‘It’s killing us’: midwestern workers savaged by Trump’s trade wars

Layoffs are common, shifts have been cut and workers in Americas manufacturing and farming heartlands are losing hope Winter has come to Davenport, Iowa. Temperatures, at 14F (-10C), are well below freezing. But its the cold winds of Donald Trumps trade wars that worry Shaun Buckles. Buckles, 40, worked at the John Deere construction and forestry manufacturing plant in Davenport for three years until he lost his job last month. He was one of announced another 57 workers at the Davenport plant would be laid off, effective 6 January. According to a company spokesperson, 23 workers in Des Moines were terminated as well, effective 15 December. The job cuts have come as demand for farming equipment shrinks in the midst …

Why is this top Democrat absent from the fight against toxic pollution in Cancer Alley?

Louisiana congressman Cedric Richmond has taken hundreds of thousands of oil, gas and chemical dollars but is accused of failing to help his constituents On a crisp autumn day in Washington last month, Mary Hampton and Robert Taylor entered Cedric Richmonds office hoping their federal representative would take the time to listen. The two had travelled 1,000 miles from Reserve, a town in southern Louisiana where, according to US government science, the risk of cancer is the highest in the country due to airborne toxins emitted by a nearby chemical plant. of a compound named chloroprene, listed by the US government as a likely carcinogen. Box Richmond, the 46-year-old congressman, has represented the residents of Reserve, and most of the …

Jeremy Corbyn urges public to vote for ‘manifesto of hope’

Investment blitz promised as experts taken aback by scale of Labours tax and spend plans Jeremy Corbyn has urged the public to vote for his manifesto of hope as he unveiled plans for the most dramatic increase in tax and spending in more than half a century if Labour wins power next months general election. In an upbeat launch event at Birmingham City University, the Labour leader said he welcomed the hostility of the billionaires, bad bosses and dodgy landlords who would lose out from his policies. Experts were taken aback by the scale of Labours spending plans, which dwarfed the substantial increase in the size of the state envisaged in the partys 2017 manifesto. Universal free broadband, delivered by …

Listen to the scientists: Greta Thunberg urges Congress to take action

Teen climate activists attend a hearing to address the climate crisis and its traumatic effect on the younger generation The climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has bluntly told members of Congress to heed scientists warnings over global heating on a day when the existential anguish of young activists was given a voice at the heart of Washington DC power. Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has ignited a global youth climate movement, said at a congressional hearing that she had no prepared remarks other than to submit the landmark IPCC report, published last year, that warned of the rapidly approaching catastrophe of global heating. Garret Graves, a Louisiana Republican known for a firmer embrace of climate science than many others in his …