The New York Times used maps, photos and graphics well to help tell the story about what will be lost when Trump gets his filthy hooks into this beautiful land. The reader comments, too, are worth reading.
There is no limit to Trump’s greed and madness.
Up to 50 inches of rain is forecast for some areas in Texas:
Photos of the devastation:
Hurricane Harvey is the biggest rain event in U.S. history:
As expected, the most insensitive person in America failed miserably to console the suffering thousands in Houston when he instead crudely and selfishly attempted to score political points:
Climate change intensifies storms:
Ongoing coverage from the Houston Chronicle:
It should be clear by now to all reasonable people that Donald Trump cannot effectively lead the nation and that he will actively seek to harm it by severely weakening its institutions and threatening everything good people hold dear.
Members of nonprofit groups, activists, environmentalists, civil rights attorneys, opinion writers, musicians, artists, actors, celebrities, athletes, teachers, professors, students, religious leaders, politicians, and everyone with a moral conscience could unite in one awe-inspiring national day of music, marches, speeches, walkouts, meetings, vigils, petitions and tweets for the sole purpose of demanding that President Trump immediately resign. If he ignores this demand, Trump would still be so severely weakened that he would quickly figure out that he cannot succeed with any of his plans to destroy the nation’s institutions. The people will have won, either way.
This can be done. Tens of millions of Americans and people throughout the world can unite to end this nightmare.
Prominent charities fire Trump:
How to contact your representatives to request that they impeach Trump:
The U.S. government is censoring the use of the words “climate change.” Instead, government employees are now required to use the words “weather extremes”:
The change in terminology has been ordered to make it less difficult to push through an increase in the use of coal and oil. The Trump administration has learned that whoever controls the language is more likely to win public support, as occurred when Republicans referred to the “estate tax” as the “death tax” when they proposed tax reform.
The timing of the change in terminology could not be more suspect, as a new national study details the devastating effects of climate change:
Climate change is expected to lead to more extended droughts in California:
Without urgent action, climate change effects are expected to include more wildfires, diseases, wars, starvation, ocean acidification, flooded coastal cities and species extinctions.
The planet has only a 5 percent chance of reaching the goals set out in the recent Paris climate agreement:
Update: A U.S. State Department science envoy has resigned. His blistering resignation letter spelled out the word “IMPEACH” in embedded text:
Trump’s chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, says he wants to destroy the nation:
The entire world — even North Korea — signed the agreement in Paris, but not the U.S.
Trump ignores the fact that the use of clean energy helps the economy:
Science is not an opinion:
Trump’s presidency will have devastating effects on the environment:
Protestors march in Riverside:
Earth Day Network:
Species face extinction:
Trump plans to promote dirty fuels instead of clean power:
The Environmental Protection Agency has removed climate change reports from public view on its website:
Protestors again criticize Trump’s attacks on environmental protection in second week of marches:
The FBI asked for a warrant to investigate a Trump adviser because it believed he was acting as a Russian agent:
Most Americans favor an independent inquiry into the Trump team’s ties to Russia:
A former Trump team member has offered to testify about ties to Russia if he is granted immunity from prosecution:
Flynn’s troubles deepen:
The Trump team met with a Russian spy:
Russia hired 1,000 trolls to attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including in key swing states:
The Trump administration has approved the use of a nerve agent pesticide that harms children’s health:
The Trump administration is deleting climate change research:
A judge has ruled that a lawsuit alleging Trump incited violence may proceed:
Trump, the liar-in-chief, attempts to discredit the news media:
Trump’s press secretary claimed that Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Trump and his people are doing everything so stupidly and crudely that their bizarre actions and comments have become commonplace. The danger now is that many people will be so bored with the Trump administration’s daily destruction of the nation that they will stop paying attention:
The chances of a Trump impeachment are increasing:
Trump adviser Steve Bannon said he wants to destroy the nation. Here is how this insanity will be carried out:
Trump’s EPA director, contradicting official EPA findings and the overwhelming consensus by 97 percent of climate scientists, stupidly or dishonestly claims that climate change is not caused by people:
The EPA’s environmental justice leader has resigned in protest against Trump’s plans to dismantle the program:
Trump’s plans to accelerate the planet’s becoming a dystopian hellhole, choked with pollution and searing heat, are rolling forward.
Most Americans oppose Trump’s plans:
The fact checkers will have to work overtime exposing all of Trump’s lies in his speech before Congress:
After appointing directors who plan to eliminate or severely weaken the Environmental Protection Agency and the Education Department, Trump announced in his speech that he will provide clean air and water and educational opportunities. But Trump plans to fund an increase in military spending by slashing environmental protection:
And after selecting white supremacists as his two top advisers, Trump claimed in his speech that the nation must unify.
