This is the 558th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the May 23 Spotlight. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Indulge Them on Conspiracy Theories, And Deniers Might Just Warm to the Consensus: “A new study in the AMS journal Weather, Climate and Society suggests that there’s an interesting way to soften denier rejection of the consensus on climate change: validate their conspiracy theories. The approach outlined in the study is pretty simple. The researchers asked nearly 500 people to what extent they agreed with the sentiment that climate change is a hoax or conspiracy, along with a few other simple questions, like their political orientation. Then they gave respondents information about the consensus on climate change. But before the consensus message was delivered, the test subjects were also told that ‘a majority of people acknowledge that on many topics, powerful people work to mislead citizens for bad purposes. Yet human induced climate change is not one of those topics.’ Finally, people were asked to what extent they think climate change is caused by humans, as opposed to being a natural phenomenon. Researchers also asked if respondents would be interested in hearing more information about human-induced climate change. The hoax believers shown the statement that conspiracies exist then became more accepting of human causation than those conspiracy theorists who weren’t shown the reaffirming statement.” 6412093 writes—The Daily Bucket--House on Poop Corners: “Oregon’s May sun warmed the Frog Mitigation Area in my backyard. I walked along the shallow creek between the two ponds, admiring the hundreds of tadpoles frolicking in the warm waters. ‘Ahem, I’ve got a message for you,’ I called out. ‘Just a reminder that you are pooping ammonia, not urea like most creatures, so please keep moving, and kinda splash a little with your tails. I’m running a pump to oxygenate waters, too, so that will help. But everyone needs to pitch in these warm days. ‘Tell us a story, Redwoodman!’ they pleaded. I pretended to ponder their request. ‘Please, please!’ ‘Oh, ok. But just one. Who wants to hear a Frog Court story?’ ‘Yay, Frog Court!’ ”
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the May 19 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. David Gordo at Blog for Arizona writes—Evolution, Climate Change, and The Big Bang Theory to be Eliminated From Arizona K-12: Later this year, the Arizona State Board of Education will consider adopting new K-12 standards in both Science and History/Social Studies. The consideration of standards for these core subjects has nearly always met increased scrutiny and controversial consideration from segments of the population with different perspectives because these disciplines touch on topics that can potentially challenge a person’s or group’s belief system. This year is no exception as the new proposed Arizona K-12 Science Standards have invited negative reactions from members of the mainstream education and science community because of the terms and concepts it has attempted to strike away and the closed-door process Superintendent Diane Douglas’s unknown internal reviewers adopted after being presented with the original draft version of the standards. Forbidden terms, reworded behind closed doors. Evolution is the most prominent term altered in the proposed new Arizona K-12 Science Standards. Stricken mostly wherever it is mentioned and redefined as the Theory of Evolution, the word is not even included among the many key terms the reviewers added.
• AP fact-checks Trump’s Naval Academy speech and reveals—surprise!—more lies: Of course the AP doesn’t call them lies. They just say he “misrepresented” and was “wrong.” Specifically, Trump said: “Going to have new equipment and well-deserved pay raises. We just got you a big pay raise. First time in 10 years. We got you a big pay increase. First time in over 10 years. I fought for you. That was the hardest one to get, but you never had a chance of losing.” Utterly false. The military has received raises every year for the past decade, and in several instances those raises were more than the latest one. Trump also claimed that the Navy will “soon” have 355 ships. “That’s almost a couple of hundred more ships,” Trump said. In fact, the Navy is slated to boost its fleet from the current 283 ships to 355 by the 2050s, nowhere near 200, and nowhere near “soon” except maybe in geologic time. • Massachusetts, Rhode Island award contracts for what could become the nation’s largest offshore wind complex: On Wednesday, Massachusetts announced that Vineyard Wind, a project backed by Iberdrola’s Avangrid Renewables and Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, had won a contract to build up to 800 megawatts of wind turbines off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The consortium beat out two other contenders, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind, which also hold leases on the stretch of windy coastline. [...] Also on Wednesday, Rhode Island announced it would award a 400-megawatt offshore wind project to Deepwater Wind. That’s not an unexpected choice, given that Deepwater is also the developer of the 30-megawatt demonstration-scale Block Island project off the state’s coast — the only offshore wind power installation in the country to date. • Democrats say ballot order in Florida favors Republicans: Democratic organizations and activists claim in court that Florida’s “ballot order” law unfairly puts their candidates at a disadvantage by listing Republican candidates first year after year. In a federal lawsuit filed in Tallahassee, the Democrats contend the statute mandating candidates of the governor’s political party to be listed first on a ballot creates “position bias” and gives the governing party an unfair advantage. MIDDAY TWEET • Off-and-on U.S.