Trump Undoing Climate Protections - The Fate Of the Planet Is At Stake

Just as global warming appears to be reaching a dangerous new phase, Donald Trump has begun dismantling what little climate protections we do have.

He's calling it a win for workers.

But who's really going to come out on top?

West Virginia miners or the coal barons who've robbed their state blind?

Yesterday Donald Trump announced a new executive order gutting President Obama's climate change legacy.

As expected, the order lifts a moratorium on federal coal leases.

It also calls for a review of the Clean Power Plan, which would have cut toxic C02 emissions by 32 percent.

Speaking at the White House, Trump portrayed this all as a big win for miners.

"I made them this promise: we will put our miners back to work... Today, I'm taking bold action to follow through on that promise. My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We'll have clean coal -- really clean coal."

Those mining jobs are not coming back, automation and natural gas have made sure of that. All this is going to do is slightly slow down the inevitable death of the coal industry. So why are we endangering the future of the planet just to pad the pockets of a few coal barons?


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deepspace 6 years 8 weeks ago

Of all Trump's numerous idiocies -- too many to list here (just read one day's headlines) -- the denial of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption is his greatest hit, the only legacy that future generations are sure to remember.

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twelter001 6 years 8 weeks ago

The reason that we have to allow this to happen so that these same coal barons will get their payoffs. Once this happnes, we won't have to pay anymore and the coal industry can die a normal death just like lead, iron etc. It is a small price to pay to get rid of the middlemen.

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bill turner 6 years 8 weeks ago

The poxy allah-phants in the room are still .....No 1. mus-lam demands infidel-genocide No 2. No moslum is a civilian (not allowed to be). NOTE. The only purpose of being (or remaining) muzee, is the juvenile-misogynistic (mosque-promised) Fantasy-rapist-future, supplied by their fictitious Mass-Murder-Motivator and Planet-Re-placer, (who they call MAHDI (Santa-Claus, / Uncle-Pervy) who is to supply the promised 7 levels of muzi-(rapist) heven. And all this muz-lamic cock & bull (Concocted originally) to help motivate-mentality, the massacre of the local (7th-century) Semite neighbors, plus steal all land / products / assets in all the (then) known, flat-world. .... But, NOTE. mahdi; will not bring the sexual-sweets / river of wine / 300 sexy boys / new bigger cok/ sex 100 times a day (raping your grand-children) or the new & flatter-than-flat planet-pedo. etc. etc. until any-place housing Jews, (then & forever) is totally eliminated (today called Israel / USA plus ?). ....I repeat....No mo-slum is a civilian. Its just a question of, are they at Stage 1. Stage 2. or Stage 3. ..Thats why world-war has been continuous, since muz-lam was invented and wherever mos-lam is allowed, there will never be / can never be, (ever), a genuine truce. (or peaceful-end), to this 7th century voodoo-insanity. (duh).........Their Infidel-genocide Project is (Stage 1.) INVADE (deceive and infiltrate) the next golden-goose) (and try to appear a non-combatant i.e. Barry O'SoFraudo)... Stage 2. Is. SUBVERT & WEAKEN (mentally & financially) with contemptuous hand-biting/ crime of every sort (and is always a tax-paying infidel (slaves) nightmare ) to fund (then sucker-punch) the next bunch of too-civilized ostriches/ do-do good-ers.. Stage 3. (ISIS) Blatant/ Open, INFIDEL-GENOCIDE (yes you / anyone productive/ civilized) .. Stage 4. Is mahdi (uncle-pervy) RAPIST-REWARD (for mass-murder) . . Today you see in Europe the current Trojan-camels, marching, full of sKILLed migrants, (KILL, usually in the media fine-print) muzi-mafia, death-squads, (a moslami-tsunami of rapeUgees). Re-combining again, the Unholy anti-semitic trinity, of muzi, nazi and micks. (from WW flare-up No 2)... .NOTE. the muzi world-conquest (war), which has been continuous since the invention of mos-lam are today, traitorously-aided (and abetted), by socialist media-prostitutes, relentlessly-camouflaging them as deserving-victims (or as a beneficial ? religion ?) but obvious to blind-Freddy that muz-lam has always been just a medi(very)evil, mafia pyramid-scam, (usually hidden in plain view), but still needing and demanding, rote-learning of mythology, as the pinnacle-Project, (for a primary-purpose), of systematic child-abuse (to produce these permanently-indoctrinated-dolts) but its not visible (apparently) to the media/ legal-prostitutes, peace-nicks, and other Obamic, useful-idiot bribed/ extorted pawns). ...Any policing-troops, sent to try to stop them killing each other, or explain the golden-rule / untangle that web of snakes, (ASPS) (Apartheid, Supremacist, Parasitic, Shitheads,) is a total waste of time /money (and futile/ thankless-optimism). As when anyone mentions the golden rule; (or the world is round) is when they suddenly join-forces (to fight off any disruption to madhi cuming) as both sides (the too-muzi & the not-enough-muzi) both believe it is their rape-reward (of your grand children) is exclusively theirs ( and that is why their self-culling cannibalism, has been the biggest killer of moslums for centuries) mostly between the lazy-sluts (parasitic population-bomb-ers) against the Stage 3 rs. (over-eager rabid-rapists). Well it is just 7th century, medieval, violent-voodoo after all, so what do you expect ? duh). Always insanely-insane, but now (via fossil-oil) insanely-rich /and now still also funded by the banking/wanking Illuminati (who always fund and promote any conflict) so turbo-charged to / is, now corrupting-sanity world-wide (via funding both media-prostitutes / socialist (economy-killing) political parties) etc.. You dont think Saudi Arabia got to control the UN/EU, based on their human-rights records, Did you ?. Or why they fund / control irresponsible, parasitic-cretin thug-groups worldwide, from the usual suspect rent-a-mobs (the useful-idiots socialist gang-greenies/ global warming / communal-bicycles wankers) through to Black-Lies-Matter NOTE. Co2 is rising (beneficially ) at 1 millionth, per 5 years. (following a sun-driven warming since the last mini ice-age) at 0.8* per century. So all non-moslum industrious-productivity must stop immediately. WTF ? Who will benefit ? (Yes no-one) NOTE muzi do still chant Praise the Prophet (pedophile) not this planet. (With head in sand 5 times a day, kissing stones and chanting death to you should know who (by now.) The 8th century Arab-warning never trust a moslum is never truer. P.S. I suggest you buy Gun-Deodorant (for under both arms).,,,,As muzi sharia (slavery/ blasphemy-codes), are controlling you already. And whether killing while dying (or dying while killing) muz-lam still promises rape, as reward for your murder.

