Tesoro Corp. claims the proposed merger of two adjacent refineries in Southern California's Long Beach area to create the largest oil refinery on the West Coast will substantially reduce emissions. But critics say the project's overall environmental, safety and economic impacts have been worryingly underestimated.
President Obama promised a new era in US-Central American relations, but history keeps repeating itself. Following the 2009 military coup in Honduras, despite initial condemnation, the US quickly moved to normalize relations with a dubiously elected new regime.
Gross concentrations of wealth, especially inherited wealth, characterize aristocratic societies, not free and democratic societies. It's time we used the tax system to substantially reduce dynastic wealth in support of political opportunity for all.