Joe Romm at Climate Progress writes—Stunning new research finds fracking a major source of carbon pollution in Pennsylvania: The evidence is now overwhelming that natural gas is not part of the climate solution, it is part of the problem. A new study finds that the methane escaping from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry “causes the same near-term climate pollution as 11 coal-fired power plants.” And that is “five times higher than what oil and gas companies report” to the state, according to analysis from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) based on 16 peer-reviewed studies. Natural gas is mostly methane, a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 over a 20-year period. So even a small leakage rate from the natural gas supply chain (production to delivery to combustion) can have a large climate impact — enough to gut the entire benefit of switching from coal-fired power to gas for a long, long time. Yet even though many earlier studies have found that natural gas production spews out huge amounts of carbon pollution all across the country, just last week, the Trump administration moved to undo an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting the methane leakage from gas and oil production on public lands. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now. You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank. Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term ‘mangina.’ Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.” ~Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism (2007) TWEET OF THE DAY xWayne LaPierre blames families for gun violence. Family needs time and resources to nurture itself. So hereÃ¢ÂÂs the plan 1) Cut SNAP2) Cut Medicare3) Put more guns on the street4) Put more guns in schools5) Let mentally ill buy gunsThatÃ¢ÂÂs their plan. Vote these guys out— Ã¢ÂÂ»Ã¯Â¸Â Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) February 22, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—AZ-01, AZ-03: Those pesky ethics ... Another day, another story of GOP corruption. In this case, the offender is embattled Arizona Republican Rick Renzi, now indicted: Republican Rep. Rick Renzi has been indicted for extortion, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges related to a land deal in Arizona. A 26-page federal indictment unsealed in Arizona accuses Renzi and two former business partners of conspiring to promote the sale of land that buyers could swap for property owned by the federal government. The sale netted one of Renzi's former partners $4.5 million. Extortion, fraud, money laundering. That's quite a list, Congressman. Sure you didn't miss one? The good news for Renzi, of course, is that this will not damage his chances for reelection, as he is not standing for reelection. He announced retirement plans last August, which is probably a wise decision as it will afford him plenty of time to focus on his legal defense. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin reviews the made-for-TV moments, post-Parkland. Trump retreats to terrible NRA talking points. Why you can expect the «special training» and other requirements for armed teachers to disappear once the NRA has secured its goal. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Donald Trump’s War on Coal continues unabated as coal plants are closing at an increasing rate. … by end-2017, owners of coal plants – which directly compete with gas in many areas of the country – had announced 12.5GW of planned retirements for 2018, foreshadowing the largest year for coal decommissioning since the 15GW of retirements in 2015. That 15GW year was the record. Trump’s accomplishment of bringing down 12.5GW in 2018 will make him, appropriately enough, number two. Unfortunately, this also means that more than 1,000 miners have lost their jobs since September, and with big declines coming through the end of the year, more loses are likely to follow in the near future. Although coal is falling, there are some growth areas. Among sectors associated with electricity generation, solar employed the highest number of workers in 2016. The solar job count topped nearly 374,000, more than double those from fossil generation, which numbered 151,000 for coal, natural gas, and oil-fired sources combined (not counting employment associated with fuel supply). Solar is still a labor-intensive field and one where a boom in new installations is driving employment. It’s not clear how Trump’s tariffs on solar panels will affect those numbers. The complaints that Trump said he was acting on came from two already bankrupt companies, and even though the complaint was exclusive to China, the tariffs are not. The likely result will be a cost increase of as much as 10 percent for solar projects in 2018 … with no projected benefit to the industry. None of which will help coal or coal miners. Electrical production from coal declined 3 percent in Trump’s first year, and it’s going to decline even more in year two.
