Pollution

“Today's sentencing of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger should be front-page news ringing alarm bells anywhere people are concerned about democracy, abuses of corporate power, and the rule of law. The real crime here is the death and disease resulting from Chevron's poisoning of the drinking water of thousands of Indigenous...

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  • October 6, 2021

Now firstly it is important to define Internationalism since commonly it is divided into three different major categories. 1] Hegemonic Internationalism example: Globalization [Colonization]. Main player: USA. 2] Liberal Internationalism example: United Nations. Main player: Everyone else. 3] Revolutionary Internationalism example: Communism. Main player: China. Now there are many subcategories,...

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  • May 5, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Finance Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s (D. OR) re-election campaign: x It’s past time to end the federal prohibition of cannabis. @SenBooker @SenSchumer and I are working hard to get it done this year.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 21, 2021 I've been asked a...

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  • April 22, 2021

One of the more despicable senators in the US Senate now acknowledges that climate change is real after four years of kissing Trump’s ass as the know-nothing did all he could do to derail the fight against climate change and kill life on the planet. Better late than never, but words...

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  • April 19, 2021

The Florida Piney Point phosphate plant in Manatee county has been releasing 202 million gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay since the risk of collapse of the holding reservoir became international news due to a risk of major collapse with flood walls of over twenty feet predicted to inundate local communities and...

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  • April 9, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

As many here know I am a Democratic Socialist and a long time Bernie supporter. I listened to Biden today and was impressed as he sounded like a democrat of old, i.e. what present day republicans would term as a screaming raving socialist. I was happy with my vote for...

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  • March 25, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

​Is the Market for Lemons like the market for lemonade or even Don Lemon. Asymmetric information is everywhere, the example of the used-car salesman synonymous with the reign of Trump, best exemplified by his disinformation complicity shared by hiring as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil from...

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  • December 24, 2020

For starters, this  “No Trespassing” sign isn’t on private property.  It’s on Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Lands that are open to the public as the Rock Creek Greenway, west of Portland Oregon. Fortunately there are many anglers who are simply crazed about catching fish and who would wade through Hell fire for...

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  • December 5, 2020

“Imputation of Guilt”, Flynn’s loss of a 5th Amendment exception could figure in the subsequent, yet unfulfilled prosecution of justice obstruction by the Mueller investigation.  Abuse of power continues, as his pardoning spree further hardens his de facto concession. Trump personally benefits from pardoning Flynn, so the pardon is an abuse of power. Abusing...

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  • November 25, 2020

Donald Trump has frequently referred to COVID-19 as an “invisible enemy” — which may be why he’s pretending he doesn’t see it. The coronavirus outbreak is worse than it’s ever been in this country, but as the lame duck à l'orange flops about for the next two months like an...

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  • November 25, 2020

CNN's Jake Tapper did not mince his words. Trump's minions should talk up their successes and then close out the Trump era. Jake Tapper, you've got to love his commentary x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Jake Tapper first gives Trump and the Republican Party a face-saving out since...

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  • November 11, 2020

The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One. Biden Transition Team As I write...

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  • November 8, 2020

Jo Biden had offered 20 billion to preserve the Amazon. It was ridiculed denied by the Trump of the Tropics, Jair Bolsonaro. Perhaps a similar offer to the nations involved in Africa would be a rational response and likely considered. It’s worth a try. I highly suspect this diary will...

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  • November 3, 2020
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Larry Kudlow continues the underlying theme of Trumpian nihilism and its trickle-down contagion of pixie dust and pseudoscience. Trump continues to see his numbers decline as his campaign put him on a superspreader rally schedule, attempting to repeat his 2016 victory of 155,000 votes in swing states while trailing 3 million...

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  • October 25, 2020

I try to keep out of American politics  as I have been an expat for over half my life [passed that milestone last month] and just don't understand it anymore. I haven’t written anything anywhere for more than three years on any subject to do with the US. However, that...