-Korea talks get a boost from latest meeting of leaders from North and South: Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-lin met Saturday to see what can be done to make happen the summit that Pr*sident Donald Trump suddenly canceled Thursday but said Friday might be back on and said Saturday might even still happen in Singapore on the originally scheduled June 12 date. One day it’s mutual insults flung about, the next day it’s conciliatory communications. Diplomacy matters, and cranking down tensions between two nuclear nations definitely matters. Yet this whole summit business is being played as if it’s on Reality TV instead of in reality. • Three Ojibwe women are running to be Minnesota’s next lieutenant governor. • Senior EPA officials collaborated with climate science-denying groups: Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency. John Konkus, EPA’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs, repeatedly reached out to senior staffers at the Heartland Institute, according to the emails. [...] Follow-up emails show Konkus and the Heartland Institute mustering scores of potential invitees known for rejecting scientific warnings of human-caused climate change, including from groups such as Plants Need CO2, The Right Climate Stuff and Junk Science. • Fake “pregnancy crisis centers” outnumber abortion providers 10 to 1 in Texas: And more than 50 of these centers, which flat out lie to pregnant women, receive taxpayer money thanks to Republican domination of the state legislature. • 10 families sue EU over climate change: Ten families from Fiji, Kenya and countries across Europe who are already suffering the effects of climate change filed a case against the EU Wednesday in a bid to force the body to increase its commitments under the Paris agreement, AFPreported. The “People's Climate Case,” as it is being called, challenges the climate policies of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, saying they will not reduce emissions quickly enough to stop rising temperatures from disrupting the plaintiffs' lives. While an increasing number of communities and individuals have taken fossil fuel companies and governments to court over climate change in recent years, this is the first such case to be brought against the EU as a whole. The case was brought before the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice by people who “are already being impacted by climate change, already incurring damage … and they are saying: 'EU, you have to do what you can to protect us because otherwise our damage will be catastrophical,'” Roda Verheyen, the lawyer arguing the case, told AFP.
Since 1983, Ireland has had some of the harshest reproductive rights laws in the Western world. On Friday, voters came from far and wide to change that. Just moments ago, the Irish government confirmed what exit polls predicted: the Constitutional ban on abortion is no longer. It’s expected that new laws will permit the procedure until at least 12 weeks. Ireland has repealed the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution by an overwhelming majority. The news was formally announced at Dublin Castle on Saturday evening. Crowds had gathered in the castle’s main square ahead of the declaration. Activists have been fighting the Eighth since its creation, but it was the completely unnecessary and preventable 2012 death of dentist Savita Halappanavar that proved to be the catalyst to finally force the change. Halappanavar was admitted to University hospital in Galway on 21 October 2012, when she was 17 weeks pregnant with her first child. Medical staff concluded that a miscarriage was inevitable but did not intervene – despite requests from Halappanavar and her husband for an abortion – as a foetal heartbeat could be detected. A few days later, medics diagnosed infection as a result of ruptured membranes and, later septic shock. Halappanavar died on 28 October. Praveen Halappanavar said he and his wife had repeatedly asked for the pregnancy to be terminated after her admission to hospital, but they had been told: “This is a Catholic country.” Thousands of people took part in candlelit vigils and protests across Ireland, calling for changes to allow women to have access to legal abortions. An inquest jury returned a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure.
Nothing has been more obvious this week than the fact that Donald Trump is defining the terms of the public debate around special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into his campaign and Russia’s incursion into our 2016 election. Not only did he demand a Justice Department investigation into his investigators and get it, he coined the term «SPYGATE» and now everyone with a grip on reality is busy rebutting the fabrication that his campaign was «spied» on. It was not. But more importantly, why the hell do Trump’s phantom grievances matter? Why are aren't we talking about the fact that Trump surrounded himself with criminals in the campaign—three, in fact, who have pleaded guilty and another under indictment and wearing, not one, but two ankle bracelets? Or what about the fact that his campaign had so many questionable interactions with a hostile foreign power that the FBI felt compelled to investigate? That would never have happened if Trump associates hadn't been visiting Moscow (Carter Page), talking to Russian operatives here and abroad (Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos), and seeking dirt from Russian government agents at Trump Tower (Don Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort). As complicated as the investigation into Trump's corruption may seem, the story of Trump himself is actually very straightforward: He is a crook who is defrauding the American people every day he continues to occupy the Oval Office. And while he may eventually be taken down by the criminal inquiries into him and his associates, we have a pivotal midterm coming up and maybe even a make-or-break election in 2020. Unfortunately, new research from Democratic pollsters out this week shows Americans aren't getting the basic facts they need about the Mueller investigation. While 97 percent of the public has heard at least «a little» about the Russia probe, fully 59 percent don't think it's produced any results, according to the polling coalition Navigator Research.
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