September 27, 2016

Power Companies Funding Legal Efforts To Overturn Clean Power Plan In Court


Lawyers for the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) were among those who argued against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan today before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Recent investigations have revealed that some of the nation’s largest electric utilities have quietly funded this special interest group’s attacks on the EPA’s first-ever limits on
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June 22, 2016

Give the Obama Student Loan Servicing Plan a Chance


Guest Post by Deanne Loonin (attorney and advocate for low-income student loan borrowers) Programs to help struggling student loan borrowers will only succeed if servicers effectively do their jobs and provide high quality information and assistance. Servicers are a borrower’s primary point of contact.  Ideally, they should provide borrowers with accurate and comprehensive information about
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November 13, 2015

Climate Hustle, Latest Global Warming Denial Documentary, Set For World Premiere In Paris During COP21

Global Warming Image

Starting on November 30 and lasting until December 11, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), i.e. the annual meeting of all countries that want to take action for the climate, will meet in Le Bourget, France. They are meeting to try and agree to a global legally binding climate treaty to keep global warming below
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November 9, 2015

Roy Spencer, Climate Skeptic, wants RICO Investigation of Environmentalists

Roy Spencer Speaking at the Heartland Institute International Conference on Climate Change

At a recent Cato Institute event titled, “Preparing for Paris: What to Expect from the U.N.’s 2015 Climate Change Conference,” climate skeptic Roy Spencer raised eyebrows when he said that environmentalists should be investigated under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) because of the energy policies they push. Thomas Wysmuller, owner of,
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June 10, 2015

Edison Electric Institute Elects New Leaders But Policymakers Are Unlikely To See Innovative Ideas

Nick Akins

Nick Akins, president and CEO of American Electric Power, was announced as the elected chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) yesterday at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.  EEI is the national trade association representing investor-owned electric utility companies. Joining Akins on EEI’s leadership team as vice chairmen will be these four industry
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November 5, 2014

Gerrymandering Rigged the 2014 Elections for Republican Advantage

The drafting of the Constitution. The House of Representatives was designed to be a voice of the people.

In the midterm elections, Republicans appear to have won their largest House majority since the Hoover administration. Republicans won on the weakness of Democratic candidates, a poor resource allocation strategy by Democratic party leaders, particularly DCCC chair Steve Israel, and an election narrative that did little to inspire base Democratic voters. That being said, in
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September 3, 2014

“Back to the Future” for career colleges: What we have to do to regain credibility

Many for-profit colleges get about 90 percent of their revenue from federal financial aid. For-profit schools have 13% of U.S. students by nearly half of all student loan defaults.

In this guest post, Raul Valdes Pages addresses his colleagues in the for-profit college industry. Raul Valdes Pages was the founder and CEO of Denver Technical College, a for-profit school offering associate, bachelor and master’s programs. He also has served as CEO of Sextant Education and marketing manager and vice president at DeVry. He is
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July 28, 2014

Disgraced Coal Baron Don Blankenship Rebrands As A Libertarian Activist

Don Blankenship receives a shoe shine at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Among visitors to Freedom Fest, a libertarian convention in Las Vegas, you might miss the aging Don Blankenship amid other middle aged attendees and a swarm of college students in three piece suits. Blankenship, wearing a bowling shirt and tan slacks, moves from panel to panel carrying a tote bag filled with free schwag — of
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