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  • October 19, 2020

That debate was revelatory, because we were exposed to yet another Trump falsehood about that raking of forest floors, because he’s king Swidden. And we so wanted Joe Biden to ask him “which city”. We did get another Trump ‘sir’ story without the exploding trees. x “In Europe, they live, they have...

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  • October 1, 2020

“Oh yes Sapiens, you hungry little monkey, it's all about you” comment via Greenland Ice Sheet — Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn New research has found that 50-70% of Antarctica's glacier marine extensions are at risk of hydrofracture due to enormous meltwater lakes on the...

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  • September 3, 2020

The Huffington Post reports that U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R. CO) has been boosting a new Facebook ad touting his record being Trump lapdog. But as the article points out that the only place you won’t see it popping up is in Colorado: In theory, the campaign may not have...

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  • August 17, 2020

From The Boston Globe: The crux of Kennedy’s campaign against Markey seems to come down to the question of whether a generational torch-passing is needed in the delegation this year. And here, the senator’s own words to the Globe editorial board are his best defense: “It’s not your age. It’s...

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  • July 28, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Gov. Jay Inslee (D. WA), on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support former Vice President and Democratic Nominee, Joe Biden’s climate plan: Joe Biden Every day under Donald Trump feels like the world is falling apart. Sadly, when it...

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  • July 15, 2020

I’m just an old race horse out to pasture, pawing the ground when the race track bugle sounds.  I still read the local public notices about developments, reflecting back on 40 years of environmental challenges, wishing someone was doing some more challenging. And then something happened.  I am terrible at this...

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  • July 9, 2020

Some big news today: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Wednesday rolled out the policy recommendations reached by its joint task forces with supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which is slated for next month. The 110-page document has been submitted to the Democratic National Committee’s...

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  • July 8, 2020

The oceans are really what tells you how fast the Earth is warming. Using the oceans, we see a continued, uninterrupted, and accelerating warming rate of planet Earth. This is dire news.”  Professor John Abraham, University of St Thomas, MN There are many complicating factors in our efforts to combat the...

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  • June 26, 2020

The oceans are really what tells you how fast the Earth is warming. Using the oceans, we see a continued, uninterrupted, and accelerating warming rate of planet Earth. This is dire news.”  Professor John Abraham, University of St Thomas, MN There are many complicating factors in our efforts to combat the...

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  • June 26, 2020

Received this e-mail from the League of Conservation Voters: At this moment, it is imperative that we elect candidates up and down the ballot who will act on climate change and work to dismantle racism. Today, we're reaching out to you with a special invitation to see firsthand how to...

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  • June 14, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) in support of Cal Cunningham’s (D. NC) U.S. Senate campaign: Cal Cunningham (D. NC) Thank you to everyone who responded to our emails and Twitter campaigns to support Senator Gary Peters in Michigan and Theresa Greenfield in Iowa. I...

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  • May 18, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s (D. RI) re-election campaign: First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. The spirit of community and the hard work of so many on the frontlines are a powerful reminder of our country's...

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  • May 2, 2020

Live Blog below 5:00* PM EDT (*rarely starts on time) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House Fauci says U.S. will have coronavirus in the fall after Trump says it might not come back x We are shockingly far from having anything close to...

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  • April 22, 2020

Received this e-mail last night from the League of Conservation Voters in support of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: I have some big news to share with you. For the last thirty-nine years, I’ve dedicated my life to public service to advance action to solve the greatest challenge humanity has ever...

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  • April 22, 2020

We are getting a pretty good look at what a rapid transition to green energy would look like if we ever act to slow down the looming apocalypse. Of course, we are in one now because of the trifecta of coronavirus, climate change, the sixth mass extinction, and predictions of...

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  • April 22, 2020

Some big news today for Joe Biden’s campaign. First, this is a big endorsement: The Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential bid on Monday, further cementing his support among the nation’s influential black political leadership. The political action committee’s unanimous endorsement came on the heels of several key...

