Trump jumps the shark on energy, about to damage environment even more

According to a new report by CNN, Trump is heading to West Virginia today to celebrate the further dismantling of prudent environmental regulations. In this case the EPA is going to deregulate federal supervision of coal-fired electric plants, giving the regulations back to the states. Coal states will, of course, scrap those regulations as fast as they can, for fewer regulations mean more jobs for state residents—not to mention more pollution-related diseases. As CNN notes:

The move would reverse Obama administration efforts to combat climate change and marks the fulfillment of a campaign promise at the heart of his appeal in coal-producing states like West Virginia — an appeal embodied by Trump’s 2016 campaign stops in the coal country of West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, where Trump supporters waved “Trump Digs Coal” signs and where the President-to-be donned a coal-mining helmet.

The EPA Tuesday morning formally unveiled the details of its new plan to devolve regulation of coal-fired power plants back to the states, one that is expected to give a boost to the coal industry and increase carbon emissions nationwide.

The move is expected to spark an intense legal battle, with environmental groups already readying legal challenges to the new regulations.

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday argued the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan — the policy being replaced by this week’s proposal — “exceeded the agency’s legal authority” and argued the old regulations led to rising energy prices which have “hurt low and middle income Americans the most.”

Yes, the same people who are also hurt by pollution! Coal contributes not only to global warming compared to other forms of energy, but also creates particulates that contribute to diseases like asthma and heart and lung disease. This translates into deaths.

But there is some pushback:

The move is just the latest effort by the Trump administration to revive an ailing coal industry and strip climate change-fighting regulations established by the Obama administration. He previously announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, calling it an unfair deal for Americans.

“I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh,” Trump said at the time, “not Paris.”

Those moves have been rebuffed by California and a dozen other states, which have led a push to maintain high environmental standards and legally challenge the Trump administration’s rollback of the Obama-era rules.

In a statement on Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown decried the Trump administration’s latest proposal as “a declaration of war against America and all of humanity.”

“It will not stand,” he said. “Truth and common sense will triumph over Trump’s insanity.”

As a harbinger of this new era of despoiling the environment, Trump made some very bizarre statements at a fundraiser in New York—comments so bizarre that the Washington Post, in the article below (click on screenshot), had to translate them into English.

First the comments as given by the Post:

The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale tweeted the pertinent section, modified from Factba.se’s transcript.

Here it is in its entirety.

“We have — clean coal exports have increased, 60 percent last year — clean coal, which is one of our big assets that we weren’t allowed to use for our miners. You remember Hillary with the coal, right, sitting with the miners at the table? Remember? That wasn’t so good for her. So the people of West Virginia and all over, you look at Wyoming, you look at so many different places where they just, Pennsylvania, where they loved what we did, and it’s clean coal and we have the most modern procedures. But it’s a tremendous form of energy in the sense that in a military way — think of it — coal is indestructible.”

“You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills. You know, the windmills, boom, boom, boom [mimicking windmill sound] bing [mimes shooting large gun], that’s the end of that one. If the birds don’t kill it first. The birds could kill it first. They kill so many birds. You look underneath some of those windmills, it’s like a killing field, the birds. But you know, that’s what they were going to, they were going to windmills. And you know, don’t worry about — when the wind doesn’t blow, I said, ‘What happens when the wind doesn’t blow?’ ‘Well, then we have a problem.’

“Okay, good. They were putting them in areas where they didn’t have much wind, too. And it’s a subs — you need subsidy for windmills. You need subsidy. Who wants to have energy where you need subsidy? So, uh, the coal is doing great.”

This is like a twisted version of Ulysses: a mind dump by a demented narcissist. It’s horribly embarrassing to have our President talking about killing birds, blowing up pipelines, and once again bashing Hillary Clinton.  But the Post claims there’s a message in there, and translates it. Trump’s references—and lies—include these:

  1. There’s no such thing as “clean coal”. What he’s referring to is apparently coal whose carbon dioxide emissions can be captured and re-used. That’s not what we were exporting: we were shipping out regular “dirty” coal. But even his figure is suspect given that in 2016 coal exports were abnormally low because of low global prices, and exports in 2012 ande 2014 were actually higher than those in 2017.
  2. Clinton did speak to a town hall meeting in West Virginia, and angered locals by talking about “putting a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” Maybe a good policy, but not a good thing to tell West Virginians.
  3. The blowing up refers to Trump’s idea that attacking a coal company whose fuel is onsite is harder than blowing up a pipeline and windmills. (What he meant by the windmills killing birds is obscure to me, unless he’s somehow appealing to environmentalists!). But blowing up windmills is in fact harder than blowing up a single coal-fired plant, as you’d have to target a lot of windmills.  And Trump has an animus against windmills. The Post notes that Trump was ticked off that his Scottish golf courses were going to be affected by local windmills, and he fought their construction, even saying that the sound from the windmills (“boom boom”) would hurt people’s health!

