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Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« on: November 27, 2018, 05:39:45 pm »
Tuesday, 27th November 2018

According to the Fourth National Climate Assessment - Volume II, someday, horrible wars will be broken out on American soil because of 2 and a half factors:

1) Climate migration
2) Climate refugees




.5) ...and poor leadership.



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https://www.globalchange.gov/nca4

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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2019, 11:45:49 am »
Can you believe we're debating the shape of the Earth instead of addressing that 80 out of the 100 largest cities will be submerged?

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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2019, 03:34:29 pm »
Friday, 21st June 2019
Oregon Republicans go missing to avoid climate change vote; governor sends police to find them
by Tre'Vaughn Howard



Republicans in Oregon's state government have gone missing — and the governor is sending police to go find them.

Gov. Kate Brown dispatched Oregon State Police to search for 11 Senate Republicans who walked off the job to avoid a vote for a climate change bill.

Their whereabouts are unknown.

"The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out," Brown said in a statement.

Officers can arrest the lawmakers if they refuse to willfully return, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports.

The Republicans will each be fined $500 a day if they don't return to work by 11 a.m. Friday


"I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats' request," Brown said.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their backs on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building. They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do."

The bill would make Oregon the second state to have a comprehensive cap-and-invest strategy for combating climate change.

The bill has faced opposition from Republicans, as well as loggers and truckers, who say it would cut jobs in the logging industry and increase fuel prices.

Hundreds of truckers and loggers protested the bill at the state Capitol.

Supporters of the bill hope to reduce emissions over time and move businesses away from fossil fuels.

The Oregon Senate Republicans Twitter account posted a quote from Brown in 2001, when she was Senate Democratic leader, supporting a walkout by Democrats over a Republican legislative redistricting bill.
"Well here we are, Senate Rs fighting for Oregonians," the tweet read.

This is the second time in two months that Oregon's Senate Republican walked out in protest.

After a four-day walkout in May, Brown made a deal with the GOP over a school funding tax package.
Republicans made a trade off with the governor and promised not to walk out again.

"This is a sad day for Oregon," Republican Sen. Herman Baertschiger tweeted.

"There is no fine that could ever amount to the FEAR democrats have put on Oregonians over the #hb2020 legislation that will destroy livelihoods of many in our state."






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Friday, 21st June 2019
Armed Militias Pledge to Fight for Fugitive Oregon GOP Lawmakers ‘At Any Cost'
by Will Sommer





Right-wing militia groups across the Pacific Northwest are mobilizing to prevent Oregon state police from arresting Republican state senators who went into hiding on Thursday in order to prevent climate change legislation from passing.

All 11 of Oregon’s Republican state senators are currently on the lam, with some leaving for Idaho in an effort to deny the Democrat-controlled state senate a quorum to pass a cap-and-trade bill.

In response, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D), citing a provision in the state constitution that allows the state to “compel” absent lawmakers to attend legislative sessions, dispatched state troopers to bring them back.

One of the lawmakers on the lam, Republican Brian Boquist (R), warned that he would resort to violence rather than return to the state, implying in a local television interview that he would attack law enforcement officers sent to retrieve him.

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist said.

“I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

Militia groups in the Pacific Northwest—a hotbed of far-right extremist activism—claim they’ve mobilized to protect those state senators.

“We’re doing what we can to make sure that they’re safe and comfortable,” said Eric Parker, the president of militia group Real Three Percenters Idaho, adding that the Idaho militias are in touch with their Oregon counterparts about the senators.

In a Facebook post, Paul Luhrs, a member of the Oregon III%er militia, said the militia had “vowed to provide security, transportation and refuge for those Senators in need.”
 
“We will stand together with unwavering resolve, doing whatever it takes to keep these Senators safe,” Luhrs wrote.

This isn’t the first time state lawmakers of either party have fled their states to deny their rivals a quorum.

In 2003, Texas Democrats left the state to avoid a vote on redistricting legislation, while Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin fled in 2011 to block Republican cuts to union rights.

But what makes the current standoff in Oregon unique is the offers of help from militias—and the threats by at least one of those lawmakers to shoot police himself.

