Detroit hotel workers picket for higher wages

first_img“The poverty-level wages paid to workers at the Fort Shelby Doubletree Hotel are unacceptable,” charged UNITE HERE Local 24, which held a spirited picket on Dec. 20. The local has been picketing the nonunion downtown Detroit hotel on a regular basis. Several similar hotels have been targeted for their unwillingness to meet with the union and for their inferior wages and benefits. Union housekeepers typically earn two to four dollars an hour more than what these high-end hotels pay their workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

French racism, repression ignite protests in Africa

first_imgProtests against Charlie Hebdo have taken place in several African countries.More protests took place throughout the Muslim world after the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo once again highlighted a cover cartoon that was deliberately offensive to Islam.The magazine’s office was attacked and 12 staff members killed on Jan. 7. According to French police, two brothers of Algerian descent, Cherif and Said Kouachi, who had lived their lives in the impoverished suburbs outside of Paris, were responsible. They were killed soon after in a shootout with police. Amedy Coulibaly, a French citizen of West African origin, was killed along with four other people on Jan. 9 in what police said was a hostage-taking episode linked to the magazine shootings.Since these events, the French government under François Hollande has intensified its repressive apparatus, targeting largely African, Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in France.Dozens of Muslims have been arrested by police and intelligence services.The official French position, along with their allies in Europe and North America, is that the so-called “ideology of radical Islam” is the central problem fomenting terrorist attacks. There has been very little discussion in the corporate media about the overall social conditions facing Africans, Arabs and Muslims in France or on the African continent.Muslims demonstrate across AfricaDemonstrations have taken place in Algeria, Senegal, Sudan, Mauritania and Niger, where a French cultural center was attacked on Jan. 16. All these states have large Muslim populations, and many viewed the cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo magazine as an affront to their religious beliefs.In addition to the demonstrations in Africa, similar protests have occurred in Yemen, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan and other countries. In many of these demonstrations people who gathered outside French embassies clashed with police.In Niger, at least 10 people were killed during three days of demonstrations during Jan. 16-18. In Niger’s second-largest city, Zinder, a French cultural center was damaged during protests.Other demonstrations were reported in regional cities like Maradi, 360 miles east of Niamey, the capital, where two churches were struck by arson. Another church and a residence of the foreign minister were said to have been torched in the eastern town of Goure.Niger has a population of 17 million, most of whom are Muslims. A former French colony, Niger is rich in mineral resources, mainly uranium, but the people are poor. The uranium mines are largely controlled by Areva, a French multinational based in Paris.Niger has U.S. and French military contingents stationed on long-term missions. The U.S. Africa Command operates a drone station inside the country.The French and the U.S. are using Niger to carry out a counter-insurgency war against what these imperialist states describe as terrorist groups that have established bases in northern Mali. The military presence of Washington and Paris in no way benefits the masses of working people, farmers and youth in Niger.France distorts freedom of expression, libertyFrance, a longtime colonial and neocolonial power in Africa, is upholding the right of satirical publications to insult oppressed groups inside France, while it carries out policies of discrimination and oppression against those whose ancestry is rooted in Africa and the Middle East.The domestic racism in France is a direct outgrowth of capitalist policies of slavery, colonialism and imperialism in operation since the 18th century. Due to the legacy of postcolonial French domination and exploitation of its former colonies, societal development has been stifled, creating the conditions that drive the large-scale migration of African people.At the same time, the overall economic conditions in France itself are by no means good. Unemployment has hovered over 10 percent for many years, and successive regimes have failed to bring down the high rates of joblessness and poverty which are greatest among people of color.Consequently, the character of immigration policy, the existence of racism and anti-Islamic bigotry, and the failure of integration or assimilation cannot be overlooked when analyzing the current social crisis in France. This is coupled with the disastrous foreign policy of Paris, which in recent years has bombed Libya and also provided material and political support to the rebels fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.The French government is well aware that its citizens have been recruited to serve in rebel groups that France claims to oppose in both Iraq and Syria. In fact, Hollande has admitted that his government has supplied Syrian rebels with arms to fight the secular government.These policies in Libya and Syria are compounded by French interventions in African states over the last few years — in Gabon, the Central African Republic, Libya, Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Chad, Somalia, Djibouti and other states. Despite its proclaimed altruistic motivations in Africa, the result of this unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of these countries has caused further instability and economic stagnation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Detroit WWP hosts women’s speakout

