Nestle Spent $11M Lobbying Congress To Control Water, Cocoa & Trade Since 2013

Nestlé is also a funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial corporate think tank which produces model legislation that’s later introduced by the state legislators it sponsors.

Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestle, attends a press conference. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

AUSTIN, Texas --- Nestlé’s political influence in the United States is backed by a generous war chest which funds the often controversial company’s efforts to lobby against the types of trade, labor, and environmental regulations which might impede its profits. The Swiss multinational has been accused of using slave labor in the seafood and

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Right Wing Groups Riot In Venezuela As State Department Dodges Questions of US Involvement

Right wing groups have taken to the streets destroying property and shooting at police officers.

A woman with her mouth covered stands before a line of National Bolivarian Police preventing protesters from reaching the national intelligence agency in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Her sign reads in Spanish "Freedom of expression. It's yours. Defend it." (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

Here we go again. As right wing groups with shady connections riot in Venezuela, demanding the democratically elected left wing president resign, the US State Department is dodging questions as to whether US intelligence agencies are assisting the rioters. For those with hazy memories, we’ve seen this movie before. In 2002 the Venezuelan right

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California Installed More Rooftop Solar In 2013 Than Previous 30 Years Combined

California’s solar panels now provide twice the daily power output of it’s last remaining nuclear power plant.

2013 was a banner year for clean energy and the U.S. solar industry was no exception. California, the nation’s solar standout, more than doubled its rooftop solar installations last year from 1,000 megawatts (MW) to 2,000 MW. To put this number in perspective, writes Bernadette Del Chiaro of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, it

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Minnesota Officials: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is A Waste Of Time And Money

As Minnesota counties prepare make welfare benefits contingent on random drug testing, some local officials call the program a waste of time and taxpayer money.

Minnesota counties are preparing to start randomly drug testing the individuals who receive welfare benefits, a new requirement that was passed as an amendment during the 2012 legislative session. But local officials are frustrated with the new policy, saying it’s largely a waste of time and money — and could actually end up costing

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America’s Clean Energy Future Held Hostage By Special Interests

A man’s arrest for stealing 5 cents of electricity for his Nissan Leaf sheds light on clean energy’s present scarcity and uncertain future in America.

Last month, Kaveh Kamooneh of Decatur, Ga., found himself under arrest. His crime? He took roughly a nickel’s worth of electricity for his electric car without permission at his son’s middle school. This fiasco prompts hard questions about the politics and public acceptance of clean energy. Kamooneh’s story began at Chamblee Middle School on a

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