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  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell

    Denis Hayes by: Denis Hayes
    In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in.
      Eclipses occur over very broad regions, so grid operators can't count on a sunny Spain to compensate for a cloudy Poland.

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  • What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Very Angry Birds

    Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
    Whether you are building a climate movement or building the gaming industry, smart people know that you have to meet your customers, activists or gamers, where they are.
      The gaming industry has figured out how to reach people where they are. Human beings now spend three billion hours a week playing on line games, and close to 100 percent of teenagers under 18 years old, boys and girls, play games regularly, according to alternative reality game designer, Jane McGonigal. By the time a person is 21 they will have spent 10,000 hours playing on-line games, close to the same number of hours that they will spend in classroom education.

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  • Small Businesses and the Estate Tax

    Deborah Field by: Deborah Field
    As a small business owner, I am watching with bewilderment the efforts in Congress to repeal the federal estate tax in order to "help out small businesses."
      This is just one more instance in which the cover of small businesses is being used by special interest lobbyists in Washington who are rigging the system for the wealthy. Only 20 small businesses and small family farms paid any estate taxes in 2013, a typical year. That's across the entire country -- not just here in Oregon.
      Why? Because an individuals estate has to be worth more than $5.4 million before any tax is owed.

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  • Equal Pay Day

    Linda Hallman by: Linda Hallman, Sonia Syngal
    When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That's how equal partnerships work.
      Today, you know the Fishers' company as Gap Inc. Following Doris and Don's lead, the company continues to pay the women and men who work there dollar for dollar for the same day's work -- from sales associate to senior executive and every level in between. This story is especially important now as we mark another Equal Pay Day, the symbolic date when womens salaries finally catch up to mens salaries from the previous year.

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Walmart's Small Wage Increase Not Enough for Employees, Taxpayers

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente
You don't need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the companys recently announced boost in worker wages: it's not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of poverty, ...



Stark Choices: People's Budget vs. Republican Plan

Jan  Schakowsky by: Jan Schakowsky, Lawrence Mishel
The annual federal budget debate typically doesn't excite many folks outside the Washington beltway. And with good reason -- the Republican budget process is intended to lull the public to sleep ...





Whistleblowers and the Prosecution Loophole

Liz Hempowicz by: Liz Hempowicz, Shanna Devine
When facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for leaking highly classified material to his mistress and later lying about it to the FBI, General David Petraeus found unlikely allies on Capitol ...



Why This Catholic Physician Supports Medical Aid in Dying

Robert Olvera by: Robert Olvera
Inspired by the public advocacy of terminal brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, lawmaker in Washington, DC, and at least 16 other states -- from California to New York -- have introduced bills ...








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Hydrogen Fuel Cell (by: Denis Hayes) in the Augusta Free Press

What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Very Angry Birds (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Small Businesses and the Estate Tax (by: Deborah Field) in the Palm Beach Post

Equal Pay Day (by: Linda Hallman, Sonia Syngal) in the Augusta Free Press

Walmart's Small Wage Increase Not Enough for Employees, Taxpayers (by: Frank Clemente) in the Deer Park Broadcaster

Stark Choices: People's Budget vs. Republican Plan (by: Jan Schakowsky, Lawrence Mishel) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Whistleblowers and the Prosecution Loophole (by: Liz Hempowicz, Shanna Devine) in the Newport Daily Express

Why This Catholic Physician Supports Medical Aid in Dying (by: Robert Olvera) in the Orange Country Register

Community Reinvestment Act Can Boost Energy-Efficiency, Funding for Low-Income Schools (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Augusta Free Press

Is the American Business Community Racist? (by: MaryAnne Howland) in the Augusta Free Press



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