘Secrecy saves no life. Secrecy kills.’

Less than a week after Argentine lawmakers rejected a bill that would have legalized some abortions, the apparent first casualty from their action has emerged: a woman died from complications from an at-home abortion. Continue reading

Google tracking user data even when ‘location history’ is off: AP

Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if they’ve turned off “Location History” on their devices. Continue reading

Ignoring climate threat and economic realities, Trump brags about building fleet of LNG terminals in EU—and Europe ‘will pay for’ them

The need for new LNG terminals in Europe, said one analyst, ‘is like most of Trump's trade policy—illusory.’

Responding to questions from reporters during a joint press conference with Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump echoed his “And-Mexico’s-Gonna-Pay-for-It” routine by announcing plans to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals across the continent for the expressed purpose of importing fracked gas from the United States. Continue reading

With tax scam complete, GOP caucus unveils insane budget blueprint to attack safety net

Programs like Social Security and Medicare are gutted while tax cuts are made permanent in plan

An ultraconservative Republican House caucus on Wednesday put forth its spending plan that represents a draconian wish list of attacks on the social safety net and consumer and environmental protections while including a plan to further enrich the wealthy by making making permanent parts of the GOP tax plan. Continue reading

With ‘merger from hell’ reportedly approved by DOJ, warnings of agrichemical chokehold on food system

Watchdog groups raise concerns after Wall Street Journal reports that Bayer's bid to acquire Monsanto has been approved.

Watchdog groups sounded alarms on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the proposed mega-merger of Bayer and Monsanto has cleared its final regulatory hurdle in the United States. Continue reading

As Bolton pick raises fears of preemptive attack, Pyongyang urges US to adopt ‘serious attitude’ for peace

Top North Korean official says Monday his country wants to be "free from aggression and war."

A senior North Korea official on Monday urged the United States to behave as if it seriously wants peace. Continue reading

Sparking far-reaching rights concerns, ICE now has powerful ability to track license plates nationwide

Development fuels concerns about possible civil liberties violations

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now has access to a nationwide license plate recognition database—a trove of billions of records that’s growing by the day. Continue reading

USA Today’s whopper of an editorial beautifully bashes ‘uniquely awful’ Trump

‘Trump's utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office,’ editorial states.

USA Today, the most widely-circulated newspaper in the U.S, has penned a scathing takedown of President Donald Trump, calling him “uniquely awful,” unfit to clean the toilets in his predecessor’s presidential library, and a person “who can always find room for a new low.” Continue reading

Under Trump, brags Mike Pompeo, CIA will be ‘much more vicious agency’

Trump ‘has promised that he will have our backs,’ says CIA head

According to Mike Pompeo, the agency he leads—which has supported coups across the globe, engaged in targeted killings, and led a detention and torture program—has not been nasty enough. Continue reading

Researchers: Trump tweets reveal ‘neurotic’ and ‘unstable’ leader

Newly published study looks at how language of Trump's tweets compares with that of over 100 CEOs and entrepreneurs

What do the frequent tweets from Donald Trump say about his online personality? Continue reading