California

Trump Rebuked for ‘Breathtakingly Vicious’ Plan for Fossil Fuel Lease Sales in California Amid Historic Wildfires

Especially given the climate-fueled wildfires ravaging the region, conservationists sounded alarm Thursday in response to a Trump administration proposal for an oil and gas lease sale in California, which would be the state’s first such federal auction in eight years. At issue are over 4,300 acres of public land in Kern County, an area recently dubbed …

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‘What Stage of Capitalism Is This?’ Hedge Fund $3 Billion Richer Thanks to Wager on Wildfire Insurance Claims

The social and environmental toll of the unfolding fire catastrophe in California—where over 100,000 people have been displaced, seven have died, and approximately 1.2 million acres have burned since August 15—is incalculable, but hedge fund Baupost Group has found a way to turn the state’s devastating wildfire epidemic over recent years into profits for investors.   …

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Climate Activists and Scientists Raise Alarm After Death Valley Endures Potentially Record-Breaking 130ºF

The temperature in eastern California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, hit a potentially record-breaking 130ºF on Sunday, according to a preliminary reading—an event that led alarmed activists and scientists to reiterate calls for urgent global action to combat the climate crisis. “Please understand: it will get hotter, and hotter, and …

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With Biden-Harris Ticket Set, Climate Groups Demand ‘Transformative Action From Day One’ If Elected

Since presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, green groups have responded by welcoming the choice and expressing hope that the California Democrat will push for ambitious, justice-focused climate and environmental policies if they win in November. As a 2020 presidential primary candidate until late last …

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Major ‘Milestone’ for Workers as California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft Must Classify Drivers as Employees

In a move that local political leaders and labor rights advocates celebrated as a major win for gig workers, a California judge ruled Monday that the ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber must classify drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors to comply with state law. “The years-long ploy of these behemoth corporations …

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Saying ICE Has ‘Lost the Right to Be Trusted,’ Federal Judge Orders Mandatory Testing at Detention Center Hit by Covid-19

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to find and implement rapid on-site testing following an outbreak that hospitalized two detainees and infected at least seven others at a California detention facility. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria also ordered ICE not to take in any new detainees at …

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As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates

As prisons and jails across the country continue to report Covid-19 outbreaks among inmates and staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that a county jail in California does not have to provide its population with basic sanitary and protective equipment or test symptomatic inmates. Responding to an emergency application by officials at Orange …

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‘Time Is Now to #PassTheDamnBill’: 116 California DNC Delegates Demand Pelosi Hold Floor Vote on Medicare for All

Urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “forego political expediency and incrementalism” in favor of a bold solution to the healthcare crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, 116 delegates elected to represent California at the Democratic National Convention issued an open letter Sunday demanding an up-or-down floor vote on the Medicare for All Act before the …

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‘Accountability Is Coming’: Federal Judges Rule California Climate Suits Against Big Oil Must Go Forward in State Court

A panel of federal judges on Tuesday ruled that California climate lawsuits aiming to force major fossil fuel companies to pay for their role in causing the environmental crisis must be heard in state courts rather than more industry-friendly federal venues, a decision that was celebrated as a major blow to Big Oil’s efforts to …

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