Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 24, 2017, 08:45:54 pm »
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 23, 2017, 09:04:58 pm »
Henry A. Giroux | The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed
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For the last 40 years, the United States has pursued a ruthless form of neoliberalism that has stripped economic activity from ethical considerations and social costs. One consequence has been the emergence of a culture of cruelty in which the financial elite produce inhuman policies that treat the most vulnerable with contempt, relegating them to zones of social abandonment and forcing them to inhabit a society increasingly indifferent to human suffering.
Under the Trump administration, the repressive state and market apparatuses that produced a culture of cruelty in the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of harsh aggression and extreme violence in US society. A culture of cruelty has become the mood of our times -- a spectral lack of compassion that hovers over the ruins of democracy.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 23, 2017, 06:45:08 pm »
NYTimes: Trump "Lies in Ways That No American Politician Ever Has Before"
Published on Mar 23, 2017
In this week's DumpTheTrumptyHive Roundup rant, I peruse the mainstream media for more reasons we need to kick our new Liar-In-Chief to the curb.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 23, 2017, 06:19:00 pm »
Will Our Democracy Survive the Right-Wing Takeover?
Agelbert NOTE: The USA is NOT a democracy; it's an oligarchy. However, the question has merit BECAUSE the oligarchic excesses are driving our economy to a collapse.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 21, 2017, 04:25:27 pm »
What do the members of the Trump Administration ENJOY?
They thoroughly enjoyed the look of horror on people's faces when the White House budget was revealed last week. The dismay of poor and working-class people, people of color, environmentalists, educators, artists, activists and, frankly, most Americans at the priorities put forth in that document is music to our supposed leaders' ears. It is all part of what passes for bedrock conservative ideology these days: "Make the liberals angry." That is all they have: cruelty for cruelty's sake.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 21, 2017, 12:08:59 pm »
A Trumper propagandist commenting on an article that exposed Trump's love for the Wall Street bankers, as opposed to the opposite that he had claimed before the election, recently disingenuously asked, "If Trump is so bad, how come Democrats have not explained why so many white women voted for him?".
You don't believe a thing the Democrats say, Trumper. So, your question is more of the "Obama was worse" pitch you trumpers never tire of throwing out there.
Nevertheless, for the benefit of readers here, I will tell what Chris Hedges says. Neither he nor I supported Hitlery Clinton so please don't try to label us as Dumocrats. We, unlike you, are part of the reality based community.
QUOTES FROM: A Last Chance for Resistance by Chris Hedges
Published on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Truthdig
"There are three institutions tasked in a functioning democracy with protecting the truth and keeping national discourse rooted in verifiable fact—the courts, the press and universities. Despots must control these three to prevent them from exposing their lies and restricting their power. Trump has not only attacked the courts but has also begun purges of the judiciary with his mass firing of U.S. attorneys. The Trump White House plans to fill 124 judgeships—including 19 vacancies on federal appeals courts—with corporatist lawyers such as Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch who are endorsed by the reactionary Federalist Society. By the time Trump’s four-year term is up, Federalist Society judges could be in as many as half of the country’s appellate seats."
"The current administration’s budget proposes to give the war industry, the domestic policing agencies, the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, billionaires and the national security and surveillance agencies more than they could have imagined possible before the election. These forces, as in all fascist states, will be the pillars of the Trump regime. They will tolerate Donald Trump’s idiocy, ineptitude and unbridled narcissism in exchange for increased profits and power."
"There is an emotional incapacity among any population being herded toward despotism or war to grasp what is happening. The victims cannot believe that the descent into barbarity is real, that the relative security and sanity of the past are about to be obliterated. They fail to see that once rights become privileges, once any segment of a society is excluded from the law, rights can instantly be revoked for everyone.
There is a hierarchy to oppression. It begins with the most vulnerable—undocumented workers, Muslims, poor people of color. It works upward. It is a long row of candles that one by one are extinguished. If we wait to resist, as the poet C.P. Cavafy wrote, the “dark line gets longer” and “the snuffed-out candles proliferate.”"
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 20, 2017, 08:55:16 pm »
The Billionaire Coup D'état
Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own?
Greg Palast, The Guardian/Rolling Stone Magazine/The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks warning his supporters about a "deep state" conspiracy against him. Does Trump have a deep state of his own?
