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Letter: Elder statesmen get the need for carbon tax 23.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Mike Lee voted to confirm Scott Pruitt, an enemy of the Environment Protection Agency, to become its leader. It was no surprise. We know Republicans do not prioritize protection of the environment and are not worried about the effects of climate change on our planet. However, some prominent conservatives and Republican elder statesmen, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former...
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Climate change: Apocalypse by 1000 cuts 23.2.2017 Boing Boing
Not since the Reagan era cold war with Russia has apocalyptic awareness been so forefront in the public’s mind. Disturbing incidents ranging from nuclear football Facebook selfies to alarming North Korean military activity now accrue weekly. Sometimes hourly. What can one do besides scroll through Twitter before bedtime and let the news populate our nightmares? The distractions and details are addictive: political murders via improv and a spray bottle, daily revelations of Russian infiltration in US elections and government, and today the president is yelling at Sweden. Tomorrow it might be Ireland. Who knows. We watch the global breakup like helpless children realizing that mom and dad are really getting a divorce. Right now, the sitting US president is not even welcome in the British Parliament, but he regularly tweets flattering sentiments to Russia. But there is a larger story that needs telling--and action. Lost in the noise was the recent breakage of a mile-long stretch of West Antarctica, due to ...
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Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Prize winner whose theories changed modern economics, dies at 95 23.2.2017 LA Times: Business

Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Prize-winning Stanford economist whose groundbreaking work redefined the world’s understanding of the free marketplace, has died at his home in Palo Alto.

Stanford University, where Arrow spent much of his career, reported that the economist died Tuesday at the age of 95.

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Spotlight on Green News & Views: Chaffetz goes after Bears Ears; fracking spills undercounted 23.2.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 484th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here  is the Feb. 18 Green Spotlight. More than 26,480 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Desert Scientist writes— Water!  “This diary begins a series of four diaries on the old “elements.”  We know now that these are not elements. Water, for example, consists primarily of one Oxygen and two Hydrogen atoms (both of which are elements), plus various other compounds as impurities, such as the combination of salts in salt water, and in many cases pollutants. That said, the four old “elements,” Air, Earth, Fire and Water, will serve well as symbols of the required necessities of life on this planet. I start with water because as a long-time South-westerner I ...
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Hours before town hall, crowds eager to face Rep. Emmer 23.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Some people outside Emmer's meeting held signs with messages including "Universal health care Now" and "We stand with Minnesota's refugees."
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California's air regulator welcomes two lawmakers to its board 23.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles Feb. 22, 2017, 2:13 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: If...
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Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV 23.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.

Congress is in recess this week and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel...