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  • April 20, 2020

The lingering insult considering the number of fatalities is the willingness of people to capitalize on the necessity of PPEs. The biggest insult is Trump assuming that profit always trumps people. x Thankfully @jonkarl pressed him again. Trump said the supplies are being saved for surges, and ultimately said yes,...

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  • April 4, 2020

First, the bad news. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. hemorrhaged 701,000 jobs in March, and since jobless claims are currently in the millions per week, that’s likely a vast understatement of the true picture. Now, the “good” news. Grampa Rage Diapers just let us know that the...

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  • April 3, 2020

“Oyez,  I call  Frog Court into session,”  rumbled Chief Justice Jeremiah, himself a very large bullfrog. “Bailiff, read the opening Declaration.” The impossibly tall Bailiff stood and began reading:  “In accordance with resolution of a civil suit involving a Reagan cabinet member and prescription drugs,  The Department of Fish and Wildlife...

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  • March 27, 2020

Now that it is almost a certainty that Senator Bernie Sanders will never become the President of the United States—although my timing is off; is it time to take a sober look at where he wanted to take the country?  The rank and file Republicans get hung up on labels...

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  • March 18, 2020

There are two stories out this weekend that have more in common than first meets the eye: Newly-Released NOAA Emails Show Anger and Confusion Around Trump’s ‘Doctored’ Hurricane Dorian Map As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight In both cases, the leaders of the country spread false information...

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  • February 2, 2020

The moment of crisis has come. Sir David Attenborough Adani is a global company based in Ahmedabad, India. Adani and its CEO, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, have their fingerprints over some of the worst environmental extraction sites on the planet. The company builds power plants and operates them with coal and gas....

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  • January 19, 2020

The smoke from Australia’s raging bushfires will make the full circuit around the globe and return to Australia to blanket the country with the same smoke generated by incinerated plant matter in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. This extraordinary event, though not unprecedented, was captured by satellite animated...

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  • January 15, 2020

We know from the National Climate Assessment that climate disruptions to agriculture over the past 40 years has increased and, will only worsen as the climate crisis continues to unfold. Drought and flooding will increase, and heatwaves will come earlier, be more frequent and, last longer threatening the lives of...

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  • January 13, 2020

Indonesia is one of the most vulnerable nations on earth to climate change. Indonesians will face more intense floods, droughts and sea level rise in the years to come. The low lying and densely populated nation has 18,000 miles of coastline and many islands at sea level. Winds and rainfall...

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  • January 9, 2020

Some good news for the north coast of Western Australia. A tropical Cyclone promises heavy rain and winds to the parched, tinder dry, NW region of the island continent. “The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said the cyclone’s expected path would take it into WA’s southeast and close to the...

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  • January 7, 2020

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. Substantially increased DACA renewal fees 1732. Shutdown a Federal database...

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  • January 3, 2020

“The anger is real. The anger is justified. Because this disaster was all foreseen and predicted. For decades the link between a hotter, drier climate, land-clearing, excessive irrigation and increased fire risk have all been attested in scientific papers.”  Carol Sparks, Mayor of Glenn Innes Severn Council My view on...

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  • January 1, 2020

Mandy Gunasekara served in the EPA as Trump’s Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation from March 2017 to Feb. 2019. Before that, she was counsel to Sen. Inhofe, the most insistent of all climate deniers. Now she’s a climate denier for Fox News and also...

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  • December 25, 2019

“Strong safeguards and rigorous enforcement are needed to prevent this from ever happening again. If we can't protect a biodiversity hotspot like the Galapagos Islands from this kind of pollution, nowhere is safe. There's a dark symbolism to this Galapagos spill, which comes as fossil fuel pollution creates a climate...

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  • December 23, 2019

2020 is almost upon us, and there’s many people out there who will be making a New Year’s resolution to buy a new electric car during the course of the year.  The number of offerings on the market keeps expanding every year, so what will this year look like?  Join us...

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  • December 17, 2019
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