Policy For Dummies: Trump’s Handout To Coal Executives

Policy For Dummies: Trump's Handout To Coal Executives

Permit me to channel–okay, parody– Elizabeth Barrett Browning. How do I ridicule thee? Let me count the ways. I sneer to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach… President Trump–in his obsessive effort to eradicate anything and everything that his predecessor did (he was black, you know)– has reversed Obama’s moratorium on new leases for coal mining […]

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum: Tackling Climate Change in the Trump Era

climtate change and public health

The dominance of climate-change deniers in the Trump cabinet, and Trump’s own dismissal of science and expertise–exemplified by his withdrawal from the Paris Accords–has rational people understandably depressed and worried. Fortunately, policy is not made or implemented exclusively at the federal level. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that California Governor Jerry Brown had announced his own global summit. Gov. Jerry […]

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Reality Doesn’t Care Whether You Believe It (Part II)

Trump anti intellectualism - make america think again

One of the defining features of our time is increasing complexity; the rapid growth and sophistication of technology, the globalization of economics, science and even governance, in short, the accelerating production of vast amounts of knowledge that no one person can hope to master (or even identify). This complexity requires informed and thoughtful policymaking, an understanding of how the various […]

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Reality Doesn’t Care Whether You Believe It (Part I)

Trump anti intellectualism - make america think again

La La Land isn’t just the title of a movie. Increasingly, it’s where our government officials live. The Trump administration is debating whether to launch a governmentwide effort to question the science of climate change, an effort that critics say is an attempt to undermine the long-established consensus human activity is fueling the Earth’s rising temperatures. This effort is being pushed by […]

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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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