Steve King, the vile racist from northwest Iowa who inexplicably gets elected every two years to the House of Representatives despite achieving nothing for his time in Congress, is the fucking worst. As Davenport, a city in Iowa that sits along the Mississippi River as part of the Quad Cities, was dealing with flooding downtown following epic early season rain and a failure of a temporary barrier Steve King had the audacity to speak:
… That means it will rain more and more places. It might rain harder in some places, it might snow in some of those places. But it’s surely gotta shrink the deserts and expand the green growth, there’s surely got to be some good in that. So I just look at the other, good side.
Seriously? This is the modern Republican Party in the age of Trump. Don’t worry about global ecological disaster because it might get better in a few places.
On to the links…
How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club—Nothing like a little self-serving corruption to line the pockets. My favorite part? Lining out the taxes on the bill. Only the little people pay taxes.
The Tax Bill for Many Big Polluters Last Year: $0—The Trump Administration is an orgy of bad behavior and giveaways to industry. Everyone is fat, drunk, and happy right now because they get to keep on drilling and dumping like there is no tomorrow. The hangover in 2021 is going to be brutal for these people.
Environmentalists Fight Mining Plan By Ivanka Trump’s Billionaire Landlord—The key thing in Trump world is to make sure that you ladle benefits upon Trump and his children. If you can manage to butter the family circle up the world is your oyster. Or open pit mine.
The Trump Organization’s Problem with Possible Money Laundering—Just in case you needed a little reminder as to the myriad ways that the Trump Organization is profiting from the public trust.
Mike Pompeo Admitted the Arctic Is Melting. He Just Didn’t Mention Why.—This is the new Republican message on climate change. Yes, I recognize that the planet is going haywire. I am not a scientist, so I cannot speculate as to why. Would you like to drill for oil on public lands?
Can New York Make Buildings Super-Efficient, Fast?—Imagine this kind of effort on a regional or nationwide scale? This is the type of near term “victory” that we can achieve vis a vis energy usage to reduce our carbon emissions without radically altering our way of life.
1 in 5 Americans Now Live in Places Committed to 100% Clean Power—Twenty percent is a lot, but more is better. I am sure there was a time when it looked like we would ever get rid of leaded gas and catalytic converters seemed like techno-mumbo jumbo.
Why the Bicycle’s Future Looks Bright—The bicycle’s future has always been bright because there is no simpler device that can return such ample benefit.
Dark Money Group Spent $1.25 Million on TV Ads Supporting Bill Imposing New Fee on Solar Panels—I do not watch much television, so I did not see these ads, but apparently these ads were on all the time. Nothing says transparency like a dark money campaign to get people to pay more.
Iowans Use a Lot of Energy. Here’s How Much.—Damn, we use a lot of energy per capita in this state.
The Problem With Lab-Grown Meat—This is the same problem with organic when “big food” got into the game. It replicated the ills of the industrial agriculture system with a veneer of planetary benefit.
The Complicated Gender Politics of Going Zero Waste—This kind of reminds me of the joke about newspapers announcing the end of the world. The Washington Post’s headline was going to be “World Ends: Women and Children Impacted Most.”
Do Married Millennials Cheat on Each Other?—Every time I see an article about Millennials having a marked improvement in a certain behavior I believe that the headline is missing the point. Millennials, in many wars, are reverting to norms of behavior that predate the worst generation in American history: baby boomers. Baby boomers are the worst. Fight me.
Oh, No, Not Knotweed!—I have yet to run across this nasty invasive yet, but based on this article I never hope to see a single sprout.