We found a disturbing number of Fools-on-the-Hill supporting The Mad King's recent gutting of the Endangered Species Act but this fool gets the spotlight. “These final rules are a good start, but the administration is limited by an existing law that needs to be updated. I am working in the Senate to strengthen the law, so it can meet its full conservation potential,” Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (Repugnican–WY) said in a statement. "Conservation potential" in Repugnican-speak means.......meh!
We have breaking news! Ace climate criminal David Koch won't be here to kick around anymore. It seems he's gone to the place where all despoilers of Creation go. Tooooo bad.
We guess you've heard by now His Malignancy The Mad King has sort of claimed divine right? Actually he's gone way beyond that, claiming he is "The Chosen One". He said that with arms wide, looking up towards the heavens. We can't make this stuff up......we don't have to! the life-saving drug used to treat diabetes. Now Azar is....are you ready? Secretary of Health! We noted last time about some of The Mad King's other deceitful appointments for Cabinet Secretaries (many as "acting" thus avoiding disastrous confirmation hearings) like a coal lobbyist to head the EPA or an oil guy for Secretary of Interior, climate criminals all, but that's just the tip of the melting iceberg; that's right, there's more, WAY more! Soooo, as Greenland melts away, His Malignancy now ponders buying what remains, presumably for his own future golf courses or resorts, or is it because as Grist notes "the island is considered to be rich in valuable minerals, which may be easier to access as its vast ice sheets melt." Of course, once they all melt even The Mad King will have to relocate the infrastructure needed to get there.......or anywhere.
Now that "the scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99%" who the hell is left to tell "It's the Climate Crisis, Stupid!"? OK, that was a rhetorical question. We all know perfectly well who is still either a true climate criminal or simply a highly challenged enabler, yes? Enviro Show listeners (and readers of this blog) also know all too well that forests, forest soils and the organisms that dwell within, and even street trees are a critical component for capturing CO2 from our overburdened atmosphere. Sadly, some climate activists and climate groups have yet to realize this, but it seems every day more science and scientific-based opinion from leading activists comes out confirming this. That's the good news; the bad news is many of those forests are threatened not just by behind-the-curve government agencies but also by other pests, many of which are enabled by the Climate Crisis itself and, according to the National Academy of Science published study, "About 450 overseas pests that damage or feed on trees have been introduced to US forests due to the growth in international trade and travel." Thanks, so-called Free Trade!
How about a Quote of the Week?
"If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money." -- Guy McPherson
Friday September 20, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Boston Climate Strike! Stand with us on September 20th for Youth Climate Strike’s call to action to fight against the #climatecrisis. Following the lead of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of young people and adult allies will gather in Boston this September to kick off a week of climate action! We are a group of empowered young people who are passionate about saving our environment and are pushing for new practices and systems to lessen the impact on our climate and our planet. The climate strike in Boston is one of many strikes happening around the world on September 20th, so join us in fighting against #climatechange. WMass bus sign-up: bit.ly/wmass-rsvp.
Friday, September 20, 12 PM – 3pm. Walk Out for Climate! On September 20th, we stand in unity with youth, adults, and rebels all over the planet. To join the Sunrise Movement in Boston, visit bit.ly/wmass-rsvp At UMass, Sunrise Movement UMass Amherst and Extinction Rebellion Western MA invite students, staff, faculty, and community members to strike and stand together for climate justice. Further details to come! We hope you'll also join us for our declaration of rebellion on 9/27: https://bit.ly/2ZnjKp3
Friday September 20 4 - 6:00pm. Climate Emergency March for a Just Future-Solidarity w youth. Sheldon Park, 269 Bridge St. Northampton, MA01060 Map Our life support systems must be protected now! The students who strike on #fridaysFortheFuture know that this is n a climate emergency. We know that this is a climate emergency. 4 pm: gather & get organized. Sheldon Field Northampton commuter lot 4:30 step off march. Climate Emergency March & chanting to city hall. 5:00 protest rally at Northampton City Hall.