Independent Journal Review
Crenshaw Flattens Ocasio-Cortez for ‘Total Disregard for Our Sovereignty’ With Controversial Comparison

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is questioning Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) motives after she sparked backlash following her comparison of border detention facilities to concentration camps. The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,&"; Ocasio-Cortez said late Monday during an Instagram Live video, as IJR Red reported. […] A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it's very difficult to say that.&"; Her remarks come at a time when the Trump administration plans to house undocumented mi

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NPR
Boaty McBoatface, Internet-Adored Sub, Makes Deep-Sea Discovery On Climate Change

Since the delightful snafu that led to the research vessel's goofy moniker, the autonomous submarine has been off gathering deep-sea data on the effects of Antarctic winds. (Image credit: Povl Abrahamsen, British Antarctic Survey)

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#Kentucky! Senator #MitchMcConnell has been representing you for over 30 years! You lived thru the closing of your… https://t.co/J1ZGn0TI6T

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Independent Journal Review
The 2020 Twenty — Bill Weld

This is IJR's third segment of The 2020 Twenty. We're asking every 2020 presidential candidate 20 questions on their plans, policies, outlook, and background as well as some lighter ones to help our readers get to know the people and their personalities as they compete to run the country. There are several Republicans who have criticized President Donald Trump's rhetoric, but former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is the only candidate trying to stop the president from the same side of the aisle. The 2020 election will not be the first time Weld's name will appear on a ballot against T

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Our grandchildren will look back with shame on members of the Republican Party who ignored scientists and denied th… https://t.co/9zpZaaQ9uu

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The Grist
Florida’s summer of slime turned its politics upside down

It was a sweltering late summer day in southern Florida when Becky Harris took her dogs to run along the bank of the St. Lucie River. Her white Pomeranian, Pandora, was off leash while Kylie, her Rottweiler mix, trotted alongside her. Suddenly, Pandora took off down the grassy hill toward the beach and was soon tearing into a dead fish. Harris tried to yank it out of her mouth, but Pandora bolted under the sea grapes to polish it off. Within hours, the normally bouncy Pandora was so lethargic that her head fell into her water bowl. Harris took Pandora to the closest veterinary ER, where the l

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Counter Punch
Koch-Oil Big Lies and Ecocide Writ Large in Canada

Photograph Source: NASA Earth Observatory - Public Domain As we know, big lies can run free across borders with few joining the dots. For example, no media reports that China’s growing dispute with Canada is based on Canada’s enforcement of the Trump administration’s unilateral and illegal embargo against oil-competitor Iran. A cynical reply is that this is predictable. Canada attacks any designated US Enemy in junior partnership with global corporate command. But this time there is a new twist. Canada is attacking itself without knowing it. A US Big-Oil backed juggernaut of Conservativ

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How do we address climate change? ☑️ Clean, exportable US energy ☑️ R&D into carbon capture tech TX… https://t.co/jWLfQ8L14r

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NPR
Going 'Zero Carbon' Is All The Rage. But Will It Slow Climate Change?

Cities, states, businesses and electric utilities are setting ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But it's not clear exactly how they'll do that or whether it will actually work. (Image credit: Tim Rue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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BREAKING: The House of Commons has just passed a motion declaring that Canada is experiencing a climate change emer… https://t.co/iw7WXWgR69

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Counter Punch
If Trump’s the Symptom, Then What’s the Disease?

Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast. Call it Trump change or Trump warming, if you want, but grasp one thing: increasingly, you’re in a different land and, whatever happens to Donald Trump, the results down the line are likely to be ever less pretty. Trump change isn"t just an American phenomenon, it"s distinctly global. After all, from Australia to India , the Philippines to Hungary , Donald Trumps and their supporters keep getting elected or reelected and, according to a recent CNN poll, a majority of Americans think Trump himself will win a

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We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist Says https://t.co/4M1Zlu2eGP

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Infinity Gauntlet Kermit
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@mike_pence @realDonaldTrump His rolling back regulations is seriously hurting the environment but I guess if you d… https://t.co/YMdsFkBg0p

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WND
Scientist: Cow farts 'not to blame' for 'climate change'

(Image courtesy Pixabay) While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, R-N.Y., and her far-left colleagues in Congress famously have targeted "cow farts" in the radical "Green New Deal," a professor of animal science who is an expert on air quality contends the methane emissions of cows and other livestock are not responsible for increasing global temperatures. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California Davis warned at the Alltech ONE conference in Lexington, Kentucky, that scientists and others who claim livestock production is causing global warming ignore the true impact of methane on the e

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@humourme1234 @merry123459 Even if the Liberals were the only ones who could prevent the climate change apocalypse,… https://t.co/TM7OLjvErA