For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com.
Mar. 17, 2017 5:06 pm
By Thom Hartmann
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 17, 2017, 07:35:42 pm »
Published on Mar 17, 2017
http://democracynow.org - Longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader responds to President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal to Congress, which calls for an unprecedented $54 billion increase in military spending while slashing environmental, housing, diplomatic and educational programs. "The mask is off. The fangs are now out," Nader says. "He is collaborating with what is, on the record, the most vicious, ignorant Republican Party in its history, since 1854."
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Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 17, 2017, 02:30:49 pm »
ALL Americans (Trumpers too!) who are poor or middle class JUST GOT ROYALLY SHAFTED
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 07:50:41 pm »
Chris Hedges: Who really is Donald Trump? with David Cay Johnston (10/16)
Published on Mar 15, 2017
Amazingly, this interview full of actual facts dates back to October 15, 2016. Chris Hedges sits down with David Cay Johnson, author of “The Making of Donald Trump” to examine how Trump and the rich are benefiting from a rigged tax system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil further explores how the U.S. tax code has been rewritten to benefit the wealthy.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 06:18:39 pm »
Trump's Budget Won't Balance Federal Spending, but It'll Move a Lot of Money to the RichThursday, March 16, 2017
By Josh Hoxie, OtherWords | Op-Ed
In other words, Trump's tax plan is a proverbial one-handed middle finger to the working class. And his spending cuts represent his other hand making the same gesture.
While repeated rhetorical distractions may succeed in sidetracking his audience, Trump can't use his impressive oratory skills to overcome basic mathematics.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 03:17:07 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: To be filed in the category of questions about wild bears and their habits.
March 16, 2017
Did Russian Oligarch Rybolovlev Bailout Trump in 2008?
March 16, 2017
Trump's 2005 Tax Forms: 'Like Going to Dinner And Being Served Pictures of Food'
Economists James Henry and Bill Black hypothesize that there are fraudulent and criminal activities lurking within Trump's unreleased Tax forms.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 16, 2017, 01:05:19 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Reich makes a lot of sense, lays out accurately the impeachable offenses of Trump and explains all the oligarchy based mayhem going on. Unfortunately, he continues to play blind, deaf and dumb about the COMPLICITY of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY for the Trump Fascism in general and the bought and paid for Democrats in particular.
Robert Reich : The Resistance Report March 8, 2017
Mr. Reich, there is NO FUTURE for our democracy unless people massively vote GREEN.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 15, 2017, 09:32:50 pm »
Chris Hedges: The Rise of Trump (March 3rd, 2017)
Published on Mar 15, 2017
Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges addresses fascism and the rise of the Trump war machine in the keynote speech at the "After Trump and P u s s y Hats" event in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3, 2017.
Introductions by Cecilia Point of the Musqueam First Nation and Lee Lakeman of the Vancourer R a p e and Women's Relief Shelter.
Video by Collectivista (collectivista.org)
Produced by the Vancouver R a p e Relief and Women's Shelter
and the Asian Women's Coalition Against Prostitution
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 15, 2017, 05:13:28 pm »
March 15, 2017
Trump Fills the Swamp with Fossil Fuel Lobbyists
DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn says federal agencies are now being staffed by advocates of clean coal, expanded fossil fuel drilling, and hunting of endangered animals.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 13, 2017, 10:53:24 pm »
This Level of Corruption Is Unprecedented in the Modern History of the Presidency
And it's threatening our democracy.
By Charles P. Pierce
Mar 12, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 13, 2017, 02:32:33 pm »
March 13, 2017
Trump and The War Within the American Oligarchy
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 12, 2017, 07:15:01 pm »
Republican Socialism for the Plutocrats Continues
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 12, 2017, 03:18:26 pm »
YES , the Fossil Fuel Industry, of which the Koch Crooks are an integral Part, OWNS TRUMP! The Racist and Fascist Sessions is now busy getting rid of ANYONE who has ANY ethics in the "Justice" Department in collusion with the rest of the Trump Cabinet Fascists supporting the Fossil Fuel Industry Profit over People and Planet.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
by Common Dreams
US Attorney in New York Fired After Refusing Trump's Abrupt Request to Resign
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 11, 2017, 03:37:14 pm »
Our President Is Up to No Good
Friday, March 10, 2017
By Bill Moyers and Henry A. Giroux, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
As Orwell often remarked, historical memory is dangerous to authoritarian regimes. In Orwell's Ministry of Truth, it is a crime to read history against the grain. In fact, history is falsified so as to render it useless both for understanding the conditions that shape the present and for remembering what should never be forgotten. As Orwell makes clear, this is precisely why tyrants consider historical memory dangerous; history can readily be put to use in identifying present-day abuses of power and corruption.
