Author: Meteor Blades

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Climate change warrior Al Gore: ‘Trump has made Paris Climate Agreement stronger’

Former Vice President Al Gore gave an upbeat speach in London last night, comparing today’s climate movement  to the great movements of the past—such as the abolition of slavery—which encountered fierce, long-lasting resistance along the way to ultimate triumph. He sees Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement as just one bump on the road. By Meteor Blades Gore […]

June 16th

You know those mayors defying Trump on the Paris climate agreement? Call em to say thanks

Hundreds of U.S. mayors are demonstrating one way to resist Donald Trump’s climate and energy agenda: They’ve joined an alliance pledging to keep supporting the Paris climate agreement that Trump has announced he will abandon. By Meteor Blades Activists ought to link arms with these mayors, phone or write them, and applaud them for taking a stand against […]

June 7th

Does Trump still believe climate change is a hoax? His staff don’t want to talk about it

While Donald Trump was pissing off Europeans a week ago, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said of his views on climate change: “He came here to learn. He came here to get smarter. His views are evolving, which is exactly as they should be.” By Meteor Blades That’s just about the funniest thing any insider has said […]

June 3rd

American exceptionalism of the worst kind – Trump dumps Paris Climate Agreement

Pr*sident Donald Trump—the man who lied about all the environmental awards he has received and vacillated between being a total numbskull on climate change and just another opportunist who bends with the wind as long as it doesn’t mean erecting turbines within sight of his golf courses—told the world Thursday what has been expected with trepidation since November […]

June 1st

As climate change accelerates sea level rise, feds censor climate info

Calculations in a new study show that sea level is rising three times as fast as it was before 1990. The scientists concluded in their reassessment that the rise before had been overestimated and the rise since 1990 has been dramatically underestimated. By Meteor Blades Chris Mooney at The Washington Post reports: Their paper, just out in the Proceedings of […]

May 23rd

Montana special election – As Bernie Sanders campaigns for Quist, GOP doubles down on Trump

Montana voters gave Donald Trump a 20-point margin over Hillary Clinton in November. But the red-leaning state is not the lockstep GOP stronghold that Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho are. Otherwise, Jon Tester would not be a twice-elected Democratic senator from Big Sky Country and Steve Bullock wouldn’t be the twice-elected Democratic governor. On the other hand, […]

May 20th

China is eating our lunch on renewable energy. So is India.

Last year, in its annual evaluation of the 40 most attractive national markets for investments in renewable energy, the accounting and professional services firm of Ernst & Young assessed the United States as No. 1. But this year the U.S. slipped to No. 3 with China placing first, and India second. The reason: that climate science denier squatting in the White House. […]

May 16th

Even normally calm people fearful of how Trump will handle a real crisis when one inevitably appears

Edward-Isaac Dovere has a piece up discussing fears over how Pr*sident Donald Trump would handle a serious crisis. Some observers have been profoundly concerned about that since the early morning of Nov. 9. Others, including people previously predisposed to supporting him, have grown increasingly worried. By Meteor Blades One obvious reason that even some people in Trump’s own […]

May 13th

As ship of state lurches, Trump may re-arrange deck chairs

By Meteor Blades Chris Dann at New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” reports: President Trump, frustrated and increasingly isolated, is considering a shakeup of his communications staff following the spectacular fallout over his stunning decision to abruptly fire FBI director James Comey on Tuesday. For their part, White House staff members don’t seem very happy, either. […]

May 13th

A small victory – public beats fracking industry at Seneca Lake

By Meteor Blades Seven years ago, Arlington Storage Company began plans to expand an underground operation to store natural gas from fracking  in abandoned salt mines Seneca Lake, a small town in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. In 2014 the project to store natural gas pried from underground rock in Pennsylvania by hydraulic fracturing gained […]

May 12th