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The Grist
On the road to the Green New Deal, New York’s latest climate legislation may be the first stop

Update: A new version of this bill was announced on June 18th If the national Green New Deal is the dashing young hare in the race to enact sweeping climate law, then New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act is the persistent tortoise who, as of Sunday night, seems poised to cross the finish line. The Empire state’s long-suffering piece of climate legislation has been called a precursor to the national Green New Deal and, if passed on Wednesday as expected, will be one of the most ambitious attempts to tackle both climate change and environmental injustice. The Climate and Commun

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WND
Capitalism isn't 'broken' -- it's working all too well

(The Guardian) - Capitalism is not broken. It is working all too well, concentrating money in the hands of the few by exploiting the work of the many. Runaway climate change, war, mass migration, widespread poverty and ever-increasing authoritarianism are the inevitable results of an economic system that rewards corporate actors for their absolute commitment to profit, regardless of the broader consequences. Richard Reeves, guest editor of this series, suggests we can simply “fight to crowbar the doors open for women and people of color,” allowing them to benefit from market capitalism alo

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Washington Free Beacon
Advocacy Group Pays Conference Fees for Mayor to Promote Energy Lawsuits

An environmental advocacy group is paying the registration fees for Santa Cruz mayor Martine Watkins (D.) to attend the United States Conference of Mayors Summit in Hawaii later this month, where Watkins will speak in favor of governments suing large energy producers over climate change. Santa Cruz is one of many California municipal governments that have filed nuisance complaints against companies such as Exxon, BP, and Chevron asking courts to order the creation of "abatement funds" to pay for past and future damages resulting from climate change. Watkins told the Washington Free Beacon

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Washington Free Beacon
Bullock Flips on Coal

Montana governor and 2020 presidential candidate Steve Bullock (D.) flipped on his support for coal last week during an interview with the  The San Francisco Chronicle . Bullock sat down for the It's All Political  podcast, where he was asked about his "all of the above" stance on energy and how coal fit in his plan. "And you're sort of all of the above in terms of energy, you're OK with coal, or where are you with coal?" the interviewer asked. "Yeah, but, I mean coal is no longer even profitable and we're seeing coal plant closure after coal plant closure," Bullock responded. He went o

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@ChantalHbert @TorontoStar What's missing in this analysis, Trudeau's grand bargain - and his climate tax policy. F… https://t.co/uKbxUdLegh

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Counter Punch
Democracy Faces a Global Crisis

Photograph Source: Presidenza della Repubblica If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo Salvini in Italy — you probably think that democracy has never been in better health. Recent elections in these countries didn’t just serve to rotate the elite from the conventional parties. Voters went to the polls and elected outsiders who promised to transform their political systems. That demonstrates that the system, that democracy itself, is not rigged in favor of the “deep state” or the Bilderberg global elite — or the plain vanilla leaders of the center left a

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Counter Punch
Trump Washington Detests the Belt and Road Initiative

The foreign and domestic policies of the US Administration appear to be guided by a combination of financial greed, the desire to exploit weakness for the sake of doing so, a partiality for malevolence, and determination to be spiteful. In no manner, domestically, has the last been more effectively demonstrated than by Trump’s treatment of the children of illegal immigrants. On June 5 the Washington Post reported that in its most recent persecution of migrant children “The Trump administration is cancelling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors staying

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The Huffington Post
Farmageddon: Tariff-Slammed Farmers Now Battling Climate Change Flood Hell

Planting season is slowest in decades as farmers grapple with floods, rains and sodden fields.

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Hot Air
Vox: Climate Change is not an existential threat to civilization (like AOC keeps saying)

Vox published an interesting piece Thursday which actually takes some climate change hysteria being pushed by rival outlet Vice to task. The Vice story was titled "New Report Warns ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ Within 30 Years.’" The story, which featured an image of a broken statue of liberty standing in water up to her neck, was based on an "analysis" published by the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration, an Australian climate change think tank. It reads in part : On our current trajectory, the report warns, “planetary and human systems [are] rea

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The Grist
The problem with Biden’s plan to push China on climate

When former Vice President Joe Biden released his climate policy plan last week, he was the first presidential candidate to vow to use U.S. foreign policy to address the climate crisis. In his 22-page climate plan , Biden dedicates section three to “Rallying the rest of the world to address the grave climate threat.” But he seems less concerned with “the rest of the world” as he does one particular country. Biden’s plan mentions China by name 13 times. The following day Washington Governor Jay Inslee, fellow-2020 hopeful and self-proclaimed climate candidate, released part three of his

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NPR
Beto O'Rourke Calls For A 'Moonshot' To Combat Climate Change