The Trump administration offered a pointed example of this Orwellian principle when it issued a statement regarding the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In the statement, the White House refused to mention its Jewish victims, thus erasing them from a monstrous act directed against an entire people. Politico reported that the official White House "statement drew widespread criticism for overlooking the Jews' suffering, and was cheered by neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer."
This act of erasure is but another example of the willingness of the Trump administration to empty language of any meaning, a practice that constitutes a flight from historical memory, ethics, justice and social responsibility.
Under such circumstances, government takes on the workings of a dis-imagination machine, characterized by an utter disregard for the truth that is often accompanied, as in Trump's case, by "primitive schoolyard taunts and threats." In this instance, Orwell's "Ignorance is Strength" materializes in the Trump administration's weaponized attempt not only to rewrite history, but also to obliterate it. Trump's contemptuous and boisterous claim that he loves the uneducated and his willingness to act on that assertion by flooding the media and the American public with an endless proliferation of peddled falsehoods reveal his contempt for intellect, reason and truth.
As the master of phony stories, Trump is not only at war with historical remembrance, science and rationality, he also wages a demolition campaign against democratic ideals by unapologetically embracing humiliation, racism and exclusion for those he labels as criminals, terrorists and losers, categories equated with Muslims, Mexicans, women, the disabled -- the list only grows. As John Wight observes, Trump's language of hate "is redolent of the demonization suffered by Jewish people in Germany in the 1930s, which echoes a warning from history."
All Governments Lie
Orwell's point about duplicitous language was that all governments lie. The rhetorical manipulation definitive of Orwellian language is not distinctive to the Trump administration, though it has taken on an unapologetic register in redefining it and deploying it with reckless abandon. The draconian use of lies, propaganda, misinformation and falsification has a long legacy in the United States, with other recent examples evident under the presidency of George W. Bush. Under the Bush-Cheney administration, for example, "doublethink" and "doublespeak" became normalized as state-sponsored torture was shamelessly renamed as "enhanced interrogation." Barbaric state practices such as sending prisoners to countries where there were no limits on torture were framed in the innocuous language of "rendition." Such language made a mockery of policy discourse and eroded public engagement. It also contributed to the transformation of institutions that were meant to limit human suffering and misfortune and protect citizens from the excesses of the market and state violence into something like their opposite.
But the attack on reason, dissent and truth itself finds its Orwellian apogee in Team Trump's endless proliferation of lies: including claims that China is responsible for climate change, former President Obama was not born in the United States and voter fraud prevented Trump from winning the popular vote for the presidency.
Such lies, big and small, don't function simply as mystification; they offer justification for aggressive immigration crackdowns, for effectively silencing the EPA and for upending Obamacare.
Too often the relentless fabrications serve to distract the press, focusing its energies on exposing the untrustworthiness of the person and not on the symbolic, legal and material violence that such pronouncements and harsh policies invariably unleash.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 10, 2017, 12:46:33 pm »
March 7, 2017 | Rona Fried | Policy/Trends
War on Regulations Takes Off
Last week, Trump ordered supervisors installed in all federal agencies to carry out his “2 for 1” scheme to eviscerate big bad regulations that supposedly hold our economy back. Only regulations that cost industries $0 in 2017 can stay in place – forget any benefits of holding corporations accountable, such as saving lives, protecting human health, safeguarding fundamental rights, worker rights, environmental rights, and caring for wildlife and wildlands. And for any regulation that is put in place, two must be eliminated even if they are entirely unrelated.
“This fundamentally changes our government’s role from one of protecting the public to protecting corporate profits, and will lead to a dangerous new era of deregulation and corporate “self-regulation,” says Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, which is suing Donald J. Trump for the regulations assault.
