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Germany's environment minister says no more meat at official functions

Barbara Hendricks has taken a controversial meat-free stance in order to set a good example for climate protection.

Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks announced earlier this week that meat and fish would no longer be served at official functions held by the Ministry of the Environment. Because animal agriculture creates such a toll on the environment, and plays a significant role in climate change and degradation of water and soil, Hendricks argues that the German government needs to do the responsible thing:

“We’re not telling anyone what they should eat. But we want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish.”

A department email requested that event caterers prioritize the purchase of seasonal, organic products, preferably those that have traveled the shortest distance, as well as fair-trade goods.

In a country where meaty foods like bratwurst, schnitzel, and pork knuckles are synonymous with cultural identity, this announcement has, not surprisingly, created quite a stir. It’s made worse by the fact that Hendricks is a member of the Social Democrats party (SPD), which is currently ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in the polls – and an election is just a few months away.


More: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/germanys-environment-minister-says-no-more-meat-official-functions.html
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Feb 25, 2017, 02:39 AM (5 replies)

Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.

The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, implying that such a barren landscape would not be harmed by oil rigs.

Sixteen years later, Murkowski's daughter is trying again. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up Alaska's northeast corner and is larger than West Virginia and Connecticut combined. With a Republican Congress and president, she's hopeful that the timing is right.

"If you ask me," she told The Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., "it's always been a good time to open it."


More: http://www.krgv.com/story/34581334/lawmakers-renew-push-for-drilling-in-alaska-wildlife-refuge



(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP). This undated aerial photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a herd of caribou on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Feb 24, 2017, 02:10 AM (14 replies)

House Democrats hit GOP over town hall protests in Twitter ad campaign

Source: The Hill

House Democrats’ campaign arm is launching Twitter ads that will target House Republicans in nearly two dozen districts over the backlash they’re facing at town halls over ObamaCare.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) ads, which were provided first to The Hill, will be running in 23 GOP-held districts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The digital ads will feature an image of a packed crowd at a town hall with an empty chair on the stage.

“Will Hurd voted to repeal the ACA with no plan to replace it,” one of the ads reads. “How he won’t hold a town hall with constituents.”

Protesters have been flooding town halls in lawmakers’ home states, particularly over the looming battle over ObamaCare and pushing back on repeal of former President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Republicans — many of them in swing districts — are seeking to avoid protesters at these in-person gatherings and opting instead for virtual town halls.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/320575-house-democrats-hit-gop-over-town-hall-protests-in-twitter-ad-campaign
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Feb 22, 2017, 07:27 AM (18 replies)

Wind power briefly sets record as source for electricity in U.S.

Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid.

SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.

Wind power in the SPP region has grown significantly to over 16,000 MW currently from less than 400 megawatts in the early 2000s and is expected to continue growing. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

"Ten years ago, we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability," SPP Vice President of Operations Bruce Rew said in a statement.

"Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It's not even our ceiling," Rew said.

More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southwestpowerpool-wind-idUSKBN15T269

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Feb 16, 2017, 03:47 AM (1 replies)

Sam Bee torches brown-noser Paul Ryan for helping wildly incompetent bumblef*cks take the WH

Video at link:

Sam Bee on Wednesday eviscerated Paul Ryan for enabling Donald Trump’s rise to power despite once being a principled conservative leader.

“The latest criss involving the president’s staff of wildly incompetent bumblef*cks has raised a lot of questions, and as ever, Kellyanne was there to not answer them,” Bee began on Wednesday’s episode of Full Frontal, playing a clip of Conway waxing poetic about how much President Donald Trump values “loyalty.”

“Loyalty is everything to him,” Bee said of the president. “And nobody has adapted to that reality better than Speaker of the House, and faithful husky, Paul Ryan.”

Noting Ryan’s former label as the “conscience of the Republican party” and the GOP’s “intellectual leader,” Bee asked how “a principled fiscal and social conservative like Ryan wound up in bed with a bigoted, adulterous grope machine” like Trump.


More: (Including video: ) http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/sam-bee-torches-brown-noser-paul-ryan-for-helping-wildly-incompetent-bumblefcks-take-the-white-house/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Feb 16, 2017, 01:39 AM (3 replies)

Scientists Drill Deep to Harness the Awesome Energy of Volcanoes

It's not every day that scientists can study a volcano up close, but researchers investigating the feasibility of volcano-powered electricity successfully drilled into the core of one in Iceland.

