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Trump, Wherefore Art Thou? 7.12.2016 The Moderate Voice
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Donald Trump was elected American president on a surge of populism, promising to bring manufacturing jobs back, deport immigrants, build a wall at the nation’s southern border (which Mexico would pay for), and generally make things better for America’s workers and middle class. He also promised to drain the swamp of Washington insiders and lobbyists, [...]

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Essential Politics: Talking Trump from coast to coast 7.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The presidential race may be in the rearview mirror, but the political and policy implications in the Golden State are still on the horizon.

California’s top elected leaders, it seems, aren’t quite ready for the era of President-elect Donald Trump.

Good morning from the state capital. I’m Sacramento...

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Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests 7.12.2016 AP Top News
PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) -- In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree....
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The House Contempt of Science Committee gets rolled 7.12.2016 Daily Kos
After months of record highs worldwide and weeks of of unseasonably warm temperatures stretching all the way from Canada to the North Pole, the dreaded polar vortex looks poised to return and finally deliver winter to much of the nation. Your holiday weather advisory includes mendacity in the US capital, as senators and reps will arrive with snowballs in hand announcing the end of the very climate change they’ve long denied was happening. While traditional media struggles with the right way to call out  lies and whoppers , Trump people have now moved on to saying there are no such things as facts in our gleaming new, post-truth world! Which makes you wonder why the so-called House Science Committee still bothers to shadow box with quaint notions based on some ancient mystical device called a thermometer : On Thursday, the committee’s Twitter account hopped on this anti-climate-science bandwagon. It tweeted a link to a story titled “Global temperatures plunge. Icy silence from climate alarmists” that was ...
Australian leader rules out taxes on polluters 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Canberra, Australia • Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday ruled out making power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create — a policy option that angered conservative government lawmakers when proposed by a minister this week. Malcolm Turnbull said a review of the government’s climate change policies next year aimed at achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2030 would not include any measures that would inflate electricity bills. “We are not going to take any steps that w...
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Gov. Jerry Brown says Trump risks international backlash if he doesn't address climate change 7.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Effort launched to force state pensions to divest from Dakota Access pipeline, lawmaker proposes 'Blue Lives Matter' bill Dec. 6, 2016, 3:31 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: California...
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Weather.Com Meteorologist To Breitbart: Quit Using Our Videos To Lie About Climate Change 7.12.2016 Crooks Liars
Weather.com meteorologist Kait Parker took a few minutes out of her usual duties to give Breitbart a message : Global warming is real and you shouldn't use Weather.com reports to lie to people. Global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com wrote in an article published last week . Though we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage of weather and climate science, in this case we felt it important to add our two cents — especially because a video clip from weather.com ( La Niña in Pacific Affects Weather in New England ) was prominently featured at the top of the Breitbart article. Breitbart had the legal right to use this clip as part of a content-sharing agreement with another company, but there should be no assumption that The Weather Company endorses the article associated with it. The Breitbart article – a prime example of cherry picking, or pulling a single item out of context to build a misleading case – includes this statement: "The last three years may ...
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Weather Channel turns up the heat after climate change claim 7.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Weather Channel came out firing today after Breitbart used a video of one of its meteorologists to claim that the earth is cooling.
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CBS: ‘Climate Change Denier’ Trump May Now Be ‘Thinking About the Issue’ 6.12.2016 NewsBusters
CBS This Morning’s Gayle King on Tuesday labeled Donald Trump a “climate change denier,” using the loaded term in a story on Al Gore visiting with the President-elect. All three networks promoted the global warming activist’s meeting, but it was co-host King who lectured, “President-elect Trump is on the record as a climate change denier. But a meeting with former Vice President Al Gore suggests that he's thinking about the ...
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Pulling the Lever for Doomsday: How Donald Trump Changed Everything 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
Backlit by a spotlight, Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 22, 2016. (Photo: Damon Winter / The New York Times) John Feffer's striking new dystopian novel Splinterlands is a look back at our world from the shattered Earth of 2050. Feffer's novel has come to read ever less like futuristic fiction and ever more like a vivid journalistic report on the latest developments in our distressed, Trumpian universe. With that in mind, we asked him today to return to the world of Splinterlands and launch the book at this website by offering us the view not of the "geo-paleontologist" Julian West, the central figure in his novel, but of West's ex-wife, Rachel Leopold, herself looking back from 2050 on the planet that Donald Trump's election helped produce. Slip under the covers and read it late tonight! -- Tom Engelhardt *** I didn't vote in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of ...
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Open letter about climate change from scientists to Trump 6.12.2016 Boing Boing
More than 800 American energy and Earth science researchers have signed a letter to Donald Trump outlining six steps they're urging him to take to address human-caused climate change to protect “America’s economy, national security, and public health and safety.” The letter is accompanied by a public change.org petition to " Tell Trump To #ActOnClimate ." Here is that open letter: To President-elect Trump We, the undersigned, urge you to take immediate and sustained action against human-caused climate change. We write as concerned individuals, united in recognizing that the science is unequivocal and America must respond. Climate change threatens America’s economy, national security, and public health and safety. Some communities are already experiencing its impacts, with low-income and minority groups disproportionately affected. At this crucial juncture in human history, countries look to the United States to pick up the mantle of leadership: to take steps to strengthen, not weaken, this nation’s ...
