It’s no secret that House Republicans in the pocket of fossil fuel interests and the Koch brothers have vehemently opposed any efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. What is truly …
"It’s no secret that House Republicans in the pocket of fossil fuel interests and the Koch brothers have vehemently opposed any efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.
…The Senate is likely to reject this Amendment, but the fact that it was made at all shows to what lengths the GOP will go to block all attempts to acknowledge the reality of climate disruption, even if it means threatening the country’s safety in order to do so. In many ways this effort to deliberately muzzle the Department of Defense by prohibiting them from relying or acting on certain ‘forbidden’ reports is something akin to book burning on a national scale.”
Bowing to pressure from U.S. and European officials, Ireland will phase out a notorious loophole that helps multinational corporations legally dodge billions of dollars in taxes in their homelands.
"A bit of good news. Ireland announces it will phase out the notorious ‘Double Irish’ tax loophole that’s allowed Apple, Google, and other U.S. high-tech giants to cut their U.S. taxes (and thereby put more of the tax burden on you and me and other taxpayers). It’s a step in the right direction but global pressure to reduce global tax loopholes must continue." Robert Reich
A new proposal from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that the EPA’s calculation that renewables could comprise 12 percent of U.S. electricity sales by 2030 is far from ambitious.
“In June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Clean Power Plan, which would require existing power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An analysis released today found that the EPA could go much further when it comes to the plan’s renewable energy targets, and that states can cost-effectively produce nearly twice as much renewable electricity as the EPA calculated.”
The most controversial portable fan in world history.
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Republican) & former Gov. Charlie Crist (Democrat):
“‘We have been told Governor Scott will not be participating in this debate,’ CBS moderator Elliott Rodriguez said. ‘Now, let me explain what this is all about. Governor Crist has asked to have a fan, a small fan, placed underneath his podium. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign said that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there and for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, Governor Scott will not join us for the debate.’
The announcement was met with jeers and boos from the crowd.
'That’s the ultimate pleading of the Fifth I’ve ever heard,' Crist said from the stage.
Debate panelist Rosemary Goudreau of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel asked Crist if he was aware of the fan rule. ‘Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment, and the future of our state? I mean, really,’ Crist said as the moderators struggled to keep the debate from turning into ‘a platform for one candidate.’
'I mean, if he’s going to give it to me, I’m going to take it!' Crist laughed. Shortly after Crist began speaking, Rodriguez announced that Scott had changed his mind.”