Saturday, February 13, 2016

News you can share: A budget surplus, new national monuments, renewable power, and more

Organizing for Action

Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share -- the latest on Obamacare's success, January's budget surplus, renewable power, and more.

Obama to designate new national monuments in the California desert
The Washington Post // Juliet Eilperin

President Obama has set aside more of America's lands and waters for conservation protection than any of his predecessors, and he is preparing to do even more before he leaves office next year.

US government ran $55B budget surplus in January
CNBC // Jeff Spielman

The current fiscal year-to-date deficit stood at $160 billion, compared to a deficit of $194 billion at the same point last year.

Here's a Huge and Undercovered Obamacare Success Story
Mother Jones // Kevin Drum

Thanks to Obamacare's individual mandate spurring the purchase of individual coverage and its employer mandate spurring an increase in employer coverage, total private coverage increased by more than 16 million through the middle of 2015.

The New Power Added to U.S. Grids in 2015 Was Mostly Renewable
Fortune // Claire Groden

Renewable energy accounted for the majority of new power added to the U.S. power grids last year--marking the second year in a row that clean energy surpassed fossil fuels, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

TPP: Helping Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in the 21st Century
Huffington Post Business Blog // Arun M. Kumar

Across the board, TPP contains provisions that will save businesses of all sizes time and money by offering fair treatment, more certainty, and transparency in trading within the TPP region that is home to 40% of global GDP and 800 million consumers.

President Barack Obama On How To Win The Future
Popular Science Magazine // Cliff Ransom

With one year left in the Oval Office, the president talks about what he's achieved, what's left to do (a lot), and why being a nerd is one of the best ways to serve your country.

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