Despite the offers, it’s not clear whether any of the Republican senators are actually in contact with the militia groups or have received help from them. Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., who fled the state with the rest of the senate Republican caucus, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Parker declined to comment about whether his group has been in contact with the senators themselves.
 
One source inside the Oregon militia movement told The Daily Beast that their members were “willing to put their own lives in front of these senators’ lives.”

The source claimed that dozens of armed militia members have “mobilized” to protect the state senators, and said there was potential for violence if law enforcement officials try to bring the senators back to Oregon.

The source added that the militias would defend the Republicans “at any cost.”

“All of these people are armed,” the source said.

The militia mobilization has drawn in members of the III%ers, the Oath Keepers, and independent militia groups from outside the state, according to the militia source.

The III%ers derive their name from their belief that only 3 percent of colonists were involved in the American Revolution, while the Oath Keepers claim to be veterans and law enforcement officers who have vowed not to violate their “oaths.”
 
Parker, the Idaho militia leader, compared the fugitive state senators to the far-right activists who engaged in an armed stand-off with federal agents at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada in 2014.
 
“We see it the same as we saw the protesters in the wash at the Bundy Ranch,” Parker said.
 
This isn’t the first time Oregon has seen militias “mobilize” for political ends.

In 2016, militia members, led by members of Nevada’s Bundy family who argued that the land should be open for private use, briefly seized Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Militias are often trying to attach themselves to mainstream political causes in an attempt to win over new supporters, according to John Temple, the author of Up in Arms, a new book on the Bundys and the Malheur occupation.

Temple said the fleeing legislators have the potential to attract support from across the militia movement nationwide, especially after Boquist boasted about attacking police.

“They are public officials and carry some weight, yet they are talking like they are straight out of the Malheur occupation,” Temple said.






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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2019, 06:59:18 pm »
Saturday, 22nd June 2019
Oregon Senate Cancels Session Due To ‘Credible Threat’ From Militia Groups
by Cristina Cabrera





The Oregon Capital Bureau obtained an email from the Senate’s Democratic caucus telling its members on Friday to stay away from the Capitol on Saturday.

“The State Police superintendent just informed the Senate president of a credible threat from militia groups coming to the Capitol tomorrow,” the email read.

“The superintendent strongly recommends that no one come to the Capitol and President Courtney heeded that advice minutes ago by adjourning until 10 a.m. Sunday. Please make sure your staffs know not to come in tomorrow.”

This latest development is a dramatic escalation of the ongoing conflict roiling in Oregon’s state government.

It began on Thursday when Republican senators fled the state to avoid voting on a sweeping cap-and-trade bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Gov. Kate Brown (D) responded by authorizing the state police to fetch the lawmakers.

Then right-wing militia groups publicly announced that they would provide refuge for the fleeing Republicans.

“These people are all armed and prepared to put themselves in front of senators to prevent arrests from Oregon State Police specifically,” a member of the Oregon III% organization told TPM.

A representative for the Senate’s GOP caucus told TPM on Friday that the senators “are not with any militias.”






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From the comments section:

wanderer
8h

A credible threat to government employees.
Find and arrest these militia domestic terrorists.
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inversion
8h

"A representative for the Senate’s GOP caucus told TPM on Friday that the senators “are not with any militias.”
bookmarking
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civik

8h
“Are not with” doesn’t mean “not accepting help”
 
voluntarycurmudgeon

4h
Hell, half the senators probably are the militias.


 
 
khyber900
8h

Fight back Dems. Arrest the militias if they interfere with legislative business.
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firewing2Prime Member

6h
I dunno... I think this is the best thing that could happen to the Dems in Oregon.
The Republicans came out awful quick to say they weren't with these militias, and now the Governor can be on the news every day calling out the Republicans who not only fled their jobs and refusing to serve the people but also turning lose domestic terrorists on the capitol with their own wanton lawlessness...
The conflation of the two groups is going to make a lot of the Republicans real nervous. Their publicity stunt is backfiring...
 
rickjones

6h
If they’re convicted of felonies can Oregon take their guns?


