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Aron Cramer: Climate Change Denial Isn't Politically Sustainable For The GOP 23.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"It's the environment, stupid." That might be how  Aron Cramer , the president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, would sum up the problems facing future Republicans.  In an interview with The Huffington Post at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, Cramer predicted Republican candidates will soon have a difficult time campaigning on a platform that denies climate change. "Over the long run, and soon in the short run, it’s not going to be viable politically to be seen as anti-science," he explained. "All the polling shows that rising generations in particular reject that kind of thinking ... it's seen as anti-modern." I don’t think you can win politically by clinging to these ideas that simply don’t add up Cramer noted establishment Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Newt Gingrich used to acknowledge the importance of addressing climate change. Though they have quieted down lately, he envisions a GOP turnaround. "I think the Republican party will re-join the global ...
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Sarah Palin Tries (And Fails) To Mock Tina Fey In '30 Rock' Spoof 22.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin has every right to poke fun at Tina Fey after years of watching the "Saturday Night Live" star  impersonate her.  But the least she could do was make it funny.  In a spoof of Fey's long-running comedy "30 Rock" named "31 Rock," Palin plays Lynn Melon, a conservative Liz Lemon knockoff who struggles to manage her television writers' room.  Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who apparently owed Palin huge favors, as well as original "30 Rock" cast member Kevin Brown (why Dot Com why?!) all make cameos in the 60-second spoof, produced by the conservative news website Independent Journal Review .  If this is some indication that Palin is trying her hand at acting, lord help us all. Watch the trailer above.    Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Wolves Safe for Now, Climate and Congress Not So Much 21.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite several threatening bills and riders from the likes of U.S. Rep, Cynthia Lummis, (R-Wyo.) and other anti-wildlife members of Congress, I'm elated that gray wolves in Wyoming, the Great Lakes region and across the lower 48 States have retained much needed protection under the Endangered Species Act. This is in no small part thanks to the hundreds of thousands of members of the public who called their congressional representatives and the White House to let them know they wanted wolf protections to stay in place and thus a victory for both wolves and democracy. It is also due to wolf champions in Congress like Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D-Ariz.), Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Mikulski, (D-MD) and Rep. Nita Lowey, (D-N.Y.). Too often, year-end political games in Congress routinely transform our federal budgeting process into a corporate wish-list where everything from endangered species to perks for the oil and gas industry are traded like so many plastic poker chips. The most egregious ...
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Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame? 7.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
EU Source: Iraq & Syria conflict situation map on 27 November 2015 After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh. In my recent meeting with Prime Minister Haider al Abadi in Baghdad, the premier clearly expressed his frustration with the division among forces arrayed against ISIS (hereafter Daesh) which is delaying the common goal of defeating the terrorists. This division relates not to the United States and Iranian competition, but to two opposing international coalitions that are not coordinating with each other, giving the terrorists vital breathing space. These Coalitions should be like two parts of a vice crushing Daesh, but it is not happening. Abadi's disappointment is not surprising. In the past month, Russia and Turkey have been on the brink of war , both accusing each other of backing the terrorists. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called ...
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House Dems Say BP Shouldn’t Get Tax Write-Off From Oil Spill Settlement 19.11.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to eliminate any chance of oil giant British Petroleum claiming a portion of a $20.8 billion settlement it has agreed to pay as a "business expense" on tax returns. BP agreed to the settlement after it was found "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill. "The 'gross negligence' that led to perhaps the worst environmental disaster in US history should not be an opportunity to game the tax code," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 53 other House members wrote Wednesday in a letter to the Department of Justice. The settlement aims to address violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act, as well as resolve claims for economic damages from affected Gulf states.  Details of the settlement have been open for public comment since it was proposed in early October. Lawmakers argue that BP could claim as much as $15.3 billion as a business expense, and reap $5.3 billion in tax relief, unless the ...
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House Dems Say BP Shouldn’t Get A Tax Write-Off On Oil Spill Settlement 19.11.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to eliminate any chance of oil giant British Petroleum claiming a portion of a $20.8 billion settlement it has agreed to pay as a "business expense" on tax returns. BP agreed to the settlement after it was found "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill. "The 'gross negligence' that led to perhaps the worst environmental disaster in US history should not be an opportunity to game the tax code," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 53 other House members wrote Wednesday in a letter to the Department of Justice. The settlement aims to address violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act, as well as resolve claims for economic damages from affected Gulf states.  Details of the settlement have been open for public comment since it was proposed in early October. Lawmakers argue that BP could claim as much as $15.3 billion as a business expense, and reap $5.3 billion in tax relief, unless the ...
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Headlines for November 5, 2015 5.11.2015 Democracy Now!
