Trump Criticizes NASA Moon Mission After Promoting It Earlier 

Posted: June 7, 2019, 8:23 pm

Trump Criticizes NASA Moon Mission After Promoting It Earlier FILE – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talks to employees about the agency's progress toward sending astronauts to the moon and on to Mars, March 11, 2019, at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on “much bigger” initiatives like going to Mars, undercutting his previous support for the lunar initiative.
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago,” the president wrote on Twitter. “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”
Trump's statement, tweeted from Air Force One as he returned from Europe, appeared at odds with his administration&#03..

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US Court Weighs if Climate Change Violates Children’s Rights

Posted: June 5, 2019, 6:07 am

US Court Weighs if Climate Change Violates Children's Rights Supporters attend a rally Tuesday, June 4, 2019 for a group of young people who filed a lawsuit saying U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future. PORTLAND, OREGON — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels.
A Justice Department attorney warned three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing the case to go to trial would be unprecedented and open the doors to more lawsuits.
“This case would have earth-shattering consequences,'' Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark said.
He called the lawsuit “a direct attack on the separation of powers'' and said the 21 young people who filed it want the courts to direct U.S. energy policy, instead of government officials.
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Energy Secretary: US Aims to Make Fossil Fuels Cleaner 

Posted: May 30, 2019, 7:55 pm

Energy Secretary: US Aims to Make Fossil Fuels Cleaner U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, center, speaks as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, left, and and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon look on at an energy summit, May 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. SALT LAKE CITY — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing “draconian'' regulations on coal and oil, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday at an energy conference in Salt Lake City.
Perry previously said the administration wants to spend $500 million next year on fossil fuel research and development as demand plummets for coal and surges for natural gas.
“Instead of punishing fuels that produce emissions through regulation, we're seeking to reduce those emissions by innovation,'' Perry said at the conference.
Fossil fuel emissions have been cited by scientists as a major source of global warming.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently said the world must change ho..

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Alabama Passes Near Total Ban on Abortions

Posted: May 16, 2019, 1:46 am

The U.S. state of Alabama has passed a law that criminalizes abortion in nearly all cases, including pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Tough abortion laws were earlier adopted in the states of Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi. A growing number of other states hostile to abortion could follow suit. The trend is raising fears that conservatives will seek to make abortion illegal across the country, forcing women to opt for unsafe methods to end unwanted pregnancies.

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Alabama Legislature Approves Ban on Nearly All Abortions

Posted: May 15, 2019, 7:12 am

Alabama Legislature Approves Ban on Nearly All Abortions Senator Clyde Chambliss (R), center, is seen with other senators during a state Senate vote on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, May 14, 2019. Lawmakers in the southeastern U.S. state of Alabama passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor.
The Republican-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk.
Senators rejected an attempt to add an exception for rape and incest.
Supporters said the bill is designed to spark a court case that might prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally.
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With $1 Million Donation, Activists Renew Green New Deal Push in US Election

Posted: May 6, 2019, 6:58 pm

With $1 Million Donation, Activists Renew Green New Deal Push in US Election FILE – U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed Green New Deal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Feb. 7, 2019. Young activists pressuring U.S. lawmakers to aggressively tackle climate change and reject fossil fuel company donations got their first major financial boost Monday from a foundation that wants to “amplify” the Green New Deal movement ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The Wallace Global Fund, a nonprofit that supports social movements, has given the Sunrise Movement $250,000 and committed $750,000 in grants in 2019 to Sunrise partner groups to advance the goals of the Green New Deal, a congressional resolution introduced this year by progressive Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey that has reignited the U.S. debate ar..

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Presidential Hopeful Inslee Wants 100% Clean Energy by 2030 

Posted: May 3, 2019, 6:27 pm

Presidential Hopeful Inslee Wants 100% Clean Energy by 2030 Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee speaks during a tour of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation bus depot in Los Angeles, May 3, 2019. Inslee's campaign centers on climate change and environmental issues. Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee, as part of his pledge to make combating climate change the top national priority, is calling for the nation's entire electrical grid and all new vehicles and buildings to be carbon pollution free by 2030.
It's the first major policy proposal from the Washington governor as he tries to gain a foothold in a field of more than 20 candidates.
The plan, the first piece of a series of climate action proposals from Inslee, would represent a national shift from coal-powered plants and traditional fuel engines in vehicles, while requiring an overhaul in the way most buildings are heated and cooled. Inslee's outline would require legislation and executive..

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Budget Office: Caveats to Government-Run Health System

Posted: May 1, 2019, 11:21 pm

Budget Office: Caveats to Government-Run Health System FILE – A sign is shown during a news conference to reintroduce “Medicare for All” legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 10, 2019. WASHINGTON — Congressional budget experts said Wednesday that moving to a government-run health care system like “Medicare for All” could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans.
The report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was a high-level look at the pros and cons of changing the current mix of public and private health care financing to a system paid for entirely by the government. It did not include cost estimates of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation or its House counterpart, but raised dozens of issues lawmakers would confront.
“The transition toward a single-payer system could be complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive,” the report said. “Policymakers would need to consider how quickly people with private insurance would switc..

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Budget Office Offers Caveats on Government-run Health System

Posted: May 1, 2019, 6:24 pm

Budget Office Offers Caveats on Government-run Health System FILE – A sign is shown during a news conference to reintroduce “Medicare for All” legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 10, 2019. WASHINGTON — Congressional budget experts said Wednesday that moving to a government-run health care system like “Medicare for All'' could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans.
The report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was a high-level look at the pros and cons of changing the current mix of public and private health care financing to a system paid for entirely by the government. It did not include cost estimates of Sen. Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All legislation or its House counterpart, but listed dozens of trade-offs lawmakers would confront.
“The transition toward a single-payer system could be complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive,'' the report said. “Policymakers would need to consider how quickly p..

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Activists Vow to Make Climate One of Top Election Issues

Posted: April 22, 2019, 9:42 pm

Events around the world focused on the environment Monday as the global community marked the 49th Earth Day. The founders of the movement predict that 2020 will be the crucial year in mobilizing people worldwide to demand economic and political changes aimed at preserving the planet for the coming generations. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.

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