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Rhiannon12866

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Hometown: NE New York
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Stephen Colbert - Guest Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Chicago Is A 'Trump-Free Zone'



Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses Chicago's sanctuary city status, police-community relations, and why the city wants to be known as 'the city Trump will never sleep in.'
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 12, 2017, 04:05 AM (4 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 12/11/17

Terrorists, You Can't Make The NYC Commute Any Worse



Stephen has a message for the lone terrorist who detonated an improvised pipe bomb in Port Authority on Monday morning.



Roy Moore Loves Putin Just As Much As Trump



What!? Disturbing news about Roy Moore that isn't pedophilia-related?



Trump Called His Sexual Assault Accuser The 'C-Word'



The President has bragged about having an extensive vocabulary. According to one woman, he used one of his 'many words' on her.



Meet The Vanquishers



The Trumps are making 1980s situational comedies great again!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 12, 2017, 04:00 AM (4 replies)

Why big oil is slowly turning green

The world's biggest oil and natural gas companies are inching toward greener businesses, driven by a handful of market and policy trends.

Why it matters: The shift shows that global oil companies see cleaner energy technologies as sound investments, not merely greenwashing and public relation stunts. The changes, underway at most international oil producers and particularly pronounced among European firms, are happening even as President Trump's policies are heading in the other direction.

The drivers:

1. Companies want to grow demand for natural gas, which is an increasingly large portion of their portfolios, in the electricity space and elsewhere. When burned, gas is cleaner than coal and oil, but there are concerns about emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that's also the primary component of natural gas.

2. Governments around the world are pushing policies cutting greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. This includes the 2015 Paris accord Trump says the U.S. will withdraw from, as well as domestic regulations cutting methane emissions, which are proving harder to repeal than the Trump administration thought.


Much more: https://www.axios.com/why-big-oil-is-slowly-turning-green-2515973927.html
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 12, 2017, 03:26 AM (2 replies)

This New Tiny Electric Car Comes With Five Years Of Free Solar Charging

The Uniti is a small electric car designed for city driving–and its deal with a solar company makes charging it emissions- and cost-free.

Most electric cars look essentially the same as gas-powered cars have for decades, with a battery swapped in place of an internal combustion engine. But a Swedish electric car startup argues that in the context of modern city life, the entire idea of a car needs more of a reinvention.

Uniti, which launched a prototype of its tiny electric car today, started by rethinking size: If most people living in cities commute to work alone, over short distances, it doesn’t make sense to make an oversized, overpowered vehicle.

“The shift to electric cars is a positive one,” Lewis Horne, Uniti CEO and founder, tells Fast Company. “But it’s clear that we still make them in the same way that traditional combustion engine vehicles are made. With large heavy bodies, in which the battery is not really moving the passengers around, but is moving itself and the vehicle’s heavy frame with it.”

Though the new car comes in models with four and five seats, it also offers a model with only two seats, which will retail at prices starting around $17,000. (Smart Car also makes a small electric model, though it’s slightly more expensive) The frame, made from carbon fiber, is much lighter than a traditional metal frame. The battery is small, at 22 kilowatt-hours versus 100 kWh in some Tesla models, but can last around 186 miles, much farther than a typical round-trip commute. An additional battery, which can be plugged into a regular outlet at home or a cafe, can be added to the car on rarer occasions when it’s needed.


More: https://www.fastcompany.com/40504648/this-new-tiny-electric-car-comes-with-five-years-of-free-solar-charging


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 12, 2017, 03:04 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: At This Point, Do Republicans Even Care About Sexual Assault?



After Donald Trump urged Alabamians to vote for alleged sexual harasser Roy Moore at a rally, the president's own accusers called on Congress to investigate their claims.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 12, 2017, 12:45 AM (5 replies)

Seth Meyers - Trump Attacks the Press, Goes All-In for Roy Moore: A Closer Look



Seth takes a closer look at how President Trump is pulling out all the stops to help elect an accused sexual predator in Alabama's special election.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Dec 11, 2017, 11:19 PM (1 replies)

Scores of Leading Economists Demand End to All Fossil Fuel Investments

"Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment," declaration states.

