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No Place For Climate Change Deniers To Hide

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An aerial shot of downtown Houston during the "Tax Day Flood" in April. (Jordan Anderson/DoubleHorn Photography)

  • Now is precisely the time for a national commitment, when the winds are blowing and fires are burning. The floods and fires are not a time just for sorrow, they must be a time for action. We must seize this moment to help the victims of these storms, and we must seize this moment to take action on climate change.
  • It is a small blue planet, but it is the only one we have.
  • Related: Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

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09/10/2017 | As the hurricanes and forest fires rage, we know there are no Republicans or Democrats in lifeboats, only survivors. And it is past time that we all turn towards the storm, not away from it. 

But as I watched Governor Rick Scott advise Floridians to evacuate in the face of the fury of Hurricane Irma, I wondered: Where are climate change deniers supposed to go? 

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans, Elliott Negin, Huffington Post

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

Special Project | Hurricane Harvey, Week Ending September 2, 2017

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  • Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
  • 6 New Items Including:
  1. Boomtown, Flood Town
  2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse?
  3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something?
  4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like
  5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy
  6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic

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Week Ending September 2, 2017, 6 New Items including:

1. Boomtown, Flood Town, Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw for ProPublica

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  • Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.
  • This is part of a series on Houston's flood risk. Read about why Texas isn't ready for the next big hurricane.

2. Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse? Mary Mazzoni, AlterNet
As residents recover from Harvey, some experts wonder if the disastrous flooding could've been mitigated.

3. For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something? Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles (CA) Times
“Houston is excessively developed,” (Robert Gilbert, a University of Texas at Austin civil engineer) said. “It has 6 million people with lots of concrete and lots of people in harm’s way.”

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4. Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like, Eric Holthaus, Politico
It’s time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that’s coming.

5. We've Failed Houston Because We've Failed Our Democracy, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine
We have given up on citizenship, and on our political commonwealth.

6. Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic, Paul Street, Counterpunch 
Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”
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Boomtown, Flood Town

 

https://pp-projects-static.s3.amazonaws.com/houston-cypress/assets/_photos/anderson-aerial-380-007aed78965cc91d69b5071e6c0a82d5.jpgAn aerial shot of downtown Houston during the "Tax Day Flood" in April. (Jordan Anderson/DoubleHorn Photography)

  • Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.
  • This is part of a series on Houston's flood risk. Read about why Texas isn't ready for the next big hurricane.

Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune and Reveal; Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune; and Al Shaw for ProPublica

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December 7, 2016 | For the third time in eight years, water gushed into Virginia Hammond’s northwest Houston home.

It was 2 a.m. on April 18. Over the next several hours, her two granddaughters — ages 12 and 15 — perched on tables, scared to put their feet in the dark gray floodwater rising below them. It nearly topped 3 feet.
“They couldn’t get in the beds because the beds were wet. They couldn’t go to the bathroom because the water was over the toilet bowl,” Hammond recalled.

“We were in there, well, trapped.”

This story was written and reported by Neena Satija of The Texas Tribune and Reveal and Kiah Collier of The Texas Tribune. Data reporting, maps and design by Al Shaw of ProPublica.

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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
  • Related: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Demonstration%20for%20Single-Payer%20Health%20Care_0.jpg  July 11, 2017 | The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty — one that has a long history among the radical right — by arguing that the current Senate bill does not cut enough social services and provisions for the poor, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups and needs to be even more friendly to corporate interests by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Among right-wing pundits, the message is similar. For instance, Fox News commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, in a discussion about the Senate bill, stated without apparent irony that rising public concerns over the suffering, misery and death that would result from this policy bordered on “hysteria” since “we are all going to die anyway.” Montgomery’s ignorance about the relationship between access to health care and lower mortality rates is about more than ignorance. It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care, Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."


 

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