What should be a sparkling opportunity to push forward an ambitious agenda on climate — to condemn Republicans for not just ignoring but fueling a crisis with increasingly human and economic consequences — is going quite literally up in smoke. Even the most dogged climate champions in Congress are doing something Republicans would never dream of: letting a crisis go to waste.
As Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt formally announced this week that he plans to pull the plug on the Clean Power Plan, Frontline released a documentary titled War on the EPA, which details the Trump administration's concerted effort to cater to the fossil fuel industry's dema
Janet Redman and D. Lascaris, Real News, October 5, 2017
D. LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, for The Real News Network. A new report by Oil Change International reveals that US taxpayers continue to pay out more than 20 billion in fossil fuel subsidies each year. Are these subsidies propping up an industry to protect America's national security? Or, as critics say, are these taxpayer funded giveaways designed to serve the interests of billionaire oil barons, who bear ultimate responsibility for what is now a global climate emergency?
Thanks to climate change, science and socialism have become entwined in ways previously unimaginable. Science brings the news that, unless we act swiftly to control climate change, we will inhabit a dying planet. Socialism traces the causes of this catastrophe to the destructive and chaotic growth model of capitalism and advocates for a different system. Meanwhile, sensing the source of danger to their profits, corporate and government reactionaries fuel disinformation campaigns to discredit science and confuse the public. This has been going on for years, with disastrous results.