As New York City Declares War on the Oil Industry, the Politically Impossible Suddenly Seems Possible
Way to go NYC!
“In a single day, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City filed a lawsuit against five oil majors and intended to divest $5 billion from fossil fuel companies.”
New York City’s lawsuit for climate damages raises the prospect that oil companies may have to pay for rising sea levels and extreme weather.
A NYTimes Op-Ed piece last week asked: “Is the Democratic Party becoming too democratic?” . . . huh? When we say we want a party answerable to the people, it’s not a good omen when the establishment newspaper calls that goal into doubt.
While progressives won some changes during the recent gathering of the Unity Commission, the war for the heart and soul of the Party is still raging.. Last Monday, the New York Times carried what has to be one of the most ludicrous, Orwellian pieces of propaganda in recent memory.
“Full-time investigative reporters, with few exceptions, do not exist. There are fewer journalists employed to scrutinize unseemly local politicians. Courtrooms and community boards are not covered the way they were. Granular, day-to-day beat coverage—the type that informs neighborhoods, holds bad local actors accountable, and shines a light on the struggles of ordinary people—is disappearing.”
A month ago, I surprised a lot of people by announcing that I was making an unusual career move: After a lifetime in the journalistic trenches—including as a consistent writer for three publications that had scaled back or killed their print editions or both—I was running for a State Senate seat in…
Consolidated Edison, the electric utility in NYC, paid investors $764 million in dividends last year.
Pacific Gas & Electric, the electric utility in San Francisco, paid investors $856 million in dividends during 2015.
Maybe these companies should invest in infrastructure instead of spending all of OUR money enriching shareholders? #nationalizethem
Major power outages caused chaos on mass transit systems in both New York and San Francisco Friday.
Congratulations to New York!
“Budget negotiators struck a deal late Friday that could make New York the first state to cover residents’ tuition at public four-year universities.”
A bipartisan budget agreement covers residents from families earning less than $125,000 a year.