Apparently James O’Keefe and his repugnant brand of “investigative” whatever was a little too tame for the right wing. Now they are paying for people to go to town halls and say shit like this woman, who is an operative for LaRouche PAC.
We also live in a world where a sixteen year old girl worried about climate change is the subject of an adult wishing he had a sniper rifle.
On to the links…
Revealed: The 20 Firms Behind a Third of All Carbon Emissions—You can worry about plastic straws all you want. These twenty firms are the reason why the planet is screwed.
A Champion of the Unplugged, Earth-Conscious Life, Wendell Berry is Still Ahead of Us—The world needs more Wendell Berry. This quote says it all, “the origin of climate change is human laziness.”
Record Debt and Inequality Gap? It’s Almost like 40 Years of Republican Tax Cuts Failed.—Can we finally put to bed the lie that is supply side economics? Arthur Laffer was wrong. His acolytes were wrong. Now, if the goal of Republican tax cuts was to wreck the economy, increase inequality, and hamstring the government…mission accomplished.
Five Radical Climate Policies That Most Americans Actually Like—It is not really that difficult to find a consensus on addressing climate change through proposals that the vast majority of people understand and would accept. I am sure that Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity would bloviate otherwise but they can run themselves with their millions of dollars to make themselves feel better while we move on to real solutions.
The Northeast US has a Carbon-Trading System. It is Boosting, not Hurting, State Economies.—This is a free market solution that should have right wingers slobbering, but since it does not allow fossil fuel companies to spew emissions at an unchallenged rate there is no way they can agree. Too bad.
The U.S. Southeast: A Hotspot For Uneconomic Fossil Power, Already Costs Consumers Millions—It is almost as if red states led by Republicans are trying to prove that they will follow bad policies for no other reason than…um…Fox News?
Trump’s Pledge to Save US Coal is Failing, Leaving Coal Country in Crisis—There was never a “war on coal” as understood by Republicans. The market moved against coal in such a way that made it fundamentally non-competitive before environmental concerns were figured in. Combine the two and it is a loser for just about everyone who does not have a vested interest in burning more coal.
Plastic Waste is Everywhere in Grocery Stores. Can They Cut Down?—Shopping for groceries is like shopping for plastic sometimes.
A Carbon-Neutral Burger? It’s not Impossible.—All right, if all we ate was an occasional grass fed, grass finished hamburger or steak there would not be any problem. However, people do not just eat red meat occasionally. It is a constant presence in their daily diet.
Here’s the Actual Impact of Cutting Down on Red Meat (and Everything Else)—Let’s just simplify this entire exercise. Reducing animal based food products—meat, eggs, dairy, whatever—is the single biggest dietary change you can make in terms of emissions reductions.
Planters on Brighton Boulevard Aren’t Just for Show, They’re Keeping Garbage Out of Waterways—This is just a really cool idea that seems like it would be easy to deploy in a lot of places.
In a Sign of Cleanup Success, Dolphins Are Living and Giving Birth in the Potomac—We can do better. We can restore ecosystems. We have to power.
How Interchangeable Parts Revolutionized the Way Things are Made—What seems obvious in hindsight was not so obvious at the time.