In an except from his upcoming book, Emmy Award-winning Univision anchor Jorge Ramos writes that twice in his decades-long career has he been physically manhandled and prevented from asking questions and doing his job. The first time was by Fidel Castro in 1991, when he had his bodyguards shove Ramos aside after he questioned “the Cuban dictator about the lack of basic freedoms on the island.” The second time was by Donald Trump in 2015. For Latinos who for years have tuned into the Mexico-born anchor’s newscast—“often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America”—the image of bodyguard Keith Schiller pushing Ramos out of the Iowa press conference for questioning Trump on immigration was seared into their memories. “Go back to Univision,” Trump barked at him. But brown people heard loud and clear what he really meant: “Go back to Mexico,” and it affirmed what they’d been insisting but media was too nervous to say: Trump was, and is, a racist. Ramos: Trump, first with a strange movement of his mouth, followed by one with his arms, called in one of his bodyguards. The man strode across the room, stopped in front of me, and grabbed me by my left forearm before dragging me out of the room. “Don’t touch me, sir,” I said. The security officer said I was being “disruptive” and that I should wait my turn to ask a question. But I insisted that as a reporter, I had the right to do so. He asked to see my credentials, and I said that they were with my briefcase next to my seat. I also kept telling him not to touch me, but he didn’t care. He kept on shoving me and didn’t release my forearm until we were out of the room. But the racist harassment wasn’t over just yet. Once outside the room, Ramos was then accosted by a Trump supporter—“campaign button and all”—which was also caught on film. “Get out of my country. Get out!” the man shouted at Ramos. When Ramos replied, “'I’m also a U.S. citizen.' His response made me laugh. 'Whatever,' he said, sounding like a teenager. A police officer who overheard the exchange outside the press conference stepped between us, and that was where it ended. But the hatred stuck. Hatred is contagious. And Trump is infectious.” “I’ve been accused of being an activist,” Ramos continues. “I’m not. I’m simply a journalist who asks questions. But when there’s a politician such as Donald Trump who consistently lies, who makes racist, sexist, and xenophobic comments, who attacks judges and journalists, and who behaves like a bully during a presidential campaign, you cannot remain neutral. To do so would be to normalize his behavior … our primary social duty as journalists is to question those who have and those who seek power.”
Just when you think the NRA representatives cannot sink any lower, they find a new bottom. One day after appearing at CNN’s town hall in Florida with survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch was back amongst her people at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and she dropped any hint of a facade she had last night of being humble or contrite. Instead, she took a page straight from Donald Trump’s deplorable playbook and took aim at the media. How does one become this angry, this wickedly cruel? xNRA spokeswoman: «Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it... Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you...» https://t.co/zdMoiq3AIN pic.twitter.com/gXJ3bussp3Ã¢ÂÂ CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
Lindsay Ellis, who has done pop culture reviews under the name The Nostalgia Chick, once tackled the topic of Disney and the presentation of culture and history. The term “Disneyfication” is usually used as a slur for any material where a work of literature or art ends ups being adapted into something with talking animals who break into song in order to make things more acceptable to mass audiences. Since the Walt Disney Company has made a good amount of bread and butter turning historic fairy tales into understandable stories while selling toys and trips to amusement parks, this is the most common criticism of their films. The changes made to Mary Poppins in adapting it for the screen are so notorious and caused such strife, the story behind the production was made into a film, which in itself has been called revisionist history. However, some of those works have become such an iconic part of our culture they’re identified with American childhood. Ellis argues Disneyfication is the polar opposite of the MAGA ideology, while being somewhat similar in appeal with both relying on make believe and fantasy. Disney assimilates stories from a whole myriad of cultures (which is somewhat problematic on its own) into the emotion they’ve cultivated of childlike wonder and feelings of past comfort that come from their products. The MAGA sentiment is based on appealing to emotions of the past as well, ideas of comfort from a “way-things-used-to-be” familiarity, when the world was full of possibilities. But MAGA is based in a yearning for the past because of present-day resentments, which takes it into exclusions instead of assimilation. This mentality points out at the world and says everything would be better if we didn’t have all of these changes and all of the “so-called progress” of modernity. After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in order to deflect from uncomfortable conversations about weapon availability, the usual suspects decided to argue the problem is actually changes to American culture. According to these brainiacs, it’s not the ability of crazy idiots to get real guns that’s the problem. It’s the fictional make-believe guns and lack of Jesus. The governor of Kentucky decided it was time to talk about video games. Others decided the problem was lack of school prayer and a loss of good values. And the Idiot-in-Chief is now blaming video games AND movies and proposing a ratings system … even though the film and video game industries already has a ratings system, implying either Trump wants something even more idiotic than the current one, or doesn’t know the current system exists before proposing another one. So, just for the moment let’s say these people actually believe their own bullshit, my question is what kind of America would these people argue is necessary in order to make things “right” and good? What would that place look like?
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