first_imgInternational Women’s Day was commemorated in Detroit on March 11 at a women’s speakout for justice and liberation, hosted by the women of Workers World Party. The event started with a delicious meal and desserts prepared by men comrades and friends. This was a program where only women, including trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming women, could speak on whatever topic or struggle they chose. The men listened, learned and played a supportive role.Kayla Pauli, a skilled-tradesapprentice and WWP youth organizer, kicked off the speakout by giving a history of the working-class and socialist origins of IWD. Yvonne Jones, of the Detroit Association of Retired and Active Employees, talked about community leaders making a difference. Baheejah Shakoor, a retired nurse who refused orders to go to war in Iraq, spoke about the movie “Hidden Figures” and about providing youth with needed skills.Other women talked about the impact of domestic violence and racism; Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, who was assassinated last year in Honduras; women’s oppression in class society; why all working-class women are needed to help overthrow capitalism; keeping up the fight against foreclosures and utility shutoffs; the struggles facing transgender women; the important roles women carry out in socialist Cuba and how to help stop the U.S. blockade; and much more. Shown here are some of the participants.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

No stopping protests against Philadelphia Orchestra’s Israeli tour

first_imgFor the third week in a row, demonstrators gathered outside the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on April 21 to protest the Philharmonic Orchestra’s planned visit to Israel in June.  The visit is part of a “cultural tour” to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Indigenous Palestinian lands. The orchestra’s “cultural” itinerary includes a tour of an Israeli Defense Forces base.Earlier in April, Philly Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid was launched to galvanize opposition to the tour.  The tour is fully funded and supported by the Jewish Federation as part of a decade-long “Brand Israel” campaign to shift global public perceptions about Israel and cover up the realities of its brutal colonial apartheid occupation of Palestine.Outside the Kimmel Center, classical music provided a background for a video played on a screen so concertgoers could witness the Zionist violence that Israeli troops and settlers inflict on Palestinian people, even children.Activists held signs, chanted and handed out fliers explaining why the trip should be canceled. Speakers addressed concertgoers as they entered the Kimmel Center to hear the orchestra. Demonstrators chanted, “Cancel your trip to Apartheid Israel!”The PDOA demonstrations coincided with “Right of Return” protests in Gaza, where Israeli soldiers have fired on hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators, with the intent to kill and maim, murdering over 30 to date.  The Gaza protests are aimed at breaking an inhumane border blockade imposed by Israel in 2007 that turned Gaza into an “open air prison.”Israeli soldiers firing April 21 from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said.  These crimes occurred as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the Israeli border.On the same day as the protest against the orchestra’s planned trip, Israeli Deputy Knesset Speaker Bezalel Smotrich of the Habayit Hayehudi party posted an insulting tweet about Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager famed for slapping an Israeli soldier on camera. “In my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap,” he wrote. “That would have put her under house arrest for the rest of her life.” (scribd.com, April 23)PDOA has launched an online petition campaign calling on the orchestra to cancel its trip. Sign the petition at Don’t Collaborate with Apartheid, Cancel Your Tour to Israel! (tinyurl.com/y7vzjy8f)Demonstrators will be out again on April 28.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the picket line