 
 
tena
8h

No sh*t - don't just shut down in the face of threats - fight back, goddamn it!
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isakindamagic
8h

Those Oregon cops won't be trying too hard. Half of them are so-called 3-percenters themselves.
Fake-tough drama queen status, free with every AR-15.
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tigersharktoo
8h

Hmm, perhaps threatening the government is treason? Okay, maybe not on the state level, but it may be a crime, no?
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pike_bishop
8h

So, where is the evidence of these gun junkies qualifying as "A well-regulated militia..."? - 2nd Amend.
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pshah
8h

They are terrorists, plain and simple. That’s the verbiage that should be used and would be applied if they weren’t white and right wing.
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pmm080
8h

This is just nuts.
And, domestic terrorism
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ANNFFL
8h

Will there be punishment for these rethuglican senators? Also, is there any similar practice (refuse to attend a vote) in the US Senate?
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matthew1961
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isakindamagic:
Half of them are so-called 3-percenters themselves.
I guess that makes them 1.5-percenters, right?
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mattinpa
8h

This is just f*cking dandy. Antigovernment militias shutting down an entire state legislation. Like the end of the Weimar Republic or any other situation where the duly appointed forces of order can't get that job done. Maybe there's a rationale for shutting down to really guarantee no violence but this calls for a massive crackdown on these freaks. Toss their houses and vehicles and cite them not just for unauthorized guns, ammo, explosives, any of that fun stuff but also every cracked taillight and deck not up to code. They do not get to win.
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j_publicus
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isakindamagic:
drama queen status, free with every AR-15.
sh*t! I didn’t get any drama queen with mine!
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Paracelsus
8h
  tigersharktoo

Don't know about Oregon, but many state constitutions have treason provisions. John Brown was, after all, executed for treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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caltg
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system:
Oregon Senate Cancels Session Due To 'Credible Threat' From Militia Groups
The cowardice of the Rethuglican Senators in Oregon combined with the lawless intimidation by these so-called militia groups amounts to armed insurrection against the state and people of Oregon. By any definition, this is a form of treason against the United States. These illegal acts must not be allowed to stand and either state law enforcement, or if need be the Oregon National Guard should be dispatched to round up the criminal insurrectionists and jail them.
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zauche

5h
The National Guard is likely not equiped to investigate or round up criminal insurrectionists. Better to call up the Guard to surround and protect the Capitol itself, while the state legislature conducts its business. A show of force should be enough to quell these blowhards, who would be unlikely to march on a well-armed legitimate military force. What have we come to that we even have to think about such things? Republican misrule threatens our democracy.


 
 
jkrogmanPrime Member
8h

So now the GOP is consipiring with violent Right-Wing Terrorist groups!
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epicurus

8h

jkrogman:
So now the GOP is consipiring with violent Right-Wing Terrorist groups!
That horse left the barn a long time ago.


 
 
tigersharktoo
8h
  Paracelsus

Arrested by US Marines led by R.E. Lee, as I recall.
Wonder if that was the Federal Government overreach the militias are so concerned about.
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wanderer
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mattinpa:
Toss their houses and vehicles and cite them not just for unauthorized guns, ammo, explosives, any of that fun stuff but also every cracked taillight and deck not up to code. They do not get to win.
Agreed. These people (who made threats) are threatening our country with violence if they don’t get their way. They truly are domestic terrorists.
Take them down.
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katwillow

2h
The ironic thing is most of the militia men are half-witted losers who'd run like rabbits at the threat of real violence. Unless they have children around to use as shields, most aren't as physically aggressive as they sound.
In short: big mouth blowhards with guns.


 
 
losamigos
8h
  Paracelsus

Most state constitutions include similar definitions of [federal] treason, specifically limited to levying war against the state, "adhering to the enemies" of the state, or aiding the enemies of the state, and requiring two witnesses or a confession in open court. Fewer than thirty people have ever been charged with treason under these laws. (wiki)
Oregon
Penalty: Life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 25 years.
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epicurus
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jkrogman:
So now the GOP is consipiring with violent Right-Wing Terrorist groups!
That horse left the barn a long time ago.
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jkrogmanPrime Member
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epicurus:
(my quote) So now the GOP is consipiring with violent Right-Wing Terrorist groups!
Epi: That horse left the barn a long time ago.
I should have added "again." Thank you for your note.
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civik
8h
  inversion

“Are not with” doesn’t mean “not accepting help”
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inversion

7h
I think the spokes answer could mean they aren't accepting help and they aren't militia members.
I'm (somewhat) willing to accept the former, because some of these 'brave' anti vaxxers are likely setting up measles parties within their communities.
Though it'll take a lot from them, I want proof about none of them being militiamen. They better hurry up too, because TPM Muckraker employs great researchers/writers.