MSF Report on U.S. Bombing of Hospital: "Attack Was Conducted with Purpose to Kill", Mexico Supreme Court Opens Door to Marijuana Legalization, Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Ban Drilling on Public Land, Romania: Prime Minister Ousted Amid Growing Protests, Britain Unveils Plan for Sweeping New Surveillance Powers, PM David Cameron Says Explosive Device May Have Downed Russian Plane, Turkey: Magazine Editors Arrested over Election Cover, Egyptian Court Postpones Mubarak Trial over 2011 Killing of Protesters, Illinois: Police Officer Orchestrated "Carefully Staged Suicide", AL Court Declares 2nd Mistrial in Case of Cop who Beat Indian Man, Louisiana: 6-Year-Old Boy Dies After Officer Opens Fire on Car, Quentin Tarantino Defends His Criticism of Police Brutality, George H.W. Bush Criticizes Cheney and Rumsfeld over Response to 9/11, Report: U.S. Military Spends Millions on "Paid-For Patriotism", Protesters Call on NBC to "Dump Trump" from Saturday Night Live Spot, NYPD Arrests 50 at Rally for CUNY ...
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John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then Sold Sacred Oak Flat 28.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in orchestrating the sale of Oak Flat, an Apache holy site located in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, to foreign mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. In December 2014 , McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) added a rider onto the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the Oak Flat deal to slide through. Members of the San Carlos Apache Nation know Oak Flat as Chich’il Biłdagoteel, a site where they gather food and medicinal plants and host dances and healing ceremonies. The area was once part of the old San Carlos reservation and functioned as a prisoner-of-war camp for the Apache during their decades-long struggle against the United States and Mexico. Not far from Oak Flat is a place called " Apache Leap " where, in 1870, Apache warriors plunged over a cliff to their deaths rather than surrender to the United States cavalry. Today the ...
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A Bold New Agenda Bubbling Up from the Grassroots 28.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The media remains obsessed with Donald Trump and whom he will insult next, about Hillary Clinton's e-mails (why does the media get consumed with such excruciatingly boring and trivial stuff?), about the ups and downs of a presidential campaign more akin to a circus freak show, and now (speaking of circuses) what will happen next in the House Republican caucus. But right under the surface, there is something exciting going on, a political and policy movement bubbling up that historians may well someday look back on and call the most important development of 2015. A revitalized progressive movement is forging a new economic agenda that is energizing and mobilizing activists all over the country. Today, American Family Voices, an organization whose board I chair, is releasing a video telling the story of this agenda and the growing movement around it. Featuring Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Raul Grijalva, progressive movement leaders, and business people, ...
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Grandmaster of the Great Game 15.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In ways that have eluded Washington pundits and policymakers, President Barack Obama is deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the twenty-first century. After six years of silent, sometimes secret preparations, the Obama White House has recently unveiled some bold diplomatic initiatives whose sum is nothing less than a tri-continental strategy to check Beijing’s rise. As these moves unfold, Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters who appear every generation or two with an ability to go beyond mere foreign policy and play that ruthless global game called geopolitics. Since he took office in 2009, Obama has faced an unremitting chorus of criticism, left and right, domestic and foreign, dismissing him as hapless, even hopeless. “He's a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality," said Venezuela’s leftist president Hugo ...
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Climate Coalition Calls on President Obama to Halt Fossil Fuel Leasing on Public Lands, Oceans 15.9.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire

A coalition of more than 400 organizations and leaders will deliver a historic letter to the White House on Tuesday calling on President Obama to stop new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans in the United States.

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Snøhetta wins the sustainable building WAN Award with the Plus House Larvik 15.9.2015 TreeHugger
They got this one right.
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His Town 3.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

Last September, as Islamic State militants rampaged through Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon hosted a top-secret meeting to debate strategy. At the invitation of the Defense Policy Board, which advises the secretary of defense, a small group of foreign policy eminences, including former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, gathered in a conference room in the E-ring of the building.

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U.S. Senators, Animal Group Fight To Stop Roundup Of Wild Horses In Arizona 19.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Reuters) - An animal rights group has filed a legal challenge to a planned roundup of wild horses in Arizona, arguing the government has failed to determine whether these horses actually need to be removed. Friends of the Animals sued the U.S. Forest Service on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona after the government issued a notice at the end of July authorizing the impoundment of horses in Tonto National Forest for up to a year. Classified by the Service as "unauthorized livestock," these wild horses could be offered for sale and may end up slaughtered for meat, Friends of Animals said in their complaint. "Actions to remove wild horses from the Tonto National Forest could have a significant effect on the surrounding environment and on the many people that study, view and document the herd," the group said in its complaint, noting that wild horses have roamed the area since at least 1890. Government roundups of wild horses often spur intense opposition from animal advocates ...
