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Wisconsin Becomes First Midwest State With a Plan to Go Carbon-Free By Midcentury

Wisconsin Becomes First Midwest State With a Plan to Go Carbon-Free By Midcentury

The impacts of climate change have been real so far this year for the Midwest. Historic flooding has ravaged multiple states, and don’t even get me started on last month’s heatwave. All this has been a rude awakening for many across the region, and their leaders are listening. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order on Friday mandating the state’s energy usage goes 100 percent carbon-free by 2050, the first 100 percent clean energy mandate in the Midwest. It follows Washington, California, and a number of other coastal states that have set goals in line with the best...

August 19, 2019
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New York Is Paying Inmates Less Than $1 an Hour to Make Its State-Branded Hand Sanitizer

New York Is Paying Inmates Less Than $1 an Hour to Make Its State-Branded Hand Sanitizer

It’s another day in the world of awful coronavirus news, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is here to remind us of how much everything sucks. In a press conference Monday, the governor unveiled a new hand sanitizer that the state will produce. In fact, it’ll produce a whopping 100,000 gallons of this cleansing gel a week. The catch? Incarcerated people are the ones producing this new item, which is supposed to be made available for the “most impacted and high-risk communities and state agencies,” per Cuomo’s office. And they’ll be paid far less than a dollar an hour to do it. Adding salt...

March 10, 2020
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