Then there is the claim in Trump’s speech that he will “drain the swamp” of government, while he has filled his administration with billionaires and Goldman Sachs executives.
In which alternative universe does anyone believe these outrageous lies? Apparently the answer, in part, is that of CBS News, which is fawning all over Trump, especially Gayle King, with gushing compliments about his speech. From the legends Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite to these pretenders.
Switching now to CNN.
Thankfully, the Democratic response is on now. Kentucky’s former governor, Steven Beshear, is making sense.
These are the people running the Trump team:
How to resist Trump:
Donations and memberships with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully challenged Trump’s travel ban, have surged since Trump’s election. While the ACLU usually raises only $4 million in one year from online donations, it raised $24 million in just one weekend:
The ACLU’s website:
How “ordinary people” can successfully challenge authority:
Opposition groups challenging Trump’s plans to dismantle America’s institutions and programs point out that he won with just 28 percent of eligible voters. Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of nearly three million. Trump, therefore, does not have a mandate to lead:
Opposition groups do have a mandate to fight Trump:
When most presidents enjoy their highest approval ratings as they enter their first term, Trump has the lowest initial approval rating, at 32 percent, of any new president in the modern era:
But Trump will attempt to continue to fool people by “gaslighting” them:
Trump delivers “most dreadful inaugural address in history”:
Trump lied throughout his inaugural address:
Trump’s press secretary’s constant whopper lies go viral:
Trump’s people say it is OK for them to lie because they are just presenting “alternative facts”:
And there were few people to hear the address at Trump’s inauguration, as shown in this overhead photo:
Trump lies nonstop with “alternative facts”:
Trump is the liar-in-chief:
More people are expected to protest against Trump on Jan. 21 than attend his inauguration Jan. 20:
Massive anti-Trump protests spread across the world:
Trump, the “clueless child”:
Trump’s chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, says he wants to destroy the nation:
Trump’s administration is in chaos after Trump fired the U.S. attorney general for her refusal to defend his unconstitutional travel ban:
Many groups are actively opposing Trump: celebrities, artists, professors, attorneys, the ACLU, the Sierra Club, Saturday Night Live, women, young people, etc. Even federal employees oppose him:
The planet is doomed:
The Sierra Club said Trump’s reckless, irresponsible decision to select climate science denier Pruitt to head the EPA is like picking an arsonist to fight fires:
An overwhelming majority of climate scientists — 97 percent — say that climate change is real and largely human caused, but Pruitt either stupidly or dishonestly claims otherwise.
The EPA also restricts emissions of mercury, arsenic and lead in the air and water. But now without these restrictions the planet will turn into a dystopian hellhole:
And the public will know little about what is happening to the environment during the Trump presidency now that he has banned the National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing press releases, posting their research findings, or commenting without senior officials’ prior approval:
Trump has removed ready access to climate change research from the Environmental Protection Agency website:
Don’t worry about getting news about science, though. You can always rely on Trump’s tweets about “science”:
Scientists plan to march on Washington to protest against Trump’s censorship of their research and attack against the environment:
Trump’s pick to staff the top positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has served as a policy expert at the conservative Heartland Institute, which has crazily equated the belief in climate change with terrorism and murder:
Trump has selected the worst possible people for each federal agency and department.
While protests have spread to cities across the nation, police in North Dakota have responded by spraying protestors with water cannons in subfreezing weather, shooting them with rubber bullets and firing tear gas into the protest areas:
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe say they object to the $3.7 billion pipeline because it would endanger their drinking water and damage sacred ground:
Trump owns a large stake, between $500,000 and $1 million, in the pipeline company. The company donated $100,000 to a Trump campaign committee:
The pipeline was rerouted close to the Sioux Reservation after residents of Bismarck, which is 92 percent White, objected to it running by their city:
The plan for the pipeline is for it to go under a lake that is partly in the Sioux Reservation. The Lake Oahe Dam forced Native Americans to move when it flooded their lands.
So, first the lake destroyed part of the Sioux Reservation where they were forced to live after Whites stole their original lands, and now the pipeline could pollute their drinking water. And when the Sioux people object to the pipeline, they are met with violence from the local police.
Millions of people depend on the nearby Missouri River for drinking water.
NBC News pipeline page:
NBC News has been doing a great job in reporting about the pipeline controversy. The stories have been thorough and unflinching in getting to the heart of the controversy, reporting about why the topic matters, putting the issue in context and in displaying an unbroken chain of stories about the pipeline and the protests. Videos and still photos add immediacy and visual impact.
Democracy Now’s coverage of the pipeline controversy:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers orders protestors to leave encampment by Dec. 5:
Why isn’t President Obama doing more to bring a peaceful resolution to the pipeline standoff?
