Professor Michael Mann destroys the case for massive immediate action on climate change

House Committee on Science Space and Technology

Summary: The House Science committee heard from three climate scientists. The testimony of the activist, Michael Mann, destroyed the case for strong public policy action to fight climate change. He deserves attention. Sadly, the attention has been on the least important parts of his testimony. “It is extremely likely (95 – 100% certain) that human activities … Continue reading Professor Michael Mann destroys the case for massive immediate action on climate change

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The GOP might impeach Trump, changing our politics forever – for the better

America's Constitution

Summary: President Trump might spark a change in our politics both unexpected and (as it will seem afterwards) inevitable, making our 18th century constitutional regime more similar to modern parliamentary systems. If he continues to act wildly and weirdly, the Republicans in Congress might impeach and remove him -- putting the solidly far-Right Mike Pence … Continue reading The GOP might impeach Trump, changing our politics forever – for the better

Three things to expect from the Trump era

Summary: What can we expect from the Trump era? The internet overflows with guesses fueled by imagination plus Trump's vague and contradictory statements. Here are three more, but better founded. Trump will make the 1% happy. Populism is toast. Congress will set the agenda. See the reasons; put your reactions in the comments. Key #1: … Continue reading Three things to expect from the Trump era

The EPA chief explains the real reason for Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Summary: The head of the EPA makes an interesting admission in the Q&A at the House Joint Committee hearing about the Fiscal Year 2017 EPA Budget on March 22. She explains what she sees as the big gain from the CPP. Video below; this starts at 2:14. David McKinley (R- WV): "If it {Clean Power … Continue reading The EPA chief explains the real reason for Obama’s Clean Power Plan