The possible state move raises questions about equity, since many essential workers are low-wage earners and people of color. United Farm Workers Foundation said moving to an exclusively age-based system would be “disconcerting” because farm workers are particularly vulnerable — many are uninsured and work under risky conditions, often with no handwashing stations or masks if they are not provided by employers. … [Read more...] about To simplify vaccine rollout, California considers an age-based system
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Drivers pay the $2 fee every year as part of registering their cars. Separately, Newsom also proposes to extend a $4 registration fee on vehicles that are eight years old or newer, which would fund other clean-air programs. Both fees are set to expire in 2024, and Newsom wants to extend them until 2046. … [Read more...] about Newsom’s $1.5 billion plan for electric cars shifts rebate money to equity programs
The hydroelectric projects and the roughly half-a-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative are part of a program by China to build ties with scores of nations through infrastructure. The initiative would link China to Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia. There are concerns about the level of debt some countries would take on regarding such investments. China has said there are no conditions attached to its investments and loans. … [Read more...] about Analysts: Rising Debt Burden Could Make Laos More Reliant on China
Social media experts have argued that companies like Facebook and Twitter played a direct role in the Capitol insurrection both by allowing plans for the uprising to be made on their platforms and through algorithms that allow dangerous conspiracy theories to take flight. That’s even though executives, such as Facebook’s Sandberg, have insisted that planning for the riots largely took place on other, smaller platforms. … [Read more...] about Selena Gomez: Big Tech “cashing in from evil”
It's hard to talk here about a "just transition" for fossil fuel workers -- as if any transition for workers in dying US industries ever has been "just." Jason Walsh, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, which aims to unite labor and environmental interests around the issue of a transition for dislocated fossil fuel workers, told me there's no justice in what happened to auto workers or timber workers -- or in what's happening to fossil fuel workers now. … [Read more...] about This town powered America for decades. What do we owe them?