 

imkmu3
8h
  wanderer

You can bet that if the perps were brown, the FBI and the State Police would descend on them like a horde of locusts.
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katwillow

2h
Possibly the governor called the FBI and Federal Marshalls. I know I would.


 
 
serendpitoussomnambulist
7h

These militia are well regulated by the Republican party and its legislators. Ergo, they are patriots.
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irasdadPrime Member
7h
  wanderer

I thought that whole Second Amendment thingy began with:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State..."
Does Oregon have a well-regulated National Guard?
Can Gov. Brown call them up?
Do her citizens wish to preserve the security of their "free State"?
Putting down armed and dangerous gun-nut terrorists who pose a credible threat to elected representatives just might be a "Second Amendment solution" that I could get behind...
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jkrogmanPrime Member

7h
Good point.
The RIght-Wing Terrorists who are calling themselves 'militias' are violating a basic premise of the Second Amendment and therefore these terrorists are forfeiting any rights granted to them by this Amendment?
 
edgarant

7h
Nah, Scalia & ‘the Originalists’ reduced the meaning of that clause to nothingness.
 
brian512

7h
There's ample precedent.
 
darrtown

7h
A lotta folk like to forget about the "well regulated militia" part of the 2nd amendment.


 
 
jkrogmanPrime Member
7h

Good point.
The RIght-Wing Terrorists who are calling themselves 'militias' are violating a basic premise of the Second Amendment and therefore these terrorists are forfeiting any rights granted to them by this Amendment?
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howardbeale
7h
  wanderer

These aren't militias, more like terrorists. Perhaps democrats and the media should start referring to them as such...
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darrtown
7h


Welp, this runs counter to my impression of the folks in Oregon. What the heck is so gawd awful about reducing carbon in the atmosphere? And why do local people find it necessary to stumble around, while heavily armed, attempting to prevent the police from doing their jobs? I always thought the poilce and right wingers were on the same page. Apparently trumplogic has infected Oregon.
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murgatroid

7h
This is Red State Oregon, my neck of the woods, supporting the walkout--they don't believe in climate change, don't want government interfering in their lives, and are convinced that they ought to be a separate state, maybe with eastern Washington and Idaho. This area generally supported the Malheur refuge outrage. I've heard lots of complaining about having to live under Kate Brown's "jackboot," too. It makes you wonder, when there is such a clear-cut case for climate change action, what will happen to us when we have a serious national emergency that calls for consensus and unity.
 
rdt520

1h
Trump logic has a firm hold on eastern Oregon, but the reason the GOP Senators are doing this is that the Dems now have the 60% majority needed to pass tax bills -- but the quorum is 67%.
This is actually the 2nd time this spring the GOP has done this. Their last target was a school funding bill.


 
 
inversion
7h
  civik

I think the spokes answer could mean they aren't accepting help and they aren't militia members.
I'm (somewhat) willing to accept the former, because some of these 'brave' anti vaxxers are likely setting up measles parties within their communities.
Though it'll take a lot from them, I want proof about none of them being militiamen. They better hurry up too, because TPM Muckraker employs great researchers/writers.
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tibetancowboy
7h

Germany is now dealing with its own domestic terrorists at last. As for the USA, it can never deal with domestic terrorists because they are the government as well as these militias nationwide, and lone wolves. This is how civil war starts I hope, as the government's authority collapses as in Oregon. Read "Twilight's Last Gleaming" for a picture of just how civil war starts in the USA, why / how, what happens and the denouement of splitting the country up into several small sovereign nations, finally gutting this terrorist regime.
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mrf
7h

