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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, Trump's second batshit nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, Stephen Moore, has withdrawn from consideration. And, you know, his thoughts on women were horrific, but the bigger problem is that he's an economically-illiterate crackpot.

Meanwhile, House Democrats have passed a bill that would require Trump to remain in the Paris climate accord, but Mitch McConnell obviously won't allow a vote on this in the Senate.

Finally, the Trump regime has reportedly tried to eliminate mentions of climate change at the Arctic Council even though the climate of the Arctic region is changing quicker than anywhere else in the world.

The Arctic Council declaration is an affirmation of goals and principles among the eight Arctic nations, which meet every two years. The Trump administration’s position, at least initially, threatened a standoff, in which the United States would not sign off on a statement that included climate discussion and other members would not agree to a version that left it out, according to senior diplomats and others familiar with the discussions.

The administration objected to language that, while nonbinding, could be read as a collective commitment to address the effects of climate change in the Arctic, diplomats said. One official familiar with the preparations for this year’s meeting said that at meetings last month, the United States “indicated its resistance to any mention of climate change whatsoever.”

  • Draxiar

    Democrats have to frame the Republicans as environment haters. “You don’t have clean air because Republican hate the Environment. Flint doesn’t have clean water because Republican hate the Environment. Coal towns have filthy rivers because Republican let companies dump toxins into the rivers and poison you.” Make them defend their stance about hating the Environment.

    • mnpollio

      That would require an endless powwow among the Democrats with one side demanding they move swiftly with haste given the seriousness of the issue and the more entrenched side demanding “caution” because billionaires and coal/oil barons and big corporations that might throw them some money in an election season might be antagonized (heaven forbid!). By the time they were done discussing everything to death and falling back on the “moving cautiously” routine, the window for such a strategy would have long passed. The Dems over the last several decades have “moved cautiously” on far too much and it has not particularly benefited them in the long run. At this point I would settle for far less caution and more action.

      • Georgie

        It’s the old “if we don’t talk about it it ain’t happening ploy” F*ck them all.

    • Aynwrong

      I finished Jane Mayer’s Dark Money some time ago. My God, what the Koch bros companies did to some small towns is a genuine horror story. Lawsuits and legislation came out of it. I’m wondering if we simply have to accept that many in “Trump country” simply won’t believe it until it gets that babad again and in their backyard.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The Trump administration’s position, at least initially, threatened a standoff, in which the United States would not sign off on a statement that included climate discussion and other members would not agree to a version that left it out

    More and more the other nations of the world are going to just ignore the US and proceed on their own.

    As they should.

  • Aynwrong

    A crackpot from the boob tube. Who or what could possibly be a better representation of the Trump administration (or the GOP for that matter)?

    The Republican party is the Glenn Greenwald of climate change.

    Maybe Stephen Moore could be installed on the Arctic Council? He seems qualified. Totally legit.