But this is just the beginning. If the Midnight Rules Act, REINS Act and Regulatory Accountability Act pass, major items long on the Republican wish list will finally be fulfilled. The bills have passed in the House and now await Senate action.
◾Midnight Rule Relief Act allows Congress – in just one vote – to repeal all regulations passed over the past year.
◾REINS Act (Regulations From The Executive In Need of Scrutiny ) gives Congress control over major new regulations, taking it out of the hands of professionals in federal agencies. For the first time, Congress would be in charge of approving regulations. If not approved within 70 days, the regulation dies and the agency is barred from taking it up again.
◾Regulatory Accountability Act makes it very hard to set new regulations by bogging the process down with over 60 new steps. Until now, agencies balance costs and benefits when considering new rules, but this law requires them to choose the “least costly” option as opposed to the “most effective” option.
The House passed the REINS Act several times during Obama’s term, but it was stopped in the Senate. The House voted down Democrat amendments to exempt rules that affect veterans’ health care, nuclear reactor safety, transportation of hazardous materials, and the safety of products used by children under the age of 2, reports USA Today.
Read our article, REINS Act Would Increase Toxic Pollution
These bills “give Congress sweeping authority to substitute political judgement for scientific judgement. It gives Congress permission to ignore all the years of technical work and public comment used to develop public health, safety, and environmental protections, and simply dismantle all these vital safeguards in one fell swoop,” says Union of Concerned Scientists. It’s ironic, because federal agencies develop regulations at the behest of Congress in the laws they pass!
The REINS Act “could, in effect, impose a slow-motion government shutdown, and would replace a process based on expertise, rationality and openness with one characterized by political maneuvering, economic clout and secrecy. The public would be less protected, and the political system would be more abused. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more far-reaching, fundamental and damaging shift in the way the government goes about its business of safeguarding the public,” says Natural Resources Defense Council.
Conservative think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute is helping out with a 193-page agenda with a long list of regulations to eliminate, and Rep. Meadows (R-NC) has offered a list of 232 regulations that can be repealed immediately.
And who did Trump put in charge of advising on which regulations to gut? Billioinairre corporate raider Carl Icahn. With $16.5 billion, Icahn has plenty of money to protect (and grow!).
Corporations are Thrilled
Real estate developers, for example, are thrilled with the rollbacks. Eliminating the “Waters of the US” rule makes it much easier to build without worrying about protecting wetlands and the streams half of Americans rely on for their drinking water. When the Endangered Species Act is gone, that will take a big pain out of the way.
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal contractors are thrilled that the House repealed Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which requires them to comply with worker health and safety laws before getting new contracts. 30% of the worst violators received $81 billion in federal contracts, according to a 2013 Senate report. It affects the family of Rodney Bridgett, who was killed when a piece of heavy equipment crushed him and Calvin Bryant, crippled by a workplace explosion that killed 14 co-workers, for example. A vote in the Senate is imminent.
On the chopping block:
◾lead safety standards in drinking water
◾unsafe chemicals to be removed from the market under the Toxic Substances Control Act
◾gut enforcement of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts
◾prohibit payday lenders from praying on consumers with high interest rates
◾gut Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform, Consumer Protection Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, Pipeline Safety Act and many more.
◾gut food safety regulations, net neutrality rules that protect he Internet from monopolies, energy efficiency standards for appliances and vehicles, and of course, the Clean Power Plan that reduces emissions from power plants.
◾no more restrictions on oil drilling or coal mines on public land
◾no more standards for healthy school lunches
◾standards that protect health workers from exposure to infectious diseases
◾a rule to prevent mining equipment from crushing miners
◾rules that protect communities from oil trains from exploding
◾protections for endangered species
Visit rulesatrisk.org to keep up (if you can!) with the rules on the chopping block.
“It’s horrifying that even after the Wall Street crash, the massive BP oil spill and numerous other public health and safety disasters across the country due to a lack of strong regulations, Americans will once again have to pay the price for the consequences of corporate recklessness, greed and lawbreaking,” says Weissman.
