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Grid report: Perry cut the facts, left fossil fuel propaganda

Late Wednesday, Trump’s Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a controversial grid report in an effort to pressure market operators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and utilities to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants by forcing electricity customers to pay more for their expensive electricity. But the facts throughout the report don’t support […]

August 24th

National Monuments Review by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – Full Executive Summary

REPORT SUMMARY OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS REVIEW BY U.S. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR RYAN ZINKE In 1906, Congress delegated to the President the power to designate a monument under the Antiquities Act (Act).  The Act authorizes the President singular authority to designate national monuments without public comment, environmental review, or further consent of Congress.  Given this […]

August 24th

DoE grid study released – wind energy is the big winner

The Intertubes were buzzing all yesterday afternoon with rumors that the Energy Department’s long-awaited and highly controversial new grid study will finally see the light of day, but while everybody was looking over in that direction, yesterday morning Energy Secretary Rick Perry also released a new wind power study that basically pulls the rug out […]

August 24th

Drain the Swamp – Trump finds ANOTHER worst candidate for a high post

Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor is probably not a position 99.9 percent of Americans give any thought to. Indeed, not many can name Alex Acosta, the Department of Labor secretary who oversees this position. It is nevertheless an important job. Deputies and assistant secretaries initiate and supervise most of the work that federal departments and agencies accomplish. This particular deputy […]

August 23rd

Drain the Swamp: Swamp bites back, boots Bannon

Get some sleep, Steve. And take a bath. By Meteor Blades  Johnathan Easley at The Hill reports: President Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon returned to Breitbart News on Friday just hours after parting ways with the White House. Bannon has reclaimed the title of executive chairman for Breitbart and directed the outlet’s Friday editorial meeting, the website said in a […]

August 21st

DNC Chair Perez blasts Trump for breaking government promises to American Indians

Since long before the founding of the Republic, the settler populations from the Puritans onward did their best to wipe out the indigenous peoples of what is now the United States. By Meteor Blades  The vast majority of American Indians—likely in their millions—were killed by European-brought diseases. But public policy, spoken and written, was predicated on extermination, sometimes […]

August 10th

War on science: Don’t let the Trump admin censor its comprehensive climate change report

As the news appeared this week about U.S. Department of Agriculture employees being told to avoid the term “climate change” in their work, the draft of a new report on climate change also appeared. That report, published Monday by The New York Times, is, according to Katharine Hayhoe, a professor of political science at Texas Tech University, among “the most comprehensive climate science reports” […]

August 9th

Rick Perry’s latest: $5.7 million from the Energy Dept for cutting-edge batteries

Rick Perry’s Energy Department has been steadily pushing the Trump Administration deeper into clean tech territory, regardless of President* Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric. In the latest development, the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced a new round of $5.7 million in funding for next-generation energy storage technology, aimed squarely at driving down the cost of […]

August 9th

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s Interior Deputy just can’t stop lobbying

President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., but it appears that he has instead exchanged the swamp alligators with one horrendous “Creature from the Black Lagoon” after another in his administration. By Dan Bacher  In the latest Trump regime scandal, a prominent watchdog group called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to […]

July 21st