Dear GOP, Please Put Our Country Before Party and trump !  Thank you Michael D’Antuono
Posted: 12 May 2018 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Here’s a big shout out to Michael D’Antuono for having the cojones to march this around Washington D.C.

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Country Before Party Campaign
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RK2FIDe-VY&t

Artist/activist, Michael D’Antuono took his art and message to our nation’s Capitol
with his “Country First” fleet of mobile billboards
. The message is aimed at the GOP to put country before party, 
protect us from Russian hacking of our elections and a president potentially compromised by Putin, porn stars and playmates.
Along the way he interviewed tourists both domestic and foreign bout Trump, the GOP and the state of our democracy.

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Posted: 12 May 2018 12:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Speaking of putting our Country before their Party.  Here’s a little flashback.

Koch network ‘piggy banks’ closed until Republicans pass health and tax reform
Koch officials said that the network’s midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m,
but donors are demanding legislative progress

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/26/koch-network-piggy-banks-closed-republicans-healthcare-tax-reform
June 2017
At a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress.

One Texas-based donor warned Republican lawmakers that his “Dallas piggy bank” was now closed, until he saw legislative progress.

“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” said Doug Deason. “Get it done and we’ll open it back up.” ...

After that, it’s on to dismantling the E.P.A.

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Posted: 12 May 2018 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Scott Pruitt is slowly strangling the EPA
The unprecedented regulatory slowdown and rollbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency.
By Umair Irfan Updated Mar 8, 2018
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/1/29/16684952/epa-scott-pruitt-director-regulations

The mandate of the head of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and enforce environmental regulations.

Yet when he reflected on his first year in office in a recent report, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt celebrated the rollback of 22 regulations under his watch, and cheered President Donald Trump’s rejection of climate science and policy.

This is the EPA administrator whose tenure has also been marked by highly unusual, even paranoid, precautions: armoring himself with a 24/7 security detail, building a $25,000 secret phone booth in his office, spending $9,000 to sweep his office for surveillance bugs, and hiding his schedule from the public.

But some of the biggest, and most overlooked, changes Pruitt has made at the EPA have come by not doing anything at all. He’s steering the EPA’s work at an agonizingly slow pace, delaying and slowing the implementation of laws and running interference for many of the sectors EPA is supposed to regulate. His EPA has also collected far fewer fines from polluters than any of the last three administrations during the same time.

With more staff and funding cuts looming, even fewer toxic chemicals and other environmental hazards will be measured, and the statutes that protect against them won’t be enforced.

“People will get sick and die,” Christine Todd Whitman, who served as EPA administrator under President George W. Bush, told Vox. “It’s that simple.” ...

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Posted: 12 May 2018 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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https://www.ecowatch.com/pruitt-koch-brothers-2168374155.html
Lorraine Chow - Dec. 28, 2016

Scott Pruitt—Donald Trump’s controversial pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—is under fire for his supposed ties to a nonprofit controlled by billionaire oil tycoons, Charles and David Koch.

Pruitt prioritized giving speeches to Koch and Mercer funded groups in his first year at EPA
Scott Pruitt gave nearly ten speeches to right-wing think tanks.
NATASHA GEILING - APR 19, 2018
https://thinkprogress.org/scott-pruitts-speeches-conservative-think-tanks-climate-denier-13f431dcced6/

... “Scott Pruitt’s frequent – and frequently secret – speeches to industry and right-wing political groups are another example of how he uses EPA to further his own ambition instead of serving the public,” Tom Pelton, spokesman for the Environmental Integrity Project, told ThinkProgress via email.

“If Administrator Pruitt were doing his job right,” Pelton said, “he’d be talking with and listening to everyone who depends on clean air and water.  Instead, he spends all of his time – and the public’s money – hanging out with industry lobbyists and right-wingers he can count on to sing his praises.” ...

Who’s Backing Scott Pruitt to Head the EPA? The Koch Brothers.

Got Science? | February 2017
https://www.ucsusa.org/publications/got-science/2017/got-science-feb-2017#.WvdFLGaZNPs

The two dozen nonprofit groups and Senate committee members who spoke up to defend Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, have at least two things in common.

Like Pruitt, they’re climate science deniers. And, like Pruitt, most of them are funded by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own the coal, oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries.

That funding helps explain why they all consistently misrepresent the scientific consensus on climate change. After all, money buys influence, and since 1997, Koch foundations have paid a network of think tanks and advocacy groups more than $88 million to spread climate science disinformation—more than twice what ExxonMobil, the second-biggest denier-network funder, has spent. Likewise, Koch Industries has contributed $38.5 million to federal candidates over the last 25 years and spent another $117 million since 1998 on lobbying. ...

Koch denial network is alive and well

In advance of Pruitt’s nomination hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on January 18, a coalition of 23 nonprofit groups sent a letter to the entire Senate urging his confirmation. “Attorney General Pruitt has consistently fought for Oklahoma families and communities,” the letter states, “and has been a stalwart defender against federal intrusion into state and individual rights.”  ...

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Posted: 12 May 2018 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It would be interesting if we had a national poll that could assess how many give damned.
That would be an interesting one to look at.

Any of you folks know of anyone who’s written any papers on gaging general apathy towards the state of our environment and such?

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