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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dereliction Of Political Duty In A Tweet

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that weren’t there, they showed a collapse of the leadership needed to defend this country from the onrushing disaster of climate change.

“Bad environmental laws,” he tweeted, have diverted needed water “into the Pacific Ocean,” making the wildfires “so much worse.” That’s the ignorance part.

The claim that firefighters don’t have enough water is not true, and to a moronic degree.…

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#EndorseThis: Kimmel Makes Final Appeal To Trump On Climate Change

Jimmy Kimmel is hot, coming up with one funny political monologue after another. We wanted to feature Jimmy yesterday, but his videos were strangely absent from social media. It worked out, given the news of the explosive statement from a Fox icon. But we can’t wait to get to today’s Kimmel clip, which is working swell on YouTube.

The comic makes an impassioned last-ditch plea to President Trump on saving the climate, reasoning that stuff The Donald truly cares about most will be ruined if the planet continues to warm. Beachside hotels will sustain flooding. Golf courses underwater. Perfectly-good locations for reality shows demolished.…

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Trump’s OSHA May Expose Workers To Killing Heat

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

Exactly six years ago, Mark Rainey, 60, was admitted to the hospital with a core body temperature of 105.4 degrees after his first day on a roofing job. He was diagnosed with heat stroke. He died 21 days later.

Mark Rainey

The Dayton, Ohio, roofing firm that Rainey was working for, A.H. Sturgill Roofing Inc., was fined $8,820, but a commission dominated by Trump appointees could throw out that fine in a case that might make it harder to discipline firms whose workers sicken or die from working when it’s too hot.

James Sullivan Jr., a Trump appointee who previously represented a roofer, questioned OSHA using publications such as a National Roofing Contractors Association safety guide to show that Sturgill knew there was a hazard.…

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