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Agelbert NOTE: The Koch Brothers will SELL the refined Tar sands ruinously polluting oil to CHINA!

Greg Palast - Koch Bros' Bribery & TrumpCare

 by Thom Hartmann (03/27/17))


Published on Mar 27, 2017

Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy/OpEdNews/The Guardian. As Donald Trump continues to rack up the losses - the Koch brothers are re-emerging as major power players in Washington, DC. Is this the beginning of a billionaire coup?



The REST of the Koch Bro's Fascist story:





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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« Last post by AGelbert on Today at 06:49:54 pm »
Robert Reich : The Resistance Report March 27, 2017




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March 19, 2017 | Rona Fried | Policy/Trends, Transportation

Auto Industry Gets Fuel Economy Bailout, While Oil Industry Goes After Electric Cars

While health care, Trump’s sledgehammer budget and hearings dominate the news, Trump has begun to roll back another Obama signature policy – fuel economy standards for cars and trucks.

Fuel economy standards are the single biggest energy efficiency policy of the Obama administration, and auto makers agreed to the deal as part of the historic bailout of their businesses.  Since 2009, they have added 700,000 jobs and have beaten the standards with innovations that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Individuals and businesses really like going further on a tank of gas. Americans have already saved $35 billion on gas, while avoiding consumption of 270 million barrels of oil, cutting cancer-causing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, all since 2011. Transportation accounts for a third of US emissions.

Automakers met the first goal – fleets averaging 35.5 mpg by 2016 – and the next milestone is 54 mpg by 2025. That’s the goal they are agitating against because low gas prices over the past few years have translated into another boom for very profitable gas-guzzling SUV and pick-up trucks.  And electric car sales are slow, they say. They pressured Obama’s EPA – and now are thrilled to have Trump, who they know will be anxious to eliminate any “burden” on industry.    

After seeing how much gas passenger and light-duty trucks were saving, the trucking industry ASKED for standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, which are also progressing. Turns out, getting 6 mpg isn’t great for trucking companies! “Fuel is an enormous expense for our industry – and carbon emissions carry an enormous cost for our planet,” said Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Association.

Have you ever seen an ad for plug-in or electric cars?  The answer is No or Rarely. Have you seen ads for SUVs? The answer is Constantly.

Research on national TV ads confirms this, and there’s also a dearth of electric vehicles (EVs) at dealerships. Either don’t stock EVs at all or have a few hidden in the back. Forget a test drive! Salespeople aren’t trained on their benefits and often aren’t aware of state and federal tax credits and rebates. Another survey finds that 60% of Americans don’t even know that plug-ins exist and that 80% have never been in an EV.

After seeing how much gas passenger and light-duty trucks were saving, the trucking industry ASKED for standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, which are also progressing. Turns out, getting 6 mpg isn’t great for trucking companies! “Fuel is an enormous expense for our industry – and carbon emissions carry an enormous cost for our planet,” said Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Association.

Have you ever seen an ad for plug-in or electric cars?  The answer is No or Rarely. Have you seen ads for SUVs? The answer is Constantly.

Research on national TV ads confirms this, and there’s also a dearth of electric vehicles (EVs) at dealerships. Either don’t stock EVs at all or have a few hidden in the back. Forget a test drive! Salespeople aren’t trained on their benefits and often aren’t aware of state and federal tax credits and rebates. Another survey finds that 60% of Americans don’t even know that plug-ins exist and that 80% have never been in an EV.  :( :P

In Fact, 2025 Standards Could Be Stronger

in the waning days of the Obama Administration, the EPA released a comprehensive analysis of the 2025 standards as pressure mounted to ease the burden from the auto industry.  The 1200-page report concludes auto manufacturers can meet the 2025 standards both in terms of cost and technical achievement. Technologies are developing more quickly and at even lower costs than EPA originally projected, it says, and cars purchased in 2025 will save about $1 trillion in gas over their lifetime, while avoiding pollution equivalent to that produced by the entire United States for a solid year.

“Although EPA’s technical analysis indicates the standards could be strengthened for model years 2022-2025, proposing to leave the current standards in place provides greater certainty to the auto industry for product planning and engineering,” says the report.

A new study confirms EPA’s analysis: “Our research casts fresh doubt on automakers’ claims that the standards are too difficult and costly to meet,” says the International Council on Clean Transportation. Automakers are inflating the costs by at least 35%.