Update: In a victory for protestors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has blocked the pipeline for now and will seek an alternate route. The Trump administration, however, could reverse the decision and allow the pipeline construction to continue:
And, of course, Trump does the wrong thing and approves the pipeline with an executive order:
The pipeline’s opponents say a huge oil spill in North Dakota validates their concerns. The video of the protestors braving the fierce winter cold is both amazng and inspiring:
Neil Young’s song about the pipeline:
And CO2 levels are the highest in 3 million years, when the oceans were 65 feet higher:
The eventual result: The majority of the world’s large cities will be under the ocean, drought and disease and competition for scarce resources will spread to catastrophic levels, the refugee crisis in Syria will seem minor by comparison and half of the world’s species will be gone forever.
Another result of global warming: More intense forest fires.
The U.S. could do more to address climate change, but it would require changing its priorities:
And it’s over: Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. The planet is doomed:
Former Viewpoints editor Brooke Cary reports about climate change and Trump:
Trump plans to open federal lands to oil and gas drilling and coal and uranium mining:
Trump is even considering naming Sarah “Drill baby, drill” Palin as Interior secretary.
Get ready for hellish climate conditions.
President Obama creates world’s largest protected marine area:
Obama also plans to protect a large area in the Atlantic Ocean:
Meanwhile, Donald Trump says he would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. And he says that climate change is a hoax:
The National Parks, “America’s best idea,” face a $12 billion maintenance backlog:
Trump is leading in the Republican polls, but Europeans are horrified:
It is not surprising why many Europeans would oppose Donald Trump:
Trump said he would eliminate the U.S. Education Department and Environmental Protection Agency, bring back torture and kill the families of suspected terrorists.
Trump has said he would make it easier to sue the news media for libel:
And he has said he would deport children born to undocumented immigrants, even though the children are U.S. citizens.
Former CIA director Michael Hayden said that the U.S. military would refuse to follow certain orders from Trump if he were to be elected president:
Polls show that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would defeat Trump, with Sanders garnering better than double the margin of victory that Clinton would get:
Update: Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Trump is not fit to serve as president because of his extremist views:
And the Los Angeles Times agrees that Trump is not fit to serve as president:
Trump is encouraging his supporters and the police to increase the frequency and intensity of attacks on protestors:
Trump’s goading his supporters and the police to attack protestors harkens back to when Ronald Reagan gave the green light as California’s governor for the police to attack peaceful college students protesting against the Vietnam war. “If there is to be a bloodbath, let it begin now,” Reagan said at the time. And that is exactly what happened next.
The nearly 2 million acres will provide vital linkages for mammals as they struggle to adapt to climate change:
The worst problems with toxic chemicals are most likely to be found in poor and minority communities:
More than 200 nations have agreed to a draft of the plan to address climate change:
Update: The climate change agreement has been approved, but Republicans continue their threats to withhold funding for the U.S. to participate:
Update: The U.S. Supreme Court has put the president’s plan to address climate change on hold:
Update: A new study finds that climate change may happen much faster than previously thought. Most of the world’s largest cities, including in the U.S., would be flooded under the ocean by the end of the century:
The drought’s effects on wildlife:
Californians cut water use by 31 percent:
The saddest irony of all time is that because of our brilliance we are destroying the planet:
Seventy-five percent of “familiar” animal species could be wiped out — gone forever — within three human lifetimes. Coral reefs, which provide habitat for a quarter of the ocean’s species, could be destroyed by 2070.
More than half of the world’s species have gone extinct in the last 40 years:
Humans are causing most of the extinctions:
And we are turning the world into an immense “pile of filth”:
Extreme overpopulation is one of the biggest problems. The planet cannot supply enough resources to support the current human population.
But overpopulation is not the only problem. The other is the fact that industrialized nations are disproportionately using the world’s resources such as fresh water, soil and timber. The U.S., with only 5 percent of the world’s population, uses 20 percent of the planet’s resources.
Update: Humans have used a year’s worth of natural resources as of today, Aug. 13, 2015. Everything used after this date is in excess of what the planet can provide. The result of this overuse means that there will less natural resources the next year, and the year after, until eventually there will be almost nothing left:
More on Earth Overshoot Day:
The signs are everywhere that at some point in the not too distant future, we will have used so much of the world’s natural resources that the planet will deteriorate into a hellish, miserable place. It would take immediate, extreme and sustained global action to significantly reduce the overuse of natural resources.
President Obama announces plans to reduce power plant emissions and soften the impacts of climate change:
Companies send letter of support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to curb global warming emissions:
Diverting money from the bloated U.S. defense budget would provide funding for renewable energy and environmental protection:
Update: President Obama calls for urgent action on climate change:
The government isn’t testing the water. It took an independent scientist to find the toxic, cancer-causing chemicals in the water: