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Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 10:46 PM PST

Clean energy is hard to find

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Digging into Obama's answer to the energy and environment question broadcast on YouTube today. Terribly consistent with the average Illinois politician's support for more nuclear energy, coal, and corn.  He says very little on clean energy.  

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Sun Nov 01, 2009 at 07:18 PM PST

Climate Change Mirage

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The crap passing in Washington for climate change reminds a couple of EPA attorneys of the 1986 Challenger disaster (ignoring the warnings).  Others have compared it with complicity in a holocaust. When I hear Democrats tout it, I think of how a majority of Senate Democrats in 2002 voted for Bush's Iraq War.  The DKGreenroots Adopt a Senator (AAS, pronounced something like ass or arse) campaign to pass a climate change bill mentions its shortcomings next to never times, reminiscent of the British Prime Minister in 1938 who, after having met with Hitler, claimed to have secured peace for our time.

Do Not Fret.  Funny Ha Ha videos below will make you laugh and be happy.

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Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 07:45 PM PDT

Olympic Sized Nightmare

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Boss, Mike Royko's take on Mayor Richard J. Daley, tells how the Machine distracted attention from its first big scandal in 1959 by focusing on making Chicago into "fun town."  It was a police scandal when Venetian Night was created.  These days, while CPD continues to exhibit shameful behavior and innocent kids are daily being shot and beaten to death, especially in the black neighborhoods, Richard M. Daley is promoting the next big idea for Chicago, the 2016 Olympics.  If history is to repeat, it will bring greater police injustice and increased gentrification while mostly benefittng elite corporations.  And Daley has Obama sold on it.

Global financial meltdown and looming climate catastrophe, is not enough, reforming healthcare and wars galore is not enough, Daley is dragging Obama to Copenhagen to convince the International Olympic Committee to come to Chicago in 2016.

Do not be like Obama.  Do not be distracted.  We need sensible, sustainable, infrastructure projects, not more crap from the Chicago Democrat Machine.

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Obama, asked Friday first of all in Montana, to compare different health care systems around the world,

THE PRESIDENT: Well, Americans spend more than any other country on earth, you probably don't notice it because more of what would be your salary and wages is going to health insurance. But we're not healthier than these people in these other countries.  Most other countries have some form of single-payer system.  That's not what Max [D-MT] is working on, because for us to completely change that, it would be too disruptive. So we would give you a tax credit, a subsidy of some sort, to help you obtain insurance.  We would allow you to buy into a health care exchange, protect you from some of the policies that have not been very good for consumers, we would reform the insurance market for people who already have health insurance.  And if we do those things then we can preserve the best of what our system offers.

All right? Okay. Gentleman right there in the back, with the green.

This diary looks more at that answer, presidential leadership, and how global climate catastrophe can be next.

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Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 10:55 AM PDT

Take these jobs and shove it

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Chicago's Mayor Daley's environment commissioner last week on why his efforts to clean the air ignores the biggest polluters, two dirty old coal plants, responds with

the approach that gives any business that’s employing hundreds of people in the Chicago area time . . . is the preferable approach.

Illinois Governor Quinn this week signed a so-called renewable energy bill to

support construction of renewable energy and clean coal projects that will create jobs.

President Obama said this week of his support for ACES,

from my perspective, from an economic perspective, this is a job creator.

This diary looks at the jobs argument to support coal.

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Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 08:58 PM PDT

Daley da dope

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The Cook County Board passed an ordinance decriminalizing possession (tho not in Chicago) of less than 30 grams of marijuana (to $200 - $1,000 fine, arrest not necessary).  It still must be signed by CC President Todd Stroger to go into effect.

Now all the sudden, marijuana smoking is good for you. Can we take Lucky Strikes, mix ‘em together and say, ‘Smoking is coming back in the United States?’"

Chicago Mayor Daley said of the ordinance.  Daley, dude, IT WILL STILL BE ILLEGAL.  Nobody is advocating smoking weed.

The rest of this diary looks at more on marijuana from Daley, Todd Stroger, Mark Kirk, also coal and Obama.

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Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 05:20 AM PDT

Ounce of prevention . . .

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With so much attention now on health care reform, yet another study indicates air pollution is stupid in more ways than one

Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants . . . can adversely affect a child's intelligence quotient or IQ.

Per the EPA, the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), a less than stellar effort for clean air from coal power plants,

will provide health and environmental benefits valued at more than 25 timesthe cost of compliance

does not come close to fully valuing the public health benefits of using less wasteful, renewable energy, rather than coal.

This diary looks at Obama and the latest efforts to curb the hidden costs of using coal.

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Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 07:07 PM PDT

Grave Robbing & Chicago Democrats

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Today a search of "Chicago cemetery" finds a count of at least 1,293 stories about four Chicago-area cemetery workers accused of digging up hundreds of graves and dumping the remains so the burial plots could be resold.    This diary looks at similar actions by city officials throughout history, and how it relates to the environment and digging up more coal.

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The Center for American Progress, Obama's Neoliberals: Selling his Afghan War One Report at a Time, is to Jeremy Scahill

a very powerful reminder of how much neoliberals and neocons are alike . . .

This diary shows more of Scahill's look at Obama's U.S. war on Afghanistan, and then looks at blogger extraordinaire Joe Romm, who works CAPS climate change desk, a great example of a douchebag, as defined by David Sirota In These Times,

In Washington, douchebaggery has become synonymous with milquetoast political platforms.


Is "the center for American progress" an oxymoron?

72%34 votes
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The progressive movement is stymied by Washington based environmental groups such as the League of Conservation Voters (LCV).  A look at a 2008 House race Kos spent precious resources on (and lost) to last week's House passage of ACES shows it is true.

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Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 09:07 PM PDT

Obama's ACES loses to King Coal

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David Waldman in House comes up ACES writes

Where the Senate takes this, no one yet knows ... (though we know what direction the Senate usually turns).

My first diary takes on which way Obama will turn the senate, greener or toward more coal, by looking at his remarks after passage of the Cap-Trade-Offset bill known as ACES.  I see more coal.

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