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In the rare moment that President Trump isn’t being a dangerous, unhinged menace to the planet, the man is downright pathetic. If he isn’t weeping sad rich guy tears for his popular vote loss, he’s weeping sad rich guy tears for his shitty inauguration day turnout.

Last week, Trump took to Twitter to call on his supporters to rally for him across the country. Trump’s most dedicated fans took his words to heart and started organizing. Then pretty much no one showed up.

Trump predicted that if his supporters rallied publicly, it’d be the biggest rally of all! Sadly, that’s not quite how it shook out, even though Breitbart said the events would be “massive.”

In Raleigh, North Carolina, maybe a couple dozen showed up to show their support. Judging by photos posted to Twitter, the Atlanta rally probably had about 50 people.

St. Augustine, Florida had a much more considerable turnout of about 100 people according to one person in attendance.

In Denver, the capitol city of a state Trump lost, a whopping 200 people took to the streets to support him, according to a local photographer who attended to document the rally

Something tells me this is going to be a long four years.


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To Bill Nye and Bernie Sanders, ending climate change isn’t just about saving the planet: it’s a huge jobs creator too. That’s the opening point that Nye made in today’s live chat with Bernie Sanders on climate change.

As of this writing, the video has been viewed 2.4 million times and has received more than 65,000 shares.

Sanders, a former presidential candidate, has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump on a number of issues, including climate change.

“We have a president of the United States who thinks that climate change is a ‘hoax’ emanating from China,” Sanders said in his opening remarks. “We have a new administrator of the EPA—somebody who I strongly opposed—who is in the process of dismembering environmental protection regulations in this country.”


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Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, defending Trump’s disastrous border wall idea by suggesting that illegal immigrants and drug cartels could smuggle nuclear weapons into the country by hiding them in bales of weed.

Rep. Franks sounded off on the issue while discussing the wall with CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

“The reality, Brianna, is that we have to measure all of the costs, ancillary and otherwise, and make the best decision that we can. But I can suggest to you that there are national security implications here for a porous border,” Rep. Franks told Keilar.

“We sometimes used to make the point that if someone wanted to smuggle in a dangerous weapon, even a nuclear weapon, into America, how would they do it? And the suggestion was made, ‘Well, we’ll simply hide it in a bale of marijuana.’”

Right…


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September 10, 2012- REC Solar employees Brian Webster, left and Mario Richard, right, install PV modules on a Englewood, Colorado home participating in the Solar Benefits Colorado program. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

It’s no secret that the coal industry is a dying one. A large part of why it’s dying is because, currently, natural gas is a cheaper source of energy. As solar power has gotten cheaper, the industry has grown and with it, new jobs have been created.

The solar industry is growing jobs almost 17 times faster than the economy as a whole. More than twice as many people work in the solar industry than the coal industry according to a survey by the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit org.

Some politicians are trying to revive the dying coal industry, but last year alone, 40 coal plants were shuttered and none were built. The solar industry, however, added 14,000 megawatts of new power generation.

It may seem like a lot, but solar still only accounts for about 1% of the country’s total power generation. That means there’s a lot of room for the industry to grow and a lot of potential jobs.

Despite Trump’s opposition, solar power will likely grow from its current 39,000 megawatts of installed power to 100,000 by 2021. Of course, progressive policy can help grow the industry even faster, but what’s becoming clear is that the industry will grow regardless of what state and federal governments decide to do.

It’s a popular form of energy too. The survey found that 83% of Republicans and 97% of Democrats want to see more solar installed. The future is looking bright!


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The Trump administration, in their never-ending quest to ruin everything we hold dear, has imperiled the chances of the first bee to be classified as endangered in the U.S.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is stepping in and suing Trump for delaying action on protecting the bee. An executive order signed last month issued a 60-day halt on new regulations which stopped protection measures from going into effect.

“Without valid explanation, opportunity for public input, or other legally required process [the Fish and Wildlife Service] is denying the bee the essential protections of the law,” the complaint said.

The rusty patched bumble bee was once found in 28 states, but due to loss of wild prairies and exposure to pesticides as well as the impacts of climate change, the bee’s future is uncertain.

If you’d like to help, you can get involved by donating to the NRDC. They need all the funds they can get.


