U.S. Seen as Climate Risk With Two-Thirds of New Oil and Gas

By Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg, August 20, 2019  ‘Staggering’ forecast makes U.S. climate risk: Global Witness  Surge would be 40 times new Russian output, 20 times Saudi The U.S. will account for for almost two-thirds of the world’s new oil and natural gas output in the decade ahead, making it a critical obstacle to stopping climate pollution, a London-based advocacy group says. …

Bernie Sanders’ climate plan

Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the United States and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade. “If fossil fuel executives and lobbyists reading Sanders’ plan …

Preemption laws have exploded in recent years as predominantly Republican state legislatures and ALEC try to curb anything progressive that comes out of city governments

A new report from the National Employment Law Project found that 25 states specifically preempt local minimum wages. In just 12 cities and counties, nearly 346,000 workers have been affected by preempted minimum wages, and those workers are losing $4,100 each on average — nearly $1.5 billion a year in total.  More than half of the workers affected by preemption in those …

Republican opinion on climate. Public opinion is being dragged along by the enthusiasm and activism of the climate youth movement, so that movement should keep pushing, keep dragging, and everyone in the Democratic Party should welcome it.

“58% of Americans — including 58% of GOP voters under 40 — are more concerned about climate change now than they were only one year ago. The appetite for seeing real action is palpable to voters of both sides.” “Three in four American voters want to see the government step in to limit carbon emissions — including a majority of Republicans (55%).” “69% of …

White Supremacist Terror Is Part Of A Century Of Racial Violence: Long legacy of anti-Latino violence inspired Hitler

By David Dorado Romo, Texasobserver.orgAugust 13, 2019 | EDUCATE! In the immediate aftermath of the El Paso shooting—the largest massacre of Latinx people in the history of the United States—politicians of all stripes stood before the cameras and gave their diagnosis of what just happened. They sounded like the proverbial blind men who touched one part of the elephant and confused the different …

Warren pledges to guarantee farm income, control supply

08/07/19 By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put the federal government back in the business of managing commodity supplies in order to guarantee that farmers won’t lose money on their crops, a long-abandoned policy known as “parity.” The Massachusetts senator’s plan would build on USDA’s existing loan and conservation programs to take land out of production and …

Money in politics: how joint committees allow candidates, political party committees and candidate leadership committees to band together to raise campaign cash from the same donor pool

US Sen. Cory Gardner is banding together with Republican colleagues to raise big money for his 2020 reelection contest — expected to be among the most competitive and expensive in the nation — in a way that some say allows candidates to sidestep campaign finance limits. To raise the cash, at least one of his committees stopped through Ritz-Carlton hotels …

New Senate Intelligence report shows ‘extensive’ Russia 2016 election interference. Hackers tried to access election systems in all 50 states

Two vital points: 1) that determined foreign actors can gain access to America’s election infrastructure, and 2) Russia is skilled and willing to meddle inside of it.” Vox: New Senate Intelligence report shows ‘extensive’ Russia 2016 election interference. The report “found that hackers likely tried to access election systems in all 50 states.” The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released …