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Journal Archives

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 2/20/18

Trump's Twitter Spree After Robert Mueller's Russia Indictments

President Trump had a lot to say after the special counsel's influence in the 2016 election. . . but not to condemn Russia.

If Politicians Won't Take Action, These High Schoolers Will

There's only one group Stephen thinks can actually defend the kids. And it is. . . the kids.

Trump's State Of Affairs. . . Actual Affairs

All of Trump's exes live in the news cycle. Stephen looks at Rachel Crooks' accusations of sexual assault against the President and Playboy model Karen McDougal's account an extramarital affair.

The GOP Finally Proposes A Ban

A GOP representative assures us that our elected officials are hard at work to ban something even more dangerous than assault weapons: numbers.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Feb 21, 2018, 04:59 AM (4 replies)

Trump Cant Save Coal: More Capacity Closed in 2018 Than First Three Years of Obama Administration

“Beautiful, clean coal” is not seeing a resurgence, despite what the president claims.

Last week, the Sierra Club announced the latest U.S. coal plant to close: FirstEnergy’s Pleasants Power Station in West Virginia. It’s No. 268 in a long line of U.S. coal plants that have shut down since 2010, and among several to suspend operations this month.

The environmental organization lauded the closure as a victory in its Beyond Coal campaign and an affirmation that coal continues to lose when pitted against other fuel sources.

The latest Sustainable Energy in America Factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy noted that the steady march of coal plant closures did slow somewhat in 2017, with just six plants closing compared to the previous year’s eight. But BNEF expects the closure trend to resume next year, with nearly as much plant capacity set to shut down 2018 as during the 2015 peak, when the coal industry dropped 15 gigawatts.

Overall, the downward slide for coal continues. In addition to the West Virginia plant, the Sierra Club this month announced the phase-out of Luminant Energy’s Big Brown plant in Texas and the drawdown of coal burning at Talen Energy’s Brunner Island plant in Pennsylvania. American Electric Power also unveiled plans to invest in over 8 gigawatts of solar and wind, as well as to reduce its power plant emissions 60 percent below 2000 levels by 2030.

More: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/trump-cant-save-coal#gs.xq36=K0
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Feb 21, 2018, 02:03 AM (2 replies)

Trump Wants to Cut Funding for Clean Energy Research In Half

Meanwhile, China, India and the European Union aim to double funding for clean energy R&D.

Climate change is expected to drive demand for clean energy in the decades ahead, giving an edge to countries that invest in the manufacture and export of low-carbon technologies.

Despite this, President Trump is pushing to slash spending on clean energy research, even as America’s chief economic rivals aim to double public funding for the same. In doing so, experts say, the president is threatening to undermine U.S. competitiveness.

In recent years, technological advances have helped drive down the cost of wind, solar and other advanced energy technologies, boosting sales and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States. Much of that innovation has been fueled by federal funding. A 2013 study found the recent boom in wind and solar patents to be the result of “public investments in R&D and a fast rate of growth in markets for these technologies.”

Experts say that if the clean energy sector is to continue to create jobs and generate exports, the federal government must provide generous funding for research. “I think it’s important for the government to look out for growing sectors and to invest in competitiveness,” said David Hart, director of the Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at George Mason University. The cost of research into emerging technologies, he said, is often prohibitive, “and the risk is really intimidating for private companies.”

Much more: https://nexusmedianews.com/trump-wants-to-cut-funding-for-clean-energy-research-in-half-cf27a7dbecf6

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Feb 21, 2018, 01:56 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Parkland Shooting Survivors School Congress on Gun Violence

While Fox News and Marco Rubio dodge the topic of gun control after a school shooting in Parkland, FL, teen survivors stage protests to call for common sense legislation.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Feb 21, 2018, 12:06 AM (4 replies)

The Daily Show - Back in Black: How Territorial Rats Could Fix New York City's Transit Woes

Lewis Black catches up on all things New York City, from crime rates to famously faulty subways.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Feb 21, 2018, 12:03 AM (7 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Late Show's Alter Egos: Extra White House

A helpful guide to who is in (and recently out) of the Trump White House.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:26 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: What to Do About Problematic Statues

As New York City grapples with whether or not to remove statues of controversial historical figures, Michael Kosta finds out what the public thinks of the effigies.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:23 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Building Bridges (Not Walls) in Mexico

As the Trump administration begins building prototypes for the president's proposed border wall, Michael Kosta and Dulce Sloan learn about its impact on U.S.-Mexico relations.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:20 AM (2 replies)

The Daily Show - Ceasefire in Chicago: Lowering Crime in the Windy City

Roy Wood Jr. finds out how one former gang member is working to lower violent crime rates on the South Side of Chicago.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:11 AM (0 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - Trump vs. The World

America's reputation is being damaged by its own president. John Oliver, several dinosaurs, and the NYC Gay Men's Chorus remind the world that our country is...complicated.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Feb 19, 2018, 02:33 AM (9 replies)
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