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Federal agencies on Monday will be instructed by the Trump White house to put together a budget for the coming year. The budget will consist of massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency as well as social safety programs. Senior entitlements won’t be touched.

So where’s all the money from the cuts going? Straight to the Defense Department. Trump wants for a sharp increase in defense spending to be a top priority for his budget.

Of course, the president does not create the budget, the legislative branch is responsible for this. Congressional Republicans will likely alter the president’s budget considerably. Democrats are sure to obstruct as much as they can, but with a majority in neither legislative chamber, they aren’t likely to get far.

This sudden urgency on the budget is Trump’s most recent attempt at hitting the “reset” button after his disastrous first 40 days in the White House. His approval ratings are in the toilet, people are unnerved by his apparent connections to Russia, and worst of all, he’s accomplished nothing but a series of half-successful executive orders.

His critics are not hesitant to sound off.

“This man is not a doer,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, who will host a Monday “pre-buttal” of Mr. Trump’s Tuesday speech. “Oh, please. He has nothing to show for what he’s been doing in office for 40 days. It’s all been squandered.”


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Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the president was strongly considering a significant crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Whether or not that happens is anyone’s guess. The president is a dangerous, unpredictable lunatic who often says one thing, does another, and then says the first thing again in a 2am tweet. It’s hard to gauge what Trump is going to do next.

What isn’t so hard to predict is the trajectory of the cannabis industry. According to a report from New Frontier Data, there will be 250,000 legal cannabis-related jobs by 2020, outpacing the expected jobs number for manufacturing.

Last year, the legal cannabis market was estimated to be worth about $7.2 billion. It’s expected to grow by a rate of 17% annually, with recreational sales growing from $2.6 billion last year to more than $11 billion in 2020.

That growth, of course, is if Trump doesn’t start enforcing archaic, faulty federal laws on states that have decided to go a different direction.


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One of the numerous bizarre, unattainable things that Trump ran on during the presidential campaign was saving coal, a dirty and dying form of energy production.

But while Trump chases coal down the drain, states are doubling down on renewable energy, which creates more jobs than every type of fossil fuel combined.

In California, Senate leader Kevin de León introduced a bill that would make the state’s grid carbon-free by 2045 and to hit 50% renewable energy by 2025.

In Massachusetts, legislators have introduced two bills to promote renewable energy, HD.3357 and SD.1932. They would require the state get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035 and 100% of energy needs, be it heating or transportation, by 2050.

Hawai’i also has an aggressive standard enacted back in 2015 mandating 100% renewable energy by 2045.

A bill introduced in Nevada also sets a fairly rigorous standard of 80% renewable energy by 2040. Their current goal is 22% by 2040.

So while Trump digs coal, the states are being realistic and implementing renewable energy. Let’s see who wins this contest.


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The EPA’s newly installed head, Scott Pruitt, said on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump will begin to roll back Obama-era environmental protection rules in an “aggressive way” beginning possibly next week.

“I think there are some regulations that in the near-term need to be rolled back in a very aggressive way. And I think maybe next week you may be hearing about some of those,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said at the Conservative Political Action summit.

Pruitt also stated that by focusing on climate change, the EPA was costing jobs and preventing growth. He says the agency’s public image is damaged.

“I think its justified,” he said. “I think people across this country look at the EPA much like they look at the IRS. I hope to be able to change that.”

But Pruitt, like Trump, insists that removing these regulations won’t harm air and water quality. Of course, this is laughably false, but the madman in the White House is set to move hard on these rules. Get ready.


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At some point, whether you’re Donald Trump or some lowly Florida congressman like Matt Gaetz, you have to learn the hard lesson that being an elected official isn’t all fun and games. Gaetz has learned this the very very hard way.

Last month, the freshman congressman introduced a piece of legislation to the house with but a single line of text:

The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.

Hey, at least he made it easy to understand, right? Maybe a little too easy. At his first town hall with his own constituents, he was absolutely skewered for this shortsighted piece of legislation.

“My bill doesn’t eliminate [the EPA] right away, but sunsets the agency by 2018,” Gaetz told the crowd. “I want to keep the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act… take the power out of Washington and back into the states.”

But judging by the number of people who came to protest at his town hall his constituents aren’t into the idea.


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