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civil liberties 460While we acknowledge the equal protection clause under the Fourteenth Amendment which provides access to free public elementary and secondary school education for all US citizens and legal residents, we are also proponents of school choice and educational vouchers. Geography should not be destiny. The funding should follow the child. Parents should have the ability to select the best educational option for their children including traditional public, public charter, parochial, private or home school.

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Renewables Dominate The Headlines, But Oil And Gas Remain King

Renewables Dominate The Headlines, But Oil And Gas Remain King Authored by Irina Slav via OilPrice.com, The transition to a global energy system that runs on renewable energy rather than finite and dirty coal, oil, and gas is arguably the number-one topic in the media, sometimes eclipsing even the pandemic. Yet, for all the enthusiastic talk, it seems that we are nowhere near accomplishing the transition—and it may already be too late to do anything about climate change anyway, according to some climate scientists. “Embedded power structures and support for a dying industry”: these are the factors that are keeping oil and gas as the world’s main sources of energy, according to the chief executive of one environmental nonprofit organization. Speaking to CNBC, Carroll Muffett from the Institute for Environmental Law said, “It is not a matter of the absence of the technology or the inability to do it. If you actually look at what are the cheaper sources of the energy supply right now, it is not really even a matter of economics. It is much more about embedded power structures and continued support of dying industry.”  It is very likely that Muffett is referring to government subsidies for the oil and gas industry in countries such as the United States or the UK, as well as many developing nations. What he doesn’t mention in the above comment, however, is the fact that the U.S. government—and many others—also have substantial subsidies for renewable power, and plans to boost these in a bid to encourage wider adoption. As Muffett puts it, the energy transition is “primarily a matter of political will and economic choices.” Indeed, it is a matter of political choices. Virtually every reputable energy authority has repeatedly said that it is up to the politicians to make sure the transition

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Biden puts China on notice in meeting with Japanese premier at White House

President Biden hosted Japan’s prime minister at the White House on Friday — his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader — and used the occasion to showcase their common resolve in counteracting China’s military and economic aggression in East Asia. China’s increasingly brazen activities in the region was a major topic of discussion for Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as they sat for a socially distanced and face masked meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House. Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency and isolationist agenda opened a door for Chinese President Xi Jinping to assert dominance in Asia and push messaging about the U.S. and democracies in general being on the decline — and Biden and Suga were explicit Friday that they aim to challenge that narrative. “We’re going to work together to prove that democracies can still compete and win in the 21st Century,” Biden said in a press conference in the White House Rose Garden after their bilateral sit-down. Suga seconded Biden’s sentiment and said they agreed to put pressure on China should Xi’s government continue with destabilizing actions in the region. “We agreed to oppose any attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion in the East and South China Seas and intimidation of others in the region,” Suga said, speaking in Japanese. “At the same time, we agreed on the necessity for each of us to engage in frank dialogue with China, and in so doing, to pursue stability of international relations, while upholding universal values.” China tested U.S. patience by flying fighter jets and bombers earlier this year over Taiwan, an American-allied sovereign island nation that Beijing claims as its own territory. Japan, which has extensive economic ties to China, is at the same time locked in another land dispute with Xi over the Sankaku Islands in the East China Sea. The meeting with Suga came after a significant week for Biden

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Senators Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Workers From China’s ‘Unfair Trade Practices’

A pair of U.S. senators on April 16 unveiled a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening domestic trade remedy laws and protecting American workers from what they called China’s “unfair trade practices.” Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Eliminating Global Market Distortions to Protect American Jobs Act, saying in a press release that strengthening U.S. laws will ensure they remain “effective tools” to fight back against Beijing’s trade practices. It will protect American workers in sectors that are important to the state of Ohio, said Portman and Brown. The bill would establish a new concept of “successive investigations” to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. trade remedy system in responding to “repeat offenders and serial cheaters,” helping to level the playing field for American workers, the senators said. It would also would help block steel overcapacity that leaves steelworkers and companies in the state at a competitive …

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