This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 11, 2014 for week ending June 20, 2014

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"If the government were to really couple a robust rule – something much stronger than the rule that's being proposed – with a renewed commitment to investing in wind and solar, we have a real opportunity to build a new stronger economy built upon not only providing renewable sustainable energy, but using renewable sustainable energy.""

– Mitch Jones, common resources director with Food & Water Watch, on the new Environmental Protection Agency standards to regulate power plant carbon emissions


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Environmentalists: Obama Administration Carbon Regulations Don't Go Far Enough

MP3 Interview with Mitch Jones, common resources director with Food & Water Watch, conducted by Scott Harris. Transcript compiled by Evan Bieder.

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On June 2, the Obama administration announced new Environmental Protection Agency standards to regulate power plant carbon emissions. The rules, which are being proposed to fight climate change, were designed to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plant 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The new regulations target greenhouse gas emissions produced by the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants, the largest source of carbon dioxide in the U.S.  Story continues

Hope for Sustainable Agriculture as a New Wave of Young Farmers Return to the Land

MP3 Interview with Martin Ping, executive director of the Hawthorne Valley Association in New York’s Hudson Valley, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The fourth annual Slow Living Summit took place this year in Brattleboro, Vermont, June 4 through 6. Among the keynote speakers was Martin Ping, executive director of the Hawthorne Valley Association in Ghent, New York. In his talk titled, "Soil, Soul and Society: A Love Story in Three Movements," he described how the residents of Hawthorne Valley – which includes a Waldorf School and a retail store in addition to a diverse farming operation – cultivate meaningful relationships in family, work and community, focused on learning from nature and a finding a sense of place.  Story continues

New Website Provides a Safe Harbor for Future Whistleblowers

MP3 Interview with J. Kirk Wiebe, retired NSA whistleblower, conducted by Scott Harris. Transcript compiled by Evan Bieder.

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It’s been a year since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed to the world the extent of America’s dragnet surveillance of international and domestic communications. Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, faces serious criminal charges in the U.S. for revealing classified information. But according to a recent poll nearly 25 percent of Americans reject the charge that Snowden is a traitor, believing instead that his disclosures launched an important and necessary debate on previously secret domestic government surveillance operations.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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