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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Offshore Drilling And Trump’s War On The Environment

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

It’s rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have found common cause in telling the Trump administration: Take your offshore oil rigs and put them where the sun don’t shine.

A number of GOP leaders sounded as though they had just come from a two-week wilderness outing sponsored by the Sierra Club. “We cannot afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline,” said South Carolina Gov.…

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This Is What The Planet Would Be Like Without Trees

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Forests account for nearly 30 percent of the world’s surface. That’s a staggering 3.04 trillion trees, each of which are continually remoistening our atmosphere, filtering the air we breathe and combating climate change by storing carbon and providing shelter for countless species of wildlife. But as the human population steadily increases, the world’s forests continue to shrink, cut for timber and converted to farms for soybean, palm oil and other food resources.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 18 million acres of forest—an area roughly the size of Panama—are lost each year.…

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Coal Miners Turn On Trump After They Gain Fewer Jobs Than A Local Sam’s Club

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Donald Trump not only spent the 2016 campaign promising that he would resurrect America’s dying coal industry, he kept offering up that false hope in 2017.

At a White House event last March, Trump announced the end to the so-called “war on coal,” and stressed “I made them this promise, we will put our miners back to work.”

Yet so far, the job gains for coal miners are virtually non-existent, with just 500 added to the payrolls since Trump took office.

But that paltry number will shrink even further when 370 miners are permanently laid off from 4 West Mine, owned by Mepco LLC, which is located on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.…

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