I am glad to see that Chuck Grassley, one of the most hypocritical members of the Senate, thinks that anyone who does not benefit from the estate tax repeal is just someone spending the money on booze, women, and going to movies.
Hey loyal viewers of Fox News and other right wingers, this is what your elected officials think of you when they take the time to actually think about someone other than the mega rich donor class. Your opinion, desires, and hopes only matter so long as it enables clowns like Chuck Grassley to keep getting elected and lining the pockets of his donors.
BTW, Chuck Grassley likes to point out that the estate tax endangers Iowa family farms but the reality is quite different.
I will save you the hassle of reading the article. Every year approximately 1.4 million Iowans file tax returns and, depending upon the year, approximately 30 to 60 are subject to the estate tax. Chuck Grassley is worried about the smallest percentage of Iowans it is not even funny. Like strange mathematical results small percentage.
On to the links…
Ryan Zinke Memo Signals Trump’s Attack on Public Lands is Just Getting Started—This issue needs to be the rocks upon which the Donald Trump presidency falters.
Senate Tax Measure Helps President Trump Pivot Away from Clean Energy and Back to Fossil Fuels—Never mind the jobs in renewable energy and, heaven forbid, you think about climate change in a realistic manner for once. This is about a final payoff to the fossil fuel interests that have greased the skids for people like Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell.
EPA Scuttles Rule on Mining Cleanup Funding—This is what you get from the party of “personal responsibility.” Mine companies know that the cleanup costs from their waste will be borne by the public and it is how they model their financials. The plan is to declare bankruptcy, move the productive assets to a new legal entity, and stick the liabilities for cleanup with the bankrupt company that communities, states, and the federal government have to deal with for decades more.
Trump Science Job Nominees Missing Advanced Science Degrees—How many times do Republicans get to say, “I’m not a scientist” right before offering an opinion on a complex scientific issue.
“Alternative Facts” about Climate Change—Let me tell you what Trump and his cronies are doing: lying. Alternative facts is just an Orwellian…er, Trumpian way of saying lies.
Zinke Seeks Protections for Public Lands in his Home State While Attacking Utah Monuments—I guess you can add being a hypocrite to being a corrupt public official.
The Accelerating Market for Zero Emission Trucks—There is no better place to invest dollars in zero emission vehicles than heavy dirty commercial trucks. A smallish fleet is responsible for a disproportionate share of emissions.
Electricity Sector No Longer Biggest Emissions Source In US — Guess What Is—This is why dealing with transportation emissions is such a big deal:
Iowa Might Lack Green Policy But It Still Beats Out California With Cleanest Power—This is a great look at power generation across states. What this fails to see is that with the pipeline of projects in Iowa over the course of the next couple of years the percentage of power in Iowa generated from clean sources will be greater than 50%.
Wind Power Capacity Has Surpassed Coal in Texas—That is to say that clean energy from the wind is a bigger part of the mix than coal. What do you think is going to happen in the future as coal gets more expensive and wind turbines keep producing electricity with no fuel costs?
As Coal Falters, Larimer County’s Largest Polluter Could Close its Doors—It looks like another one is going to bite the dust.
One of the Biggest US Oil Fields Turns to an Unexpected Power Source: Solar—This is one of those odd juxtapositions of old versus new. The Belridge field in California is a monstrosity of Twentieth Century oil extraction. It is also a huge user of energy as it takes a lot of power to coax black gold from the ground.
10 Stubborn Body Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science—Please don’t pea on anything as a solution. That is really my takeaway from this.