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Parliamentarian weakens Democrats’ drug plan in Inflation Reduction Act, as Senate prepares to vote
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Parliamentarian weakens Democrats’ drug plan in Inflation Reduction Act, as Senate prepares to vote

The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for the first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden's top domestic goals.Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber's nonpartisan rules arbiter, said lawmakers must remove language imposing hefty penalties on drugmakers that boost their prices beyond inflation in the private insurance market. Those were the bill's chief pricing protections for the roughly 180 million people whose health coverage comes from private insurance, either through work or bought on their own. Other major provisions were left intact, including giving Medicare the power to negotiate what it pays for pharmaceuti...
Saskatchewan farmers, Conservative MPs decry fertilizer emissions proposal
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Saskatchewan farmers, Conservative MPs decry fertilizer emissions proposal

Saskatchewan agricultural stakeholders joined several Conservative MPs to discuss Ottawa’s proposal to reduce fertilizer emissions Thursday, telling reporters the policy is destined to reduce farm yields, threaten farm sustainability and hurt consumers in the process. “It’s going to have a devastating impact to Canadian farm families and their ability to produce food. There will be a massive reduction in yield,”  said Foothills MP John Barlow.The proposal to help lower Canadian GHG levels by slashing nitrogen fertilizer application emissions by 30 per cent was first mentioned as part of the “A Healthy Environment and Healthy Economy” plan in 2020.“That will make farming economically unsustainable in Canada. That is going to increase food costs as a result of lower yield,” Barlow s...
Climate activists deflate tires on 34 SUVs in Victoria region
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Climate activists deflate tires on 34 SUVs in Victoria region

An environmental activist organization is claiming to have deflated tires of 34 SUVs across Victoria and Oak Bay. The new ‘Tyre Extinguishers of Victoria’ have posted online they are part of a worldwide direct action with the goal of eliminating SUVs from urban areas.“We do this with one simple tactic: deflating the tires of these massive, unnecessary vehicles, causing inconvenience for their owners without endangering any lives in the process,” the website reads.“We are taking action because, like so many British Columbians, we have felt angry, powerless, afraid, and overwhelmed at the global scale of the climate crisis and the glacial pace of action, and we have asked ourselves: what direct action can we do that makes a difference?” ...
Officials announce unexpected climate and tax deal
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Officials announce unexpected climate and tax deal

Officials announce unexpected climate and tax deal - CBS News Watch CBS News In a surprise move, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced a historic deal on climate, energy and health care costs – a major breakthrough for President Joe Biden. Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes has details on the unexpected compromise. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On Source link
How Summerside — and Prince Edward Island — are leading the energy revolution in Canada
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How Summerside — and Prince Edward Island — are leading the energy revolution in Canada

On a small island, and in an even smaller city, a major energy revolution is taking form — and it’s all because of a will by the people who live there to do things a little bit differently.From wind farms to giant solar parks, big things are happening in Summerside, PEI, a city on the East Coast of Canada with a can-do attitude, and a will to act as a case study for the rest of the country on how to unleash the renewable energy revolution.The community’s signature project is a $69-million, 80-acre solar project that will be going online later this year.It’s called the Summerside Sunbank and once it’s fully operational, about 65 per cent of Summerside’s power will come from renewable energy produced locally. That’s a remarkable feat for any city in Canada, especially one as small as Sum...
Guelph, Wellington, Ont. part of electric vehicle charging station strategy – Guelph
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Guelph, Wellington, Ont. part of electric vehicle charging station strategy – Guelph

Pretty soon, finding a place to charge an electric vehicle will be as common as finding a gas station to fill up. Several southwestern Ontario municipalities, including the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington, have come together to develop an electric vehicle charging network strategy.The strategy would plan, among other things, where electric vehicle charging stations would be located along a corridor that stretches from the 401 Highway to the Bruce Peninsula.Karen Chisholme, climate change and sustainability manager with the County of Wellington, says with more people purchasing electric vehicles, they want to be in a position where they are ready to have these charging stations available.“It’s not that we think we will draw more people with electric vehicles to the area...
Wildfires scorching the West Coast are a growing risk for homeowners nationwide
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Wildfires scorching the West Coast are a growing risk for homeowners nationwide

Americans facing the toughest housing market in years aren't just grappling with high property prices and rising mortgage rates, but are also increasingly at risk of natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes and wildfires — no matter where they live.Amid the worst drought in at least 1,200 years, large parts of the American West are battling wildfires. California's largest blaze this year, the Oak Fire, is threatening Yosemite National Park during the park's busiest season, while fires in Colorado have forced thousands to evacuate. Wildfires are getting more intense and more frequent due to climate change, which is drying out vegetation and making fires more likely to spark and burn longer. And it's not just the West that's affected: Climate change is also increasing the like...