  4. As for subsidies for wind power, that assumes that you have to pay people to generate power with wind farms because they’re more expensive per kilowatt hour generated than are coal plants. But the Post says that’s untrue:

While it can be tricky to compare the costs of electricity generation across methods, the financial advisory firm Lazard each year creates an index of the costs of production without subsidies. The 2017 iteration of that report found that wind power was less expensive than producing energy by burning coal. The long-term trend has been a drop in the cost of wind production, while coal production costs have been fairly steady.

Remember, too, what Trump said about those coal plants that are essential to national security: His administration wants to mandate purchases from them to ensure their viability. That’s a subsidy in its own right.

There’s no question that Trump pledged to prioritize the coal industry as a candidate and that, as president, he has tried to do so. But the rhetoric he uses, often picking up well-worn threads he’s been offering for years, can often be inscrutable. It can also often be wrong.

I lived through Nixon, G. W. Bush, and Reagan, and although I was disaffected then, that’s nothing compared to the horror embodied in having this man as the President of the United States.

72 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    sub

    (referring to the direction where-at one looks for the Orange Fool)

  2. yazikus
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Right now, my region has the worst air quality in the country. People have been commenting on how it reminds them of growing up in LA, and it reminds me of the years I spent in Delhi. It is awful. We don’t want to go backwards on this – we all love clean air, no?? Except Trump, apparently.

    And Trump has an animus against windmills.

    His base doesn’t. I know more than one farmer whose lands were saved due to the windmill contracts.

    I was watching a nature program with the kiddo, one that is normally pretty entertaining and accurate, if not a little dramatic when suddenly it veered into anti-windmill conspiracy theories. I emailed the production company wondering what on earth they were thinking. They responded that they would get back to me later, and then that email and their website disappeared. Make of that what you will.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      What production company is anti-windmill?

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Left to his own devices Trump would have endorsed Republican Don Blankenship for the senate race this Fall in West Virginia. Blankenship is the CEO of Massey Energy, which owns the Upper Big Branch coalmine, where 29 miners were killed in a 2010 coal dust explosion, after the mine was cited numerous times for safety violations. Blankenship was charged criminally with having manipulated the mine’s ventilation system to pass its most-recent federal safety inspection. He was convicted on the lesser-include misdemeanor of conspiring to violate mine safety standards and sentenced to a year in stir.

    Onliest reason Trump got talked out of giving Blankenship his “full and complete endorsement” (as the Donald is wont to say) is that Trump’s advisers convinced him Blankenship (who billed himself as “Trumpier then Trump”) had no shot, and Trump couldn’t abide the notion of associating with a “loser.”

    Blankenship lost the Republican primary, but has sued to have his name put on the general-election ballot anyway, as the candidate for West Virginia’s “Constitution Party,” even though he is legally barred from running under WV’s “sore loser” statute.

    • darrelle
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Soul mates.

      • rickflick
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

        With them both in stir together, “mates” could be the operative term.

        • darrelle
          Posted August 22, 2018 at 7:23 am | Permalink

          If we could only be so lucky.

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      In his television ads for the Senate, he blamed the regulators for the explosion that killed the miners. Like Darrelle said, he and Trump are soul mates.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    This is like a twisted version of Ulysses

    Oww! Don’t make stately, plump Buck Mulligan cut a bitch with his razor for that kinda literary blasphemy. 🙂

  5. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a great fan of wind energy either. It is an old technology, but that is not the reason. Wind energy can only ever be a small part of electricity production, and these wind farms are not really esthetic. And they need a lot of space. The total energy we can get with wind is between 25 to 70 Terawatts a year(at present world consumption is 16 terawatt, but if fossil fuels are phased out that is bound to increase),but that would mean wind-farms about everywhere.
    Total coal reserve is about 900 terawatt, so that is a source for about 50 to 60 years. And, as said, very ‘dirty’
    The only serious option is to go solar, whether via solar panels on rooftops (there are new panels that look like tiles, only more solid) or CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) or probably both.
    The sun delivers about 23 000 terawatts annually to the Earth, there is no source even coming close. And it is very ‘clean’.

    • Dick Veldkamp
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      The discussion about the final energy mix is rather irrelevant at present. The need to stop catastrophic climate change is such that right now we need to put up all wind turbines we can, and all solar panels, etc. etc. (and first of all, save energy of course).