Colorado teachers rally at the Capitol in Denver, April 27.Historic strike victory for Colorado teachersA momentous, 900-strong teachers’ strike in an already historic year for teachers’ strikes ended May 13 with a win. Teachers targeted the Pueblo City Schools District 60 (D60) Board of Education with demands for a 2 percent retroactive pay increase, better benefits and step increases for paraprofessionals. Last year Pueblo annual teacher pay averaged $47,617 — not only below average teacher pay in Colorado ($52,728), but national averages as well ($59,660). (Denver Post, May 7)After a neutral, third-party factfinder recommended a raise, the teachers and the Pueblo Teachers Association rejected an initial, nonretroactive offer by the D60 Board and struck on May 5. In an interview with NBC News, teachers spoke of crumbing infrastructure and classrooms without computers. Chants of “Education is our right, that is why we have to fight!” rang out at rallies. Pueblo high school teacher Julie Cain said that though Colorado is a wealthy state, it’s one of the most starved for education funding, allotting only $822 million annually.After a week of striking, the teachers voted 495 to 62 to accept a two-year agreement with the 2 percent retroactive increase, better health care benefits and full pay for three strike days. They raised as inspiration the solidarity they felt from epic teacher strikes and walkouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona.Chicago Tribune workers unionizeContrary to the 171-year history of the anti-union Chicago Tribune, owner Tronc agreed on May 6 to cooperate with its newsroom workers after 85 percent signed cards to be represented by the Chicago Tribune Guild, an affiliate of The News Guild-Communication Workers. The CTG will have three bargaining units: Tribune workers, staff at six regional papers, and the design and production studio. (ABC7Chicago, May 6)This amazing turnaround happened very quickly after an April 12 article in the Tribune announced that its newsroom staff had organzied to win regular raises, advancement opportunities, better parental leave policies, a more diverse newsroom and a voice in the newsroom. One reporter stated that the workers had experienced downsizing and erratic corporate practices causing “chaos.” According to its website, the CTG is now in a “status quo” period, so that Tronc “cannot unilaterally alter any work conditions without first negotiating with our bargaining units.” Though TNG-CWA lawyers say they’ve never seen such quick recognition of a union, CTG believes Tronc bosses didn’t want to “waste time and money” contesting a union election. (chicagotribuneguild.com, May 6) Way to go CTG! Stay tuned.#TimesUp for sexual harassment in the skyMore than 3,500 flight attendants from 29 U.S. airlines participated in a survey between Feb. 27 and March 26 of this year, with 68 percent reporting sexual harassment during their career. One in three experienced verbal abuse — from nasty to crude — while one in five reported physical abuse — from groping to humping. Only 7 percent had reported abuse to the airline.“The time when flight attendants were objectified in airline marketing and people joked about ‘coffee, tea or me’ needs to be permanently grounded. #TimesUp for the industry to put an end to its sexist past,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-Communication Workers, which conducted the survey. One of the primary reasons, Nelson stressed, is that flight attendants are first responders, whose authority is undermined in emergencies if “they are belittled and harassed.” The union is calling for the entire industry “to step up to combat harassment and recognize the impact it has on safety,” while also demanding adequate staffing levels that protect both workers and passengers. (afacwa.org, May 10)Support Maria Isabel Vasquez regulation to prevent heat illnessThe United Farm Workers is asking for help in remembering Maria Isabel Vasquez, a migrant worker from Oaxaca, Mexico, who was two months pregnant when she died of heat exhaustion in 2008. May 14 marked the 10th anniversary of her death while tying grape vines in nearly 100-degree heat at West Coast Farms east of Stockton, Calif. The workers said the strict foreman didn’t allow them a long enough break to get a drink from a water cooler 10 minutes away. (NPR, June 8, 2008) Weeks after her death, her aunt, uncle and fiancé organized a four-day pilgrimage to the state capitol in Sacramento and eventually helped pass the Heat Illness Prevention Regulation. Now, the UFW is asking you to sign a petition to rename the HIPR the “Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez Heat Illness Prevention Regulation.” Help memorialize a fallen young worker; enshrine her name into law:ufw.org/10thannivmivj/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more

