The new head of the EPA, appointed by President Donald Trump, is Scott Pruitt. Pruitt has said that he doesn’t believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to the global warming we see. His view is in direct contradiction with mainstream climate science including NASA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the EPA itself. NASA, NOAA and EPA have many top-flight scientists in their organizations who know quite well that he is simply wrong in this statement.
So what are Pruitt’s qualifications to make such a statement? He got a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications in 1990 and a law degree in 1993. In another words, he’s a common lawyer, whose closest brush with science is political science! Before entering politics he worked in private practice, where he specialized in constitutional law, contracts, insurance law and labor law, litigation and appeals. This technical lightweight apparently is ignorant to climate science.
Unfortunately, his boss Trump (who said even worse: “Global warming is a Chinese hoax”) and apparently the Republicans in Congress who supported his nomination are also ignorant to climate science. This man is an embarrassment to the EPA. His knowledge of climate science is appalling. I am truly saddened for this country that there is such climate science incompetence in such high and powerful places. A political party can make a statement about science, but that doesn’t change the real science nor make their politically motivated statements true.
Why are so many on the right afraid of helping all Americans to get health care? Simple answer is money! Republicans like to make money plain and simple. From small business to big business it’s all about money and not what’s right for most people.
Some things should not be about profit. Peoples health is not a political game of the right against the left! It’s a moral given!
The ACA or what the republicans named it Obamacare is a start for Americans toward better health care. Now it’s time to fix it not break it! So many people in Canada, England and other countries like what they have for health care. We should be looking to other countries to see which one has the best for there citizens! We don’t need to start from scratch when there are so many examples around the world!
During the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to counter the influence of a rising China. Perhaps, as his recent phone call with the Taiwan President suggests, this new approach is already here. “Is Trump Calling Out Xi Jinping?”, Pat Buchanan, December 6, 2016: Like a bolt of lightning, that call of congratulations from Taiwan President Tsai […]
This was the year many Republicans felt they would win it all. All they had to do was get someone who could tear apart Hillary Clinton.
So instead of screening and learning about where all there candidates stood on the issues they went for the guy they say is like them. Yup they picked the guy at the bottom of the barrel. The guy who knew nothing about running for president, or putting a campaign together. The guy who knew nothing about politics in America or issues around the world. They picked the guy who told them the things they wanted to hear even though most of it was made up inside his head.
This was the year Republicans had a large group of candidates to choose from. It was going to be easy to take Hillary Clinton down.
I think it could have been the year for the Republicans if only they had studied their lineup. They had two candidates which I believe would have made this a horse race right now. John Kasich and Jeb Bush were in my opinion the two guys that could have won Washington for the GOP! Continue reading →
As someone who considers herself an ally to indigenous people, I was elated at the chance to take actions to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline. I have written and called the White House, written to Energy Transfer Partners and more. I encourage readers to do the same.
I organized a protest, too, but I was the only one who signed up to showed up. I proudly represented myself as an “army of one.”
On Facebook and in the physical world, I have noticed a lot of support, but also a lot of silence from non-native people on this issue. Perhaps others have not been waiting, like I have been waiting, to take a stand in an indigenous-led movement.
Let me take you back to 1863, when the United States started laying the railroad. Back then, the United States looked different than it looks now, and many Native Americans opposed the railroad through their lands. The railroad destroyed their way of life, and land was taken from them for the public gain of Americans.
I don’t want the issue of pipelines to become another tragedy in a series of tragedies in Native American history. We may love our railroad now, but Native nations, which are sovereign nations, had to adapt, like they always do. We cannot keep asking them to adapt to our desires — especially now, when their water, and the water of millions of people downstream, is at stake.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has made it very clear that they oppose the pipeline. They have the backing of some 200 other tribal nations at this time. No means no, and we should respect their wishes.
I encourage everyone to take a stand with Standing Rock today. You’ll be proud you did.
The guy that some people thing is a great business guy to be president is like an old fashion snake oil salesman. Did you see the story on Trump showing how he’s getting richer making money running for president?