      Let’s worry about esthetics when we’ve saved the climate. Really, complaining about esthetics is rather like complaining that you don’t like orange lifeboats while the Titanic is sinking.

      Finally note that we can easily remove wind turbines later, should we feel like it.

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Yes, Dick, I agree and disagree. I agree that aesthetics is not our first priority, but getting rid of ‘fossils’ is, and ‘wind’ can play a minor role there. Moreover, I recognise it is far from as bad as ‘biofuels’.
        On the other hand, I think we could and should have gone nearly completely solar a decade ago, a much better solution than ‘wind’. In that view ‘wind’ is like a waste of effort (I nearly said ‘energy’ there) 🙂
        We should concentrate on solar.

    • Posted August 22, 2018 at 3:06 am | Permalink

      Why would you expect global energy consumption to increase “if fossils fuels are phased out”?

      There’s nothing wrong with wind energy and your pictures shows there is plenty of it and it works at night and in parts of the World without masses of uninterrupted sunlight.

  6. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    We are all Colonel Kurtz now.

  7. Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    The issue here is not whether coal mining is good or evil, but rather who should be making that determination and the concomitant regulations, the states or the Feds. The answer to that question seems to me eminently debatable.

    As for wind turbines, I was driving up the Columbia Gorge here in Oregon recently and took a detour up Three-Mile Canyon, which these three-armed giants have claimed as one of their lairs. It doesn’t take any environmental or wildlife studies to establish that these monsters are pure evil. Cresting a hill and coming upon a row of these towering behemoths up close, I half expected to hear horror movie music. The tagline for the movie might read: “We had to destroy the environment in order to save it!” 

    When it comes to blights on the landscape, these monuments to sustainable ugliness make coal mines look like natural features and hydroelectric dams seem downright friendly. And yes, they do kill birds–somewhere between 140,000 and 328,000 each year. In 20 years, our children will be shaking their heads and wondering what we were thinking. What are we thinking?

    • yazikus
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Cresting a hill and coming upon a row of these towering behemoths up close, I half expected to hear horror movie music. The tagline for the movie might read: “We had to destroy the environment in order to save it!”

      I’ve taken the same route many a time and have to respectfully disagree – I find the sight of their giant arms peeking over the rising bluffs rather inspiring. They also kill far fewer birds than glass windows. And they’ve saved more than one farmer in that region.

      • Hempenstein
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

        I find them inspiring, too. For ugliness, I nominate the average commercial district on the main suburban thorofare most anywhere.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Time to break out your lance and get busy, Sir Quixote. 🙂

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      Well, US is doin’ it ‘rong, IIRC.

      In EU the favored location of windmills are at sea. Those windmills rarely kill birds or bats, but increase ocean species diversity.

      As for the energy mix, here are some projections:

      “Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a new report this week that estimates how electricity generation will change out to 2050. The clean energy analysis firm estimates that in a mere 33 years, the world will generate almost 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, and coal will make up just 11 percent of the total electricity mix.”

      Seems wind will be the same amount as solar in 2050, or about 25 % of the global production.

    • josh
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      I find wind farms look quite nice in many locations, especially at sunset. They do kill birds but, according to the available estimates, at a trivial rate compared to other sources, and bird deaths due to climate change are estimated to be much higher.

      • barn owl
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        Phillip Glass music (preferably one of the “-qatsi” soundtracks) is well-suited for driving past wind farms, like the ones at Tehachapi Pass or Altamont Pass in California. We have a lot of wind farms in Texas now too – frequently see trucks with the turbine parts headed out west on I-10.

        I was an early adopter of solar power in my neighborhood, and I’m pleased to see more of my neighbors adding solar panels every year. It’s an excellent option here in South Texas, especially if your home energy needs are entirely electric. Extra goes back into the grid. President Frontal Disinhibition thinks that solar is another Obama-era scam, of course.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      Evidence for those bird death figures, please.

    • Posted August 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Know what’s ugly? The sight of all my dead & dying pine trees, done in by drought and bark beetles that don’t die in Winter cuz Winter isn’t cold enough any more.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Trump has this irrational hatred of windmills, apparently stemming from his belief that a wind-farm ruins the view from his golf resort in Scotland. He never misses a chance to take a cheap shot at ’em.

    • Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Last time I played golf there was a windmill on the course.

      There was also a loop the ball had to run around and at one point it had to pass through a clown’s mouth.

