Here are our top picks for what the global press is reporting about the U.S. today.
A climate of change
A new report indicates that after years of dragging their feet, the U.S. and China are taking more aggressive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. As The Conversation points out, 35 countries and 13 sub-national schemes (including California, the world’s 9th largest economy) are operating emissions trading, while China will pilot seven such programs later this year; all tolled, these programs will cover 30 percent of the global economy.
While the report indicates plenty of good news, don’t pop the champagne cork yet: global emissions overall are still on the rise.
Huffington Post moves toward global domination
The Huffington Post, America’s largest online news outlet, has announced plans to team up with a German publishing house, Burda. The German-language edition aims to attract readers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, reports Deutsche Welle. The website aims to be operating in the black within two years, and make it into the top five German news websites within three to five years.
This adds to the HuffPo dynasty: the company already operates news sites in Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, and a Japanese version slated to start in May.
Retired undocumented immigrants
In an article for New American Media, Paul Kleyman takes on the notion that aging undocumented immigrants will prove an unbearable burden on Social Security, Medicare and other government programs. The piece comes in response to a recent editorial in USA Today by former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, a Republican, who said: “The truly enormous costs come when unauthorized immigrants start collecting retirement benefits.”
In fact, Kleyman counters, the Social Security administration’s own number crunchers have calculated that undocumented immigrants add $15 billion a year to the fund in payroll taxes, while only withdrawing $1 billion annually. “In the long term, immigration reform would modestly cut Social Security’s deficit, not worsen it,” Kleyman writes.