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FDR Populist Progressive who believes the environment trumps all. We\'re sinking the only ship we\'ve got, and govt leaders are ignoring it.

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The Inevitable Solar-Powered March Of The Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The Inevitable Solar-Powered March Of The Hydrogen Fuel Cell
September 7th, 2015 by Tina Casey

Researchers at Rice University are on to a relatively simple, low-cost way to get pry hydrogen loose from water, using the sun as an energy source. The new system involves channeling high-energy “hot” electrons into a useful purpose before they get a chance to cool down. If the research progresses, that’s great news for the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle market, which has been growing in some niche sectors but stumbling over the cost barrier when it comes to passenger cars and buses.

Renewable Hydrogen From Water

For those of you new to the topic, the high energy density of hydrogen makes it ideal for fuel cell electric vehicles, but manufacturing hydrogen is an energy-intensive process that currently depends on fossil natural gas as a source.

The emergence of solar water-splitters could solve both of those problems together, by using renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Wind, hydropower, and tidal energy are also possible “clean” power sources for manufacturing hydrogen from water.


Potable water resources aren’t necessarily compromised, as emerging technology works on less-than-clean water, including municipal wastewater.


The Rice University Solar Water-Splitter

The new Rice University hydrogen system resolves some of the problems besetting conventional water-splitting attempts....

Read full article here~
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/09/07/inevitable-solar-powered-march-hydrogen-fuel-cell/


Phenomenal news!!!

Will Joe pass the Elizabeth Warren test?...Biden: "I’m not a populist like Bernie"

I read 2 articles this morning that are interesting & at the same time disappointing. I was hoping Joe was a closet populist & dreams of running the country for the people (iow, as a populist) with Elizabeth as his VP. I don't think its meant to be...

Biden: I’m not a populist like Bernie
The Hill
9/3/15

Vice President Biden's comments about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stole the show at a Wednesday fundraising event in which Biden skipped talk of his own presidential plans.

"I’m not a populist like Bernie," Biden told a group of donors in Miami, according to an attendee who spoke to a pool reporter. The vice president added that Sanders "was doing a great job exciting his crowds," the person said.

Biden’s comment about Sanders came in front of a crowd that was filled with Clinton supporters. The event's host, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), is backing the former secretary of State's presidential campaign.

“You can love Joe and you can love Hillary at the same time," the person in the audience said. "And I think there were a lot of people in the room that felt that way."

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/252624-biden-im-not-a-populist-like-bernie



The Elizabeth Warren test: Why Joe Biden’s presidential run may be over before it begins
by David Sirota
SALON
9/4/15

If the vice president decides to enter the race, he faces the scorn of his party's most influential progressive

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the U.S. presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically disdained, charging him with acting as a tool of the credit card industry by limiting debt relief for people grappling with financial troubles.

As a Harvard law professor in 2002, Warren published a journal article excoriating Biden for playing a leading role in delivering legislation that made it more difficult for Americans to reduce debts through bankruptcy filings. As the senator from Delaware, Biden’s repeated push for the bill — signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005 — amounted to “vigorous support of legislation that hurts women,” Warren declared. She said “the group that will be most affected by the changes in the bankruptcy legislation Senator Biden so forcefully supports will be women, particularly women heads of household who are supporting children.”

...Snip...

“He has shielded his colleagues on both sides of the aisle from being branded as anti-women for their support of this legislation,” Warren wrote. “Senator Biden can publicly support one very visible piece of legislation on behalf of women, satisfying his duty and assuring the loyal support of millions of women. He is then free to be a zealous advocate on behalf of one of his biggest contributors, the financial services industry, and still position himself as a champion for women.”

While some Democratic activists are pining for a Biden-Warren ticket, Warren’s writing suggests such a political marriage would be more than a bit complicated.

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/04/the_elizabeth_warren_test_why_joe_bidens_presidential_run_may_be_over_before_it_begins_partner/


Go, Bernie or O'Malley, Go!

& may We the People get our Populist agenda someday soon! Its sure not going to happen if we elect another Corporate Establishment Dem...

Bernie Sanders: The Environment Deserves a Debate

Bernie Sanders: The Environment Deserves a Debate
EcoWatch
8/31/2015

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is speaking out against the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision to hold only four general primary debates before the nomination, saying there needs to be room for specific topics, such as the environment.

.@BernieSanders isn’t sure that Hillary Clinton can take on billionaires and says the “same old” won’t cut it http://t.co/rGxvJYiBlM

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 30, 2015

In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union (H/T ThinkProgress) on Sunday, Sanders explained, “I think environmentalists deserve a debate so we could talk about how we move aggressively to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel.