      It was crazy.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

        Be thankful there are no Trump-branded putt-putt courses. Everything would be electroplated gold.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      On the contrary! His golf course in Aberdeenshire has seriously damaged a site of natural and scientific importance, whereas the (offshore) wind farms are helping the UK some way towards its clean energy targets. It was noticeable that, when he visited the UK recently, he didn’t dare go to the Aberdeen course. Much easier to try to hide away at Turnberry.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        I would happily drive a bulldozer across Trump’s golf course. Fitted with rippers. But only while Trump was watching, of course.

        This is odd because I normally like golf courses. I think it’s just the wilful ignorance and blatant in-your-face irresponsibility of the orange moron that makes me want to smash every vestige of Trumpism. Destroy it, crush it, grind it to a powder, dissolve it in sulphuric acid, irradiate it with gamma rays and launch it into a black hole.

        cr
        (feeling much better now, thank you)

        • darrelle
          Posted August 22, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

          You forgot the salt.

  9. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    According to Ars’ article on this, the EPA plan admits it is a futile game:

    “Still, the low cost of natural gas and renewable power is not affected by these new rules; the rules only make it somewhat easier for coal to compete. And it may not be enough to save many coal plants. According to The Wall Street Journal, “[the EPA’s] own numbers forecast the power sector’s coal consumption to keep shrinking under this proposal, though at a slower rate.””

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/epa-offers-clean-power-plan-replacement-that-could-add-1400-deaths-per-year/?comments=1&post=35870085

    The number of US citizens Trump wants to kill is a lot:

    “The EPA’s own scientific analysis of its new rule reportedly admits that the Affordable Clean Energy Rule could lead to nearly 1,400 extra deaths per year compared to what would have occurred under the Clean Power Plan. Particulates from coal-fired power plants lead to a variety of bad health effects, from asthma to premature heart disease.”

    It is admittedly not quite as bad as the number of people he aims to kill by his anti-abortion measures, which is on the order of 1000 times more IIRC.

    a mind dump by a demented narcissist.

    That seems to be his modus operandi.

    For example, not having succeeded in business, it seems Trump really does not understand trade. I think a recent episode of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” revealed that in spades. The US president gets no help from his administration either. His seemingly equally incompetent son in law searched for economists on Amazon [!] and found the sole one that thinks trade is a zero sum game. Administration by web search, welcome to the 21st century.

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Everyone in America needs to see John Oliver’s take-down of Trump’s tariff policies. And here we were told Trump only hires the best people. I wonder what his definition of ‘best’ is.

      • rickflick
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        “Nobody out-stupids Donald Trump! Nobody!”

        😎

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        Umm, this one?

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy0-bl-uoDY

        cr

        • Mark R.
          Posted August 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

          Not that one…I couldn’t find it, but the date would be 8/19. It was the last segment. Should be around 10 minutes.

    • eric
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      This is sort of right. True, reducing emissions regulation on coal won’t help the industry on it’s own, because it is dying from completely unrelated factors such as the cheaper energy production provided by natural gas.

      However, we must also remember that small-government, free-market republicans love to hypocritically give giant subsidies to industries that provide them with campaign funds. So the EPA is just the first step (IMO); no doubt step two will be propping up this dying industry with billions of federal tax dollars.

  10. barn owl
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi PCC(E) – the first two indented quotes are the same.

    I think the key line regarding the deranged, execrable Orange Fool’s motivation is:

    The move would reverse Obama administration efforts to combat climate change

    The Narcissist-in-Chief has an irrational, obsessive hatred of Obama, and time and time again has displayed his mania for attempting to reverse Obama administration policies and achievements.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Stems from Barry’s sick burn of Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

      • barn owl
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

        Ouch! Bet that left a mark. LMAO!

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

        He also had some kind words for Faux News, I see. “I want to make clear to the Fox News table, that video was a joke. That was a childrens’ cartoon – call Disney if you don’t believe me…”

        cr

    • Posted August 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      And his base has the same hatred for Obama. For most, it’s simply racism.

  11. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a one of the most articulate statements by an anti-Trump Republican I have ever seen.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/politics/donald-trump-republican-party/index.html

    • Posted August 22, 2018 at 4:29 am | Permalink

      I admire his optimism but I’ll believe it when I see it.

      • GBJames
        Posted August 22, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

        I agree. Republicans like Murphy tend to think that tRump came along and took over their party. That’s not what happened. For decades Republican leadership and conservative media nurtured that part of the Republican base that eventually allowed tRump to rise to the top. tRump is their creation, not some kind of temporary virus from which they can recover.

        • Posted August 22, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

          They “sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind”, as the saying goes.

