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BLM: US Military confirms bayonets were issued to troops responding to George Floyd protests

“Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter by the highest-ranking military officer in the United States confirming that bayonets were issued to some of the troops deployed to the nation’s capital last month as part of the Trump administration’s effort to crack down on BLM demonstrators […]

Renewable Roundup: Solar powered Air Force base

The Federal government is way too big for Trump to be able to interfere with all of it. US DoD is one of the loudest voices warning about dire consequences of global warming, and is trying to make itself as independent of fossil fuels as possible—air, land, and sea. By Mokurai Nellis Air Force Base […]

June 29th

A military perspective on climate change could bridge the gap between believers and doubters

As experts warn that the world is running out of time to head off severe climate change, discussions of what the U.S. should do about it are split into opposing camps. The scientific-environmental perspective says global warming will cause the planet severe harm without action to slow fossil fuel burning. Those who reject mainstream climate […]

February 23rd

Bipartisan lawmakers ask Defense Secretary Mattis to keep climate change on the DOD agenda

More than 40 lawmakers sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking him to keep intact mentions of climate change in Department of Defense reports and also to ensure that strategic defense plans acknowledge the effects of climate change on national security. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/RepublicEn “While we appreciate the need to update reports when […]

July 30th

Trump & Pence love coal, but Indiana National Guard loves solar

File this one under “L” for “Lalalalala we can’t hear you.” Barely a month after Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed new measures supporting large, centralized coal-fired and nuclear power plants, the Indiana National Guard made a huge, 5-megawatt solar powered statement in support of microgrids, renewable energy, and distributed energy generation. The new installation will […]

November 3rd

Coal can’t cut it – DOD shows hurricane-battered grid is better with renewables

Coal industry stakeholders been pushing hard to keep coal-fired power plants front and center in the nation’s grid mix, and a couple of new proposals from the Trump administration’s Energy Department could give them the upper hand. However, this year’s hurricane season has already exposed huge cracks in the coal industry’s “grid resilience” argument, and […]

October 11th

James Howard Kunstler – The calm before the stormtroopers

Grinning like Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat, the Golden Golem of Greatness pronounced this interval of fine fall weather “the calm before the storm.” Hmmmm. Talk about cryptic. This was less than a week after he verbally smacked down Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for “wasting his time” trying to diplomatically reach “Little Rocket Man… “ whereby Rex riposted, […]

October 6th

How the military lost track of hazardous waste (and put us all at risk)

Fraud. Bribery. Incompetence. The military’s use of contractors adds to a legacy of environmental damage. By Abrahm Lustgarten Propublica IN AUGUST 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s […]

September 29th

Trump admin wants to make nuclear war more likely.

As part of its Nuclear Posture Review—the first since the 2010 review was completed—the Trump regime is said to be considering the building of a “mini-nuke,” a nuclear bomb with a low explosive yield. Advocates have long claimed this would improve U.S. deterrence. Approval of such a development would overturn the Obama administration’s policy of limiting reliance on […]

September 10th

Military tells GOP: Climate change is a national security issue

In a dramatic event on July 13, 2017, 24 Democrat and 22 Republican members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus and 24 other Republicans voted against an anti-climate change amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018. Members of CCL’s Climate and Security Action Team (CSAT) mobilized to encourage their members of Congress to cast a pro-climate vote. By […]

August 9th

Obama and Russians Strike Tentative Deal to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

This week, US President Obama and Russian President Medvedev are meeting in Moscow to negotiate a treaty to succeed START. President Obama seems to understand that if the US expects Iran and North Korea to give up their intentions to develop nuclear weapons, we can’t act as hypocrites hoarding our own nuclear arsenal. Russia and the United States currently own “90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons”.

July 6th

Private Contractors Hoard Water From US Soldiers in Iraq

We’ve all heard stories of how US soldiers in Iraq have been forced to travel in Humvees lacking armor protection; however, the shortage in military supplies includes basic necessities. Many soldiers stationed all over Iraq lack adequate supplies of drinking water. Commanders have been forced to steal water from the private contractors to meet the basic needs of their troops.

May 12th