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Backwoods MT 6 years 8 weeks ago

If Trump opens his mouth (or uses twitter) its is a lie:

No miners are going back to work. Any that have lost their jobs are for a variety of reasons, mostly economic, in that coal is simply too expensive.

It wasn't "bold action" it was whimpy action from a looser. Bold action would be funding and incentives for solar and wind. Now that would create real jobs, lasting jobs, and skilled jobs.

Ther is no "clean coal" never has been, and never will be. This is simple science of combustion. Even if you somehow were to get energy out of coal without burning it, the environmental results of mining are anything but clean.

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stecoop01 6 years 8 weeks ago

When is it going to end? If this continues, they'll shut down all the sewage treatment plants and dump raw sewage in to our lakes and rivers. "America The Beautiful" will become "America The Dirty And Stinky".

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deepspace 6 years 8 weeks ago

Note to bill turner (#3):

Don't drop acid and watch Fox Faux News.
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gregthrower@yah... 6 years 8 weeks ago

If our president was reflective he would realize there is nothing remarkable in making his legacy one of simply UN-doing the actions of his predecessor. He seems to have absolutely no creative/critical thought of his own. So sad.

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mitche51 6 years 8 weeks ago

"....really clean coal..." ?? Is that like "a really nice kick in the groin..." ?

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Kend 6 years 8 weeks ago

Look at the bright side. Plants are happy. More food for them. I heard a rumour plants where going to file a class action lawsuit against the US government because it was trying to starve them to death with all the CO 2 reductions

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k. allen 6 years 8 weeks ago

This sounds true:

(twelter001 - #2)
"The reason that we have to allow this to happen so that these same coal barons will get their payoffs. Once this happnes, we won't have to pay anymore and the coal industry can die a normal death just like lead, iron etc. It is a small price to pay to get rid of the middlemen."
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atheist1a 6 years 8 weeks ago

The man who destroyed the world? His hatred knows no bounds and millions of us remain his helpless victims who can do nothing but have our private rage? What is wrong here? My answer as it always has been is religion. This man is backed by right wing Catholics and Protestants who would have collaborated with Hitler. We let these churches get away with their support of the third reich during WWII and are continuing to grant them privileges and exemptions from our democratic rules. We are living to see the horrible results of this terrible mistake as they now use Trump to dismantle our constitutional protections against their tyranny. When are we going to wake up and stop the automatic tax exemption religion gets? Do we have to let religion destroy our democracy first before we all realize this?

