Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Responding to Tragedy Last week, btw brought you the story of dual mass shootings that occurred within less than a day of each other in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and left at least 31 people dead. Gun safety advocates had hoped that the twin tragedies would spark renewed interest in gun safety legislation, […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Trump Tweet Attacks Baltimore Have you ever heard of Rep. Elijah Cummings? He’s a Democratic congressman who has represented a Maryland district which includes over half of Baltimore since 1996. He serves as chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and also happens to be a vocal critic of Trump and his policies–most recently, […]

Oregon’s New Climate Change Plan

Oregon’s New Climate Change Plan

Posted by on Jun 11, 2019 in United States | No Comments

Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s “Green New Deal” . . . clean energy bills . . . the ongoing debate over nuclear versus coal. Many agree that reducing pollution and carbon emissions is a good idea for our planet, it’s much harder to come up with a plan for change that everyone can get behind. But […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Vote on the Green New Deal Last week, Election Central brought you details of the proposed Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to fight climate change introduced by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (MA). In a nutshell, the plan is a nonbinding resolution that would require a complete overhaul of […]

The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site updates you on the building debate over the Green New Deal legislative proposal. According to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if world emissions continue at their current rate, the Earth will face a 1.5- to 2-degree Celsius warming between the […]

The President vs the Sage-Grouse

The President vs the Sage-Grouse

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the impact of some Trump Administration environmental goals on western animal fauna. On December 6, the Department of the Interior announced a proposal to open up millions of acres in the Western United States for mining, drilling, and other resource extraction. This should come […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

New Developments in Brexit For the past two years, Europe has tried to figure out the terms of Britain’s plan to leave the European Union (EU), a process known as “Brexit.” This has been complicated because Britain wants to stay connected to the EU in some ways, such as free trade, but separate itself on […]

Kroger Bans Plastic Bags

Kroger Bans Plastic Bags

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

In June, btw brought you the story of how many businesses, and even cities, are banning plastic drinking straws in an effort to eliminate some of the plastic waste in our oceans and waterways. Now, one U.S. grocery store chain is taking another important anti-plastic measure, and banning single-use plastic bags as well. The Kroger […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Civic Debate Does your school require you to take a civics class? Probably not. Civics classes focus on the study of U.S. government, history, and democracy. One of the reasons why our country first set up a widespread public education system was to create informed and active participants in the government. Until the 1960s, […]

Stop Sipping to Save the Earth

Stop Sipping to Save the Earth

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Top Stories | No Comments

When you order your favorite soft drink or milkshake, how do you drink it? If you said “With a straw,” you’re not alone. In fact, Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws every day. But this is about to change. Across the country, universities, food service companies, and even entire cities are banning plastic […]