....Snip...

Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of ScienceDebate, told ThinkProgress that she thinks voters should know where presidential candidates stand on a variety of science-related issues such as climate change, health and energy.

“People talk about these issues as if they’re just science issues and they’re really just human challenges,” she said. “No matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, they’re going to affect you and your family.”

As Evan McMurry wrote for AlterNet, Sanders is recognized for his glowing record on climate change, and even if he does not win the nomination, he can influence the debate, in part by framing climate change as a primary issue.

Also during his interview with CNN, Sanders further expressed the urgency to address the planet’s climate crisis and the necessity to shift away from dirty energy....

Read more~
http://ecowatch.com/2015/08/31/bernie-sanders-climate-debate/


That is one terrific idea. One debate, all on environmental issues. Wouldn't that be amazing?!

It's my opinion though, it will never happen. At least not for 2016.

In Alaska, Obama Highlights Climate Change While His Decisions Draw Accusations of 'Hypocrisy'

In Alaska, Obama Highlights Climate Change While His Decisions Draw Accusations of 'Hypocrisy'
Environmental groups are outraged over his drilling policies.

by Kate Sheppard, Senior reporter/Environment and energy editor, The Huffington Post
8/31/2015



WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama visits Alaska this week, he is facing criticism and outright outrage from environmental advocates who say his focus on climate change while in the region contradicts his administration's decision to allow Shell to drill there.

The administration granted Shell permission to begin exploratory oil and gas drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer. And Obama plans to put a major emphasis on climate change during his visit to Alaska, the frontline of climate change's effects in the United States. Environmental groups say the mixed messaging from Obama constitutes "climate hypocrisy." The liberal group Credo Action put up a website mocking Obama's visit as his "Mission Accomplished" moment, likening it to George W. Bush's 2003 speech declaring that the U.S. had "prevailed" in Iraq.

"He somehow has made himself believe that you can have this transition to a clean energy economy and take action on climate change, and continue to develop domestic oil and gas," said Marissa Knodel, a climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth. "If you continue to drill and develop these resources, you're going to continue to contribute to the production of greenhouse gases. They're contradictory."

Obama tried to head off this particular line of criticism ahead of his Arctic visit, the first by a sitting president. "Now even as we accelerate this transition, our economy still has to rely on oil and gas," said Obama in his recorded weekly address on Saturday. "As long as that's the case, I believe we should rely more on domestic production than on foreign imports, and we should demand the highest safety standards in the industry -- our own."

....For one, it's not clear exactly how much oil is even up there, let alone how much can be easily accessed. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated in 2008 that there are 90 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil in the entire Arctic Region, and 84 percent of that is offshore. That's enough to provide about three years of oil for the world, according to consumption estimates from the International Energy Agency. The oil in offshore Alaska is only estimated at around 26.6 billion barrels -- or less than a year's supply for the world....

full story~
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-alaska-climate-change_55e4be9be4b0b7a96339f3d5


Left whispers to Warren: It’s not too late to run

Left whispers to Warren: It’s not too late to run
The Hill
8/23/2015



Liberal activists and strategists argue Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would be beating Hillary Clinton in the polls by now if she had opted to run for president as a champion of Wall Street reform.

At a time when nervous Democrats are eyeing 72-year-old Vice President Biden and former Vice President Al Gore — who left office 15 years ago — as potential alternatives, some liberals say it’s not too late for Warren to jump in.

“I think she’d be beating Hillary. That’s my opinion,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, who earlier this year worked on a campaign to draft Warren to run for president.

....Snip....

“My members and the general public believe that it’s time we got some economic justice in this country. The ultra, ultra rich are running things,” he said. “My members and the public think it’s time Wall Street stops controlling Main Street and Main Street has a shot to get this country moving again.”

Shelton said he would love it if Warren gave a second though to running for president.

“Have you heard that Elizabeth Warren is going to change her mind? I’d be real interested if she did,” he said.

“I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Warren. I think she’d do well,” he added, though he declined to speculate whether she’d be leading the polls now had she jumped in.

Democrats say Clinton has some trouble generating excitement....

....Snip....

If Warren had run for president, she would have put Clinton on her heels, liberals say.

“The enthusiasm, the energy that Warren tapped into would have made her an incredibly strong contender. She obviously decided not to get in the race but there’s no doubt that her agenda is exactly where the primary electorate is,” said Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.org, which helped launch the “Run Warren Run” campaign.

....Snip....