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humanitys team 6 years 8 weeks ago

Time to Awaken The Species . It 's a great book it gives us 16 differences that an advanced race of beings who are more evolved than us would implement in their society.

We as a young lesser evolved species are really not out of toddler stage yet. But those of us awake have to step up and step out and show the way . Organised religion has been slowing our evolutionary path for millenia, time to transcend those beliefs that keep us in bondage.

Those of us that are awake have to self select and be the catalyst to awaken others .

Todd Grimm 6 years 8 weeks ago

Kend, I know you wrote that because you just wanted to be cute and sassy, and not add a worthy addition to this conversation. Still, I'll politely give you this fact-filled information to cure your misunderstanding.

Legend 6 years 8 weeks ago

The jobs are in renewable energy.

The Burlington Northern rail line is near my home. Serves southern Colorado, Parts of W Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. 1 rail car is 225,000 pounds of coal net. 100+ cars per train. 24 trains per day, 24/7/365.25. The good side is wind and solar are growing rapidly in this area. Every MW is one less railcar.

Saying "really clean coal" shows how stupid and out of touch the man is. The only good part is the prevailing winds are west to east and he lives in the east. You can only imagine how out of touch that you would get living in an Ivory Tower, traveling by private jet, weekending in Mar-a-Lago and having every aid sucking up to you. The damage done by the Trump voters will never be recovered.

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RFord 6 years 8 weeks ago

The people of West Virginia are not as stupid as Trump thinks they are or Trump is not as smart as they thought he was. West Virginians know coal jobs are not returning and that know that there will be less coal jobs in the future. What they want are jobs in other industries, good paying jobs, jobs with health care and retirement. What they are getting is crazy talk from a crazy man about putting them back to work in jobs that are disappearing due to a more mechanized coal industry and power plants switching over to gas rather than coal. Coal is losing out to solar and wind power too. West Virginians are beginning to realize like people all across the country that they voted for the wrong person.

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DFMM 6 years 8 weeks ago

We might need even less coal.

Maybe we should tell the pro-coal people that if the climate warms, winters would be warmer, we would need less heating, and we'd need less coal.

Dan, San Diego

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deepspace 6 years 8 weeks ago

RFord, excellent analysis! So far, unfortunately, only about 3% of Trump voters regret their decision, according to a breakdown by Five-Thirty-Eight of recent aggregate polling data. Although it's only been two months, how much more evidence do they need to prove that they voted for a crazy man, who literally suffers from numerous psychoses? "Never underestimate the stupidity of the American electorate."'s picture
randolphgarriso... 6 years 8 weeks ago

In all honesty, we passed the point of no return several months ago. What ever trump does will not affect the outcome. All life on the earth will become extinct in 17 to 37 years from now. We lack the technology to reverse the global warming, we can slow it down long enough to get a few expeditions off to settle on mars.

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Kilosqrd 6 years 8 weeks ago

"All life on the earth will become extinct in 17 to 37 years from now." Randolph

I guess I am the only one laughing at this over-the-top, ridiculous, no basis in fact, stupid statement. By all means, keep making such statements. Humor is great for the soul.


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BoxCar 6 years 7 weeks ago

REAL HOAX on climate change is Idea we can do anything about it>

Max Planck Institute of Solar System Research in Germany have found Earth's AST or Avg Surface Temp used to track solar output, up & down until 1980 when solar output spiked (Heat Waves across the planet that year) but when sun went into a cooling phase Earth's temp continued to rise> Scientific evidence implies a TIPPING POINT was met in 1980 where Earth's PERMAFROST melted that year to release TRILLIONS of tons of Methane and CO2 that is now UNSTOPPABLE> R U gonna' Re-Freeze the Arctic Tundra? NO> DUH Bio-Mass of Artic Tundra and Siberian Tundra combined is beyond what humans can do so who's LYING now? Its those who think we can stop global warming, they ALL have another THINK commin'> NO ONE denies global warming, but don't think U can stop it unless everyone gets real & does what POPE says> STOP BREEDING> that'll do wonders for ALL of man's problems> need to do a search for intelligent life on Earth> ain't none

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