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McCain's Sellout 14.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It was sad to see Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. in a recent floor speech publically shed the last vestiges of his pro-environmental maverick identity. It was an identity that reached its apex two decades ago, when he was frequently bucking his conservative-minded party and urging it to follow him into green pastures. Holding sway in the Senate chamber in late July, McCain totally capitulated to polluters as he railed against every major environmental initiative of President Obama's. The senator pledged to do everything in his power to block pending environmental rules and repeal those already in place, a far cry from his earlier stance. On McCain's hit list were administration rules: to protect 60 percent of the nation's streams that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans; reduce global warming-related greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants; and tighten restrictions on health-threatening, ozone-forming pollutants discharged from industrial releases and vehicle tailpipe ...
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McCain's Sellout 14.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It was sad to see Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. in a recent floor speech publically shed the last vestiges of his pro-environmental maverick identity. It was an identity that reached its apex two decades ago, when he was frequently bucking his conservative-minded party and urging it to follow him into green pastures. Holding sway in the Senate chamber in late July, McCain totally capitulated to polluters as he railed against every major environmental initiative of President Obama's. The senator pledged to do everything in his power to block pending environmental rules and repeal those already in place, a far cry from his earlier stance. On McCain's hit list were administration rules: to protect 60 percent of the nation's streams that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans; reduce global warming-related greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants; and tighten restrictions on health-threatening, ozone-forming pollutants discharged from industrial releases and vehicle tailpipe ...
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Here Are The Wobbly Democrats Who Could Make Or Break The Iran Deal 13.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama needs 34 senators or 144 House members to stick with him in support of the nuclear deal recently negotiated with Iran. Obama has vowed to veto a congressional resolution of disapproval, which lawmakers are scheduled to vote on in September, and one-third of either chamber will be required to prevent the veto from being overturned. The House is considered an easier playing field for Obama, since Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a strong backer of the deal and has proven adept at holding together her caucus. But much of the speculation has focused on the Senate, where a close look at the landscape suggests that the White House may be able to get to 34. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) even  suggested  this week that the chamber may not have the votes to pass the resolution of disapproval in the first place, meaning Obama might not have to use his veto power. With the possible exception of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Republicans are expected to vote as a party ...
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Don't Like The New Climate Rules? Thank Congress. 5.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Critics of the Obama administration's new rules for power plant emissions have been quick to describe them as "government overreach" and " flagrantly unlawful ." What they don't say is that congressional inaction and a mandate from the Supreme Court drove the regulatory process to this point. The new rules limiting the emission of planet-warming greenhouse gases from power plants, which the Environmental Protection Agency finalized on Monday , were written under the Clean Air Act, a law originally adopted in 1970 to regulate sources of air pollution. From Obama's first days in office, his administration stressed that it did not want to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, describing it as a non-ideal way to address this type of pollution. But legal mechanisms were already in the works to force the Obama administration to do exactly that if Congress declined to issue new, greenhouse-gas-specific rules. Some historical context is helpful for understanding why and exactly how the ...
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Where Do We Go From Here? 3.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It is time that we reflect as a nation and as individuals on this extraordinary time in our history and search for a direction to a better future for our country. The choice is clear, and it is ours. We cannot continue down this dead end road to economic ruin that is bringing pain and suffering to millions of hard-working Americans, while providing little to no hope of a better future for our children and their children. We now understand fully -- thanks in part to the tireless work of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- that the game is rigged and our government and public servants have been bought off by just a few hundred greedy, craven, self-serving millionaires and billionaires. Legislation that favors only them is pushed daily by their army of lobbyists, who write bills that their lackeys in the GOP-controlled Congress pass, often with the help of tepid, complicit "Democrats." Our democracy is teetering on the verge of collapse, and we are quickly becoming the oligarchy Bernie Sanders continues ...
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The Art of the 'Real' Deal 25.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump likes "people that weren't captured." When I heard Trump's babbling ramble about Senator John McCain , my thoughts were not with the senator, whose story and character of service are legendary. My thoughts were of a part of France that is forever green -- "Marine green" -- and the families of three Marines; Colonel Peter Ortiz , Sergeant Major John Bodnar and Mr. (former Staff Sergeant) Jack Risler . The parts of France I refer to are the Alpine resort Col d'Saisies and the little town of Centron whose residents would be proud to tell Mr. Trump, or anyone, for that matter, they not only "like" some who were captured, but in fact love and revere three Marines who surrendered to the Germans in 1944! I know, because in 2004 more than 6000 of them showed up to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the unique US Marine-Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) UNION II mission to the French Resistance in Haute Savoie that Ortiz led and Bodnar and Risler were a part of. It was my privilege as a Marine ...
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