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke told NPR's Steve Inskeep that "we're going to have to free ourselves from the dependence we have on fossil fuels and that means a greater investment in solar and wind." (Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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Washington Free Beacon
The 2020 Battle Begins

The 2020 campaign begins in earnest next week in Florida, when Donald Trump officially launches his reelection bid. On June 26, 20 Democratic candidates and five moderators hold the first of two nights of debates. Where do things stand? According to the polls, President Trump starts at a disadvantage. He has 44 percent approval in the Real Clear Politics average, with a net disapproval of 9 points. The most recent Quinnipiac poll has the major Democrats defeating Trump. The margins range from Joe Biden's 13-point victory to Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker's 5-points. Another recent Q

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Counter Punch
How Much Do Humans Pollute? A Breakdown of Industrial, Vehicular and Household C02 Emissions

James River mill, West Linn, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. Each year, human beings release an increasing amount of carbon dioxide (C02) into the atmosphere; at present, around 40 billion tons per annum. According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, 8.4 billion tons are attributed to the burning of fossil fuels; primarily coal, gas and oil. The European Commission and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency lists the most polluting countries (including the EU as a whole and each of its member states). They are China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada and Brazil. Whe

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Counter Punch
Whither The Trump Paradox?

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair That Donald Trump is a vulgar, self-aggrandizing narcissist was obvious decades before that day of infamy in 2015 when he and his well-preserved trophy bride descended the Trump Tower escalator to kick off his presidential campaign. His strategy then was clear: stir up nativist animosities by calling immigrants and asylum seekers from south of the border rapists, drug dealers, and gang members. Also: rev up America’s ambient Islamophobia, “dog whistle” support for the “alt-right,” pander to Evangelicals, and give crony capitalists anything and everything they

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Counter Punch
Roaming Charges: In the Land of 10,000 Talkers, All With Broken Tongues

Mexican wolf. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + This seems like a big deal to me, but then I don"t get out much: The world’s seed-bearing plants have been disappearing at a rate of nearly three species a year since 1900. + From 2001 to 2017, the Pentagon"s emissions totaled 766 million metric tons, according to a new Brown University report . That makes the U.S. military by far the world"s largest single source of CO2 emissions. + The planet’s carbon concentration jumped 3.5 parts per million last year—more than twice as fast as it grew as recently as the 1980s and 50% faster than the average

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Counter Punch
It Can’t Happen Here: From Buzz Windrip and Doremus Jessup to Donald Trump and MSNBC

It"s my sort, the Responsible Citizens who"ve felt superior because we"ve been well-to-do and what we thought was ‘educated," who brought on the - ;Fascist Dictatorship - ; * Doremus Jessup, a liberal and social democrat, reflecting ruefully from an American fascist prison in Sinclair Lewis"s novel It Can"t Happen Here (1935) There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. * Buffalo Springfield, 1966 Sinclair Lewis’s widely read and semi-satirical 1935 novel It Can"t Happen Here resonates chillingly with current events in the United States. Published as fasc

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Counter Punch
Capitalism Versus Democracy

It was always just a matter of time before the reemergence of establishment Democrats reminded people why they were booted from power in 2016. As ugly as Donald Trump is and as not constructive as his tenure in the White House has been, the Democratic establishment would rather lose with establishment candidates and retrograde policies than loosen its grip on its service to the oligarchs. Phrased differently, if Democrats cared about ‘defeating Trump,’ they would offer programs that people want. But they are so firmly in the grip of corporate interests and the oligarchs that they won’t do so.

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Counter Punch
The Climate Counter-Offensive: Secrecy, Deception and Disarming the Green New Deal

Photograph Source: ISS Expedition 23 crew - Public Domain There are things we are not supposed to know and the corporate controlled news industry is not going to tell us. Totally absent from the obedient media is one of the most important stories of all time: war creates climate change . The story of how this knowledge has been repressed is essential to understanding how the government and military are at the heart of climate counter-offensive and what it will take to stop them. The Government Rules by Force, Fraud and Deception The information blockade starts with the military itsel

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Counter Punch
Alias Anything You Please: a Lifetime of Dylan

Like some latter day Prufrock, I have measured out my life in Dylan tunes. Fifty years of one more cup of coffee. That’s a lot of coffee. That’s a lot of stirring. It started out with the folkies jumping on the bandwagon of his early ballads of change - lots of wind blowing, lots of hard rain - until Pete Seeger jumped him at the ‘65 Newport festival, reportedly taking an axe to his amp; Dylan was off the wagon. Fuck the bourgeois folkies, I went with Napoleon in rags, AKA Alias. I stirred through it all and dropped another cube. Then I went electric with Dylan for forty years, moving d

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Counter Punch
Trump’s Washington Detests the Belt and Road Initiative