“Congress totally lacks the technical competence to review these kinds of complex rules. Do we really want members of Congress deciding whether a chemical can safely be used in food packaging? Or the proper procedures for approving new drugs as safe and effective? Or setting the allowable safety standard for heavy metals in drinking water?,” asks Carl Pope, former Sierra Club president.
Say Goodbye to Class Action Lawsuits?
HR 985, which would make it almost impossible for citizens to join class action lawsuits – among the most effective tools for victims of corporate abuse – will soon get a vote. Think about the BP oil spill or Wells Fargo’s illegal bank accounts. HR 720, HR 725 and HR 732 would make it harder for victims of corporate wrongdoing to sue and hold them accountable.
How About a Rule that Requires the President to Reveal His Taxes?
Although the vast majority of Americans want Trump to reveal his taxes, House Republicans don’t like that rule either. Every single one of them voted to block a resolution that would force Trump to do what all other presidents have done on their own volition.
The House Ways and Means Committee has the power to demand Trump’s taxes, but the full House voted it down when Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ) brought it to the floor.
Agelbert NOTE: Message from the Trump Team to we-the-people:
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 04, 2017, 03:08:37 pm »
Paving the way for a new progressive party?: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction
Posted on 03 March 2017
By Dave Lindorff
The Democratic Party leadership, both in the Democratic National Committee and in Congress, is full of bad ideas these days, and they’re risking disaster because of it.
After the November election fiasco, you’d think a party that left controlling the governments of just 13 states of the 50 states, compared to 32 for Republicans, and that has just lost every lever of power in Washington -- the White House, the Senate, the House and the Supreme Court -- would be rethinking its whole approach to reaching American voters and trying to figure out where it went wrong over the last several decades.
Instead we’re hearing a whole lot of the same old bad ideas, and some new ones that are even worse than bad.
Take Nancy Pelosi, the dinosaur representative from San Francisco who once was the House speaker, back when Democrats controlled that lower chamber of Congress. She says Democrats should “just wait” until Trump voters realize that they have been misled by their candidate, on the assumption that they will then flock to the Democratic Party in 2018.
Just wait? Doesn’t Pelosi get it yet? America’s working class -- black, hispanic and white -- has for years been “waiting” years in vain for the Democratic Party to come back to its roots and start helping them, instead of helping the toney entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and the toney hedge-fund managers on Wall Street to get richer? Wait for what? Voters both independent and Democratic abandoned the Democratic Party in droves in November because they finally woke up and realized it had abandoned them, and that “just waiting” for them to come back to a party that betrayed them is not going to work at all.
As I’ve written, plenty of those “deplorables” who voted for Trump in states that used to be reliably Democratic first voted in the Democratic primary for Bernie Sanders, either as Democratic Party registrants or as independents. They only turned to Trump when the choice was Trump or Clinton, whom they recognized as corporatist Democratic party hack. Many have told pollsters and interviewers that they voted for Trump and the Republicans not because they liked them, but to “shake things up” because the Democrats have been ignoring their plight.
And then there’s the corrupt and self-destructive selection of former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the Democratic National Committee chair, replacing the corrupt Donna Brazile, who helped screw candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders out of the party’s nomination by, among other things, passing Hillary Clinton tips about questions CNN planned to ask in her primary debate with Sanders, before herself being chosen by the DNC to replace the disgraced prior chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz...
For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative new site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3479
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 01, 2017, 05:10:54 pm »
Are the Republicans Looking for their Reichstag Fire Moment to Take Over?
Thom talks about how Hitler used a fire in the German parliament building to gain power and how the Trump administration may be looking to use a similar strategy.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 01, 2017, 02:33:57 pm »
March 1, 2017
Ralph Nader on Trump's Speech to Congress
Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump's attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: March 01, 2017, 02:14:20 pm »
March 1, 2017
Bernie Sanders' Response To Trump's Speech To Congress
Heritage Foundation budget cut percentages
Posted by: AGelbert« on: February 26, 2017, 06:26:01 pm »
3 Trump Targets: Here's What's at Stake
Feb. 25, 2017 02:46PM EST
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[Editor's note: President Trump signed another executive order on Friday aimed at eliminating regulations.]
The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days.
The rumored targets—the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the federal coal leasing moratorium—protect our air and water, save lives and take action to stop climate disruption. By the numbers, here's what's at stake if Trump attacks these vital safeguards and reforms.
