Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Climate Change strikes Texas and Florida

Climate Change Strikes Texas and Florida.   Climate Change Deniers are out of excuses.
 
by Lara Spenzak
 
Do you still deny Climate Change? 
If you voted for Trump this is what you got in return.
 

2017 has become a very dangerous year for the world.  The Alt-Right and Nazi's are invigorated and we're seen a dramatic rise in Hate, especially in the United States.   Hate against Immigrants.   Hate against people of Color.   Hate against the LGBTQIA community.   Hate against Science.   Hate against Diversity.   Hate against Facts. 

The United States is currently led by someone who denies science and who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.   It didn't take long but the destructive results of that criminal action showed themselves in the form of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  Appropriately these examples of Climate Change struck two states that went for Trump in 2016.   Let's hope the people in both states will vote more wisely in 2020.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Katy Perry is beautiful in more ways than one




"I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist."  - Katy Perry


 
Thank you Katy Perry for your support of tolerance and peace when others want to turn to fear and hate.
 
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trump, Republicans in violation of the UN Charter with regard to health care


Article 25:

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Sad and Horrible Day in Trump's America

Gorsuch could do a lot of damage, as Scalia did. If we are to be a society committed to equality, diversity, universal justice and openness as well as a resolve to not let our elections be dominated by money, then Justice Gorsuch is going to have to relax his habitual absolutism and some more time listening to the voice of his conscience and become more sensitive to the needs of the poor and vulnerable.

Trump's “indefensible budget cuts” of the EPA threaten the Earth

When Mike Cox quit, he did so with gusto.

After 25 years, he retired last week from the Environmental Protection Agency with a tough message for the boss, Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“I, along with many EPA staff, are becoming increasing alarmed about the direction of EPA under your leadership … ” Cox said in a letter to Pruitt. “The policies this Administration is advancing are contrary to what the majority of the American people, who pay our salaries, want EPA to accomplish, which are to ensure the air their children breath is safe; the land they live, play, and hunt on to be free of toxic chemicals; and the water they drink, the lakes they swim in, and the rivers they fish in to be clean.”

Cox was a climate change adviser for EPA’s Region 10, covering Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, he’s been very involved in Bainbridge, Wash., coaching youth sports and serving on local boards and commissions. For two decades, the fit 60-year-old rode his bike eight miles to the ferry, then uphill to his Seattle office.

He can get away with being so blunt because he sent the letter on his last day on the job. Yet his views reflect the disgust and frustration among the agency employees he left behind. Interviews with staffers point to a workforce demoralized by President Trump’s and Pruitt’s statements that conflict with science. They are worried about a new, backward direction for the agency and nervous about proposed, drastic budget cuts.

They are also fearful.

Twice during an hour of interviews for this column, EPA workers in different parts of the country asked to communicate with me by using encryption software. All who spoke feared retaliation and would not allow their names to be used.

“It is pretty bleak,” one staffer, an environmental engineer, said about employee morale.
“It’s in the dumps,” said another.

“Pretty much everybody is updating their resumes. It’s grim,” added a third.

They and their colleagues are dedicated to EPA’s mission to “protect human health and the environment.” They fear that Trump administration policies will do the opposite.

Like Cox, they are upset with an administrator casting doubt on the central role carbon dioxide plays in climate change. “You will continue to undermine your credibility and integrity with EPA staff, and the majority of the public, if you continue to question this basic science of climate change,” Cox wrote.

Of course, Pruitt’s position is no surprise for a man who was appointed by a president who called climate change a hoax.

To see the effects of climate change, Cox invited Pruitt to “visit the Pacific Northwest and see where the streams are too warm for our salmon to survive in the summer; visit the oyster farmers in Puget Sound whose stocks are being altered from the oceans becoming more acidic; talk to the ski area operators who are seeing less snowpack and worrying about their future; and talk to the farmers in Eastern Washington who are struggling to have enough water to grow their crops and water their cattle.  The changes I am referencing are not impacts projected for the future, but are happening now.”

Trump’s proposed EPA budget is the vehicle for his science-doubting policies.

His 31 percent budget decrease would be the largest among agencies not eliminated. It would result in layoffs for 25 percent of the staff and cuts to 50 EPA programs, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Lost would be more than half the positions in the division testing automaker fuel efficiency claims.

An EPA environmental engineer is “almost hopeful” for a partial government shutdown, which could happen after April 28 if Congress doesn’t approve a spending measure, because “it’s better than getting axed right away.”

Cox challenged the “indefensible budget cuts,” asking Pruitt “why resources for Alaska Native Villages are being reduced when they are presented with some of the most difficult conditions in the country; why you would eliminate funds for the protection and restoration of the Puget Sound ecosystem which provides thousands of jobs and revenue for Washington State; and why you would reduce funds for a program that retrofits school buses to reduce diesel emission exhaust inhaled by our most vulnerable population — children.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/04/07/epa-staffer-leaves-with-a-bang-blasting-agency-policies-under-trump/?utm_term=.d530a5dab4a2

Putin is trying to help Trump steal Merrick Garland's seat on the Supreme Court

Putin gave Trump permission to do this to provide a distraction from all the troubles Trump is in. Trump is hoping he can illegally sneak in Gorsuch and steal Merrick Garland's seat on the Supreme Court.

These are serious things. Trump is a puppet of Putin who interfered with the election and helped to steal it from President-elect Clinton. Trump is trying to steal Merrick Garlands seat on the Supreme Court. Trump is waging war on the environment.

Don't let Trump steal Merrick Garland's seat on the Supreme Court!

Trump and right-wing Republicans are trying steal Merrick Garland's seat on the Supreme Court and illegally replace him with Gorsuch.

Act.

Resist

And stay strong!