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Friday, December 14, 2018

Bringing the Future Back Into American Politics

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


An ad on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”

A Patek Philippe is a very fancy Swiss watch. If only the leaders in Washington would take a comparable interest in preserving the environment for the generation to come.

They do not. Until the Trump years, there was bipartisan support for bequeathing to future Americans a country resembling the beautiful one the politicians inherited.…

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Climate And Caravan: How The Media Fail Us Now

As the White House press corps continues to struggle with how to best cover a pathological liar in the Oval Office—and one who is intent on attacking the First Amendment—it’s becoming clear that major press failures during the Trump era aren’t just confined to the Beltway.

So preoccupied with Trump’s attacks on the so-called liberal media, the press continues to lose its way covering straight-up news events.

The recent coverage of a stunning new federal climate change report, as well as the pre-election migration of refugees towards the Mexico-U.S. border, represent two troubling examples of news outlets playing right into Trump’s hands.…

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White House Dumps Major Climate Report On Black Friday

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams


Environmental groups, journalists, and climate scientists are reacting to the Trump administration’s decision to release a major climate report the day after Thanksgiving—a move some are describing as an effort to bury an assessment packed with an “astonishing amount of science,” and they are hoping to see that effort backfire “bigly.”

“It’s an absolute disgrace to bury the truth about climate impacts in a year that saw hundreds of Americans die during devastating climate-fueled megafires, hurricanes, floods, and algal blooms,” said National Wildlife Federation president and CEO Collin O’Mara.…

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