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In today’s On the News It’s illegal for an employer to workers trying to form a but apparently it’s just when a lawmaker does it; is much more methane into our atmosphere than EPA have indicated; the science is in – checks save lives; and

Thom Hartmann here – on the

You need to know this. illegal for an employer to intimidate trying to form a union, but it’s just fine a lawmaker does it. On Friday, at a Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga, voted against joining the Auto Workers union. that vote may have out differently if workers weren’t by Republican Governor Bill and Senator Bob Corker. In the days up to that vote, Governor warned that we would away Volkswagen’s state tax if workers unionized, and Senator claimed that a no vote lead to the production of a new SUV at that Volkswagen flatly denied claim, and expressed their for the workers, but that wasn’t to relieve the fear created by powerful lawmakers. The UAW issued a saying, We’re outraged by and outside special interest interfering with the basic right of workers to form a And, they may ask the National Relations Board to overturn vote. For decades, we’ve corporations fight to block from organizing, but these anti-worker tactics are a new low for powerful Hopefully, the NLRB will this vote, and give a chance to make their without intense pressure those in public office. way, it’s clear who Haslam and Senator Corker work for, and every should remember that in the election.

In screwed news. There is more methane leaking our atmosphere than EPA estimates indicated. A new analysis by universities, laboratories, and government agencies that methane emissions in our are consistently much higher previously reported. Adam of Stanford University, who was the lead on this recent study, Atmospheric tests covering the country indicate emissions 50 percent more than EPA And that’s a moderate estimate. that methane is about 30 more potent than dioxide as a green house these emissions are having a impact on our environment. The natural gas claims that methane is energy, but Mr. Brandt says, it is not to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. running cars and homes on gas can improve air quality, pumping all of methane into our atmosphere has a impact on our environment. It’s to stand up to the natural gas industry’s and make the switch to real energy in our country.

In the best of the rest of the news.

The is in – background checks save A new study from the Johns Center for Gun Policy and Research that murder rates in have increased 16 percent that state repealed Permit-to-Purchase law. That law to require that all handgun obtained a permit-to-purchase, which that they had passed a background check. With the of the National Rifle Association, legislators eliminated that requirement in 2007, and reduced times for gun purchasers. According to there were between 55 and 63 gun murders every year that law was repealed. The study accounted for changes in policing, poverty, and other factors could have contributed to crime. The study’s lead Daniel Webster, said, study provides compelling that weaknesses in firearm lead to deaths from gun It’s that clear, and exactly why we must fight for gun regulations.

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According to RadCast.org, a radiation was detected at the Waste Isolation Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico the weekend. Department of Energy say the leak poses no danger to health or our environment, but nuclear dogs are monitoring the situation In addition, heavy snowfall high radiation spikes to areas. Salisbury, Massachusetts is 52 counts per minute, with of 90, and Aspen, Colorado is reporting 72 per minute, with highs of Rapid City, South is sitting at 44 counts per minute, spikes of 68, and Chico, California is at 30, with highs of 46 counts per RadCast.org’s alert level is 100 per minute, but they remind us there is no such thing as a level of radiation.

California lawmakers want to put labels on sugary drinks. Assemblyman Bill Monning has legislation to require drinks high sugar content – sodas and juices – to warn that, Drinking beverages added sugar(s) contributes to diabetes, and tooth decay. Mr. said, When the science is conclusive, the state of California has a to take steps to protect He argues that just tobacco and alcohol, consumers this vital information to healthier choices. Some may that people are aware of the content in soft drinks, many juices and drink that are advertised as healthy contain large amounts of Although the Right-wing will to mock this legislation, should have the right to that the product they’re poses a serious risk to health.

And finally. We may now know why our lawmakers act on climate change. According to a report from the National Foundation, many Americans understand basic science. NSF 2200 people in the US a list of science questions, and the average was only 6.5 – only slightly than a failing grade. than half of those accepted that humans from earlier species, and 39 percent agreed that the was created with a big bang. a quarter of those surveyed that the sun revolves around the and only one in three said science programs should get government funding. This explains a lot about why lawmakers trying to debate scientific but it does not explain how on Earth like them manage to get

And that’s the way it is today – Monday, 17, 2014. I’m Thom – on the news.

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