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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 8: Trump's environmental rollbacks lack 'moral compass'.

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Protesters gather for a fossil fuel and climate change protest outside Trump Tower May 9 in New York City. (CNS/Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 8: Since routinely stating on the campaign trail the false belief that climate change is a hoax devised by China, Trump has not elaborated on those opinions. But the bevy of actions undertaken in his administration's first nine months has sent a clear signal of little intent to prioritize climate or other environmental concerns.
  • Planet, people take back seat to business since election.

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Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

Nov 7, 2017 | After a September visit to Florida to survey damage waged by Hurricane Irma, President Donald Trump was asked whether the storm, along with Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, had changed his views on climate change.

"We've had bigger storms than this," he told reporters on Air Force One. 

Since routinely stating on the campaign trail the false belief that climate change is a hoax devised by China, Trump has been mum in further elaborating those opinions. But the bevy of actions undertaken in his administration's first nine months has sent a clear signal of little intent to prioritize climate or other environmental concerns.

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67 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

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  • Here are the details for each policy targeted by the administration so far — including who lobbied to get the regulations changed. Are there rules we missed? Email climateteam@nytimes.com or tweet @nytclimate.
  • Related: Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

Nadia Popovich, Livia Albeck-Ripka, and Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York (NY) Times

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Carol Bulchuck for this contribution.

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Jan. 31, 2018 | Since taking office last year, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.

To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 60 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources.

Sources: Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker; Columbia Law School’s Climate Deregulation Tracker; Brookings Institution; Federal Register; Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; White House.

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Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles, William Bowles, Investigating Imperialism / Dandelion Salad

  • https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5181/5626501347_3b338279c8_z.jpgWe refuse to accept responsibility for the state of the planet. Yes, ultimately, it’s the economic system, capitalism,  that’s doing the damage but surely it’s time we also accept responsibility for our role in maintaining an unsustainable economic system, a system that in the short term we all benefit from.
  • Related: Climate Denial Will Kill Us

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The dark side of daylight saving time

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There is one time of year when you are likely to be short on sleep — the annual shift to daylight saving time.

David Wagnerthe Conversation / Salon 

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03.09.2018 | A train hurtled around a corner at 82 mph, eventually coming off the rails and killing four passengers.

Decades earlier, faulty decision-making resulted in the deaths of the seven-person crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Years before these events, a stuck valve regulating the supply of coolant to a nuclear reactor nearly resulted in the meltdown of a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. In each of these cases, poor or inadequate sleep was one of the factors that contributed to the failure.

David Wagner is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business, and is a graduate of the Management Department at Michigan State University.

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British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley, with Partial Timeline

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  • Part 1: British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley
    • “ALL tailings "ponds" are problems."
  • Part 2: A Partial Timeline of the Aftermath of the Mount Polley disaster
    • Read this and weep – and then go to the streets!

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Part 1: British Columbia’s Copper Mining Disaster of 2014 at Mt. Polley

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The birds-eye view of the mouth of Hazeltine Creek (now 120-150 feet wide) as it enters into Quesnel Lake, the previously deepest, purest lake in British Columbia and a famous trout and salmon fishery that was irretrevably damaged on August 5, 2014, when 24,000,000 cubic meters of toxic sludge breached the upstream Mt Polley mine’s tailings dam and exploded downstream. The tan material in the photo represents millions of floating dead trees that were swept away in the massive flood.

  • Northern Minnesota’s Equally Flawed PolyMet Tailings Lagoon and the Lethal Risks to the St Louis River Watershed (and Lake Superior)
  • ”Environment Canada reported that the metallic contaminants that had been dumped in the Mt Polley tailings pond included these hazardous metals: Lead, Arsenic, Nickel, Zinc, Cadmium, Vanadium, Antimony, Manganese and Mercury.” 
  • “ALL tailings "ponds" are problems. If they don't breach and spill massive amounts of toxic sludge into the environment like at Mount Polley, they leach that contamination slowly, poisoning the waters and lands around them.” 

Gary Kohls, Duty to Warn

1-31-17 | Last year, the Duluth News-Tribune published a Local News article with the title “EPA signals its support for final PolyMet review”.
 
The article ended with what I regard as an intentionally deceptive and woefully insufficient sentence from the DNT journalist: “Critics say the project is likely to taint downstream waters with acidic runoff.”

Gary Kohls writes a weekly column, Duty to Warn,  for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health and longevity of the populace.

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Part 2: A Partial Timeline of the Aftermath of the Mount Polley disaster

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Read this and weep – and then go to the streets!

Gary Kohls, Duty to Warn

Feb 11, 2018 | Before reading the timeline of the aftermath of the Mt Polley disaster, please go to the following site where there are a number of photos of the consequences of the breach of the lagoon dam (which was 130 feet tall) when a portion of it dissolved and failed.
 
The remains of the state-of-the-art tailings ”pond” at Mount Polley still holds 80% of the original toxic waste from the massive, adjacent open pit copper mine. “Only” 24 million cubic meters of the sludge (only 20%) was discharged over the few hours of the dam failure.
 
Gary Kohls writes a weekly column, Duty to Warn,  for the Duluth Reader, the area’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s psychiatric drugging and over-vaccination regimens, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health and longevity of the populace.

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Trashing the Planet For Profit by William Bowles

 

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  • We refuse to accept responsibility for the state of the planet. Yes, ultimately, it’s the economic system, capitalism,  that’s doing the damage but surely it’s time we also accept responsibility for our role in maintaining an unsustainable economic system, a system that in the short term we all benefit from.
  • Related: Climate Denial Will Kill Us

William Bowles, Investigating Imperialism / Dandelion Salad

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08 Jan 2018 | Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’:

"Perhaps the impending climate catastrophe as well as the genocidal actions of the US will force us to finally start thinking and acting ‘outside of the box’ but without a clear idea of where we are heading or how to get there, currently the situation looks dire. — WOT is to be done?" 2 November, 2006

William Bowles, Writer, Dandelion Salad https://www.truthdig.com

 

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Climate Denial Will Kill Us, Paul Street, Truthdig 

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  • It’s not too late to avert environmental catastrophe, but we must act fast or risk human extinction.
  • Related: 'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'
     

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Climate Denial Will Kill Us

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  • It’s not too late to avert environmental catastrophe, but we must act fast or risk human extinction.
  • Related: 'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'

Paul Street, Truthdig

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January 10, 2018 | The Trump administration’s recent move to permit oil and gas drilling in 90 percent of the federal government’s offshore land presents an opportunity. With vast protected areas of the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic under threat, now is a good time to challenge some of the myths working against Americans’ willingness and ability to stem the ruinous warming of the planet that is resulting from humanity’s excessive burning of fossil fuels.

Let’s start with the wild winter weather that has struck the eastern United States. Led by Trump, climate-change deniers clucked as a hurricane-strength blizzard pulverized the Northeast, followed by subzero wind chills. This came after the great winter “bomb cyclone” hit the Southeast, bringing coastal Georgia its first “mix of snow and palm trees” since the late 1980s.

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English.

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'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People', Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Climate change represents the first time in human history that we’ve had, as all of humanity, one problem that we need to face together, because it affects everyone on Earth.
  • Related: From the Archives | Pope Francis Focuses on the American Environmental Movement

 

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