Cops kicked out of Seattle Pride events

first_imgNew York Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan, June 25, 2017SeattleFollowing the anti-police Stonewall tradition, organizers of important annual Pride events in Seattle are saying: “No to racist, bigoted cops at LGBTQ+ Pride Month!”Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, directors of the Capitol Hill Pride Festival (CHPF), announced in a press release issued May 21 that cops will be banned from their June 26-27 events this year. Trans Pride Seattle, which mobilizes a strong march, rally and festival every year, agrees with banning participation by the cops, which this organization has done since 2017.While announcing the ban on police attending Pride events, the CHPF called on the Seattle Police Department to fire the six cops who traveled to the Jan. 6 Washington, D.C., racist invasion of the Capitol. On the issue of how the Pride Fest would be protected from far-right groups, LeFevre said it’s likely cops are aligned with some of them. The CHPF expressed support for the banning of cops at New York City Pride activities.Elayne Wylie, producer of Trans Pride Seattle, as well as executive director of the Gender Justice League said, “We have produced something similar since 2017. We have limited the presence of SPD by enacting our own internal security measures.” She said that in 2019, “our team was able to prevent more than 150 incursions from that small group of [ultra-right] Proud Boys. I don’t think that the SPD could have done that . . . our community was very motivated.”Year of protests vs. police terrorThe decisions to bar police participation at Pride activities followed and were influenced by the year of demonstrations across the country against police violence after cops murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25, 2020. Millions of people — in multinational, multigender marches — decried his and other racist police killings.  Last summer, the Capitol Hill Organized Protest took place in Seattle’s  LGBTQ2S+ community, with many of its members involved in the strong anti-police, anti-racist and anti-gentrification mobilization there. In the CHOP action, which lasted for over a month, demonstrators occupied a 6-square-block area around the police department’s East Precinct headquarters.Continuous protests on their very doorsteps overwhelmed the cops and forced them to evacuate the building. This came after the police had used tear gas and other weapons against demonstrators. On July 4, 2020, Summer Taylor, a nonbinary, anti-racist activist, was run over and killed during a Black Femme March against police violence on nearby Interstate 5 in Seattle. Another demonstrator, Diaz Love, was critically injured. The cops, who were supposed to be preventing traffic from entering the permitted freeway activity, did not prevent the high-speed vehicle from entering the highway. Taylor and her anti-racist, pro-LGBTQ2S+ legacy will be long remembered. Ever since her death, Black Lives Matter marchers have organized their own car brigades to surround their demonstrations as they proceed down city streets. The cops usually follow them but stay far behind the protesters. Seattle PrideFest, which draws several hundred thousand people, will be held virtually. Egan Orion, director of PrideFest, which has big-money corporate sponsors, expressed a desire to move away from police involvement. But the big banks and corporations supporting the event would oppose that.However, LeFevre stresses, “We can’t trust any officer. Regarding the police, we’re done!”Source: South Seattle Emerald, May 31. Kathy Durkin contributed to this article. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indiana NRCS announces Sign up for special Farm Bill Initiatives

