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  • Buttigieg says feds have power to force airlines to hire more workers amid travel delays

    06/19/2022 11:45:35 AM PDT · by DFG · 86 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/19/2022 | Lawrence Richard
    The federal government could take action against U.S. airlines on behalf of customers, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Saturday. Many Americans have endured delays, cancelations, and other travel complications during the coronavirus pandemic, and in recent months, after many pandemic-related travel restrictions were lifted. Following Buttigieg’s own flight being canceled, forcing him to drive from Washington to New York, he said his department has authority to enforce action against airlines that do not sufficiently maintain consumer-protection standards, potentially requiring them to hire more staff. "That is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying...
  • Never fear, the White House is here to tackle web trolls

    06/19/2022 4:32:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 24 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | Fri 17 Jun 2022 | Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    A US task force aims to prevent online harassment and abuse, with a specific focus on protecting women, girls and LGBTQI+ individuals. In the next 180 days, the White House Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse will, among other things, draft a blueprint on a "whole-of-government approach" to stopping "technology-facilitated, gender-based violence." A year after submitting the blueprint, the group will provide additional recommendations that federal and state agencies, service providers, technology companies, schools and other organisations should take to prevent online harassment, which VP Kamala Harris noted often spills over into physical violence, including self-harm and suicide...
  • This Styrofoam-eating ‘superworm’ could help solve the garbage crisis [What could possibly go wrong ]

    06/17/2022 10:34:41 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | JUNE 17 AT 7:00 AM | Pranshu Verma
    A plump larva the length of a paper clip can survive on the material that makes Styrofoam. The organism, commonly called a “superworm,” could transform the way waste managers dispose of one of the most common components in landfills, researchers said, potentially slowing a mounting garbage crisis that is exacerbating climate change. In a paper released last week in the journal of Microbial Genomics, scientists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, showed that the larvae of a darkling beetle, called zophobas morio, can survive solely on polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam. The findings come amid a flurry of research...
  • Things NASA climate scientists say:

    06/17/2022 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Reily · 34 replies
  • WH Press Secretary Confirms Biden Is Still Committed to Ending Fossil Fuels As Gas Prices Soar

    06/17/2022 7:42:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | June 16, 2022 at 4:32pm | By Bradley Cortright
    As gas prices soar across the country, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insists that President Joe Biden is committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels. Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked why Biden is not trying to get domestic companies to drill for more oil in the U.S. Jean-Pierre noted that the country is still seeing its “highest levels of domestic production,” but part of the higher prices is a result of decreased refinery capacity in the country. Still, Doocy asked, “Why not drill more here in the U.S., though?” “We don’t need to do that. What we need them...
  • Latino activism leads in grassroot efforts on climate change

    06/12/2022 1:01:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2022 | By ANITA SNOW (D-AP)
    PHOENIX (AP) — … After experiencing global warming’s firsthand effects, U.S. Latinos are leading the way in activism around climate change, often drawing on traditions from their ancestral homelands. “There has been a real national uprising in Latino activism in environmentalism in recent years,” said Juan Roberto Madrid, an environmental science and public health specialist based in Colorado for the national nonprofit GreenLatinos. “Climate change may be impacting everyone, but it is impacting Latinos more.” U.S. Latinos often live in ignored, lower income neighborhoods that are degrees hotter than nearby areas because they have a higher population density and limited...
  • Is Biden Purposely Raising Gas Prices to Fuel His Green Agenda?

    06/10/2022 1:05:26 PM PDT · by lightman · 58 replies ^ | 10 June A.D. 2022 | Sarah Arnold
    The national gas average hit a new record of $5.00 a gallon this week, and it doesn’t look like prices are going to fall anytime soon. Americans are frustrated with President Joe Biden’s lies about the economy, and many believe he is at fault for their wallets shrinking. A new poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group found that over 53 percent of people “believe the Biden administration is intentionally letting gas prices rise to make Americans use less fossil fuels.” While 56 percent of voters agreed that the high fuel prices is Biden’s fault. Gas prices have nearly doubled since...
  • Extinction Rebellion protesters confront politicians at US Capitol (July 2019, when protesting wasn't "INSURRECTION"

    06/10/2022 12:04:42 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tue 23 Jul 2019 | David Smith
    Protesters from the climate crisis group Extinction Rebellion have brought disruption to Capitol Hill in Washington, superglueing themselves to doorways to block politicians and staff. Just after 6pm, six activists stood in doorways to a tunnel connecting the Cannon office building to the US Capitol in an attempt to prevent members of Congress attending an evening vote. A total of 17 activists were arrested and charged with crowding and obstructing, according to US Capitol police. Several were also charged with defacing public property. Demonstrators said their goal was to force a House and Senate concurrent resolution on the climate emergency...
  • Democrat Senator Says Gas Prices Don’t ‘Matter’ to Her as Millions Impacted by Record-High Prices

    06/07/2022 5:28:52 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/07/2022 | Jordan Dixon-Hamilton
    Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said that gas prices “didn’t matter” to her because she drives an electric vehicle while millions of Americans feel the financial burden of record-high gas prices. Stabenow’s remarks came during Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing about President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget.
  • Why the global soil shortage threatens food, medicine and the climate

