Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.
Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.
President Barack Obama will be seen by historians as the first president to bring millennial values to the challenges of the Oval Office. While much of America is divided on how well he has performed as the nation’s 44th president, Obama has won overwhelming approval from the millennial generation, born 1982-2003. Studies show that millennials appreciate the way Obama has championed their causes and created a more tolerant America.
According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.
Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. Tillerson’s deposition is set for Jan. 19, a day before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves at least partial credit for inventing. Trump puts out so much misinformation he is a fake news factory unto himself, an artisan of lies, a curator of untruths.
Tillerson is already under fire for making the seemingly false claim that Exxon has not lobbied against sanctions on Russia and other nations that would affect Exxon’s business dealings, but here are five other climate change-related takeaways that reporters should keep in mind in their coverage of the hearing and Tillerson nomination going forward.
Work to avert the problems caused by climate change should not be a partisan issue, Kerry told students at MIT. He noted U.S. officials from military and intelligence leaders to the mayors of coastal cities agree the problem of rising sea levels and erratic rainfall is one that they want to take action on.
With a few exceptional scenes, as when he sang “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of nine murdered churchgoers, Obama’s persuasion aims to connect with minds — sweet reason — more than hearts. And will we ever miss him when he’s gone.
This new year will be marked by change and upheaval across the globe, including new leadership in the United States, and elections in France, Germany, Iran and India. Whatever the outcome, these moments are an opportunity to ask clear, honest questions of ourselves and of our world.
What is clear, says Akuno, is that the right-wing populism of the Trump administration will not be defeated by civil discourse and liberal democracy. He emphasized, “If we are serious and steadfast, we can create a clear and comprehensive message around being ungovernable.”
Both the rhetoric and the actions have provoked despair among many who fear a Trump presidency will tip the planet toward an overheated future, upending recent national and international efforts to stem emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas. But will a President Trump noticeably affect the globe’s climate in ways that, say, a President Hillary Clinton would not have?
Kerry is nothing if not indefatigable, traveling to all corners of the world as America’s top diplomat over the last four years. But as he prepares to leave office, he confronts a mixed legacy, with a handful of successes coupled with searing defeats, especially in the Middle East.
For years, progressives have wrung their hands over President Obama’s reluctance to more aggressively use executive authority to overcome congressional gridlock. Nonetheless, Obama’s steps will likely soon be imperiled by the incoming Trump administration and radical right-wing Republicans in Congress.
Democratic governors Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington and Katherine Brown of Oregon warn that climate change is harming the Pacific Ocean, and plan to fight climate change in the face of the incoming administration of Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a hoax.
Under the White House portico, Donald Trump welcomes ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson and former Texas governor Rick Perry — both of whom are literally dripping dark, sludgy oil.
The Energy Department said it will not comply with a request from Trump’s Energy transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change, signaling a rocky transition for Trump’s energy team.
When host Trevor Noah asked the president about his successor’s assertion that he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings, Obama said, “I think the president-elect may say one thing and do another once he’s here.” But he warned Trump, “It doesn’t matter how smart you are.” In the absence of regular intelligence updates, “you are flying blind.”
Energy lobbyists have drafted several letters that Pruitt sent under his own name to the Interior Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and even President Obama. Evidently, Pruitt prefers to let Big Oil put the words in his mouth, and on paper.
The central question facing Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson if he becomes U.S. secretary of state is whether a life-long oil man with close ties to Russia can pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest.
When Al Gore emerged from his surprise meeting at Trump Tower, he suggested that the president-elect maybe was keeping an open mind on climate change. Within 48 hours, Trump named Scott Pruitt, a prominent climate-change skeptic, to run the EPA. Did Al Gore get played?
Weather Channel meteorologist Kait Parker explained to Breitbart, “Science doesn’t care about your opinion. Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact — not opinion — that the earth is warming.”
When Donald Trump recently made seemingly open-minded remarks about climate change, it set off a wave of television coverage about how Trump had supposedly “reversed course” on climate change.
As Gore campaigned for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this year, Gore warned that a Trump presidency would steer the world toward “climate catastrophe.”
If our calamitous past has taught us anything it should be that mere survival is not enough. And assurances that “we will survive” refer to a privileged and limited “we.”