Border Security Is Big Money

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator

No. 16, Feb. 22, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

President Trump wants to build a border wall, and that means big profits for the people in the security industry. Our exclusive report from the 2018 Border Security Expo reveals promises of "free money" for the industry — and the surprising news that companies aren't even talking about building a physical wall.

Speaking of Trump, did you hear he has expressed support for raising gas taxes by 25 cents a gallon? In my latest editorial, I explain why that's a bad idea — and what we need instead.

You've probably heard of the Paris accord, which set worldwide goals to limit global warming, but did you realize there's a similar strategy to protect ecosystems? It's called the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the 196 nations signed on to the strategy have just two years left to meet their conservation goals before the agreed-upon 2020 deadline. How much progress has been made on these important objectives? We have the answers.

Keeping with the topic of climate change, have you ever been stuck arguing with a climate-change denier and found yourself struggling to break through his or her arguments? Well, now there's a new way you can "inoculate" yourself against climate deniers — with science!

Coming up:

We have a ton of great stuff in the works for you, including several news stories, some thought-provoking essays and our next big work of investigative journalism. Look for links in this newsletter next week, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest headlines as they happen. And while you're on the social networking platform of your choice, we hope you'll share our stories with your friends.

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That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

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