81% of Americans support the Clean Car standards
, according to a 2016 Consumer Federation of America survey, and “UAW members know firsthand that these standards have spurred investments in new products that employ tens of thousands of our members.”

Problems for auto manufacturers come from concessions they extracted from Obama’s EPA. They negotiated:

◾Gradual improvements in fuel mileage in the early years, followed by steep increases in the final years of 2021-2025.

◾Weaker standards for larger vehicles

◾Special exemptions for SUVs and vans: they are classified as light trucks, which have weaker standards than cars.

Even with these loopholes,  vehicle carbon emissions have been declining by an average 2.3% a year, reports Yale360.  “Before the election, automakers had plans well underway to re-engineer their vehicles in line with tighter standards over the coming decade. Ample technology is in the pipeline for making steady gains in efficiency (and steady cuts in CO2 emission rates) for years to come. The feasibility of meeting the standards has been studied exhaustively for many years now. These studies all conclude that steady refinements of gasoline engines — cutting excess mass through high-strength steel and other advanced materials — and further streamlining would not only enable automakers to reach the standards now targeted for 2025, but also continue improving efficiency beyond that. Over the five-year phase-in leading up to the 2025 target, the incremental cost per vehicle will average only $240 per year,” says Yale360.

But instead of following through on their 2015 commitment, automakers want another bailout. And that’s even with numerous models already close to meeting the target – the Honda Civic, for example, already meets 2023 standards.

Then there’s the issue of industry competitiveness.  Canada, the EU, China, India, South Korea and other countries all have similar, if not stronger standards to meet. Before the US instituted our standards, car companies produced more efficient vehicles in Europe and less efficient ones in the US, all the while claiming they couldn’t do any better.

“Our cars and trucks are not nearly as clean as they should be, but they’re a lot cleaner than they used to be – more than 40% less polluting than they were 20 years ago,” says Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

Trump Rolls Them Back Anyway

Now Trump is directing his EPA to do the analysis again, due April 2018. It will have to substantiate any recommendation to rollback the rules, they can’t just “do it.” And they must hold the same series of hearings and get public input to unravel them as Obama’s EPA did to put the rules in place.

US automakers are known for “sky is falling” howls. They protested requirements for seat belts, air bags, catalytic converters and then low emission vehicles, claiming they would kill the industry. Lee Iacocca famously argued against the 1970 Clean Air Act because it “could prevent continued production of automobiles … threatening the entire American economy.”

“These claims have proven false time and again and EPA’s Phase II Clean Cars standards are no different. They have helped spur U.S. automakers to offer a more diverse and more efficient mix of vehicles. As a result, their fleets will remain attractive to consumers in the years ahead, especially when gas prices inevitably rise again,” says Environmental Defense Fund.

Cities and States Push Back


Will Trump also demand the rollback of California’s waiver, which allows the state to go beyond federal rules? We don’t know yet.

Nine states have followed California’s lead requiring automakers to sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission vehicles. They must reach 4.5% of sales in those states by 2018, rising to 22% in 2025. The states are: Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Oregon – all blue states, of course.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is coordinating electric vehicle purchases for 30 cities who want to spend $10 billion on electric cars and trucks to demonstrate demand to automakers. Their RFP asks automakers for the cost of supplying 114,000 electric vehicles for their fleets of police cars and trucks like garbage haulers.

In 2016, 160,000 plug-ins sold in the US.

Attorney Generals from the same 10 states released a joint statement vowing to “vigorously oppose attempts by the Trump Administration to weaken vehicle emission policies and put our public health at risk,” as well as their right to adopt even stricter pollution standards. California and New York will intervene in a lawsuit brought by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers this week to weaken the 54 mpg goal.


“California is forward-leaning. For us, clean air, good-paying jobs and quality of life go hand-in-hand. There’s no turning back in the fight against pollution, states Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Auto and Oil Industry versus Utilities?


While automakers want the rules relaxed to save them money, the oil industry stands to gain from people using more gas to run their vehicles. But utilities really like EVs because they will sell a lot more electricity without the expense of building more power plants.

Kansas City Power & Light, for example, is investing $20 million on 1000 charging stations and in the process, creating one of the fastest-growing markets for EVs in the country. Charges are at workplaces, apartment garages, grocery stores, parking lots and malls, and stadiums. Best yet, the electricity increasingly comes from wind.

Read our article, Utilities Get Paid to Build Out Washington State’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.