Read full article here~
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/elizabeth-warren-not-too-late-to-run-2016-election



My proud Post 5000, hidden back here in the EWG....These are my peeps, peeps! Proud DFA & MoveOn member here who agrees with everything copied/pasted above.

Pathetic, I know, but I'm an eternal optimist.

Hope anyone reading this doesn't take it too seriously. Just some wishful thinking by people who are still mourning Warren's decision to not run for President of the United States in 2016. And deep down wishing, still, that she change her mind.

Take pity on us.

Ben & Jerry want our help in fighting against another disasterous war in the ME!!

From a MoveOn email today~

4 Votes Short

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

This is Ben and Jerry—yes, of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. We're writing today to ask for your help to stop another disastrous, unnecessary, Middle East war.

Right now we have an amazing opportunity to defend the Obama Administration's historic diplomatic deal to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And yet, some of the same warmongers who led us into Iraq want to sabotage this deal and put us on a path to war with Iran—and some Democrats are thinking about going along with them!

That's not the leadership we need. We need more voices like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has declared, "The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, it is how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner."


That's why we're asking you to join us and sign a petition that sends a strong message to all Democrats: If you undermine the Obama Administration's historic diplomatic agreement with Iran, we'll withhold all campaign donations from your campaigns and party committees in the next election.


If the Senate overrides President's Obama's Iran deal, it risks putting us on a path toward war. But despite that—and despite thousands of phone calls, petitions, and meetings—we're still FOUR VOTES SHORT of what we need to stop the Senate from doing just that, according to media reports.2

So it's time to start talking in terms that politicians understand: money.
It's that simple. Be the party of peace and diplomacy—or don't expect any support when you're running on your record of saber-rattling and fear mongering.

Will you click here to sign the petition with us—and join MoveOn's donor strike?

We're businesspeople—and we know that if we sold an inferior product, people would stop buying it.

Well, Democrats who side with war hawks instead of diplomacy and peace are selling an inferior product. And we're not buying it anymore.

These Democrats just need to learn from recent history. They were bulldozed into giving President George W. Bush the power to invade Iraq. Look how that turned out!


And now wimps like Senator Chuck Schumer—who expects to be the next Senate Democratic Leader—are coming out against the deal.3 He was wrong on Iraq. Now, he's wrong on Iran.

And Senator Robert Menendez today came out against the deal—in spite of the fact that he was elected in 2006 based on his vote against the Iraq War.4 He was right on Iraq, but now he's on the wrong side of history.

That's not the leadership we need. We need more voices like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who believe that "war should be the last resort."

So far, more than 25,000 MoveOn members have signed the petition and made the pledge. We're just two more—and we hope you'll join us.

Click here to sign the petition. Join MoveOn's donor strike now and let's stop a war before it begins.

As businesspeople, we understand the "bottom line." And here's what it is: Democratic wimps and chicken-hawks need to come to their senses—or be cut off. It's that simple.

Sincerely,
–Ben & Jerry


Please take just one minute to sign the pledge.

We need Democrats to be Democrats!! And we sure don't need more deaths in pointless wars in the ME. Plus, we could kind of use the billion$ another new war would cost here at home.

Report slams Koch brothers as their Columbus event opens (local news)

Report slams Koch brothers as their Columbus event opens
The Columbus Dispatch
8/21/15

The Koch brothers’ confab is coming to Columbus today, and a liberal group has rolled out a welcome mat — leading straight into a buzz saw of criticism. A 92-page report — “How the Kochs Have Polluted Ohio with Their Business & Politics” — was released by the Bridge Project, a nonprofit group “dedicated to exposing the conservative movement’s dishonest tactics, dismantling its extreme ideology, and shining light on the moneyed special interests that fund it.” The group’s super-PAC is American Bridge, which tracks GOP candidates and conducts opposition research, funded by unlimited donations from unions and major Democratic donors such as George Soros.

Five Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to attend the two-day Defending the American Dream Summit at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are speaking this afternoon, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are slated for Saturday afternoon.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not among the speakers. When asked why, Christopher Neefus, deputy director of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, the event’s sponsor, replied, “We just don’t think it’s right to talk about who was invited or not invited to any particular event. The Americans for Prosperity volunteers who attend the conference are going to be treated to a range of views and ideas on tackling economic issues we face.”

The Bridge Project’s study detailed widespread involvement by the Koch brothers in Ohio, from a host of campaign contributions to support of right-to-work to ownership of Georgia Pacific, whose plant on the South Side has raised environmental concerns for years. The company is an independently operated and managed part of Koch Industries. It was tagged with 11 “serious” violations — which means death or serious physical harm could result — earlier this year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency proposed fines topping $60,000.

