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Why are so many Americans skeptical about climate change? A study offers a surprising answer.
Climate change has long been a highly polarizing topic in the United States, with Americans lining up on opposite sides depending on their politics and worldview. Now a scientific study sheds new light on the role played by corporate money in creating that divide. Washington Post
Submitted 13 hours ago


Here’s how the U.S. can dump fossil fuels for good
The world must go fossil-free — and fast. But the proposals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. and other countries are proposing for the upcoming climate summit in Paris will still allow nearly twice as much global warming as scientists — and even those very governments — say is compatible with civilization as we know it. Americans have often been told that meeting scientific climate targets is impossible without threatening jobs and costing a fortune. But a new report shows that the opposite is true.
Submitted 13 hours ago


Democrats finally won in the deep South – does it mean anything?
So what does the election of the first Democratic governor in the deep South since 2008 really mean? Republicans were quick to dismiss John Bel Edwards' victory in Louisiana on Saturday as an aberration — quite the contrast to their chest-beating declarations a few weeks ago when tea partier Matt Bevin won the Kentucky governor's race. Back then, we were told this signaled that the GOP was unstoppable down south and Democrats were in serious trouble for 2016. Pundits argued Obamacare was a noose around Democrats' necks, since Bevin had campaigned on killing the state's successful Medicaid expansion. And Republicans may well be right about Louisiana.
Submitted 15 hours ago


Want Innovation? Try Raising Minimum Wages
I’ve spent some time talking about the downsides of minimum-wage laws. But there is a big possible upside that I haven’t mentioned, in part because it’s pretty speculative. It’s the idea that minimum wages improve productivity and innovation over the long run. Boomberg
Submitted 15 hours ago


Opinion: Profits are down and wages are up — and that’s what we need
For years, analysts have lamented that the gains in the recovery since the Great Recession have filtered to the top, via stock-market gains and corporate profits. But that’s starting to change. Stock-market gains are slowing, profits are falling and wages are rising.
Submitted 15 hours ago


The Refugees of Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. — ON Friday, David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, apologized for comments in which he called for halting the resettlement of Syrian refugees and suggested that our situation was similar to the one Franklin D. Roosevelt faced when he imprisoned Japanese-Americans. New York Times
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John Oliver makes the complete, unvarnished case for accepting Syrian refugees
John Oliver has the perfect (or really, perfectly terrible) response when your elderly relatives start sniping at you during Thanksgiving dinner. "When your grandmother is complaining about your new piercing, saying your generation is terrible, simply reply, 'Okay, Nana, but at least we didn't send Jews back to Europe in 1939.' Then break off a turkey leg, drop it like a microphone, and you've just won the dinner." Oliver is talking specifically about the U.S. turning away a boatload of about 900 Jewish refugees from Germany in 1939, a quarter of whom then died during World War II. More generally, he's discussing the raging debate about accepting Syrian refugees in the U.S., and he isn't on the fence about what the U.S. should do. The Week
Submitted yesterday


Former Nucor CEO DiMicco: TPP is bad for U.S. manufacturers
Former Nucor Chief Executive Officer Dan DiMicco was on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Friday morning speaking out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and why it is bad for American manufacturers. Speaking from Charlotte, DiMicco said he is a “strong believer in exporting,” but that trade agreements are overly focused on pushing out exports, can create unnecessary import costs and fail to consider that the U.S. could rely more on domestically produced goods. Charlotte Observer
Submitted 4 days ago


CEO: Manufacturing Jobs Should Be Celebrated

Wall Street Journal
Submitted 5 days ago


UT/TT Poll: Texans Say Immigration, Terror Are Greatest Threats to U.S.
Before last week’s terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, Texas voters had illegal immigration and foreign terrorist groups at the top of their list of greatest threats to the U.S., according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Texas Tribune
Submitted 7 days ago

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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

The U.S. is now the world's largest producer of oil. It is also the world's largest producer of natural gas. When the ban is lifted on Iran's ability to export oil, the U.S. will be the only country left in the world that cannot export the product.
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.

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