The foreign and domestic policies of the US Administration appear to be guided by a combination of financial greed, the desire to exploit weakness for the sake of doing so, a partiality for malevolence, and determination to be spiteful.  In no manner, domestically, has the last been more effectively demonstrated than by Trump’s treatment of the children of illegal immigrants. On June 5 the Washington Post  reported  that in its most recent persecution of migrant children “The Trump administration is cancelling English classes, recreational programs and legal aid for unaccompanied minors stayi

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Counter Punch
Zero Waste: The Global Plastics Crisis

Plastic pollution is everywhere, it litters beaches, clogs up oceans, chokes marine life, is ingested by seabirds that then starve to death, and has even been discovered embedded in Arctic ice. It’s in the air we breathe, the water we drink (bottled and tap), and last year plastic was found in human stools for the first time. Friends of the Earth report that, “recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined. According to the United Nations Environmental Agency the world produces around 300 million

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Counter Punch
The Climate Crisis is Also a Health Emergency

Rising global temperatures are intensifying the effects of extreme weather events across the United States and around the world. Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, and severe storms are becoming the norm, not the exception. Extreme weather events don’t just hurt people with blunt force — they also spread disease and other serious health impacts. For already vulnerable populations, the health risks can be deadly. Extreme heat can cause cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and respiratory effects, and even death.  Urban heat islands amplify impacts on cities, while long hours in

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Counter Punch
Green New Deal “Climate Kids” Should Hijack the Impeachment Conversation

Turning Wasteful Loss into Brilliant Gain—While Having Juvenile Fun A wise old political adage says, “When you’re ‘splainin’, you ain’t gainin’.” We need a new, ad hoc version to wake up “climate kid” supporters of an existentially crucial Green New Deal, now sitting politely bored—as through their principal’s speech—while Democrat elders crowd them off stage with their heated-but-trivial Mueller-based debate on whether or not to impeach Trump. I propose this: “When they’re ‘splainin’, you ain’t gainin’.” It’s frankly depressing to see passionate, idealistic kids hold still like resp

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Counter Punch
Global Warming and Solar Minimum: a Response to Renee Parsons

Following are my comments about Global Warming Morphs Into the Solar Minimum by Renee Parsons. As far as I know climate change (CC) computer models include the variations of insolation (i.e., sunspot cycles, and the Milankovitch Cycles set by solar-earth alignments and angle changes over time) as part of the external radiation driving function (i.e., solar radiation falling on Earth over time). IPCC is an agency that reviews peer reviewed science publications by research scientist/modelers calculating estimated resulting average (and regional) global temperatures of the biosphere over time

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The Grist
Introducing the first 2020 climate plan that doesn’t sing the Green New Deal’s praises

Unless your name is Joe Biden, standing out in the crowded Democratic primary field is no easy feat. John Hickenlooper is one of the only self-identified moderate candidates in the field - he briefly considered running on a “unity ticket” with Republican and former Ohio Governor John Kasich. The moderate is polling between 0 and 1 percent . With little national name recognition to work with, the former governor of Colorado has a particularly steep hill to climb if he wants to garner support in a primary that appears to be skewing ever leftward. On Thursday, Hickenlooper, the only scienti

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The Grist
U.S. military emits more CO2 than most countries

For the Pentagon, there’s no denying that climate change is a real, urgent threat. Never mind who’s sitting in the White House. But this arm of the government tasked with protecting the country from threats is actually making this one worse. The Department of Defense spews so much greenhouse gas every year that it would rank as the 55th worst polluter in the world if it were a country, beating out Sweden, Denmark, and Portugal, according to a new paper from Brown University’s Costs of War project. The irony is that the military is concerned about what will happen as the world keeps heating

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The Grist
Time is running out to pass New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act this session

On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters stormed the halls of the New York State Capitol building in Albany, filling the lobby, the staircases, the space outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. Their voices echoed off the stone walls. Several elected state representatives joined organizers to cheer on the gathered crowd: We agree. We’re on your side. Let’s pass this bill. New York State’s climate policy is at a turning point. For the first time in three years, the Climate and Community Protection Act, or CCPA, actually stands a real chance at becoming law. The comprehensive piece of climate reform

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The Grist
What’s on Iowans’ minds going into the 2020 caucuses? Climate change

With human civilization facing a potentially existential threat, it seems at least one state’s Democratic participants want to make sure the person we choose to run our country has it covered. According to a new poll by CNN , most Iowa Democrats who plan to take part in the state"s Democratic caucuses view climate change as one of their top priorities for this upcoming election. The issue came in second, right behind abortion rights. Seventy-five percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers say they will only support a candidate who recognizes climate change “as the greatest threat to humanity.” And

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