The Clean Power Plan
First Ever: On June 2, 2014, as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, our nation's first-ever protections from carbon pollution from power plants. The plan puts states in the driver's seat to hasten their shift to clean energy and reduce carbon pollution. It will also help reduce other forms of dangerous air pollution, helping to keep our children healthier.
Three Times: The Clean Power Plan has a solid legal foundation in the Clean Air Act. On three separate occasions, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the EPA's authority and responsibility under the Clean Air Act to protect human health and welfare by limiting carbon pollution.
Up to 6,600: The Clean Power Plan will lead to significant climate and public health benefits for all. The EPA has estimated that, by 2030, the Clean Power Plan will prevent 150,000 asthma attacks and up to 6,600 premature deaths annually.
$93 Billion: The Clean Power Plan also provides great opportunities for economic growth and sustainable development. Investing in clean energy will create jobs and fuel economic growth in our country. The EPA estimates the Clean Power Plan will deliver annual benefits of up to $93 billion by 2030.
37 Percent: Fossil-fuel fired power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. and therefore a major contributor to climate change. Carbon emissions from power plants represent 37 percent of the total CO2 emissions emitted in the U.S.
97 Percent: 97 percent of all the generating capacity added in the U.S. in December 2016 was either wind or solar energy, according to SNL Energy.
The Clean Water Rule
In March 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a long-overdue Clean Water Act rule to end the confusion over which streams and wetlands are protected by the law.
The health of our nation's rivers, lakes and bays depends on the network of small streams and wetlands that flow into them. Here's what's at stake:
117 Million: The Clean Water rule provides protections for the drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans. One in three Americans get drinking water from public systems that rely on headwater and seasonal streams.
20 million: The Clean Water rule also safeguards 20 million acres of wetlands that provide flood protection, recharge groundwater supplies, filter pollution and provide essential wildlife habitat.
Coal Leasing Moratorium: The Cost of Coal Under a Broken System
President Obama initiated a coal leasing moratorium on federal lands while the Department of the Interior reviewed the outdated coal leasing program, which has been shortchanging taxpayers while benefiting coal executives for decades.
Sorely in need of reform, under the outdated program the Department of the Interior has been issuing leases to coal companies on the cheap for coal on lands belonging to the American people, giving them a sweetheart deal that has flooded the market with subsidized coal at below-market prices, while damaging our climate and our public lands.
41 cents: 40 percent of all coal burned in the U.S. comes from our federal leases on public lands. Under the existing system, up to 90 percent of bids in the Powder River Basin received only a single bidder, resulting in sales far below what companies typically paid for on private lands. You could buy one ton of federal coal for less than a packet of M&Ms—just 41 cents.
~$28.9 billion: Local taxpayers are not getting a fair return for the use of their public lands with royalty rates set unreasonably low. Under this system, American taxpayers are losing hundreds of millions of dollars each year, totaling an estimated $28.9 billion in revenues in the Powder River Basin alone over the 30 years since the federal government last overhauled its coal leasing program.
11 percent: Mining and burning coal from public lands accounts for approximately 11 percent of annual U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump is rolling back critical public health and environmental standards so his buddies in the fossil fuel industry can continue to pad their pockets at our expense. The Sierra Club will be fighting these rollbacks every step of the way and Americans nationwide will continue to resist—join us.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: February 26, 2017, 04:07:29 pm »
Friday, February 24, 2017
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Interview
Second part of video with John Dean:
John Dean: Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap
Friday, February 24, 2017
By Amy Goodman, Demoracy Now! | Video Interview
Posted by: AGelbert« on: February 25, 2017, 05:15:35 pm »
Published on Feb 4, 2017
David Cay Johnston talked about this book The Making of Donald Trump, in which he takes a critical look at the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.
Posted by: AGelbert« on: February 25, 2017, 01:13:08 pm »
Has anyone who voted against Trump changed their mind and why?
Posted by: AGelbert« on: February 24, 2017, 10:24:56 pm »
September 8, 2016
Agelbert NOTE: You really need to watch this, if you wish to understand Trump and the danger he represents to America.
David Cay Johnston, "The Making of Donald Trump"