PATRICK T. HILLER – It is time for the public and its servants â€“ our elected officials â€“ to get away from the pretense that there are no alternatives to projecting and using military force, when indeed there are many constructive responses. This matters greatly, because a study has shown that there is a proven decline in public support for war when the alternatives come to light.
Category: April 2017
‘Too Cheap to Meter’ Nuclear Plants Seek Welfare Again
JOHN LAFORGE – You have to hand it to the nuclear industry for socializing costs and privatizing profits. Last year, lobbyists for operators of dirty, deadbeat old reactors won massive public subsidies — bailouts — in New York and Illinois that will keep decrepit, retirement-age reactors from shutting down. Instead of turning off the rattle traps — and investing public funds in renewables â€“ state-sponsored electric ratepayer handouts in the two states will total $10 billion over 12 years. Remember Reaganâ€™s mythical â€œwelfare queensâ€? These utilities are welfare gods, propping up decrepit reactors by buying entire state legislatures that in turn legalize monthly electric bill increases.
Trump Quadruples Obamaâ€™s Rate of Drone Strikes
JOSEPH GIBSON – â€œTrump has taken Obamaâ€™s massive and limitless drone war and quadrupled strikesâ€”more than one a day now,â€ said Courage to Resist’s Jeff Paterson. â€œMy hope is that because itâ€™s now The Donald lawlessly murdering people with flying robots, folks will begin to realize how insane this â€˜less interventionistâ€™ policy is. Aside from being a terrorist recruiting tool, itâ€™s morally unjustifiable. We need to resist, and support those with the courage to do so.â€
Trump’s Climate Demands Roil U.S. Allies
ANDREW RESTUCCIA – President Donald Trumpâ€™s abrupt turnaround on U.S. climate policy is fueling tension with several of Americaâ€™s closest allies, which are resisting the administrationâ€™s demands that they support a bigger role for nuclear power and fossil fuels in the worldâ€™s energy supply.
The Democratic Partyâ€™s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia
NORMAN SOLOMON – After Hillary Clintonâ€™s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the partyâ€™s progressive base — personified by Bernie Sanders — was in position to start flipping over the corporate game board. Aligned with Clinton, the elites of the Democratic Party needed to change the subject.
The Potential of an “Oregon Climate Test”
ERIC DE PLACE – After a string of successes defending the Northwest from ill-conceived dirty energy projects, the thin green lineâ€”the Northwestâ€™s opposition movement to coal, oil, and gas exportsâ€”is starting to play offense. Local governments around the region are already updating land use laws to protect their communities from the depredations of fossil fuel infrastructure schemes.
Keep Your Eye on Trump’s Main Agenda
PETER BERGEL – Not so fast, fellow progressives! Weâ€™ve underestimated Donald Trump a couple of times now. Letâ€™s not do it again. He may be all the things we think he is â€“ racist, xenophobic, narcissistic, homophobic, anti-Muslim, power-mad. At the same time, though, heâ€™s also getting away with a deadly distraction game â€“ one which threatens life on this planet. If you think heâ€™s dumb, think again.
Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon
NEWS RELEASE – As news outlets continue to report on whether embattled White House chief strategist and white nationalist Stephen Bannon will continue serving in the administration, 23 diverse civil rights groups are reminding the Trump Administration that governing through Bannonâ€™s divisive and hateful campaign style is out of step with the country.
Intelligence Professionals: Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation
VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY – More than two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia.
â€œTheyâ€™ll Never Learnâ€ Department: Trump and North Korea
MEL GURTOV – As Donald Trump prepared to meet Xi Jinping, his administration was going down the old road of believing it can pressure China to solve the North Korea nuclear weapons problemâ€”or face a US-initiated trade war.
First Right to Climate Law Adopted in Colorado
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND – Lafayette, CO, recently adopted the first law in Colorado recognizing the right to a healthy climate for people and nature, and banned the extraction of oil and gas as a violation of that right. CELDF assisted the community in drafting the measure.
Trump Succumbs To Bush/Obama Perpetual War
ANN WRIGHT – President Trump is becoming the third post-9/11 president to prosecute bloody conflicts in the Mideast and impose mass surveillance at home, with no end in sight.
U.S. Out of Korea
DAVID SWANSON – My biggest concern is not the embarrassment of a U.S. public afraid of the tiny impoverished nation of North Korea. If that embarrassed me, how would I survive what U.S. culture makes of ISIS, or — for that matter — the election of Donald Trump? My biggest concern is that U.S. war profiteers may end up using Korea to get us all killed.
Trump’s Budget Assault on the Environment
HARVEY WASSERMAN – Donald Trumpâ€™s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clearâ€”and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer.
Leaked NAFTA Plan Another Gift to Corporations
ARTHUR STAMOULIS – The Trump administrationâ€™s leaked plan to â€œtweakâ€ the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) confirms one of our worst fears: that President Trump is poised to let big corporations dictate how NAFTA is rewritten.
Trump’s Coal Mining Promise Can’t Be Fulfilled
JAMES HAUGHT – Even if Trump wipes out federal pollution and safety controls, I doubt that it will â€œget . . . miners back to work.â€ They would stand a better chance if Trump shifted enough federal funds to training for jobs of the future instead of easy but hollow promises that he canâ€™t possibly keep.