Why Did Republicans (& Some Independents) Fall For The Trump Con?

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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The people of the United States live in bubbles. We each fall into certain subcultures that have a lot of influence over what we think, what we feel, and what we are interested in discussing. In politics, subcultures are obsessively collected and fought over (via messaging/branding, if not policy) and major political parties do their best to motivate […] read more

Climate change driving rapid shifts in Antarctica

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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There are now rapid biological and microbial changes occurring all throughout the Antarctic Peninsula in accompaniment of rapidly rising temperatures, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. By James Ayre  This work, which confirms that “unprecedented ecological change” has been occurring over the whole of the peninsula over the last 50 years, […] read more

How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by

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California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […] read more

Could a carbon tax create jobs, save money AND save the planet? DC says yes!

Published on May 21st, 2017 | by

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Economists call carbon emissions an “untaxed externalty.” That means those responsible for them are not required to pay for the damage they cause to society. Imagine if you operated a livestock ranch on your property but dumped all the manure your animals create in your neighbor’s yard. You would save a lot of money because […] read more

California’s salmon and trout facing EXTINCTION

Published on May 21st, 2017 | by

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If present trends continue, almost half of California’s native salmon, steelhead and trout are likely be extinct in the next 50 years  — and 70 percent of these iconic fish will be gone in one hundred years. By Dan Bacher That was the alarming news unveiled by scientists and conservation group leaders in a press teleconference announcing the findings of a new […] read more

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

Published on May 20th, 2017 | by

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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, […] read more

China and India are dumping coal. Nobody wants coal but Trump.

Published on May 17th, 2017 | by

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The changing face of coal use in both China and India is likely to reduce the projected global carbon emissions growth by approximately two to three billion tonnes by 2030 compared to forecasts made a year ago, according to a new briefing by the Climate Action Tracker. By Joshua S Hill  In a new Climate […] read more

Texas rhino rancher wins landmark pollution case against natural gas co.

Published on May 17th, 2017 | by

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In the state of Texas the powerful Railroad Commission holds sway over oil and natural gas pollution cases, but it looks like that solid edifice is beginning to crumble. Texas rancher James McAllen took his pollution case all the way to the Texas Supreme Court and the decision is that he has the right to […] read more

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

Published on May 16th, 2017 | by

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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. […] read more

Divest! US Bank agrees to dump pipeline financing!

Published on May 16th, 2017 | by

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One of America’s leading banks, U.S. Bank, announced in April that it would formally exclude all gas and oil pipelines from its project financing. In a revision to the company’s Environmental Responsibility Policy, U.S. Bank stated that it no longer “provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines.” Further, U.S. Bank explained that […] read more

How the GOP learned to stop worrying and love Trump

Published on May 16th, 2017 | by

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Remember the #NeverTrump campaign? A lot of people within the Republican Party opposed Trump during the primaries, and even well into the general election. Former Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush reportedly did not even vote for Trump. I’m sure many other prominent Republicans didn’t either. Seasoned politicians who know how government and politics work […] read more

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

Published on May 13th, 2017 | by

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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 […] read more

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

Published on May 13th, 2017 | by

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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. […] read more

A small victory – public beats fracking industry at Seneca Lake

Published on May 12th, 2017 | by

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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 […] read more

DIVEST! Protests want Chase Bank OUT of tar sands financing

Published on May 11th, 2017 | by

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By Meteor Blades On Monday, 26 activists were arrested in Seattle when they occupied 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank. Their complaint? They want Chase to stop lending money to TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Although President Barack Obama nixed the northern leg of the pipeline before he left office, […] read more