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Thousands of Scott Pruitt's Emails Just Hit the Internet. Here Are the Wildest, Scariest Bits. 23.2.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by t he Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general's office on Wednesday. The documents show that Pruitt, while Oklahoma attorney general, acted in close concert with oil and gas companies to challenge environmental regulations, even putting his letterhead to a complaint filed by one firm, Devon Energy. This practice was first revealed in 2014, but it now appears that it occurred more than once. The emails also show that American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, an oil and gas lobby group, provided Pruitt's office with template language to oppose ozone limits and the renewable fuel standard program in 2013. AFPM encouraged Oklahoma to challenge the rules, ...
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Pioneers: Climatologists' 38-year-old paper predicted what we're seeing happen in the Arctic melt 22.2.2017 Daily Kos
Claire L. Parkinson’s scientific paper “ Arctic sea ice decay simulated for a CO2-induced temperature rise ” was published in Climate Change in 1979, the peer-reviewed journal, when it was just 2 years old. So was the Vermont native’s doctorate in geography and climatology. Parkinson’s paper, co-authored by William W. Kellogg, was pretty much ignored. What it argued, based on mathematical modeling, is that a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide above preindustrial levels would make the Arctic free of ice in late summer probably sometime in the middle of the 21st century.  We now know that four-decades-old prediction was spot on, as Sabrina Shankman points out in a story in the Pulitzer-winning InsideClimate News. In fact, the likelihood of the scenario Parkinson and her colleague posited then could occur a decade or more before mid-century. As scientists in the past 20 years have been predicting, whenever summers do become ice free in the Arctic, the global impact will be titanic. Indeed, we appear to ...
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Arrogant Rep. Dave Brat ignites overflow Virginia crowd with climate change denial, ACA repeal talk 22.2.2017 Daily Kos
Last month, Rep. Dave Brat from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District loudly complained to attendees at a tea party meeting that  “The women are in my grill no matter where I go. They come up, and say, ‘When’s your next town hall?’ ” His constituents got that town hall last night, at a small private restaurant approximately 100 miles from his most populous base. Of course rural areas deserve meetings with their representatives, but in this particularly charged political year, Republicans nationwide are scattering to the furthest points of their districts and opting to hold last-minute events, often only advertised in the print edition of small, local newspapers. Last night Dave Brat discovered that many of his constituents made the one-hour drive to attend his town hall. While he should be congratulated for holding a town hall while more than 200 of his Republican colleagues went into their bunkers, he came off as arrogant and condescending. The Washington Post has the highlights (and lowlights) of Rep. ...
Congressman who complained about women being ‘in my grill’ is heckled at town hall in Virginia 22.2.2017 Washington Post
Angry participants at the meeting turned up the heat on Dave Brat, the Virginia Republican who drew notice last month for complaining that women were “in my grill no matter where I go.”
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GOP lessons from the latest round of brutal town halls 22.2.2017 Politico
As Republicans face hostile crowds at town halls nationwide, the Rep. Dave Brat offered one possible blueprint for survival.
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President Trump's favorite so-called insult 22.2.2017 Washington Post
President Trump's favorite so-called insult
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Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming world 22.2.2017 AP Business
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer....
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"Condescending and Hypocritical": An EPA Staffer Blasts Scott Pruitt's First Speech 22.2.2017 Mother Jones
Scott Pruitt may have wanted to ease Environmental Protections Agency staffers' concerns about him Tuesday, but his first remarks as head of the agency hardly mentioned environmental protection at all. With Donald Trump's EPA transition staff sitting nearby, Pruitt delivered an 11-minute speech, in which he declared, "We as an agency and we as a nation can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment." He also quoted famed conservationist John Muir: "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to pray in and play in." Pruitt did lament the "toxic environment" in the country, but it was a reference to the political climate—part of a call for a more civil discourse. The former Oklahoma attorney general never dwelled on the specifics of his or the White House's agenda for the EPA in the short address, which featured introductory remarks by recent acting administrator Catherine McCabe. Neither McCabe nor Pruitt mentioned the elephant in the room: the EPA's regulations on climate change and Pruitt's ...
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'Green News Report' - February 21, 2017 22.2.2017 BradBlog
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: What to expect from the EPA following the rushed confirmation of EPA-enemy Scott Pruitt; Three fossil fuel explosions in two weeks; Alaska officials say they can't shut off leaking natural gas pipeline; PLUS: The Midwest sets U.S. wind energy record... All that and more in today's ...
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New EPA chief to employees: ‘We don’t have to choose’ between jobs and the environment 22.2.2017 Washington Post
Scott Pruitt made clear on his first full work day that he intends to step back from what he sees as the agency's overreach during the Obama administration.
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If we can't even raise the measly gas tax, things don't look good with climate change 21.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: This headline might as well be, “Why fixing climate change won’t be easy.” (“'This is the worst I have seen': California's roads are in dire shape, says former Caltrans director,” Feb. 12)

The inability of American or even progressive California legislators to raise the measly, unchanged-in-a-quarter-century...

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The Daily 202: Trump’s new national security adviser literally wrote the book on Vietnam 21.2.2017 Washington Post: Politics
H.R. McMaster focused on ‘the lies that led to Vietnam’
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Paul Ryan Is Fundraising Off Health Care While Working to Kill It for Millions 21.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) holds a reporter's audio recorder that he knocked to the floor during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 16, 2017. Paul Ryan is determined to raise as much money as possible to fuel his own rise, and his party's, no matter how many people's health may suffer in the process. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) No "alternative facts" here -- we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! House Speaker Paul Ryan has a reputation for policy wonkishness, which he doesn't deserve. He also has a reputation for raising boatloads of cash, which he does deserve. Care to guess which one's driving his healthcare priorities? For bonus points, name the two billionaire brothers who are glad to see him do it. Ryan did a fundraising "physicians and dentist industry" breakfast on February 1 of this year, (here's the invitation  obtained exclusively by the Center for Media and Democracy) and the ...
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