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    Last Friday, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allowing sulfoxaflor, a bee-killing pesticide linked to a nationwide honeybee die-off, back on the market. Beekeepers around the country lost over 40% of their colonies last year, and the decision by the Trump administration will only make things worse for them, and for our food system.

    The insecticide was first approved in 2013, reversed in 2015, and reversed again in July of 2019.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfoxaflor

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    It will only keep the lawyers "rich", in the mean time Trump has reversed all the pollution laws which Obama introduced.

    So what else is new?

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    On a positive note, climate denialist William Happer is leaving the Trump administration tomorrow.

    Dr. Happer, a physicist who gained notoriety by claiming that the greenhouse gases contributing to warming the planet are beneficial to humanity, and for likening attacks on fossil fuels to “the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler” in a 2014 interview, serves on the National Security Council as President Trump’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies.

    Environmental activists cheered Dr. Happer’s departure but said they are still bracing for continued attacks on climate science from the White House, which means we STILL can't breathe easier.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/climate/william-happer-climate-change-white-house.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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    EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has already signed a notice eliminating a rule designed to protect small streams and endangered wetlands. The Clean Water Rule, instituted by President Obama in 2015, replaced a set of overlapping and contradictory rules that were entangled in court challenges with a single, consistent set of federal protections. Without it, no one—no one—knows what waters are protected, and which are not.

    Creating the Clean Water Rule was the work of years. It not only included a carefully structured legal framework for dealing with issues of water rights, but featured extensive scientific data and analysis showing why the rule was necessary

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/13/1885294/-EPA-removes-the-Clean-Water-Rule-creating-chaos-for-water-regulations-and-paradise-for-polluters?detail=emaildkre

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    California has been able to set tougher state-level standards than those put forth by the federal government since 1970.

    The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama.

    A revocation of the California waiver would have national significance. Thirteen other states follow California’s tighter standards, together representing roughly a third of the national auto market.

    Because of that, the fight over federal auto emissions rules has the potential to split the United States auto market, with some states adhering to stricter pollution standards than others. For automakers, that represents a nightmare scenario.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/climate/trump-california-emissions-waiver.html?smtyp=cur&smid=fb-nytimes&fbclid=IwAR0d1C8dk9y26cNq-oQmyu0yoHeI6A5rx3ddZyU_XBc-NlMfGS613wVJ0UA

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    As I've said many times; as long as there is no "by law" an "limits" document part of the oath, then this stupid country will be faced with future and present "dictatorships". Emissions never should be dealt with by Presidents. Neither "tariffs" .

    The same applies to the "emoluments clause" is should be "clearly" rewritten and made "law"to fit 2020 standards to ward of "corruption" in the W.H.

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    As of yesterday, California and 22 other states are challenging President Trump’s decision to revoke the most populous state’s right to set pollution limits on cars and light trucks.

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    It didn't take the mob boss long to react.

    This morning, Trump officials threatened to withhold highway funds from California. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move, which would invoke a rarely used tool of the federal government, could put billions in federal funds in jeopardy.

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    In 1970, California was allowed to set pollution standards tougher than federal standards because their air quality was so poor, and they have taken numerous additional steps since that time, even though the state still has the worst air quality in the country.

    The Obama administration passed 3900 rules designed to improve air quality – but the Americans for Tax Reform doesn’t think that’s a good idea.

    https://www.atr.org/nearly-4000-epa-regulations-issued-under-president-obama

    As of September 12, 2019, the Trump administration has rolled back 85 regulations that protect the environment – which tells me that Trump and his minions don’t give a damn about air quality.

    California has also sued the Trump administration over its rollback of environmental and clean air regulations.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html

    One of the regulations they want to roll back is auto fuel efficiency standards. When California, 14 other states, and 4 major auto makers sued, President Trump’s Justice Department — for it is increasingly clear that the department has been reduced to an arm of the White House — has opened an antitrust investigation of four auto companies that had the temerity to defy the president by voluntarily agreeing to reduce auto emissions below the level required by current federal law.

    His next move was to revoke California’s authority to set environmental standards that were stricter than California standards.

    They sued again, so now he has threatened to withhold federal highway funds BECAUSE THEIR AIR QUALITY IS SO BAD.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html

    Remember this:

    In a pissing contest, everybody's shoes are going to get wet.

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    This morning, California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration over endangered species legislation.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-states-sue-trump-administration-over-weakened-endangered-species-protections/ar-AAHQnVS?ocid=spartandhp

    Ironically, the Endangered Species Act was passed when a Republican (Nixon) was president:

    https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-endangered-species-act

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    Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, should have awakened a lot of people in this country, but there are still enough people who believe that climate changes is a hoax.

    Strangely enough, the person who has made the biggest change in climate control is a 16 year old Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg:

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    She was actually nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but did not win. However, a few comments that the Nobel committee said about the winner, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, are worth repeating.

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    When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister in April 2018, he made it clear that he wished to resume peace talks with Eritrea.

    Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement.

    An important premise for the breakthrough was Abiy Ahmed’s unconditional willingness to accept the arbitration ruling of an international boundary commission in 2002.

    He spent his first 100 days as Prime Minister lifting the country’s state of emergency, granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners, discontinuing media censorship, legalizing outlawed opposition groups, dismissing military and civilian leaders who were suspected of corruption, and significantly increasing the influence of women in Ethiopian political and community life. He has also pledged to strengthen democracy by holding free and fair elections.

    In the wake of the peace process with Eritrea, Prime Minister Abiy has engaged in other peace and reconciliation processes in East and Northeast Africa.

    Ethiopia is a country of many different languages and peoples.

    Donald Trump could learn a lot from the leader of Ethiopia - but he won't .

    https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2019/press-release/

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    Great Thunberg is undoubtedly the most famous 16 year old on the planet.

    In addition to chumming around with Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarznegger, an artist in San Francisco is painting a huge mural of her on a wall in Union Square in downtown San Francisco.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mural-of-activist-greta-thunberg-going-up-in-san-francisco/ar-BBWtNil?ocid=spartandhp

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    The United Nations Environment Program just released a report saying that drastic action is needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Already, 70 countries have told U.N. officials they plan to craft more ambitious national climate pledges in 2020 — even as some of the world’s largest emitters have yet to follow suit. Scores of private companies have set their own targets, vowing to investors to sharply cut their carbon footprints. A growing list of states and cities have pushed ahead with policies aimed at meeting the goals of the Paris accord, even as the U.S. government remains on the sidelines.

    The Paris Agreement set out to improve upon and replace the Kyoto Protocol, an earlier international treaty designed to curb the release of greenhouse gases. It entered into force on November 4, 2016, and has been signed by 197 countries and ratified by 185 as of January 2019.

    So far, only one company has pulled out.

    Thanks, Trump.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/11/26/bleak-report-un-says-drastic-action-is-only-way-avoid-worst-impacts-climate-change/

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    Yes, looking at what is happening in this country related to "disasters" then we should be proud that either things will be flooded or burned down more and more. But yeah the W.H. is way too busy to fight the Dem's, so no time for that. At least they asked for Jesus to help, thus things will be fixed in no time. Pence will make sure of it.

    Sorry people this country has become the laughing stock of the world, especially Putin enjoy's himself.

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    TIME magazine just named Greta Thunberg as their Person of the Year.I really can't think of anyone who is more deserving of the honor.

    And..

    She is 16 years old.

    https://time.com/person-of-the-year-2019-greta-thunberg/