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Washington Post Editorial: The case for saving the Paris agreement 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It is hard to say exactly what impact President-elect Donald Trump might have on the fight to slow human-caused climate change — for two reasons. First is that Trump has not been particularly clear on his views, though he leaves little reason for hope. He has at times sounded like a wholesale climate denier and conspiracy theorist, such as when he claimed global warming is a hoax. At other times he has taken a slightly more conciliatory tone. The last word the country has had from the next presi... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New Memo Reveals the Trump Administration's Energy Plan 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
The future Donald Trump administration's energy agenda is revealed in a memo prepared by Trump's energy transition head Thomas Pyle, titled "What to Expect from the Trump Administration." The document, obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), was sent by Pyle on November 15th, just days before the Trump campaign announced Pyle's appointment as head of his Department of Energy transition team. Pyle is the President of both the  American Energy Alliance  and the  Institute for Energy Research . Both organizations have received cash from numerous fossil fuel funders including ExxonMobil, Peabody Energy and Koch Industries. From 2001 to 2005, Pyle was  Director of Federal Affairs for Koch Industries . The memo outlines fourteen policies to be expected from President-elect Trump, which collectively amounts to a fossil fuel industry wish list and which would be devastating for attempts to slow climate change. The agenda includes withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate agreement, eliminating the ...
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From Climate Change to Nuclear War, Noam Chomsky Warns of Literal Threats to Our Survival 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
On Monday night, Democracy Now! celebrated its 20th anniversary at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Among those who addressed more than 2,000 attendants was world-renowned linguistic Noam Chomsky, who spoke about the two most dangerous threats the human species faces today: the possibility of nuclear war and the accelerating destruction of human-fueled climate change. TRANSCRIPT: AMY GOODMAN: We return now to MIT professor Noam Chomsky speaking at the event. NOAM CHOMSKY: The U.S. isolation at Marrakech is symptomatic of broader developments that we should think about pretty carefully. They're of considerable significance. U.S. isolation in the world is increasing in remarkable ways. Maybe the most striking is right in this hemisphere, what used to be called "our little region over here" -- Henry Stimson, secretary of war under Roosevelt, "our little region over here," where nobody bothers us. If anybody gets out of line, we punish them harshly; otherwise, they do what we say. That's very ...
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The Al Gore Meeting: Again Trumps Use Transition Process To Try To Make Money 6.12.2016 Crooks Liars
The president-elect and his daughter Ivanka met with Al Gore today: President-elect Donald Trump met on Monday with Al Gore -- one of the most vocal advocates of fighting climate change. Before the meeting, Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters on a daily briefing call that Gore would meet with Ivanka Trump, the President-elect's daughter, about climate issues, but he did not know what specifically was on the agenda. He had also said the former Democratic vice president would not meet with Trump himself. But Gore told reporters after the meeting that he met with Trump himself after seeing Ivanka. "I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect," Gore said, according to the pool report. "It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I'm just going to leave it at that." Allahpundit at the ...
Trump speaks and Boeing stock falls 6.12.2016 The Hill
President-elect Donald Trump spoke briefly to reporters from Trump Tower on Tuesday, telling them he was looking forward to a series of meetings with "great people."
Judge's Radical Exxon Ruling Could Turn the Legal System Upside Down 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
A Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether two attorneys general (AGs) had acted in bad faith when, in fact, the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace and entirely appropriate for state prosecutors. (Photo: Thomas Hawk / Flickr ) A Texas federal judge's recent order -- that the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York must submit to questioning by lawyers for ExxonMobil about why they are investigating the company -- is highly unusual and unwarranted, as is the underlying lawsuit brought by ExxonMobil against the prosecutors. If upheld, this approach could turn the legal system upside down, allowing wrongdoers possessing sufficient resources to file lawsuits that paralyze law enforcement efforts aimed at protecting the public. Although the Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether the two AGs had acted in bad faith, in fact the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace ...
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Daily Digest: Election leftovers 6.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A recount, a concession and more meetings at Trump Tower.
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Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration 6.12.2016 The Hill
Donald Trump's right-wing allies are keeping him on a tight leash when it comes to his signature campaign issue of immigration.
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Open thread for night owls: Loomis—'Towards a working-class environmentalism' 6.12.2016 Daily Kos
Erik Loomis at The New Republic writes— Towards a Working-Class Environmentalism : Environmentalism’s reputation as a rich white social movement will have enormous negative consequences. A few years ago, I was in Cleveland to talk to environmental justice activists who were trying to organize mostly African Americans in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. As many scientists, historians, and environmental justice scholars have noted, climate change will disproportionally affect the poor, which in the United States means predominantly people of color. Working class Americans who lack air conditioning die in heat waves; higher temperatures in cities lead to cockroach infestations, which lead to high asthma rates; and scorching inner city heat islands lead to heat strokes. Despite these facts, the people in Cleveland who saw these presentations responded that climate change reminded them of polar bears drowning. Until environmentalists can effectively address the concerns and anxieties of working-class ...
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