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana NRCS announces Sign up for special Farm Bill Initiatives Indiana NRCS announces Sign up for special Farm Bill Initiatives By Gary Truitt – Jan 22, 2014 Through the EQIP Organic Initiative, NRCS provides assistance to eligible producers for installation of conservation practices on organic or agricultural operations transitioning to organic production.  $50,000 is available to assist farmers under this initiative.  Hardisty stresses it is important for any landowner interested in conservation programs to have a conservation plan first.  For more information on how to get a conservation plan or any of these initiatives, please contact your local NRCS District Conservationist.  To locate the office in your area, please visit: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/.   Information on the EQIP program is also available on the Indiana NRCS webpage at: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/financial/eqip/ Indiana is one of 12 states that will receive additional Farm Bill dollars for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).  This initiative helps producers implement conservation practices that avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff; improve wildlife habitat; and maintain agricultural productivity.  Indiana has one project in the Middle Eel watershed, with $735,000 available to farmers for conservation work. The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides assistance to agricultural producers who want to implement practices that conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality.  AWEP operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements.  Indiana currently has two AWEP projects:  LaPorte and Southeast Lake Michigan, with $678,000 available to farmers for conservation work. SHARE SHARE Farmers in the St. Joseph, Upper Maumee, Auglaize and St. Mary’s watersheds are eligible for a special conservation initiative to help clean up the Great Lakes.  Indiana is one of eight states to receive federal funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).  GLRI focuses on agricultural practices that have the highest benefit for improving water quality, and practices that establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat and assist in controlling invasive species.  Indiana is awaiting funds for this initiative, but anticipates around $400,000 will be available for farmers. The 2014 On-Farm Energy Initiative specifically addresses energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan. The program is designed to assist producers by identifying ways to conserve energy on their farms through an on-farm energy audit and to provide assistance to implement various recommended measures through the use of conservation practice standards offered through this initiative, and $100,000 is available to assist farmers with this work. Funding for seasonal high tunnels, a practice that extends the growing season will be available through the Indiana Specialty Crop fund pool and through the Organic Initiative. Previous articleJobe Exposes Renewable Energy RealityNext articleAppeals Court Refuses to Revisit LCFS Ruling Gary Truitt The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) will assist farmers with the cost to address high-priority water resource concerns in watersheds identified as impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This initiative utilizes a special EQIP funding allocation to accelerate efforts to improve water quality in three 12-digit watersheds with streams designated by the EPA for the Clean Water Act section 303(d) list of impaired waters.  The three watersheds eligible for NWQI funding include Silver Creek, Ell Creek, and Eagle Creek Reservoir – Eagle Creek, with $941,000 available to producers. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist, Jane Hardisty, announces several special, targeted Farm Bill Initiatives with almost three million dollars available for Indiana farmers that target specific natural resource concerns.  These projects include the Agriculture Water Enhancement Program, Mississippi River Basin Initiative, Great Lakes River Basin Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, and Organic Initiative. All of the announced opportunities are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and provide farmers financial assistance to implement conservation practices on their land to address specific resource concerns. “These targeted projects allow us to address specific natural resource concerns, and provide a less competitive option for producers to work in these areas.  Applicants don’t have to compete with all of the statewide EQIP applications for these projects, just those applying for each specific initiative,” said Hardisty. Applications submitted by February 21, 2014 will be considered for this year’s funding.  Information about each initiative follows. last_img read more

USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers About 2019 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, Values

first_img USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers About 2019 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, Values Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers About 2019 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, Values SHARE Previous articlePlanting Forecast: Still No Solid Planting WindowNext articleU.S., China Wrap Up Trade Talks with No Deal USDA Communications During the first two weeks of June, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey over 2,500 farmers across Indiana to determine crop acreage and supplies levels in 2019.“Due to the widespread and significant impact of its results, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey are two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts,” explained Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. “When growers respond to these surveys, they provide essential information that helps us determine the prospective production and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2019 crop year. Everyone who relies on agriculture for their livelihoods is interested in the results.”NASS gathers the data for the June Agricultural Survey online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. For the June Area Survey, agency representatives visit randomly selected tracts of land and interview the operators of any farm or ranch on that land. Growers provide information on crop acreage – including biotech – crops as well as grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.NASS will compile and analyze the survey information and publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the annual Acreage report and quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released June 28, 2019. Survey data contribute to NASS’s monthly and annual Crop Production reports, as well as the annual Small Grains Summary and USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.“NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only state- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified,” stated Matli. “We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers and ranchers, but the information they provide helps U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable. I urge them to respond to these surveys and thank them for their cooperation,” said Matli.All reports are available on the NASS website: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Great Lakes Regional Field Office at (800) 453-7501. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By USDA Communications – May 11, 2019 last_img read more

