Saturday, May 23, 2015

This week in the news. Some things you may have missed.

Truth Team

You're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share. No fluff, just facts -- that's the Truth Team way.

What Obama means when he calls climate change a national security threat
Vox // David Roberts

So is climate change a national security threat? Well, a hotter world means more disruptions, which means more burden on the military. And dependence on oil means reduced operational effectiveness and vulnerability to unpredictable price swings.

This will give you hope: Developing countries are racing to install wind and solar
The Washington Post // Chris Mooney

Looking at the future of global energy, it finds that the world stands to install more than 5,500 gigawatts worth of electricity capacity between now and 2030 -- spending some $ 7.7 trillion in energy investments. And "two thirds of that is going to be invested in clean energy," said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew's Clean Energy Initiative.

A Fascinating Minimum-Wage Experiment Is About to Unfold
The New Yorker // John Cassidy

As an exercise in participatory politics, the success of the living-wage movement is encouraging, and the new laws, when they come into effect, will have a significant impact on the lives of low-paid workers and their families.

Analyst: This Is the Chart That Keeps Me Up at Night
BloombergBusiness // David Wilson

Reduced federal spending on research and development poses "the risk of a widening innovation deficit in America relative to the rest of the world," according to Joseph Quinlan, chief market strategist at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Obamacare Is Making It Easier to Be a Young Working Parent
Mother Jones // Dean Baker

The main point of the Affordable Care Act was to extend health insurance coverage to the uninsured. While this is a tremendously important goal, a benefit that is almost equally important was to provide a guarantee of coverage to those already insured if they lose or leave their job.

Survey finds 3 out of 4 satisfied with their ObamaCare plans
The Hill // Sarah Ferris

The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges are satisfied with their plans, according to a new national survey.

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