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Ryan Zinke to the oil and gas industry: "Our government should work for you"

The interior secretary’s latest gaffe was a pledge of allegiance to fossil fuels.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke let the mask slip this week, turning the subtext of his term in office into the headline as he spoke to a friendly audience.

On Tuesday, Zinke gave the keynote address at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s fall meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana. He told the conference over lunch “our government should work for you,” according to organizers:

https://twitter.com/LaOilGasAssoc/status/1042111137603567616

You can debate what Zinke meant by “work for you,” but many heard it as a pledge of allegiance to the industry.

And according to the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, the industry members in the room were thrilled with the pledge, giving Zinke a standing ovation. (An organizer told me none of the speeches at the event were recorded.)

However, environmental activists and some lawmakers were appalled by the statement.

https://twitter.com/RepDonBeyer/status/1042824459202248705

Read more: https://www.vox.com/2018/9/21/17886538/ryan-zinke-interior-oil-gas-industry-environment
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Sep 23, 2018, 04:43 AM (7 replies)

Shell and Exxon's secret 1980s climate change warnings

Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.

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America’s amoral military planning during the Cold War echoes the hubris exhibited by another cast of characters gambling with the fate of humanity. Recently, secret documents have been unearthed detailing what the energy industry knew about the links between their products and global warming. But, unlike the government’s nuclear plans, what the industry detailed was put into action.

In the 1980s, oil companies like Exxon and Shell carried out internal assessments of the carbon dioxide released by fossil fuels, and forecast the planetary consequences of these emissions. In 1982, for example, Exxon predicted that by about 2060, CO2 levels would reach around 560 parts per million – double the preindustrial level – and that this would push the planet’s average temperatures up by about 2°C over then-current levels (and even more compared to pre-industrial levels).

Later that decade, in 1988, an internal report by Shell projected similar effects but also found that CO2 could double even earlier, by 2030. Privately, these companies did not dispute the links between their products, global warming, and ecological calamity. On the contrary, their research confirmed the connections.

Shell’s assessment foresaw a one-meter sea-level rise, and noted that warming could also fuel disintegration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, resulting in a worldwide rise in sea level of “five to six meters.” That would be enough to inundate entire low-lying countries.

Shell’s analysts also warned of the “disappearance of specific ecosystems or habitat destruction,” predicted an increase in “runoff, destructive floods, and inundation of low-lying farmland,” and said that “new sources of freshwater would be required” to compensate for changes in precipitation. Global changes in air temperature would also “drastically change the way people live and work.” All told, Shell concluded, “the changes may be the greatest in recorded history.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/sep/19/shell-and-exxons-secret-1980s-climate-change-warnings
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Sep 23, 2018, 03:53 AM (10 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Guest Hillary Clinton Never Had To Steal Things From Obama's Desk



Former Secretary of State and 'What Happened' author Hillary Clinton says that, unlike the author of the anonymous NYT op-ed, she never had to steal a treaty from President Obama's desk.




Hillary Clinton: It's A 'Fair Request' To Ask FBI To Investigate Kavanaugh Allegations



Former Secretary of State and 'What Happened' author Hillary Clinton believes it would be easy and appropriate for the FBI to investigate Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations of Brett Kavanaugh.




Hillary Clinton On Whether A President Can Be Subpoenaed, Indicted



Former Secretary of State and 'What Happened' author Hillary Clinton has seen her fair share of investigations. Here's what she thinks Robert Mueller has the authority to do with his.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Sep 22, 2018, 04:13 AM (4 replies)

Stephen Colbert: Guest Hillary Clinton Never Had To Steal Things From Obama's Desk



Former Secretary of State and 'What Happened' author Hillary Clinton says that, unlike the author of the anonymous NYT op-ed, she never had to steal a treaty from President Obama's desk.




Hillary Clinton: It's A 'Fair Request' To Ask FBI To Investigate Kavanaugh Allegations



Former Secretary of State and 'What Happened' author Hillary Clinton believes it would be easy and appropriate for the FBI to investigate Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations of Brett Kavanaugh.