PushBack Against EVs Grows Stronger


Like we’ve seen from utilities adding fees because they are threatened by solar, the oil industry is working to discourage adoption of EVs.  The Koch Brothers and their peers convinced 10 states to charge fees to hybrid and EV owners, varying from $50 to $300 per driver per year.  Eight more states are moving in that direction this year.

Since Georgia replaced its $5000 tax credit with a $200 annual fee, sales of EVs plunged 80% after being the second-largest market in the US. Only 16 of the 25 states that offered financial incentives for EV purchases still have them, thanks to the Koch Brothers and ALEC (the Koch’s are among its biggest funders).

A new group formed by the Koch Brothers is spending $10 million a year to convince Americans to stay away from EVs and stick with good ‘ole petroleum. ALEC’s resolution, which discourages states from supporting EVs, is making its way across the country.

Utah just voted down a bill to extend its $1500 tax credit for EVs through 2021 and Colorado will soon vote on whether to continue its $6000 tax credit – the most generous in the US, reports DeSmog Blog.

The oil industry has also been trying to keep the biofuels industry down – another potential competitor, but now they have found common ground in working together to oppose all financial support for EVs.

There’s reason for big oil to be scared. In 2015, 13 US states and four countries signed onto the International Zero Emission Alliance, pledging that all new passenger vehicles sold will be zero emissions no later than by 2050.

By 2020, EV prices are expected to be much lower, and by 2040, they are expected to have a 35% market share, according to Carbon Tracker Initiative.

Read our article, 2016 Has Been A Great Year for Electric Cars.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/auto-industry-gets-fuel-economy-bailout-oil-industry-goes-electric-cars/

Agelbert NOTE: Below, please find, evidence that the propaganda tsunami from the Fossil Fuel Planet Eaters for the past half century has been successful in dumbing down most (only 11% of those in the survey below retain the ability to see through the Polluter Propaganda) Americans:





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Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« Last post by AGelbert on Today at 01:11:14 pm »

March 19, 2017 | Rona Fried | Policy/Trends, Transportation

Auto Industry Gets Fuel Economy Bailout, While Oil Industry Goes After Electric Cars

SNIPPET:

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Have you ever seen an ad for plug-in or electric cars?  The answer is No or Rarely. Have you seen ads for SUVs? The answer is Constantly.  >:(

Research on national TV ads confirms this, and there’s also a dearth of electric vehicles (EVs) at dealerships. Either don’t stock EVs at all or have a few hidden in the back. Forget a test drive! Salespeople aren’t trained on their benefits and often aren’t aware of state and federal tax credits and rebates. Another survey finds that 60% of Americans don’t even know that plug-ins exist and that 80% have never been in an EV.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/auto-industry-gets-fuel-economy-bailout-oil-industry-goes-electric-cars/

Agelbert NOTE: Below, please find, evidence that the propaganda tsunami from the Fossil Fuel Planet Eaters for the past half century has been successful in dumbing down most (only 11% of those in the survey below retain the ability to see through the Polluter Propaganda) Americans:




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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on March 27, 2017, 09:38:31 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: This video covers it ALL. Prof Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a thoroughly credentialed scientist, was FORCED, after DECADES of a career believing we could "handle" the climate change from homo sap produced greenhouse gases, to alter his view DRASTICALLY because of irrefutable empirical evidence he was observing. That's right, he was collecting the data for DECADES until a pattern emerged that shocked him out of complacency. If you ever plan to watch ANYTHING about Global Warming, THIS is the video to watch over and over. I WISH the deniers would watch it and see every argument they have presented  (claiming fossil fuels are off the hook as the main cause) taken apart piece by piece.

'Climate change morphing into an existential problem' with Prof Veerabhadran Ramanathan 

Oxford Martin School


Streamed live on Mar 10, 2017

This is a joint event with the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Climate Research Network (OCRN)

With unchecked emissions of climate pollutants, there is a 50% probability for the planetary warming to cross the so-called dangerous threshold of 20C by 2050; and there is at least a 5% probability the warming can exceed a catastrophic 60C in about 80+ years.

For the bottom three billion in rural areas, 20C would be enough to pose existential threats. With a 60C warming accompanied by 10 billion population, loss of bio diversity and species extinction, we should ask: whether civilisation as we know it can be extended beyond this century? ???  Is there still time to avoid such catastrophes?  The answer is Yes.   But, we need to reinforce the technological and the market-based solutions with societal transformation. An alliance between scientists, policy makers, religious institutions and health care providers has a good chance to bring the needed transformation.