Scores of leading global economists this week demanded an end to the funding of fossil fuel projects and called for a massive increase to investments in renewables, saying "it will take unprecedented actions to limit the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas."

The declaration, signed by economists including James Galbraith, Juliet Schor, Jeffrey Sachs, and Yanis Varoufasis, "affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of public and private investors and development institutions to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development."

The case for "keeping it in the ground" is clear, they write, given that the potential carbon from already developed fossil fuel projects will push the planet to beyond a so-called safe level of warming.

"Thus, not only are new exploration and new production incompatible with limiting global warming to well below 2ºC (and as close to 1.5ºC as possible), but many existing projects will need to be phased-out faster than their natural decline. Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment," the declaration states.

Instead, they write, "let us all prioritize the tremendous investment opportunities for a 100 percent renewable future that support healthy economies while protecting workers, communities, and the ecological limits of a finite planet."


More: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/12/08/scores-leading-economists-demand-end-all-fossil-fuel-investments



"Not one more penny or cent can go to coal, oil, or gas subsidies," said Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis. (Photo: Julian Meehan via Takver/flickr/cc)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Dec 11, 2017, 02:07 AM (2 replies)

As coal falters, large polluter could close its doors

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A king would be nothing without his crown. And in northern Colorado, King Coal’s crown is Rawhide Unit One, Larimer County’s lone coal power plant and biggest polluter.

But coal’s reign is poised to crumble.

Fort Collins’ electricity provider is considering shuttering Rawhide in 2030, 17 years ahead of schedule, in a pivot toward renewable sources and natural gas as the main power sources for northern Colorado’s largest cities.

Leaders of Platte River Power Authority — the power provider for Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and Longmont — unveiled paths toward nearly 100 percent clean electricity for all four communities Thursday. The next steps will directly impact northern Colorado’s air, water and cost of living.

They also determined what will rule Fort Collins’ energy future in King Coal’s absence.


Much more: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/as-coal-falters-large-polluter-could-close-its-doors-2/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:35 AM (1 replies)

Solar and Wind Power Face Serious Threats From the Trump Administration

Less than a year into President Trump’s time in office, clean energy developers face a slew of unanticipated threats from the White House and Republicans in Congress that could slow the industry’s growth in ways unimaginable just a year ago.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, energy analysts were skeptical of his promise to preserve the coal industry at the expense of wind and solar. Even the most aggressive attempts at regulatory rollback couldn’t reverse the market forces driving the decline in coal, they reasoned.

But the administration has not stopped at mere deregulation. From the threat of a subsidy for coal-fired power plants to a tax bill that hurts the financing of clean-energy projects, Republicans in Washington have launched a campaign against renewable energy that includes market interventions that alarm other industries, including oil and gas.

Even if these measures never come to fruition—advocates of transitioning from fossil fuels are pushing back—the changed mood in Washington threatens to undermine the confidence of companies planning to invest in renewables. Jeff Waller, of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s sustainable finance practice, described the lingering threats as a “spook factor” that hangs over investment.

“All these different things add uncertainty to planning and project development,” Waller says.


Much more (includes video): http://time.com/5049849/solar-power-wind-power-trump-coal/?utm_source=time.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the-brief&utm_content=2017120914pm&xid=newsletter-brief
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:16 AM (8 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 12/8/17

President Trump's Pedophile Stump



One accused sexual predator held a rally encouraging voters to elect another (ahem, Roy Moore).



Does God Believe In Mike Pence?



A profile of Mike Pence revealed that the Vice President believes in God, and that God believes in him. Stephen asks the only guy who would know.



One Week Older, Mueller's Holiday Gift Guide



Another Trump associate, Michael Flynn, pleads guilty to the FBI and Senator Al Franken resigns.



Letters To Santa From The Trumps



What do you get the person who already has inherited everything?
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Dec 9, 2017, 04:04 AM (4 replies)
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