Economy & Business

"Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos"

"For the better part of a century, from 1840 to around 1940, the U.S. was the world's biggest buyer of ivory. Hunters killed hundreds of thousands of elephants, and uncounted numbers of Africans were enslaved to carry the tusks to ships bound for America. Most of that ivory went to a tiny town in Connecticut — a town that's now grappling with this dark part of its past."

Source: NPR, 08/20/2014
August 10, 2014 to August 13, 2014

Renewable Energy Leaders Debate Critical Issues in Aspen at 11th Annual Summit

Billionaire philanthropist Democrat Tom Steyer meets Republican Conservationist Teddy Roosevelt IV at the 11th Annual American Renewable Energy Day Summit in Aspen.  They are among 135 clean energy world leaders from the public and private sectors who will converge on Aspen, Colorado to present and discuss new and innovative environmental concepts throughout this four-day event.

"Lobbyists Use Secretive White House Office To Block Gov't Regs"

"When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret."

Source: ProPublica, 08/04/2014

Fresh Secret Reports from the Congressional Research Service

Here are some recent explainers of interest to environmental journalists from the CRS, which Congress does not allow to be released to the taxpaying public who paid for them. The WatchDog thanks those who leaked them and the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy for publishing them.

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