    06/05/2022 8:36:57 AM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 5, 2022 | Andrea Miller
    Soil can be considered black gold, and we’re running out it. The United Nations declared soil finite and predicted catastrophic loss within 60 years. “There are places that have already lost all of their topsoil,” Jo Handelsman, author of “A World Without Soil,” and a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told CNBC. The impact of soil degradation could total $23 trillion in losses of food, ecosystem services and income worldwide by 2050, according to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. “We have identified 10 soil threats in our global report … Soil erosion is number one because it’s...
  • Lake Mead water level continues to tank at unprecedented rates

    06/04/2022 9:31:32 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 51 replies
    Strange Sounds ^ | 6/2/22 | Strange Sounds
    Lake Mead is a reservoir is Nevada and Arizona, relied upon for example by the city of Las Vegas for drinking water. Last year, its water level was significantly lower than previous years. This year, it’s even lower. This is dramatic… If the trend does continue for the next two decades as it has been going on for the past two, it seems like things aren’t looking optimal for the Colorado river, the largest water reservoir by capacty in the US, and the Hoover Dam hydroelectric power plant. Lake Mead fell about 7 feet in May. I expect June will...
  • Animal rights activists ‘sprayed with manure’ at beef expo

    06/02/2022 8:00:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    Farmers Weekly ^ | 5-30-22 | Philip Case
    <p>Animal rights activists claimed they were “sprayed with manure” by farmers when they protested at a flagship beef expo.</p><p>Activists from campaign group Animal Justice Project staged a protest at the National Beef Association’s (NBA) 2022 Expo, which took place at Darlington Farmers’ Auction Mart on Saturday 28 May.</p>
  • Climate activists vow to fight as new gasfield gets go-ahead in North Sea

    06/02/2022 7:48:22 AM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 47 replies
    The Gaurdian ^ | Thu 2 Jun 2022 | Matthew Taylor
    Environmentalists are threatening legal action in an attempt to halt the development of a new gasfield in the North Sea that has been given the green light by the UK government. Climate experts reacted with anger after the government announced it had given the Jackdaw field, to be developed by the oil multinational Shell, “final regulatory approval” on Wednesday. The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “Jackdaw gasfield – originally licensed in 1970 – has today received final regulatory approval. We’re turbocharging renewables and nuclear but we are also realistic about our energy needs now. Let’s source more of the gas...
  • 2-party pox: The GOP sucks AND the Democrats want to kill you

    05/27/2022 6:56:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 5/26/2022 1903 hrs edt | Ilana Mercer
    Canceling the Grand Old Party (GOP) was the mission of last week's "Hard Truth" podcast, undertaken by your columnist, her partner, David Vance, and guest Jack Kerwick (introduced here). And on good grounds. The Republican Party has never stood up for you, will never stand up for you and is not going to do what it takes. Past is prologue. As Dr. Boyd Cathey has observed, the "party which never conserves anything" had been exposed as such as far back as 1875. "The great Southern author, Robert Lewis Dabney, writing a decade after the end of the War Between the...
  • Tariffs on solar panels threaten Biden's climate change goals

    05/27/2022 7:01:31 AM PDT · by grundle · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 26, 2022 | Ben Adler
    An ongoing Department of Commerce investigation into whether China is circumventing tariffs on its solar energy products is slowing the expansion of solar power capacity in the U.S., according to industry and outside experts. “In the blink of an eye, we’re going to lose 100,000 American solar workers and any hope of reaching the president’s clean energy goals,” Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA), said in a statement late last month. On March 25, James Maeder, the deputy assistant secretary of commerce for anti-dumping and countervailing duty operations, announced an investigation into whether...
  • MIT Weighs In On Energy Storage

    05/27/2022 4:40:31 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 26 May, 2022 | Francis Menton
    As I’ve been pointing out now for a couple of years, the obvious gap in the plans of our betters for a carbon-free “net zero” energy future is the problem of massive-scale energy storage. How exactly is New York City (for example) going to provide its citizens with power for a long and dark full-week period in the winter, with calm winds, long nights, and overcast days, after everyone has been required to change over to electric heat and electric cars — and all the electricity is supposed to come from the wind and sun, which are neither blowing nor...
  • Davos elites warn nations not to resist 'painful global transition'

    05/25/2022 3:56:25 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 87 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2022 | Art Moore
    Echoing President Biden's comments, two European leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, described the record gas prices as part of a "painful" period of "transition" to alternative energy that should not be resisted.
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper cuts off White House adviser who blamed gas prices on Putin

    05/24/2022 2:36:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 24, 2022 | Thomas Barrabi
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper intervened on Monday after one of President Biden’s top economic advisers sought to blame the record surge in gas prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. The exchange occurred after Tapper pressed White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese for answers on how long Americans will face surging gas prices. The national average for a gallon of gas hit a record $4.598 per gallon on Tuesday, according to AAA.
  • Ford tests new speed-limiting tech that automatically slows down vehicles as they approach schools, hospitals and shopping areas

    05/24/2022 2:25:53 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/24/2022 | Sophie Curtis
    A geofence is a technology that makes use of location data to set up an invisible barrier in the real world. Often the technology uses GPS, but it can also use other data signals such as cellular, WiFi or RFID. You can't see or feel anything when you pass through a geofence, but if you are carrying a connected device, it will send out a signal that you have crossed the electronic boundary. This may trigger a programmed action - such as a message to appear on your phone, or in the case of Ford's internet-connected cars, impose a speed...
  • Biden admin drains another 40 million barrels of crude oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    05/24/2022 9:19:27 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 70 replies
    Biden admin drains another 40 million barrels of crude oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve