Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
End Unfair Tax Breaks for Big OilOil companies benefit from massive tax breaks that cost the U.S. billions in lost revenue.
An overwhelming majority of Americans want the oil industry, which posts staggeringly high profits, to pay its fair share.
But every attempt to close tax loopholes for Big Oil is met with ramped-up, industry-led lobbying efforts in Congress and million-dollar PR campaigns to scare the public into thinking a repeal of oil subsidies means higher gas prices.
Support President Barack Obama’s plan to raise $38.7 billion in additional taxes from the oil and gas industry over the next 10 years.
Big spending in our elections is out of control.
Super PACs have already raised nearly $100 million to support Republican presidential candidates. That money has come from wealthy individual donors and shell corporations, set up purely to obscure the donor's identity.
The First Amendment is meant to protect our right to free speech. But since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, it seems like only billionaires are getting heard.
Join the growing call for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United today!
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson just announced he'll spend as much as $100 million to prop up Newt Gingrich's flailing presidential campaign - enough to make a Hollywood movie like Mission: Impossible.
Tea Party supporter David Koch has spent $700,000 supporting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is facing a recall. That's as much as NBA superstar Jeremy Lin will earn this year. And Koch says he won't stop there: "We've spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We're going to spend more."
Working FAmilies Party
Great news this week from across our green-economy programs…
First off, our Better Paper program director, Frank Locantore, tells me that eight new magazines -- Publishers Weekly, Phi Kappa Tau, Bicycle Times, Dirt Rag, Experience Life, Greenability, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and WellFed -- have started using our Better Paper Eco-Label to clearly show their commitment to using recycled paper. Look for it when you buy magazines, and see below for more from our Better Paper program on our latest award winners.
And what a difference recycled paper makes! If the entire North American magazine industry included a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper in their publications, it would save approximately 10 million trees a year – along with delivering big energy, water, and landfill savings.
Second, our Fair Trade director, Elizabeth O'Connell, reports that her trip last week to Hershey, Pennsylvania was a sweet success. On Valentine's Day, Elizabeth joined with our allies at the New York Labor Religion Coalition to personally deliver thousands petition signatures and hundreds of valentines -- made by schoolchildren opposed to child labor -- to members of the Hershey Trust, demanding greater action to get child labor out of Hershey's cocoa supply chain.
Finally, our policy director Fran Teplitz reports that efforts by Green America and dozens of allies working on energy and climate issues succeeded in gathering more than 800,000 signatures last week against a new effort to stop Congress from reviving the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline – a polluting tar-sands pipeline project halted last month by President Obama.
Our work together continues on each of these projects, as we push for a more eco-friendly magazine industry, a more socially just cocoa industry, and a cleaner energy policy for the United States.
Here's to a greener America,