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The Trump administration has never been particularly tethered to reality. That fact showed itself again when Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt took to Sunday morning talk shows to spread bizarrely false information about the president’s choice to exit the Paris climate accord and the coal industry.

Pruitt’s biggest fib seems to be centered on coal jobs, stating on several programs that there were 50,000 new coal jobs created since Trump took office. The interesting thing about that claim is how little data there is to back it up. And by little, I mean no data. At all.

We do have numbers on actual new coal jobs though. The S&P Global Market Intelligence report, citing data from U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administrations, indicates about 586 new jobs in the coal industry.

Pruitt may have gotten his wires crossed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 51,000 jobs in the coal industry all together. But lies and half-truths like this have become a common occurrence for Trump’s embattled administration.


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Many in the media have spent the past few weeks speculating wildly about whether or not Trump would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Mayors and governors around the country, like most of us, knew what the likely answer was.

Minutes after President Trump’s announcement on Thursday, 70 mayors and several states announced a coalition to fight the White House’s decision and assume the role of global leadership in light of our weak and seemingly leaderless executive branch.

Governor Jerry Brown of California had perhaps the sharpest rebuttal, calling it an “insane course of action,” and declaring himself, and his state, “ready for battle.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Inslee of Washington announced with Governor Brown the creation of the United States Climate Alliance.

According to the governors, it’s a “a coalition that will convene US states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.”

This newly formed alliance may be all that stands between a healthy future for our children and grandchildren and the isolationist lunatic elected to the highest office in the nation. But the question on my mind and the minds of millions of others is: will it be enough?

Only time will tell.


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Coal is a dying form of energy. The writing has been on the wall for years. It’s not lost on me that thousands of families rely on jobs in the coal industry to make ends meet, but when Trump tells you that he’s going to save coal, he’s lying.

According to a report by Greenpeace, new coal power plants being built around the world dropped by two-thirds last year in comparison to 2015.

This report comes as a shock to some who knew of a decline but not this steep of one. China and India accounted for a large chunk of the declining investments, but the United States played a role as well.

The death of coal is not coming as a result of bad government policy. Coal’s is dying at the hands of the free market. Natural gas and renewable energy are simply cheaper, and more and more, the market craves cheap clean energy.

“Markets are demanding clean energy, and no amount of rhetoric from Donald Trump will be able to stop the fall of coal in the US and across the globe,” says Nicole Ghio, a senior campaigner at the Sierra Club.


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For 25 years now, the Energy Star program has given homeowners an easy insight into energy efficient products, from computers to toasters to ovens. Many homeowners seek out the blue logo to help save big bucks on the energy cost of their appliances.

But Trump, who I guess loves the idea of you paying more for operating your appliances, is set to gut the program’s already fairly limited operational budget.

Donald Trump is obsessed with blowing up the size of the U.S. military’s budget another $54 billion, but has to justify paying for it somehow. The $57 million budget for Energy Star is a part of his absurd, terrifying military buildup.

In total, Energy Star has saved $430 billion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 2.7 billion tons, according to estimates in 2015.

Energy Star gives consumers a chance to make an educated, environmentally friendlier choice. Donald Trump doesn’t give a shit about you or the environment. Period.


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department is pursuing “responsible policies” for the enforcement of federal laws in marijuana-legal states.

“Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think,” Sessions said in a meeting with reporters. He added that his department was reviewing the Obama administration’s memos that gave flexibility to states that had legalized marijuana through popular votes.

Of course, Sessions didn’t say what exactly he was doing, emblematic of a White House big on ideas and short on plans. NORML’s Executive Director, Erik Altieri, had a lot to say about Sessions’ violence claims. In a statement, Altieri said:

“Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is associated with lowered youth use rates and access, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working as voters have intended and that the new US Attorney General’s opinions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false.”

States have begun to brace for clashes with the federal government. Oregon Governor Kate Brown defended her state’s reputation.

The Oregon recreational marijuana industry is well regulated and focused on ensuring safety and education,” she said in a statement. “In my meetings with administration officials over this past weekend in Washington DC, I was told over and over again they want to give more flexibility to the states.”

“The recreational marijuana industry is a great opportunity to build a nascent industry that could create good-paying jobs across Oregon. We should be focused on growing our economy and Oregon is dependent on the flexibility to do so.”