The report also was critical of the Kochs’ involvement in campaigns against the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium levy last year and various local issues and school levies across the state. And it chronicled extensive campaign contributions for Ohio Republicans running for statewide office, U.S. Senate, Congress and the legislature....

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/08/21/koch-brothers-event-brings-critical-report.html






Scary Stuff.

More important than worrying about Trump, IMO.


Illegal Dumping of Fracking Wastewater May Be Linked to Radioactivity in PA Creek, Experts Say

Illegal Dumping of Fracking Wastewater May Be Linked to Radioactivity in PA Creek, Experts Say
EcoWatch
8/20/2015


Water at the edge of the Clyde Mine discharge in East Bethlehem Township turns the water orangey red where it flows into Ten Mile Creek. Photo credit: Natasha Khan / PublicSource

...“There’s something going on there that’s not right,” Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazett. “The radiation, together with higher bromide levels than you would expect to see coming out of a deep mine, point to drilling wastewater.

In April 2014, under pressure from local environmental groups, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had taken samples from the same mine, the Clyde Mine in Washington County, Pennsylvania, as it discharged into 10 Mile Creek, a popular destination for boaters and fishermen.

Those tests showed one sample with radioactive materials (specifically radium 226 and radium 228) totaling 327 pci/l at and a second totaling 301 pci/l—in other words, up to 65 times the radium levels that the EPA considers safe in drinking water.

Some had speculated that the 2014 test results could simply have been flukes or false positives, a claim that seems less likely now that the subsequent round of testing by independent researchers also showed the presence of radioactivity.

The DEP is continuing to investigate, but some in the region say that these efforts are less than satisfactory.

The DEP has known of elevated levels of radiation in the streams for more than a year, during which time countless people have recreated in (the water) and been exposed to possible harm,” Patrick Grenter, director of Center for Coalfield Justice, told the state press.

The discharges from the Clyde Mine flow into Ten Mile Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River, which serves as a drinking water supply for much of Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/08/20/radioactivity-fracking/

Critique of HRC From Bernie Supporters Shouldn't Lead to the Phrase 'You Sound Like A Republican!"

Critique of Hillary From Bernie Supporters Shouldn't Lead to the Phrase 'You Sound Like A Republican!'
by H. A. Goodman
8/19/2015

....big Snip....

...This divide between Hillary and Bernie camps is growing, and it's still 447 days away from Election Day. Thus far, I've already "unfriended" two people from Facebook, I've succumb to endless Twitter debates, and I've done my best to convince (successfully, I might add) friends and family that Bernie is far better for Democrats and the country than Clinton. However, this battle for the soul of the Democratic Party isn't merely a vapid clash of old regime against progressives tired of Democrats who vote for wars, own personal servers, can't answer simple questions about Keystone XL, and promote unfair trade deals 45 separate times.

No, this liberal infighting isn't only about competing allegiances. It's about values, communication style (one candidate answers questions directly, the other uses semantics as a shield), regulating Wall Street, a debate over Clinton's aggressive foreign policy and Bernie's recent Congressional Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the future of the Democratic Party. Will the cold "pragmatism" of Clinton's past become our progressive future, or will the Racial Justice Platform of Bernie Sanders and his willingness to break up the banks emerge as the next era of liberal politics?

Ultimately, the supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have two opposing mentalities. Many Clinton voters believe that any critique of Clinton's scandals should be linked to either Benghazi, or a right wing conspiracy to undermine the Clintons. These supporters usually warn others about never criticizing Hillary Clinton, since often times the belief exists that Bernie Sanders can't possibly win a general election, and any critique would only be used against the "eventual" nominee.

...Snip...

Inevitably on the part of Clinton supporters, any honest critique, even from a liberal Democrat, leads to the following rebuttal:

"You sound like a Republican!"

Or, my personal favorite, simply one word that summarizes the viewpoint of many Clinton supporters when presented with a logical critique:

"Benghazi!"

....Snip...According to an article in The Hill titled Clinton probe tests FBI chief, even the FBI must defend itself from accusations of partisanship:....

....Snip...

...Therefore, is it rational to call the FBI a partisan agency intent on ensuring Bernie Sanders wins at the expense of Hillary Clinton?

Is the FBI acting like a Republican?......

Plenty more to read here~
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/critique-of-hillary-from-bernie-supporters-shouldnt-lead-to-the-phrase_b_8007684.html

So do I.

64 other countries require GMO labeling, & show they care more about their people's rights than corporate payoffs. They should be proud!


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