  12. Mike Cracraft
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Trump is snuggling up to the miners but his real motivation is to increase the profits of the mine owners who contributed generously to his campaign.

  13. Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Steven Pinker has the right idea: nuclear energy. Still the cleanest and safest source of energy. I know it is not going to happen but since people on this website are truth-seekers, I thought it worth mentioning.

    • darrelle
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      I agree. We should be going after nuclear and solar aggressively.

  14. Mark R.
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Up here in Washington, there was a ‘red flag warning’ yesterday because of all the wildfire smoke in the air. I have asthma, so that’s always a nice thing to see. At least we use hydroelectric power; no coal, cough, in the air around here.

    Every summer, worldwide wildfires are getting worse in every way. The fire season is starting earlier and ending later; the fires are larger and more frequent. I also wonder about all the carbon these fires are releasing into the atmosphere.

    And we have a Federal government that can’t see past fossil fuels, actively inhibits alternative energy and makes up their own facts. This administration uses Newspeak; how scary is that?

    Lastly, I propose the EPA change it’s name to the EDA under this administration: Environmental Destruction Agency.

    • yazikus
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      It is dreadful again today. They’re recommending face masks (proper ones, not cloth) if you have to be outside. The sun was blood-red upon rising. Luckily, the office is cool.

      • Mark R.
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, the sun has been blood-red at sunset too. Last night it completely disappeared before it reached the horizon. I noticed ash covering the cars as well. Nuts.

  15. Hempenstein
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Coal is indestructible…

    Let’s don’t anyone try to make Boss Tweet grasp that with thermal activation (in unbalanced form)

    (-CH2-) + O2 –> CO2 + H2O

    or he’ll tout burning coal to generate water to fight forest fires.

  16. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Well, with or without coal, Trump is in real deep today. The Manafort results are guilty on 8 counts. Tax fraud and bank fraud. Also, Cohen pleads guilty on 8 counts, including tax fraud and two payments to the women Trump was involved with. Let the games begin….

    • yazikus
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      And Cohen said he broke the law at the direction of the candidate, no? Deep indeed.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        Sure, it has been even said by other lawyers of Trump that he reimbursed on the money to the women. But Cohen has flipped and there will be much more gravy coming from this guy. Some speculate that Manafort may now flip as well because he has another trial coming up. Trump is one dead duck if I am allowed to say that here. I hope all the doubters out there are paying attention now.

        • Mark R.
          Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

          FOX is spending most of its time covering the illegal immigrant who was caught for murder.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted August 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

            BUTTER EMAILS!!1!1!!

            • Mark R.
              Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

              No shit! Just flip the script on this administration and we need a new word for ‘hypocrisy on steroids’. Just think if Hillary Clinton was currently our POTUS, and so far, this has happened: HC’s campaign manager and his right-hand man GUILTY, HC’s personal lawyer GUITLY (and implicates that Hillary conspired with her lawyer to pay off a couple mensches she was having affairs with to silence them), HC’s Foreign Policy Adviser GUILTY, HC’s National Security Advisor and Director of National Intelligence GUILTY, plus all them Russian oligarchs and enablers like Richard Pinedo and Alex Van der Zwaan. If HC had the current Congress, she’d be facing impeachment months ago. I would hope that even if Democrats held Congress in this scenario, they would proceed with the impeachment process. Trump’s Republican Congress in contrast: crickets.

    • Harrison
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

      If this is a witch hunt it must be taking place at Hogwarts.

  17. Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Newsflash for Trump: Pittsburgh is located on planet earth. The former can’t thrive while the latter gets trashed.

    • Posted August 22, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      Continued:

      I lived in Pittsburgh while attending CMU a decade and a half ago. I saw the photos of *black skies at noon* in the 1930s when Pittsburgh was the coal place.

      No thank you – for the planet, for the states around, for everyone.

  18. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Breaking news: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts; jury convicts Manafort.

    • Harrison
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Add to that: Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, the first two Congressional Republicans to back Trump publicly, are now under indictment.

      Everything connected to this man is rot.

      • GBJames
        Posted August 21, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

        We need to remember that it was the Republican Party that brought Trump to us, not the other way around. The corruption preceded him and won’t vanish when he finds himself in prison (I hope). This is all the product of a political philosophy that emphasizes religion and is deeply hostile to science and reason.

  19. SusanD
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    It think you should rename the EPA to the Environment Pollution Agency, because that’s all it does these days.

  20. johzek
    Posted August 22, 2018 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Thinking about this in a “military way”, just as a pipeline could be blown up so too could the tracks upon which the train cars loaded with coal make their way to the power plant.


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