Why Trump and his followers don’t mind him killing their children Wednesday, Jun 19 2019 

If the above headline seems overwrought, read the following, and then you decide:

Following Trump pledge, EPA rolls back coal rules
Chicago Tribune, 6/19/19
By Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press

The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution.

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Coal is the dirtiest energy source

Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said coal-fired power plants remained essential to the power grid, something that opponents deny. “Americans want reliable energy that they can afford.”

President Donald Trump campaigned partly on a pledge to bring back the coal industry, which has been hit hard by competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy. Environmental groups pledge court challenges.

“The Trump administration’s outrageous Dirty Power Scam is a stunning giveaway to big polluters, giving dirty special interests the greenlight to choke our skies, poison our waters and worsen the climate crisis,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Joseph Goffman, an EPA official under President Barack Obama, said he feared that the Trump administration was trying to set a legal precedent that the Clean Air Act gives the federal government “next to no authority to do anything” about climate-changing emissions from the country’s power grid.

The Obama rule, adopted in 2015, sought to reshape the country’s power system by encouraging utilities to rely less on dirtier-burning coal-fired power plants and more on electricity from natural gas, solar, wind and other lower or no-carbon sources.

The new Trump rule eliminates the Obama EPA’s targets that would have required states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

Of course, Trump’s climate change deniers will tell you that:

  • CO2 is not a greenhouse gas, or
  • CO2 is a greenhouse gas, but not enough to cause climate change, or
  • CO2 is a greenhouse gas, but it helps plants grow, which remove CO2, or
  • CO2 increases and decreases naturally, or
  • Climate change is a good thing, because everyone likes warm weather or
  • Climate change is a Chinese hoax, or
  • Whatever other nonsense Trump can dream up to get the vote of coal miners (who now represent only .0012 of the total U.S. labor force) and the contributions of coal mining companies.

Here is what National Geographic tells you:

Effects of global warming
The signs of global warming are everywhere, and are more complex than just climbing temperatures.

Climate change encompasses not only rising average temperatures but also extreme weather events, shifting wildlife populations and habitats, rising seas, and a range of other impacts.

All of these changes are emerging as humans continue to add heat-trapping greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere:

  • Ice is melting worldwide, especially at the Earth’s poles.
  • Much of this melting ice contributes to sea-level rise. Global sea levels are rising 0.13 inches a year, and is occurring at a faster rate in recent years.
  • Rising temperatures are affecting wildlife and their habitats.
  • Rain and snowfall have increased across the globe. Yet some regions are experiencing more severe drought, increasing the risk of wildfires, lost crops, and drinking water shortages.
  • Some species—including mosquitoes, ticks, jellyfish, and crop pests—are thriving. Booming populations of bark beetles that feed on spruce and pine trees, for example, have devastated millions of forested acres in the U.S.

Other effects could take place later this century if warming continues. These include:

  • Hurricanes and other storms are likely to become stronger and more frequent.
  • Large parts of the U.S., for example, face a higher risk of decades-long “megadroughts” by 2100.
  • Less freshwater will be available since glaciers store about 3/4 of the world’s fresh water.
  • Some diseases will spread, such as mosquito-borne malaria and the 2016 resurgence of the Zika virus.
  • Ecosystems will continue to change: Some species will move farther north or won’t be able to adapt and could become extinct.

This is the world Trump and the GOP are creating for your children. He and his followers don’t seem to care about your children– or presumably even theirs.

But it gets even worse:

Union of Concerned Scientists

Coal and Air Pollution
Air pollution from coal-fired power plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems, acid rain, global warming, and other severe environmental and public health impacts

Some of the ways Trump is killing your kids (but he, his followers and the GOP don’t care):

Science Direct 

Human health and environmental impacts of coal combustion and post-combustion wastes

The burning of coal leads to the emission of poisonous gases with underlying health impacts and environmental problems.

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“Daddy, why am I sick?”

In coal combustion, the carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen react with oxygen and produce their respective oxides: carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and sulfur trioxide (SO3), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO), respectively.

The emission of these gases has been correlated with many health problems directly and indirectly, including skin, cardiovascular, brain, blood and lung diseases, and different cancers.

For example, CO enters into the bloodstream and reacts with hemoglobin and reduces the formation of oxy-hemoglobin complex by decreasing its ability for O2 transformation

Hence, the CO can alter biological functions at the cellular level and cause many abnormalities including slow reflexes, and coagulation confusion or disorders.

The CO2 emission from coal combustion, during power generation, also leads to the interaction of CO2 with particulate matter (PM 2.5), which thereby changes the air quality and leads to increased asthma attacks and other respiratory and cardiovascular diseases with underlying poor life expectancy rates.

Inhaling particulate matters may cause some dangerous diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

The sulfur, in coal, oxidizes upon combustion and pollutes the air, water, and land by releasing SOx (SO2, SO3, SO32- and H2SO4).

The formation of the poisonous SO2 gas, a major pollutant in air, may accelerate the rate of diseases and decrease life expectancy.

In addition to SO2, other SOx like sulfate (SO32-) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4), damages the environment in the form of acid rain.

High exposure to SO2 causes suffocation, wheezing, coughing, and reductions in lung function by affecting mucous and cellular mucins.

SO2 gas also damages nearby flora and crops, leading to leaf injury, affecting plant growth and reducing the diversity of plant species

Moreover, acid rain (H2SO4), a hydrated product of SO3, potentially damages skin cells, destroys building material, and pervasively affects vegetation and food chain by contaminating the flora and fauna through the leaching of heavy metals.

Nitric oxide (NO2), another major pollutant with highly corrosive properties and a strong oxidizing ability, is formed as a result of coal combustion in power plants and contaminates the air.

NO2 forms the most important part of acid rain, as nitrous acid HNO2 and nitric acid HNO3, which causes a large number of skin diseases.

The entrance of SOx and NOx air pollutants into the bloodstream and cells destabilizes normal heartbeats (rhythms) and culminates in heart attacks and other heart related problems.

In addition, high levels of NO2 in the air causes a reduction in the pulmonary function in humans, asthma attacks and genetic mutations.

The ozone gas formed as a result of NO2 reaction with the volatile organic compounds in the air causes ozone-related asthma exacerbations in infants.

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–I wasn’t born like this.

Particulate matter increases the concentration of free radical based reactive oxygen species (ROS) and contributes to DNA mutation, and damage of protein and lipids which may constitutively activate membrane proteins which leads to the development of some serious diseases, including lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases and reproductive disorders. T

The interaction of PM with DNA leads to the formation of DNA adducts impairing neurodevelopment, intelligence quotient (IQ) levels and intelligence in children.

So there it is folks.  Trump and the GOP are killing America’s children (and you), just so he can gather a few votes and stay in power. It’s that simple.

Do you care? Are you happy to put their lives into the hands of Donald Trump and the GOP?

Make your choice and let your voice be heard.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
Search #monetarysovereigntyFacebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Climate change: Two articles. Friday, Dec 7 2018 

Here are excerpts from two recent articles about climate change, presented without comment, as no comment is necessary:

‘It’s happening, it’s now,’ says U.S. government report on climate change
Nov 23, 2018 6:50 PM EST

On Friday, the federal government released its most dramatic report yet on the effects of climate change.

According to scientists, the country is already experiencing serious consequences from rising global temperatures, including more frequent and severe storms, fires and flooding. John Yang talks to Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University.

The government issued its most dramatic report yet about climate change today, and it came with a dire warning.

Scientists said the country is already reeling — feeling major effects of climate change and it has already cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars.

The report, which was issued by 13 federal agencies, also highlights how climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the future of the economy.

The report links extreme events like Hurricanes Maria and Harvey and longer, more intense, more frequent wildfire seasons.

And scientists say there’s more to come. The continental United States is already 1.8 degrees warmer than it was a century ago, and the temperature may rise by another 2.3 degrees by 2050.

Unless more is done, the risks and impact of climate change are expected to shrink the U.S. economy 10 percent by century’s end.

And then came this:

Trump’s EPA Plans To Ease Carbon Emissions Rule For New Coal Plants
December 6, 20184:22 PM ET

President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency plans to reverse a 2015 Obama administration requirement that new coal-fired power plants have expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, announced Thursday.

Wheeler said the Trump administration was removing “unfair burdens” on energy providers to “keep energy prices affordable and encourage new investments in cutting-edge technology that can then be exported around the world.”

Environmentalists criticized the move, which came as leaders from 200 countries meet in Poland to discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said the administration was trying to push its “backwards and false narrative about reviving coal at the expense of science, public safety, and reality.”

Note to Trump followers:  The rich want profits today. They don’t give a damn about your children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

So just keep on voting for stupid. Why worry about tomorrow.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Why does Trump get away with THIS? Saturday, Nov 24 2018 

In the previous post, we answered the question, “Why does Trump get away with lying?”

The answer, in short, is: His followers want to be lied to.

But why does Trump get away with THIS:

Trump-Appointed Judge Hands Donald Trump Bad News In Robert Mueller Russia Case, Rules ‘Collusion’ Is A Crime

In addition to his frequently repeated assertion that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has also followed the lead of his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claiming that even if Russian collusion did exist, “collusion is not a crime.”

Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled that merely collaborating with a foreign entity in a “conspiracy to defraud the United States” violates federal law — even if none of the acts by either party are themselves crimes.

And this:

Judge allows lawsuit against Trump Foundation to proceed, rejects Trump claim that he can’t be sued
The lawsuit accuses the president of misusing his charitable foundation for his own personal and political purposes.

New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed the action against the president, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump earlier this year, charging that they had engaged in “extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for nonprofit foundations.”

Underwood said, “the Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.” 

The suit charges that foundation funds were used to pay off Trump-owned companies’ legal obligations, including a $100,000 payment to a charity that was mandated in the settlement of a lawsuit.

Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla noted that a judge in a different case had already ruled earlier this year that Trump is not immune to civil actions “related purely to unofficial conduct because he is President of the the United States.”

Colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election and stealing from your own charitable foundation. What next for Trump?

Major Trump administration climate report says damage is ‘intensifying across the country’
Scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is already affecting the United States — and that it is going to be very expensive.

The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening.

Numerous federal agencies say they are more certain than ever that climate change poses a severe threat to Americans’ health and pocketbooks, as well as to the country’s infrastructure and natural resources.

The report’s sense of urgency and alarm stands in stark contrast to the lack of any apparent plan from President Trump to tackle the problems, which, according to the government he runs, are increasingly dire.

The Trump administration has rolled back several Obama-era environmental regulations and incentivized the production of fossil fuels.

Trump also has said he plans to withdraw the nation from the Paris climate accord and questioned the science of climate change just last month, “I don’t know that it’s man-made” and that the warming trend “could very well go back.”

As the Northeast faced a cold spell this week, Trump tweted, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?”

This shows a misunderstanding that climate scientists have repeatedly tried to correct — a confusion between daily weather fluctuations and long-term climate trends.

The administration last year downplayed a separate government report calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, saying in a statement that “the climate has changed and is always changing.”

And those who face the most suffering? Society’s most vulnerable, including “lower-income and other marginalized communities,”researchers found.

O.K.: Colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election,  and stealing from your own charitable foundation, and fiddling while the world burns. What next for Trump?

Trump suggests ‘vicious world’ should be blamed for Khashoggi murder while disputing Saudi responsibility

Donald Trump has suggested, “maybe the world” should be held accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as he doubled down on his insistence the CIA had not concluded Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing. 

The president again denied the country’s pre-eminent intelligence agency believed the powerful Mohammed bin Salman was behind last month’s murder.

“They did not come to a conclusion. They have feelings, certain ways, but I have the report. They have not concluded. Nobody’s concluded. I don’t know if anyone could conclude that the crown prince did it.”

Mr Trump spoke after the Washington Postreported last week the CIA had concluded the crown prince ordered the assassination of journalist the 59-year-old journalist.

Of course, defending such murderous dictators as Putin, Kim, and Duterte is typical for Trump.

He reserves his criticisms for people like Admiral William McRaven, the former commander of U.S. Special Operations, who captured bin Laden, and for France’s Emmanuel Macron and for other allied leaders, and for any judge who disagrees with him. 

(Chief Justice John Roberts who issued a rare rebuke Wednesday after President Donald Trump told reporters that he wanted to file a complaint against the “Obama judge” who ruled against his migrant asylum policy.after Trump criticizes ‘Obama judge.’)

So, we have the President of the United States accused of colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election, stealing from his own charitable foundation, fiddling while the world burns, and defending a murderer (for personal, financial reasons) and criticizing an American war hero.

And that’s just in the past few days.

Now, he has topped it off with:

Trump says he is most thankful for himself on Thanksgiving after extraordinary call with US troops in Middle East

How does he get away with it all, day after day, week afteImage result for see no evilr week? We are reminded of the quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Apparently, Trump’s followers fall into that “some of the people” category — people who can be fooled all the time.

Fortunately, they are in a declining minority. Now, let us pray we can limit the damage to America and the world for the next two years.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

Concern about a fetus; no concern about the entire human race? Friday, Oct 5 2018 

What if I told you of a deadly disease that will kill more and more people every year?  Yes, it’s true.

Though your government previously denied the disease even existed (they called it a “hoax”), now your government, in a stunning political reversal, not only admits the disease exists but predicts that within a hundred years, the disease will kill most, if not all, of the people on earth.

And what if you learned that your government will do nothing about this disease because the leaders believe our fate is sealed. They say, no matter what we do, our descendants will die from this disease?

Because they say humanity is doomed, the government will make no further efforts to stop the disease. Rather than “waste” any more money, the government will cut back on research, and not even try to reduce the spread of the disease.

Most medical doctors and researchers think the government should keep trying. No one knows what future technological advances could emerge from research, and meanwhile, we should try to protect as many people as possible.

Do you agree with the government or with the doctors?

I ask because we actually are living that scenario – a predicted end of the world and a government unwilling to do anything about it.

The disease is called, “global warming.”Image result for heat and drought

Chicago Tribune, 10/5/18
As global temps rise, calls to action fall
Trump administration notes 7-degree rise by 2100 but thinks planet’s fate already sealed
By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement released in August, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm 7 degrees by the end of this century.

A rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit compared with pre-industrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists.

Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe.

But the administration did not offer this dire forecast as part of an argument to combat climate change. Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.

The draft statement, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was written to justify President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020.

While the proposal would increase greenhouse gas emissions, the impact statement says, that policy would add just a very small drop to a very big, hot bucket.

“The amazing thing they’re saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it,” said Michael MacCracken, who served as a senior scientist at the U.S. Global Change Research Program from 1993 to 2002.

The world would have to make deep cuts in carbon emissions to avoid this drastic warming, the analysis states.Image result for heat and drought

And that “would require substantial increases in technology innovation and adoption compared to today’s levels and would require the economy and the vehicle fleet to move away from the use of fossil fuels, which is not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

The key words are, “substantial increases in technology innovation” and “not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

We humans can take one of two directions. We can say:

  1. Humanity is going to die, and there’s nothing we can do about it, so don’t we won’t even try to save ourselves. We’ll just let it happen, or
  2. We will not surrender. We’ll do whatever it takes to save the world for our future generations.

The Trump administration has chosen course #1. To increase short-term profits for the automobile and oil industries, the government will do nothing to prevent the eradication of the human species.

Trump has vowed to exit the Paris climate accord and called climate change a hoax.

In the past two months, the White House has pushed to dismantle nearly six major rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, deregulatory moves intended to save companies hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trump claims that climate change is a Chinese hoax while simultaneously claiming climate change not only exists but is unstoppable.

The only people not confused by this are Trump’s blind-loyal acolytes who will follow him over a cliff because their love for him exceeds their love for their own children and grandchildren.

If enacted, the administration’s proposals would give new life to aging coal plants; allow oil and gas operations to release more methane into the atmosphere; and prevent new curbs on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air-conditioning units.

The vehicle rule alone would put 8 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this century, more than a year’s worth of total U.S. emissions, according to the government’s own analysis.

Despite Trump’s skepticism, federal agencies conducting scientific research have often reaffirmed that humans are causing climate change, including in a major 2017 report that found “no convincing alternative explanation.”

In one internal White House memo, officials wondered whether it would be best to simply “ignore” such analyses.

Essentially, Trump tells you that nothing should be done; on the contrary, we should increase CO2 and methane to bolster corporate profits, because we don’t know how to prevent humanity from dying in a hundred years anyway.

Remember the words “not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

Here are some of the things that were not “currently or economically feasible” in the past hundred years: Electronic computers, jet planes, the internet, smartphones, Voice recognition, digital cameras. television, microwave ovens, space travel, organ transplants, Global Positioning System (GPS), LED bulbs, 3D printers, kidney dialysis machines, pacemakers, lithium batteries, DVDs, the atomic bomb, CRISPR technique for gene splicing.

More than a hundred years ago, few people could have foreseen these developments. Today, Trump and his followers cannot foresee a solution to global warming, so they wish to stop trying, and allow the world to end.Image result for heat and drought and children

This is the tradeoff: The future of humanity vs. the profits of the auto and oil businesses. Predictably, Donald Trump made the ghastly decision to favor profits over life.

The GOP, which claims to be concerned about the future of a fetus, seems to have no concern about the survival of the entire human race.

Considering Trump’s and the GOP’s many other failings, facilitating the end of the world seems to be part of the pattern.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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