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    Trump to Increase Logging! And to Take Water from Endangered Species

    Trump to Increase Logging!  And to Take Water from Endangered Species

    Trump removes regulations that protect forests and wildlife.  His administration is limiting the consideration of wildlife. “Logging in the back country is just a gift to the timber industry.”  Forest store carbon, create water through needle condensation and shade, store water, hold onto soil, clean water, and provide food for wildlife and plants.  The big old growth trees resist fires, yet these are the ones that the "cut and run" logging companies want.

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    Oil and Coal Get $ 20.5 Billion in Corporate Welfare

    Oil and Coal Get $ 20.5 Billion in Corporate Welfare

    And this leaves out the costs from  pollution harming health, increasing global warming, and harming wildlife.  Link  David Roberts writes in VOX.  

    Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought

    Most energy subsidies go not to renewables but to producing more of the dirty stuff.

     

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    Sunrise Movement of Youth Organize Against Fossil Fuel Billionaires for a Green New Deal

    Sunrise Movement of Youth Organize Against Fossil Fuel Billionaires for a Green New Deal

    Link  Students tell stories of how climate change harms their own families.  They rally, march, lobby, and sit- in in congressional offices.  They organize.  They care. It reminds me of the energy of the civil rights movement.  They know they are right.  They are optimistic.  They sing "Which SIde Are You On". They are trying to make the establishment change.

    Photograph by Michael Brochstein

    Power Elites Value their Position More than Change for the Good

    Power Elites Value their Position More than Change for the Good

    Link  This article repeats the obvious, but surprising, case that political elites want to stay in power more than they want to help the people and causes that they profess to care about, such as affordable health care, higher education, jobs, unions, and avoiding global warming. Politicians fear newcomers. Politicians depend on their network of contacts, foundations, and corporations. They are threatened by being displaced by new politicians who bring their new values, networks, and funders. Some Democrats prefer to be in the minority losing the House, Senate, or the Presidency instead of having some new Democrats come to power.   David Sirota writes "The establishment media and the establishment wing of the Democratic Party is fundamentally threatened by Bernie Sanders' agenda. And I'm being objective. This isn't a value judgment. They don't like his agenda for a couple of reasons. One: his agenda is built on challenging corporate power and wealth, that is corporate power and wealth the establishment media and the establishment wing of the democratic party is built upon. It is their foundation. And there's a second tier of this which is that Bernie Sanders— beyond his ideology—also poses a fundamental threat to the career networks and relationships of people in The Establishment themselves especially within the Democratic Party circles. In other words, if you are at a think tank, let's use Neera Tanden because everybody knows her. I'm not saying this to pick on her, but if your entire career has been built on the Clinton Network—you were Hillary Clinton's top aide, you are at a think tank that is basically funded in part by Clinton-supporting donors—a Bernie Sanders presidency or, by the way, a presidency from somebody similarly outside of that system—doesn't matter that it's Bernie—a presidency like that would basically destroy your relevance and your career because your career is based on leveraging your relationships in the current system as it is now. So Sanders, his ideology threatens them, but also where he exists in politics is a threat to the literal careers and livelihood of people who make their careers and livelihood on the relationships tied to the current establishment of the Democratic Party."  All this said, the centrist Dems still are way better than the "let's grab everything we can" Republicans under  GW Bush and Trump.

     Photo Credit: CommonDreams.org

    Trees and Shrubs Make People Healthier

    Trees and Shrubs Make People Healthier

    Trees and bushes make us healthier!  So we should plant more trees and bushes.  Plus birds,  wildlife, and we  get fruits tom eat!  Groups like Treepeople and individuals like Wangari Maathai  start movements that lead to millions of trees being planted. Trees prevent  flooding, clan the water, give us cooler temperatures, make us healthy and happy.  Link: Trees and shrubs  Green spaces improve heart and artery health, independent of income.