Missing the Point: Trump & the Paris Accords

Paris Climate Accords

In the wake of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accords, apologists have gone into overdrive. Even those who recognize that climate change is real have pooh poohed the significance of our withdrawal; after all, the goals were voluntary and weak, and anyway, America’s cities and states are stepping up to the plate, so we’ll probably make our goals even without […]

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Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement Omitted An Important Legal Fact

Trump's Paris Accord Announcement Omitted An Important Legal Fact

Donald Trump announced yesterday he is pulling the United States out of the historic Paris climate agreement. As he listed a litany of mostly debunked talking points criticizing the popular accord, Trump stated, “the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord…as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord.” The biggest problem with his announcement – a […]

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Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg’s Climate Change Solution: God

Face, meet palm. At a town hall in Coldwater, Michigan, on Friday, 66-year-old Republican Congressman Tim Walberg was asked by a constituent about his position on climate change. Walberg responded that he believes the earth is warming and that man has something to do with it. Refreshing from a Republican, right?  I thought so. Then he dropped this bomb: “…As a […]

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Liar Liar: Trump’s G7 Environment Statements

Trump at the G7

There are lies, and then there are lies that make sentient humans do a double-take. Anyone who follows the news knows that Donald Trump lies routinely. What makes his constant prevarications different from the spin (and worse) engaged in by more stable political figures is how pathetically inartful they are (you really have to want to believe them, in which case it […]

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About That Fox and That Henhouse: Trump, Pruitt & Climate Change

climate change is mitigated by the EPA & is the most important environment concept in politics

And the hits keep coming… Major media outlets are reporting on the Administration’s most recent assault on science and the environment. According to the New York Times,  The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s […]

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Brave New World: Navigating the Coming Social & Economic Upheaval

the economics of automation

The past few decades have seen massive social changes, and even the most superficial scan of the current state of affairs leads to the inexorable conclusion that we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” I don’t think there’s a sufficient appreciation of the economic side of that change. Think, for example, of the imminent phenomenon of self-driving cars, and the ongoing collapse […]

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100 Days of Trump: Where Are Key WhiteHouse.Gov Pages?

100 Days of Trump: Where Are Key WhiteHouse.Gov Pages?

During the inauguration on January 20, the digital transition between the Obama White House and Trump White House websites occurred displacing issues, studies, and entire departments. While his supporters and surrogates explained the Trump administration had just begun and that those pages would assuredly return in some form, climate change scientists, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activists, and left-leaning pundits all wondered aloud whether Trump intended to continue […]

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Environmentalism is About More than Climate Change

climtate change and public health

If  Saturday’s March for Science did just one thing, I hope it underlined the message that protecting the environment is about much more than climate change, critical as that issue is. Do the climate change deniers at least believe that children in Flint, Michigan,  and East Chicago, Indiana should have lead-free water to drink? What about the rest of us? […]

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Todd Rokita & Science: THIS Is What’s Wrong With America

Todd Rokita & Science: THIS Is What’s Wrong With America

A Facebook friend who lives in Todd Rokita’s Congressional district attended his recent Town Hall. In a post following the event, she reported on an exchange she had with the Congressman: My question was “What evidence do you require in order to revise your opinion on climate change?” His response was “No evidence could ever exist that would change my […]

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