More than ever, employees want a say in how their companies are run

While a growing number of employers see the value of involving workers in decision making—giving rise to “holacracy” and other decentralized business models—for most, labor remains a cost to be managed and reduced. Outsourcing and offshoring of American jobs has made employment less certain—The Wall Street Journal is cutting newsroom jobs and IBM is both laying off thousands and demanding its workers who telecommuted to return to offices, sometimes in new cities.
And automation looms as a threat over many industries. Companies have become more sophisticated about shutting down unions, and only 6.4% of US private-sector workers are organized. Petitions only work if employers are willing to entertain them, but for many employees, they’re the only way to be heard.

via More than ever, employees want a say in how big companies like IBM and Wall Street Journal (NWS) are run — Quartz

In Germany, corporations are required to have boards that are made up of 50 percent labor. Thus the power of management is spread equally between ‘management’ and workers. It is sad that this kind of arrangement is not even considered in the US. CEO’s act like dictators, and thus we end up with a President like Trump and his son in law, who treat the US like a corporation owned by them, and citizens are ‘customers’.

How Big Coal Infiltrated the Trump Administration to Reverse Climate Policy

The Most Revolutionary Act

Many of the US’s biggest coal companies declared bankruptcy last year, after piling on debt during a series of mergers when coal prices were at a peak. The industry has been suffering for years, thanks to cheaper local natural gas, a federal government push for clean energy, and China’s slowing economy.

President Donald Trump’s executive order yesterday to start dismantling the Clean Power Plan, which limits power-plant carbon emissions, was “an end to the war on coal,” as he put it, and a rare victory for the industry. It’s also no coincidence. Coal executives supported and funded the Trump presidential campaign, and industry-backed lawyers and talking heads stocked his cabinet, even as the industry sputtered and thousands lost their jobs.

In July of last year, Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, the largest coal-mining company in the US, blamed Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for “virtually destroying

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Greenwashing 50 Year Old Nuclear Energy Corporate Welfare And Entitlement Program; How The Nuclear Industry Uses Taxpayer Money To Deceive The Public, Poison Environment, Plus Kill Innocent Children

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[ICAN delivered the following statement on core prohibitions that should be included in the ban treaty during the civil society session of the negotiation conference on March 29.]

Thea Katrin Mjelstad presents ICAN’s views on core ban treaty prohibitions.

Madam President:

I speak on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, and its partner organization Norwegian People’s Aid Solidarity Youth.

The community of nations must fully seize this historic opportunity to establish an unambiguous, comprehensive global prohibition on the very worst weapons of mass destruction.

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Fast-charging a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car

The station, as EVgo stations do, shut down after precisely 30 minutes of fast charging.

Our Bolt EV, which had arrived with 78 miles of range, now showed 131 miles—meaning a half-hour boost of 53 miles, or far from the 80 percent possible in a Tesla.

And that highlights the limitations of today’s fast-charging infrastructure for any car other than a Tesla: the current 50-kilowatt maximum simply doesn’t permit longer-range cars to recharge anywhere near fast enough to make road trips practical.

CHECK OUT: Chevy Bolt EV tested by Tesla Model S owner: his assessment

We would have required a second 30-minute session, probably even a third, to get the battery back to more than 200 miles for any kind of road trip.

The Bolt EV is capable of charge rates up to 80 kw, Chevrolet says, which provides some built-in futureproofing.

Since there are no public CCS stations in the U.S. now capable of delivering that rate, we don’t know yet how well that works in a Bolt EV.

via Fast-charging a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car


Why would GM market and sell a long distance EV, with no way to actually do anything other than short distance trips, due to lack of QUICK CHARGE charging infrastructure?

Plenty of Nukiller Slush Funds for Greenwash

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Plenty of Nukiller slush funds for greenwash while Toshiba (NuGen ) plans bankruptcy .

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:10PM

Wildlife garden to grow thanks to nuclear
An art centre’s wildlife garden will be developed further thanks to a grant from a
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An art centre’s wildlife garden will be developed further thanks to a grant from a
nuclear company.

Florence Arts Centre received money from NuGen, the firm behind the proposed
Moorside development, in 2015 to turn an area of waste ground into a garden.

Now, the company has handed over a grant of up to £5,000 to allow the centre to
improve the area.

Florence board member Pippa de Gara said: “As phase one went so well we decided to

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Clean energy provides far more U.S. jobs than fossil fuels: analysis

What the president has apparently overlooked in his latest actions is that the clean-energy industry already accounts for far more U.S. jobs than does the fossil-fuel sector.

DON’T MISS: Trump Administration goal: undo every climate-change effort

That little-known fact is based on a review of U.S. Department of Energy’s own jobs data for the energy sector.

It was brought to public attention in a Sierra Club report that shows jobs in the clean-energy industries outnumber those associated with fossil fuels by roughly 2.5 to 1.

Trump has promised to “bring back coal” and its associated jobs—a goal virtually every energy analyst says is simply unattainable—but that sector fares even worse.

via Clean energy provides far more U.S. jobs than fossil fuels: analysis

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