Browsing the "GOP war on science" Tag

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Trump and Barr putting police on the streets of DC with no names or insignia. This is scary.

If you’ve spent time in some parts of the world at certain periods—say Latin America—you’re familiar with the sight of so many armed people in uniform on the streets to keep authoritarian regimes in place. And even though the presence of such forces was often bolstered by U.S. policy, seeing such an array in the U.S. capital is incredibly rare. And discomfiting. […]

June 5th

War on Science: Confronting Trump’s lies

Monday, before leaving his outdoor press conference at the White House in a huff because of a couple of  “nasty” women reporters doing their jobs, Donald J. Trump—flanked on both sides of the podium by signs claiming “America Leads the World in Testing”—said that “we have met the moment, and we have prevailed” on testing for the coronavirus. […]

May 12th

McConnell thinks Green New Deal vote will trap Dem 2020 candidates. He’s living in a coal mine…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are hoping they can box in Democratic presidential candidates by forcing an early vote in the Senate on the Green New Deal resolution. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro, and Kirsten Gillibrand—all of whom have declared their presidential candidacies—have pledged their support for the GND concept. McConnell […]

February 18th

71% of Republicans on House panels looking at climate change are science-denying numbskulls (with data!)

There are two kinds of numbskulls: the ignoramus kind and the calculating kind. The first kind truly believes the climate crisis is a hoax. They swallow the fabrications, smears, and other propaganda that the fossil fuel industry and its purchased media, phony think tanks, and congressional puppets have saturated us with for decades. The second kind don’t privately reject what scientific […]

February 6th

Hungry Hungry Hypocrites: Trump and Perry’s coal bailouts and Pruitt’s pricey pens

Last week, Scott Pruitt went on a conservative media blitz hitting up friendly outlets for softball interviews. In a chat with former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn, of Trump-friendly Sinclair, Pruitt claims he cares “so much about taxpayer money.” Given Pruitt’s first class travel on the taxpayer dime and new reports that he spent $1,560 on a dozen personalized pens, […]

Climate Change: Why are Europeans better informed than Americans?

When asked about major threats to their country, Europeans are more likely than Americans to cite global climate change, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Just 56 percent of Americans see climate change as a major threat, versus an average of 64 percent of Europeans surveyed. By Gregory J. Carbone Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina […]

October 9th

Paranoid Pruitt spends taxpayer $$$ on “cone of silence”. What’s he hiding?

It’s not enough that the paranoid EPA-hating chief of the EPA Scott Pruitt has diverted a dozen of the agency’s already understaffed investigative team to do round-the-clock bodyguard duty, even when he is in his office at headquarters. Now Brady Dennis at The Washington Post reports that Pruitt ordered an expensive customized acoustic booth to ensure his phone calls remain secret. By Meteor […]

September 27th

Colossally stupid trade war rewards 2 bankrupt solar companies while destroying 9,000

The US International Trade Commission on Friday voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with the Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 trade case, finding Chinese solar imports are “a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry,” despite the claims and evidence of virtually the entire US solar industry. By Joshua S Hill  Unsurprisingly, the resulting fall-out from […]

September 26th

27 companies publicly support Paris climate agreement, but donate millions to GOP group undermining it

Twenty-seven companies that urged the Trump regime to stick with the Paris Climate Accord also contributed a total of $3.3 million to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) that has worked assiduously to dump President Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan. That plan was designed specifically to reduce greenhouse emissions from U.S. power plants in 2030 by 32 […]

September 21st

War on science: Save the Environmental Protection Agency!

This week, I had the great honor of speaking at press conference at the National Press Club calling on Congress and the White House to fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and let its staff do their jobs free of political interference (you can watch ABC News coverage of the event here). The good public servants at […]

September 15th