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Ripping ‘Greedy Wall Street Vulture Funds’ Profiting From Misery, Warren and Sanders Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt

Ripping ‘Greedy Wall Street Vulture Funds’ Profiting From Misery, Warren and Sanders Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt

By Jake Johnson As advocacy groups urgently warn that Wall Street firms are moving to capitalize on Puerto Rico’s plight in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by extracting debt payments and pushing for the privatization of public services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and several other Democratic senators on Wednesday to […]

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    Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations

    Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations

    By Adam Lynch Marámellys Castro-Pérez is a Puerto Rican refugee living in Orlando with her husband and twins after the one-two punch of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Maria, in particular, scrubbed the island clean of electricity, working toilets and phone service. It dragged Castro-Pérez’s world into the dark ages and pitted the island’s modern, cosmopolitan […]

    Puerto Rico Needs Your Help for Recovery, But Also for Reform

    Puerto Rico Needs Your Help for Recovery, But Also for Reform

    From Jan. 28 to Feb. 7 my wife and I were in Vieques, Puerto Rico, helping as best we could with recovery from Hurricane Maria, which hit on Sept. 20, 2017 almost five months ago. Help is very much still needed. I don’t think I realized how much that is true until I got home […]

    FEMA to Shut Off Food and Water Aid to Puerto Rico

    FEMA to Shut Off Food and Water Aid to Puerto Rico

    UPDATE: Since the release of NPR report and a flood of angry reactions from politicians, FEMA said it never intended to stop giving aid to Puerto Rico and will continue to hand out supplies for as long as necessary. William Booher, an agency spokesman, told the New York Times that Wednesday was not the actual […]

    Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems

    Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems

    By Chelsey Kivland and Anne Sosin Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced, “All roads lead to universal health coverage.” Discussions for how to translate this vision into a road map for action is central to the agenda of […]

    Puerto Rico Plans to Privatize PREPA as Critics Warn of ‘Maximum Amount of Corruption and a Minimal Amount of Electricity’

    Puerto Rico Plans to Privatize PREPA as Critics Warn of ‘Maximum Amount of Corruption and a Minimal Amount of Electricity’

    Puerto Rico will take steps to privatize its troubled state-owned electric utility, officials announced Monday. Governor Ricardo Rosselló said plans to sell the bankrupt Puerto Rican Power Authority, or PREPA, would move the island towards a “consumer-centered model” for power as well as help Puerto Rico attain its goal of 30 percent renewable energy. The […]

    100 Days After Hurricane Maria, 1.5 Million American Citizens in Puerto Rico Still Have No Power

    100 Days After Hurricane Maria, 1.5 Million American Citizens in Puerto Rico Still Have No Power

    Around half of Puerto Ricans—more than 1.5 million people—remain without power 100 days since Hurricane Maria hit the island, according to official figures released Friday. In the first official figures released by the Puerto Rican government since the storm made landfall in September, officials reported that one of the island’s 78 municipalities remains totally without […]

    GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost

    GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost

    The Republican tax bill, which is likely headed to President Donald Trump‘s desk in the next few days, has major repercussions for our precious environment. While the electric vehicle industry and the wind and solar sector can breathe a little easier that the sweeping legislation preserves their tax credits, fossil fuel producers are likely cheering […]

    Puerto Rico to Review Suspiciously Low Hurricane Death Count

    Puerto Rico to Review Suspiciously Low Hurricane Death Count

    Puerto Rico‘s official death toll from Hurricane Maria is 64. That number, as many media organizations have reported, is suspiciously low. Recent reviews of mortality data from Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism and the New York Times estimate that the death toll is actually more than 1,000. Following those reports, as well as earlier […]