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By Steve Klass
Posted on: June 29, 2015
When was the last time you went to a national park? If you’re like a great many Americans, it probably hasn’t been too long. In Utah, our iconic Delicate Arch stands in the heart of a national park. Other national parks and monuments protect our shared heritage and contain irreplaceable treasures sculpted by forces beyond our comprehension, which nourish our spirits and those of millions of visitors.Much of this is due to the Antiquities Act, which that has provided economic and personal benefits to millions of Americans for over 100 years. Passed by a Republican Congress, the Antiquities Act... read more
By Connie Evans
Posted on: June 24, 2015
As the still fragile U.S. economy cranks out new jobs, with concerns that a jolt from a world event or higher interest rates could spark a slowdown, much of the public and private sectors have ignored the potential of the nation's smallest businesses to help fuel economic growth.These microbusinesses, enterprises with five or fewer employees, comprise more than 92 percent of U.S. businesses, annually generate $4.8 trillion, and contribute to the employment of more than 41 million people. Yet public policymakers and corporate strategies barely take notice, rarely implementing policies and... read more
By Alan Lewis
Posted on: June 3, 2015
When I asked Congressman Mike Pompeo’s office for a meeting to discuss the “DARK ACT”, the phone went silent. After a few moments, a voice sternly replied, “We don’t know anything about a dark act, but we would be happy to discuss the Safe and Affordable Food Act.”It’s actually the same legislation - “DARK Act” stands for Deny Americans the Right to Know. Whatever you call it, this legislation would prevent states from enacting laws that require labeling of foods made from genetically engineered ingredients. Proponents include the companies that sell the seeds, services and pesticides... read more
By Sarah Severn
Posted on: May 19, 2015
In October 2014, 100 companies joined together and launched the Washington Climate Declaration, a state level version of the national Climate Declaration created by CERES. Since launching, that number has increased to 185 signatories, including several business associations including ASBC, who believe that taking action on climate just makes good business sense.Collectively, we are known as Washington Business for Climate Action. Our leadership team is made up of business people from across Washington State and our mission is to engage Washington businesses by providing opportunities for... read more
By Richard Eidlin David Levine
Posted on: April 27, 2015
It’s gospel among American politicians and business leaders: innovation is key to the success of individual companies and entire industries. And yet, many of these same people contend that to optimize innovation, government needs to stay out of the way.  We disagree and believe there are many opportunities for business and government to work together. Government has played a pivotal role in spurring innovation throughout American history. Think of the national train system in the 1880s, in which federal authorities mediated among a small group of monopolies to establish a standard gauge for... read more
By Michael Green
Posted on: April 16, 2015
March 31, 2015 marked an important deadline on the road to the Paris climate talks this coming December. Nations present at last year’s climate negotiations agreed to release their intended nationally determined commitment (INDC) by this deadline. These INDC's or pledges are to create transparent landscapes and provide more time for countries to continue developing the framework for a comprehensive global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Thanks to the Obama administration, the United States was one of the few countries that met this deadline.The administration’s announcement followed the... read more
By Jake Kornack
Posted on: April 8, 2015
Given the seemingly stagnant nature of American politics, the bickering between the left and the right in Congress, and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, it is easy to lose faith in our political system and use pessimism as our guiding light. Some six months ago, I found myself disenchanted by a political system that seemed incapable of producing high-paying, meaningful jobs; an economy that incessantly demanded higher levels of pollution and mindless consumption; and the growing economic and social pressures on the average American family.Then, on November 12th, 2014 I... read more
By Kristen Wolf
Posted on: April 1, 2015
Raising animals can be a dirty job, in more ways than one.Windhaven Farms is a local meat distribution company. We sell beef, pork chicken and rabbits to restaurants in the Kansas City area, and each animal is sourced from a specific farm. We focus on the animals as much as possible and are always trying to improve our farming practices - that includes raising chickens and hogs out on the pasture, using locally-produced feed.There’s one other thing that we keep worrying about, and that’s water. Obviously, the animals we raise need clean water to survive, and it helps when we process the meat... read more
By Wendy Chun-Hoon
Posted on: March 26, 2015
As we celebrate Women’s History Month and the incredible contributions women have made to our society, I think of two trailblazing women who are continuing the tradition of fighting against injustice: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro. These women just introduced legislation in their respective chambers that would allow people to continue to receive a portion of their wages when they need time off for family or medical reasons.They recognize that at some point everyone needs to take time to recover from a serious illness or surgery, care for an elderly parent or bond... read more
By Michael Peck
Posted on: March 18, 2015
There are two major and intertwined, socio-cultural movements driving local economic sovereignty change on a nationwide basis regardless of red or blue state affiliation. The first is land and rooftop-based community solar and the second is the ubiquitous springing-up of worker cooperatives. Connecting these two transformation trends can center the shifting and often contradictory thematic currents driving populist energy and enthusiasm leading to consensus just in time for the 2016 presidential elections.First, cooperative community solar. In red states such as Georgia, Florida, and both... read more