Scientists studied the volcanic system at Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, which has been dormant for more than 700 years, according to a hazard assessment by Verkis Consulting Engineers for Invest in Iceland.

The depths of Reykjanes' geothermal field — an area with high heat flow — had never been explored, researchers with the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) said in a statement. Beginning in August 2016, the IDDP spent 168 days drilling into the volcanic belly of Reykjanes. This well was completed on Jan. 25, reaching a record-breaking depth of nearly 3 miles (4.8 kilometers).

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Geothermal energy uses the heat trapped beneath the Earth's surface to generate electricity. Conventional geothermal energy utilizes steam from natural sources such as geysers, or by drawing water from the hot, high-pressue depths of the Earth. The hot vapors are then used to drive electric turbines.

In the case of volcanic geothermal energy, the heat comes from "supercritical water." The researchers explained that energy from so-called supercritical water is much higher than conventional geothermal steam. When molten rock and water meet, the extreme heat and pressure bring water to a "supercritical" state, where it is neither liquid nor gas. In this form, the water can carry more energy than normal steam, which could create up to 10 timesthe power output of other geothermal sources.

More: http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/scientists-drill-deep-harness-awesome-energy-volcanoes-n719096
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Feb 11, 2017, 06:13 AM (1 replies)

Did Neil Gorsuch Found a Fascism Forever Club'?

References to the organization appear to have been a yearbook-only joke.

Updated 2/6/17 at 2:30 p.m.: Catholic journal America Magazine reports the "Fascism Forever Club" was an in-yearbook joke, quoting the former student government adviser at Georgetown Prep during Neil Gorsuch's later high school years as saying students would create fake clubs and activities.

"They were all inside jokes on their senior pages,” Steve Ochs said.

In an update, The Daily Mail notes that a reference to the club appears in more than one place in Gorsuch's Georgetown Prep yearbook. But it also quotes a Gorsuch friend as saying the name of the club was a "self-deprecating joke" and that the organization never actually existed. A school spokesman also told Snopes.com that "no such club ever existed" there.


http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-02-02/neil-gorsuch-founded-fascism-forever-club-report-says?src=usn_tw
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Feb 6, 2017, 05:08 PM (6 replies)

In Rutland, sadness at Trump's ban

RUTLAND, Vt. — After two long days of travel and little sleep, two Syrian families landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at the eleventh hour for immigrants hoping to find a new life in the United States.

Vermont-bound, the first family arrived two days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration; the second, less than 24 hours before he took office.

The remaining 25 to 30 families supposed to arrive in Rutland this year may never get there. Their plans stalled when the president penned an executive order on Friday that banned Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S.

“They were the last out,” said Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras about the two families who resettled in his city of just under 16,000 less than two weeks ago.

“I feel desperate disappointment and sadness, and while I feel sadness for our community, the disappointment pales in comparison to the scale of the tragedy,” Louras said Tuesday in an interview at Rutland City Hall. “Unless there are substantive changes to the president’s order, they were the last to come to us. This is a national tragedy and people will die.”

More: http://poststar.com/news/in-rutland-sadness-at-trump-s-ban/article_4393e41f-77de-5b88-9d30-02ae564a58a5.html


Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 02:16 AM (2 replies)

Russian spy purge after suspected leaks to U.S. intelligence

There's a purge of spies underway in Moscow, where two high-ranking Russian security service agents, a cybersecurity expert and a fourth man have been charged with treason for passing along secrets to American intelligence, according to a lawyer defending one of the men.

The men were charged "with treason in favor of the United States," said Ivan Pavlov, the lawyer for one of the defendants.

So far, the counterintelligence raid is targeting computer security professionals -- men once trusted with Russian government secrets about hacking operations.

The crackdown comes shortly after the U.S. intelligence officials in October officially accused Russia of using hackers to try steering the presidential election to Donald Trump. American officials have never stated that Russian government insiders gave them information that led to that accusation.


http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/01/news/fsb-kaspersky-arrests/index.html
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Feb 2, 2017, 05:34 PM (3 replies)

Jonathan Alter on Bannon serving on the NSC:

https://twitter.com/jonathanalter/status/826284614188662784
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Jan 31, 2017, 01:44 AM (12 replies)
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