Hillary Clinton On Whether A President Can Be Subpoenaed, Indicted



Former Secretary of State and 'What Happened' author Hillary Clinton has seen her fair share of investigations. Here's what she thinks Robert Mueller has the authority to do with his.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Sep 22, 2018, 04:11 AM (8 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 9/21/18

Trump Wants To Build A Wall... In The Sahara Desert



Donald Trump advised Spain's leader to build a wall across the Sahara. Maybe Mexico will pay for it?




The State That's Removing Hillary Clinton From Textbooks



Texas' Board of Education is taking Hillary Clinton out of textbooks and putting Moses in.




This Week In Penises: Batman And Chip The Buffalo



Between Chip the Buffalo's self-inflicted wound and Batman's heroic nudity, it's been a big week for penises.




Stephen Drives NASA's Mars Rover With Neil deGrasse Tyson



Stephen and Neil deGrasse Tyson take NASA's Mars Rover for a ride around Midtown Manhattan.




Batman Makes The Justice League Pants-Optional



Batman is the nudist Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Sep 22, 2018, 03:59 AM (2 replies)

Making Tariffs Corrupt Again

Trump has perverted the process and undermined U.S. credibility.

By Paul Krugman
Opinion Columnist

In normal times, Donald Trump’s announcement of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, bringing us closer to an all-out trade war, would have dominated headlines for days. Things being as they are, it was a below-the-fold story, drowned out by all the other scandals underway.

Yet Trump’s tariffs really are a big, bad deal. Their direct economic impact will be modest, although hardly trivial. But the numbers aren’t the whole story. Trumpian trade policy has, almost casually, torn up rules America itself created more than 80 years ago — rules intended to ensure that tariffs reflected national priorities, not the power of special interests.

You could say that Trump is making tariffs corrupt again. And the damage will be lasting.

Until the 1930s, U.S. trade policy was both dirty and dysfunctional. It wasn’t just that overall tariffs were high; who got how much tariff protection was determined through a free-for-all of horse-trading among special interests.

The costs of this free-for-all went beyond economics: They undermined U.S. influence and damaged the world as a whole. Most notably, in the years after World War I, America demanded that European nations repay their war debts, which meant that they had to earn dollars through exports — and at the same time America imposed high tariffs to block those necessary exports.



Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/opinion/tariffs-trump-corrupt.html

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Sep 22, 2018, 02:48 AM (2 replies)

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 9/21/18

Monologue: Private Parts and Public Hearings



Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including salacious details from Stormy Daniels' new book and the row over Trump's Supreme Court nominee.




Michael Moore: Fahrenheit 11/9



Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore joins Bill to discuss his latest documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9," and the importance of engaging in democracy.




25 Things You Don't Know About Brett Kavanaugh



Bill shares a few fun facts about embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.




New Rule: Narcissist in Chief



In his editorial New Rule, Bill says we should call President Trump's malignant narcissism what it is: a serious and dangerous mental illness.




Overtime: Michael Moore, PJ O'Rourke, Thom Hartmann, Catherine Rampell, Steve Hilton



Bill and his guests answer viewer questions after the show.



Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Sep 22, 2018, 12:38 AM (14 replies)

Seth Meyers: Guest Ken Burns Tells the Fascinating Story of the Mayo Clinic's Founding



Ken Burns talks about the unbelievable stories in his documentary The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science and the painstaking restoration of the first documentary he ever produced.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Sep 21, 2018, 11:53 PM (3 replies)

Seth Meyers - One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Octopuses on MDMA - Monologue - 9/20/18






The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: World's Oldest Club DJ



Seth steps away from bleak and depressing news to share a news story about an 83-year-old woman in Japan who was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest club DJ.




Seth's Favorite Jokes of the Week: Trump Visits North Carolina, Bruce Wayne's Penis



Seth's favorite jokes from the week of September 17.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Sep 21, 2018, 11:42 PM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Bert and Ernie's Sexuality & Trump's Toad Penis



The internet speculates about whether Bert and Ernie are gay, a Texas school superintendent makes a racist comment, and Stormy Daniels reveals what Trump’s penis looks like.


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Sep 21, 2018, 11:31 PM (2 replies)
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