Ethanol, Farm Groups Respond as Administration Mulls Appeal of Tenth Circuit…

first_img SHARE Ethanol, Farm Groups Respond as Administration Mulls Appeal of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Ethanol, Farm Groups Respond as Administration Mulls Appeal of Tenth Circuit SRE… Previous articleNPPC Seeks Labor Solutions for Potential COVID-19 Impact on Pork Supply ChainNext articleUSDA Announces Continued Progress on Implementation of China Phase One Agreement Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 10, 2020 On March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit approved requests by the U.S. Department of Justice, HollyFrontier, and CVR Energy for an extension of the deadline to file motions asking for a rehearing en banc of Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. EPA, in which the Court found EPA vastly exceeded its authority in granting compliance exemptions to three refineries from 2016 and 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard obligations. The new deadline for requesting a rehearing in the Tenth Circuit is March 24.The petitioners in the case—the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union—offered the following statement:“We are very disappointed that the Administration has opted to kick the can on deciding whether to appeal the court decision, as all initial indications suggested EPA would not appeal the ruling and would correctly apply the decision nationally. This delay just prolongs uncertainty in the marketplace and stokes more angst and frustration in farm country. Still, we are hopeful the Administration will take this additional time to thoroughly review the court’s well-reasoned, unambiguous decision and carefully consider the adverse consequences of appealing. It is our hope that cooler heads prevail and that the White House reaches the logical conclusion that an appeal is both imprudent and unnecessary. Joining three refineries—who represent less than 1 percent of the nation’s oil refining capacity—in their appeal would be a rash and risky decision for the Administration. In fact, many oil refiners and the American Petroleum Institute have joined farmers and the ethanol industry in opposing an appeal and advocating for nationwide application of the court decision. An appeal by the Administration would be viewed by rural America as a senseless poke in the eye and a breach of the President’s commitments on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.”As EPA continues to mull an appeal, it may come under pressure from small refineries to act on pending retroactive small refinery exemption requests for 2019. EPA may immediately deny pending 2019 exemption petitions that don’t comport with the court’s ruling, but it certainly cannot approve any of the pending petitions within the Tenth Circuit unless they meet the unambiguous requirements for approval laid out by the court. Nationwide application of the Tenth Circuit’s opinion by EPA would in this instance provide a level playing field and help restore stability and certainty to the RIN markets.In its motion, the Department of Justice stated, “The extension of time is necessary to allow the United States an opportunity to determine whether, and to what extent, the government will file a petition for rehearing en banc in this case.” The motion also acknowledges that the Court decision “…alters EPA’s interpretation and practice, which has been employed in the adjudication of past exemption petitions from many small refineries. The Court’s interpretation…could also have significant practical impacts on the RFS program going forward.” Of course, that the Tenth Circuit’s decision may alter EPA’s practices or have significant practical impacts does not mean the opinion is any less well-reasoned or persuasive—it merely indicates the extent to which EPA had been exceeding its statutory authority.The petitioners also noted that the Court’s ruling comes less than a month after HollyFrontier announced it had returned $758 million to shareholders in 2019, with $533 million in stock buybacks. CVR Energy told investors it “delivered solid 2019 full-year and fourth quarter results…Our petroleum business again posted increased earnings year-over-year, driven by higher throughput rates, increased capture rates and higher refining margins despite lower crack spreads.” Yet, these are the same companies claiming they have disproportionate economic hardship compared to other refineries. As documented in a recent study by a Colorado State University economist, granting unwarranted exemptions to certain small refineries results in a windfall for their owners and an unlevel playing field in the refining sector.Source: National Corn Growers Association Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TCU leads Prairie View A&M 26-23 at halftime

first_imgDean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Linkedin Twitter Dean Straka Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Previous articleFirst Christian Church doubles as downtown eye clinicNext articleFrogs cruise to 73-55 victory over Prairie View A&M Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings + posts Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Facebook Facebook Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Linkedin printThe Horned Frogs lead the Prairie View A&M Panthers 26-23 at halftime at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth Friday evening.Sophomore forward Vladimir Brodziansky led the scoring effort for the Frogs in the first half with eight points. Brodziansky was a perfect 3-3 from the field, including one three pointer. Forward Admassu Williams led the way for the Panthers in the first half with eight points as well.It was a slow start for both sides, as the Frogs (4-4) were tied with winless Panthers (0-7) at only nine points apiece 10 minutes into the contest. The Frogs shot 35 percent from the field in the half, while the Panthers shot a mere 21 percent. The Panthers have yet to win a game this season, entering the contest at 0-7 on the season.Free throws continued to be a struggle for the Frogs in the half, only converting on 11 of 18 attempts. The Panthers, meanwhile, made 91.7 percent of their free throws, going 11 for 12. Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ ReddIt TCU guard Brandon Parrish takes the ball up the court. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more