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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fox News host Neil Cavuto became the third prominent Republican in a week to succumb to “mad truth disease,” saying, “Let me be real clear, Mr. President. How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one who keeps muddying the waters?” Read More
President Trump went bananas after the FBI’s sudden raid of his attorney’s office, home and hotel. “I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now,” Trump said, adding: “It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”
There you have it. Trump now equates the nation with himself. “The president’s words were more befitting a mob don when the feds are closing in,” said former White House ethics counsel Norman Eisen. Read More