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Even after a deal was brokered with the EPA to keep it running through 2044, the owners of the Navajo Generating Station, the 7th largest carbon polluter in the U.S., have decided to shut it down.

The station, which is located near Page, Arizona, pumps out 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, but that’s not the reason it’s being closed down. At the core of the issue is money: cheap natural gas has made it so the NGS is just not viable anymore.

Even though there are clear negative effects on the health of the Navajo who live near it, the Navajo and Hopi tribes are bothered by the loss of revenue from the plant’s closure. The tribes are hoping that President Trump, an advocate for coal, will step in and intervene.

But even if the president did want to help, it would only delay the inevitable. No amount of money or deregulation can save coal at this point. It’s dying at the hands of the free market, and that’s okay.

While the plant is closing down, the infrastructure exists in the reservation for new electrical generation plants. The area is prime real estate for solar and wind power in particular. My hope is that the NGS will be replaced by cleaner power generation.


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Last week, the Trump administration alarmed marijuana advocates when Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, declared that the Trump administration would likely pursue greater federal enforcement against states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

At another press conference, Spicer said that marijuana was to blame for the opiate epidemic, signaling that the White House is unwilling to listen to facts regarding the plant’s use.

But numerous times throughout the campaign, Donald Trump said he’d leave marijuana alone.

“I wouldn’t do that [using federal authority to shut down recreational marijuana], no … I wouldn’t do that … I think it’s up to the states, yeah. I’m a states person. I think it should be up to the states, absolutely,” Trump said in an interview with KUSA-TV, a station in Colorado.

In Nevada, another state which legalized marijuana in November, Trump had more to say on the issue.

This leads me to believe that in a pretty profound way, Trump is not in charge of his own White House. His cabinet, many of whom are viciously anti-marijuana, appear to be calling the shots now. Why else would he flip on an issue he had deep opinions about?


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Since assuming office, President Trump has had regulations in his crosshairs. Today, Trump announced that he will instruct the EPA to “review and reconsider” the Waters of the United States rule.

Said rule makes it harder for the Army Corps of Engineers to drain wetlands and small streams for development and agricultural interests.

The executive order has not yet been signed, but the directive will impact about 30 states and numerous big business interests that have been vocal critics of the rule. But advocates argue that the rule is crucial.

“Without the Clean Water Rule’s critical protections, innumerable small streams and wetlands that are essential for drinking water supplies, flood protection, and fish and wildlife habitat will be vulnerable to unregulated pollution, dredging and filling,” said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers.

But the agriculture industry is welcoming it, if a bit cautiously.

“We welcome this action, but realise a lot of work lies ahead to secure a policy that works in a fair and transparent manner,” said Mace Thornton, spokesman for the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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The Trump administration is expected to come out with a plan to cut a quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, causing layoffs for about 20% of the agency.

The proposed cuts would remove about $2 billion from current spending and about 3,000 employees.

The White House has been laying out its plan for federal agencies as well as the budget as a whole, announcing a plan to add more than $50 billion to the defense budget and cutting domestic discretionary spending, like the safety net, by about the same amount.

Ultimately, congress is responsible for making the budget, but they will doubtless be looking to the White House for guidance. Democrats are gearing up to oppose it as furiously as possible, but without a majority in either legislative chamber, it will likely be futile.

These cuts will give us an EPA with fewer resources than at any time since Reagan was president. Their ability to enforce regulations that keep our air and water clean will be severely hindered. When it comes time to vote in 2018 and 2020, don’t forget this.


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After widespread outrage over an absurd anti-protesting bill, Arizona’s house speaker said today he will not hear a bill that would have allowed police to arrested protesters and seize assets of organizers.

Speaker J.D. Mesnard said that it was the attention the bill got that led to its removal.

“It’s gotten a lot of attention, and frankly whether it’s fair or unfair, whether its accurate or inaccurate, at this point doesn’t matter,” he told the AP.

“That’s certainly not what the Legislature wants to be about — I know that’s not what the sponsor wanted in the first place. The best way to send a very clear signal that we’re not doing it is to not move the bill.”

The bill in question would have given authority to the police to arrest protesters that they thought were likely to become violent and to arrest and seize the assets of the organizers of protests if said protests turned violent, even if they weren’t in attendance.


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