Archive - May 2018

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Houston’s Harvey response predictable and disastrous
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The Republican era of “half-witted intolerance”
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Santa Fe High School student shows sad resignation of kids everywhere about school shootings
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Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and fully decarbonize
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Trump’s EPA hides toxic water crisis report
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Trump ends vital climate monitoring program
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Global temperature change since 1850
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Florida faces devastation. Denial will make it worse.
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“Water shaming” will spread from Cape Town to US
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Scott Pruitt, a lobbyist, and CSNY: “Our House”

Houston’s Harvey response predictable and disastrous

Houston’s approach to rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is both predictable and disastrous. And it illustrates the problems that many of our coastal cities large and small will face as the growing storm of climate destruction bears down on the United States. Read More

The Republican era of “half-witted intolerance”

In West Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of creating jobs for “China people” and getting donations from his “China family.” (McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, was born in Taiwan.) In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams drives around in a bus he promises to fill with “illegals” who will be deported to Mexico. On the rear is stamped: “Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molestors [sic], and other criminals on board.” In Arizona, Republican Senate candidate (and former Maricopa County sheriff) Joe Arpaio is a proud “birther” with a history of profiling and abusing Hispanic migrants. Vice President Pencerecently called Arpaio “a great friend of this president, a tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law.” In Wisconsin, Republican House candidate Paul Nehlen runs as a “pro-white Christian American candidate.”

That’s the opening paragraph of a column by Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and a conservative who is appalled at what has become of his party, and what it is doing to the nation. Read More

Santa Fe High School student shows sad resignation of kids everywhere about school shootings

Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry spoke to a TV reporter after Friday morning’s Texas school shooting in plain, soft-spoken, brutal English. This is a must-watch 30 seconds. We have utterly failed the children, and her resignation speaks volumes to all those “thoughts and prayers” politicians who refuse to take action. It speaks volumes to the evil of the NRA, a homegrown cult of violence. Listen up, anti-life party: For years you fraudulently claimed President Obama was a secret Muslim who would take your guns away. Well, one day these kids who have lived with the terror your ideology has caused will wrest away your political power and they will indeed take away your guns. And it will be your own fault. Your own fault for refusing to face reality and follow common sense. Read More

Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and fully decarbonize

Costa Rica’s new president used his inaugural speech on May 9 to pledge that his nation would become the first in the world to fully decarbonize.

President Carlos Alvarado plans to end all fossil fuel use in transportation by 2021–in time for Costa Rica’s 200th anniversary of its independence. Read More

Trump’s EPA hides toxic water crisis report

A federal report on a growing crisis of toxins in the nation’s water remains hidden after the White House and the EPA intervened to prevent its release to the public, Politico reported Monday.

One Trump official said the report would cause a “public relations nightmare.”

Evidently Trump and the Republican Party worry more about politically toxic facts than they do about life-threatening toxins in our water. That’s the anti-life party at work. Read More

Trump ends vital climate monitoring program

The Trump Administration has killed a NASA program that is vital to monitoring the world’s progress in avoiding climate catastrophe.

This is not at all surprising for an administration that has told federal employees to lie to you about climate science, has stripped most mentions of climate change from government websites, and is battling California for having the states-rights audacity to set stricter air pollution standards than the federal government.

See no evil, hear no evil, but speak evil of anyone who does. That’s Trump and his anti-life Republican Party, which roundly supports every one of the administration’s attacks on environmental protections. Read More

Global temperature change since 1850

Florida faces devastation. Denial will make it worse.

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches in Key West. In the past 23 years, it’s risen 3 inches. By 2060, it’s predicted to rise another 2 feet, with no sign of slowing down.

So begins the first article in a major effort by South Florida’s major newspapers, along with PBS and NPR, implicitly reading the riot act to a state whose Republican governor, Rick Scott, has not only ignored climate science but has placed gag orders on public discussion of it by state employees. Read More

“Water shaming” will spread from Cape Town to US

“Water shaming” is being credited for helping Cape Town, South Africa, make it through an extreme three-year drought. Faced with a rapidly approaching “Day Zero” that would force the city to shut off municipal water to its more than 3.7 million residents, officials in January launched an interactive Google map that allows people to see which households are staying within the water use limits–and which ones are not. Read More

Scott Pruitt, a lobbyist, and CSNY: “Our House”

In 2003 Scott Pruitt, then an Oklahoma state senator, bought and shared a house with a lobbyist who represented companies seeking changes to the state’s worker compensation laws. Pruitt advocated for those changes without revealing his conflict of interest.

That’s perfectly in character for the notoriously corrupt Pruitt, of course. But when I saw The Hill‘s headline, “Pruitt once bought house with Oklahoma lobbyist,” I immediately thought of the song “Our House,” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, and realized it needs an update to reflect our times.  So here’s Scott Pruitt’s version of “Our House,” followed by a video of Crosby, Stills and Nash playing the original version. Read More

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