Oxford Martin School,
University of Oxford
www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk

Agelbert NOTE: I do not see the proposed "solutions" materializing any time soon. Have a nice day.
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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on March 27, 2017, 08:33:05 pm »
Less Sea Ice now than ANY OTHER TIME IN RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY

Mar. 24, 2017 6:40 pm

Big Picture Fact Of The Day...

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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on March 27, 2017, 07:46:32 pm »



March 27, 2017

Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change

Dr. Michael Mann says the way climate change affects the jet stream is intensifying and increasing the regional scale of droughts and flooding.


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18755
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  March 27, 2017
Nebraskan Landowners Resist Keystone XL By Refusing to Sell Their Property to TransCanada


Retired school teacher and farmer Art Tanderup says he and nearly a hundred other landowners are pushing the Public Service Commission in Nebraska to deny permits for the pipeline 


Agelbert COMMENT:The pipeline is NOT to "create American jobs"; it's to provide Koch Refineries in Corpus Christie, Texas with the thick tar sludge they NO LONGER GET from Venezuela. Koch refineries CANNOT refine normal Texas tea (euphemism for light crude from Texas). AND, Koch plans to EXPORT the product. So, EVERYTHING TRUMP SAID about "jobs" in the video is a BOLD FACED LIE! The Koch Brothers OWN Trump!

IFG's Kochtopus - Mapping the Influence of Koch Cash


https://prezi.com/5xzibopikc3a/ifgs-kochtopus-mapping-the-influence-of-koch-cash/
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Trump Team Wrecking Crew SLAVE of Fossil Fuel Industry having his morning Joe

Trump    to Roll Back Obama Climate Plan, Pruitt Calls Paris Agreement a 'Bad Deal' 
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President Trump will sign an executive order aimed at rolling back energy and environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, on Tuesday, officials have confirmed.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt promoted the long-awaited executive order during his appearance on ABC's This Week Sunday, as he promised that the order would "bring back manufacturing jobs across the country, coal jobs across the country" and shilled a "a pro-growth and pro-environment approach" from the White House.

Pruitt also used his Sunday show slot to blast the Paris agreement, calling it a "bad deal" and questioning why the U.S. "penalized [itself] through lost jobs."

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, was appalled at Pruitt's statement.

"Scott Pruitt, who lacks a fifth-grader's understanding of what's causing global warming
, says the Paris climate treaty was a 'bad deal.' But the bad deal is what America's getting from this administration," Cook said
Quote
. "This decision to vacate the U.S. commitment to combat climate change is the latest evidence that this administration doesn't have a clue about what's needed to keep Americans—and the world—safe and healthy. Tragically, everyone on Earth will pay the price."

http://www.ecowatch.com/trump-roll-back-climate-plan-2331820968.html

Agelbert NOTE: The Trump team is busy, busy, busy workin' hahd to make America GREAT (for Tardigrades). There's lots of GREAT news evidencing Trump Team Wrecking Crew efforts on behalf of the Fossil Fuel Planet Eaters that OWN the Trump Team (SEE BELOW).


Tillerson Wastes No Time: State Department Rewrites Climate Change Page

SNIPPET:
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On the face of it, Tillerson's carefully worded comment might sound like he is in support of climate action, but the phrasing is broad enough to allow the U.S. to rewrite the terms of the deal or withdraw from it altogether, which is likely what Trump wants to do.

http://www.ecowatch.com/tillerson-rewrite-climate-change-page-2328242116.html

Agelbert Pep Talk: But  don't give up folks. There is still some hope out there that is NOT "hopium". That's right, California is going to bat against the Cretin Fossil Planet Parasites infesting our gooberment.

 

California Snubs Trump, Sets Stronger Standards Than Federal Government

California's clean air agency finalized the state's strict emissions standards for vehicles Friday, potentially foreshadowing a conflict with Washington following President Trump's promise to the auto industry last week to roll back emissions rules nationally.

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The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to keep the standards, which are followed by 12 other states, for vehicles produced from 2022 to 2025. The rules also include requirements for automakers to sell more zero-emissions vehicles in California, the country's biggest auto market.

http://www.ecowatch.com/california-emissions-standards-2331874570.html


Remember the Agelbert mouse motto  (see below):


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Climate Change / Re: Apocalyptic Humor
« Last post by AGelbert on March 26, 2017, 06:31:45 pm »


Paul R. Ehrlich and Michael Killen Discuss Trump, Scientists and Climate Change

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