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What extreme heat waves tell us about the dangers of climate change | MIT Technology Review

What extreme heat waves tell us about the dangers of climate change | MIT Technology Review

General warming predictions are still on track, but recent heat waves are a stress test for the modeling of extreme events. Yes, climate change is real and we’re experiencing it right now. Source: What extreme heat waves tell us about the dangers of climate change | MIT Technology Review Continue reading What extreme heat waves tell us about the dangers of climate change | MIT Technology Review

Toxic California Lake Has Lithium to Power EVs for Decades, Make US Less China-Dependent

Toxic California Lake Has Lithium to Power EVs for Decades, Make US Less China-Dependent

The barren wasteland of the Salton Sea in Southern California holds a treasure that could potentially be an immense benefit to the EV industry: a massive supply of lithium. A big deal if correct. Source: Toxic California Lake Has Lithium to Power EVs for Decades, Make US Less China-Dependent Continue reading Toxic California Lake Has Lithium to Power EVs for Decades, Make US Less China-Dependent

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Texas Team Applauded for Giving What Big Pharma Refuses: A Patent-Free Vaccine to the World

Texas Team Applauded for Giving What Big Pharma Refuses: A Patent-Free Vaccine to the World

“We’re not trying to make money. We just want to see people get vaccinated.” In addition to being patent-free, which the current government funded Covid-19 vaccines should have been, Corbevax is also a protein subunit vaccine, like Novavax, meaning it’s a traditional type of vaccine developed using a protein of the actual … Continue reading Texas Team Applauded for Giving What Big Pharma Refuses: A Patent-Free Vaccine to the World

Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight - The New York Times

Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight – The New York Times

Since the 2020 election, Republicans have pursued a host of new voting restrictions across the country. Here’s where things stand. With a shrinking number of actual voters, one of the political parties in some states is trying to make access to voting more difficult for people from the other party. Will it … Continue reading Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight – The New York Times

Coal Miners Union Rebukes Manchin for Effort to Kill Build Back Better

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Coal Miners Union Rebukes Manchin for Effort to Kill Build Back Better

“Manchin has lost the coal miners with this latest betrayal,” said one labor reporter. Expressing disbelief that Manchin would jeopardize a fund that sent $40 million to West Virginia coal mining veterans in 2020—out of $162 million nationwide—The New Republic asked on Sunday, “Does Joe Manchin know that Build Back Better would … Continue reading Coal Miners Union Rebukes Manchin for Effort to Kill Build Back Better

The true, Terry Pratchett-esque origins of the trillion-dollar coin - Cory Doctorow

The true, Terry Pratchett-esque origins of the trillion-dollar coin – Cory Doctorow

The debt ceiling debate is genuinely absurd: Congress authorized the spending of new dollars, so the Treasury has to create them. For Congress to turn around and force the Treasury not to create the dollars it ordered the Treasury to create is an obvious political gimmick. Hence the trillion dollar coin… Now … Continue reading The true, Terry Pratchett-esque origins of the trillion-dollar coin – Cory Doctorow

The guy behind “Mint the Coin” to end the debt ceiling: The trillion-dollar scheme, explained by its inventor – Vox

Instead of issuing new debt and running afoul of the debt ceiling, the Treasury secretary could simply fund the government by minting platinum coins. In 2013, even former US Mint Director Philip … Continue reading The guy behind “Mint the Coin” to end the debt ceiling: The trillion-dollar scheme, explained by its inventor – Vox