State-Level Carbon Tax Having “Hard Time Getting Off the Ground”

Only two states are committed to the Transportation and Climate Initiative.  The Carbon-Tax, aimed at seeing a reduction of Carbon Dioxide emissions, would require jurisdictions to buy energy allowances for CO2 emissions. The volume of allowances would decrease each year, hence suppliers will pay more annually for emissions.

Proponents hope the scheme will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26%, whilst generating $3 billion in revenue.

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Biden Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate a Step Closer

President Biden’s mandate that larger businesses, those with over 100 employees, will have to require vaccines or weekly testing, took a step closer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) submitted the text of the mandate to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working expeditiously to develop an emergency temporary standard that covers employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing to protect employees from the spread of coronavirus in the workplace,” a Department of Labor spokesperson said in a statement. “On Tuesday, October 12, as part of the regulatory review process, the agency submitted the initial text of the emergency temporary standard to the Office of Management and Budget.”

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Spent $419 million on Non-Profits in Run up to Election

Mark Zuckerberg spent $419 million on non-profit organizations in the run-up to the elections. His targeted spending helped to get the Dem vote out.

Analysis of the election suggests that the money significantly increased democratic votes in key swing states.

For example, funded by Zuckerberg,  the Center for Technology and Civic Life was meant to assist voters during the pandemic. But analysis has found their work heavily favored getting the Dem vote out.

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Tensions Grow Between China and Australia Over Taiwan

Australia have raised concerns over China’s continued show over dominance towards Taiwan. Last week, China continued its military harassment of Taiwan, by flying a continued number of jets over the country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has continued to promise the “peaceful reunification” of the self-ruled territory. However, any attempt of China to take control of Taiwan would undermine the peace of the entire Pacific region.

Australia, America and the UK have entered into a historic security pact, which has been seen as a counter to the Chinese show of aggression in the region.

Taiwan’s President  has spoken of a hypothetical invasion of China.  “If Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system,” wrote President Tsai Ying-wen in Foreign Affairs. “It would signal that in today’s global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy.”

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Taiwan says 38 Chinese Jets Entered Defence Zone

Taiwan has said that 38 Chinese jets have entered their defense zone in the last two days. The Taiwanese government also pointed out some of those jets had nuclear capabilities.

The incursion is  the biggest of its kind by Beijing to date. China has been doing such missions into Taiwan airspace for a year. The Chinese government sees Taiwan as a break away state, however the people of Taiwan see themselves as a free sovereign democratic nation.

“China has been wantonly engaged in military aggression, damaging regional peace,” Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters on Saturday.

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Chinese Factories Hit by Energy Crisis

Chinese factories have taken an unexpected hit due to the energy crisis engulfing the nation. Factories have had to halt production, and some provinces in China are seeing electricity rationing.

The sudden from in output has sparked fears regarding the Chinese economy. China has turned to Russia to help plug their fuel gap.

Rising commodity prices have also had a negative impact on production.

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“Christian Flag” Case to go to Supreme Court

A Christian organization, who want the city of Boston to fly their flag, will take their fght to the Supreme Court. City Hall has three flag poles: one for the American flag, another for the Massachusetts state flag, and the third is used for various other flags.

The LGBTQ+  flag has been flown on the third pole, as well as flags from other nations.

The city argues the flying of the Christian organizations flag would be seen as endorsing a particular religion.

“The city has never before displayed such a flag and, as such, this pioneering elevation of an ‘important symbol’ of the Christian heritage would come without the secular context or importance that the passage of time may have afforded other displays,” Judge Bruce Selya wrote in the opinion of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The raising of the Christian flag thus would threaten to communicate and endorse a purely religious message on behalf of the city. Where that endorsement is as widely visible and accessible as it is here, and where the city could run the risk of repeatedly coordinating the use of government property with hierarchs of all religions, the city’s establishment concerns are legitimate.”

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W.H.O. Beginining New Investigation into Coronavirus Origins

The World Heath Organization is launching another investigation into the origins of Coronavirus. After previous investigations, probed unsuccessful.

“A new team of about 20 scientists — including specialists in laboratory safety and biosecurity and geneticists and animal-disease experts versed in how viruses spill over from nature — is being assembled with a mandate to hunt for new evidence in China and elsewhere,” WSJ revealed September 26, citing unnamed W.H.O. officials, Western diplomats, and information gleaned from official W.H.O. notices.

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