Yet after 9/11, Pearl Harbor and other national emergencies government offices were open legislators showed up to do the business of governance. These militias are nothing more than dime store cowboys.
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murgatroid
7h
  darrtown

This is Red State Oregon, my neck of the woods, supporting the walkout--they don't believe in climate change, don't want government interfering in their lives, and are convinced that they ought to be a separate state, maybe with eastern Washington and Idaho. This area generally supported the Malheur refuge outrage. I've heard lots of complaining about having to live under Kate Brown's "jackboot," too. It makes you wonder, when there is such a clear-cut case for climate change action, what will happen to us when we have a serious national emergency that calls for consensus and unity.
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darrtown

7h
I did some of my graduate work at WSU in Pullman, WA a very long time ago (1976-1980). But I think the politics haven't changed all that much for the red parts of those 3 states.
 
atldrew

7h

murgatroid:
they ought to be a separate state, maybe with eastern Washington and Idaho.
I'm okay with granting these sh*tbirds some land to run their own show. Let them have what they want. Just ensure in their charter that people can voluntarily leave, and once they do, they can't go back. And a whole bunch of other sh*t to keep them bottled up and oh, no US gubmint services. They can have some of Cheney's turf too.
 
mrf

4h
Yesterday I happened to see a picture of one of the protestors opposing the cap and trade legislation who happened to be a logger. Cap and trade funds would put necessary resources into forestry management and planting trees and shrubs which soak up CO2 emissions like a sponge. Talk about short sighted, cut off nose-spite face.
 
katwillow

2h

murgatroid:
what will happen to us when we have a serious national emergency that calls for consensus and unity.
They will blame the "liberals" for the problem, along with gay marriage, dark skinned people, and immigration, and engage in what they'll call guerrilla warfare (terrorism) as long as they can get away with it.
 
cub_calloway

1h

murgatroid:
This is Red State Oregon, my neck of the woods, supporting the walkout--they don't believe in climate change, don't want government interfering in their lives, and are convinced that they ought to be a separate state, maybe with eastern Washington and Idaho. This area generally supported the Malheur refuge outrage. I've heard lots of complaining about having to live under Kate Brown's "jackboot," too. It makes you wonder, when there is such a clear-cut case for climate change action, what will happen to us when we have a serious national emergency that calls for consensus and unity.
OK. Here's the deal. Red wingers get their state of Idorwash in exchange for the 28th Amendment repealing the Electoral College and providing for presidential and vice presidential election by the direct majority of votes cast by the people.




 

brainpicnic
7h

Oh, the asshat cowards make a threat and so shut down government? Oregon, please don't feed the terrorists and grow a spine, this is our country not theirs.
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midnight_rambler
7h

“These people are all armed and prepared to put themselves in front of senators to prevent arrests from Oregon State Police specifically,” a member of the Oregon III% organization told TPM.
Then arrest them, and if they resist, shoot them. What the f*ck is the problem here?
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brian512

7h

midnight_rambler:
Then arrest them, and if they resist, shoot them. What the f*ck is the problem here?
Maybe they don't look like the kind of people the police are accustomed to shooting at?
Hey -- that gives me an idea. First, we tell the militia dolts that it would really "trigger the libtards" if they all wore blackface.
Then we call the SWAT team.
 
pyanfar

6h
Maybe the guys they'd be shooting at have fully automatic weapons that fire hundreds of times a minute at longer ranges? Better body armor? Grenades and rocket launchers?

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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2019, 07:16:27 pm »
Monday, 24th June 2019
Oregon governor says GOP must return to state
by Sarah Zimmerman


(SALEM, Ore.) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday she won't negotiate with Republicans who walked out to thwart landmark climate legislation, at least not until they return to the Capitol.

All eleven Republican senators didn't show up to work for a fifth day Monday, denying Democrats the number of lawmakers needed to vote on a potential statewide cap and trade plan.

Brown, a Democrat, deployed the Oregon State Police last week to seek out Republicans, but many fled the state and remain outside the police's jurisdiction.

Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger said in a statement he has yet to reach a deal with Democrats and that Republicans "intend to remain out of state."

Democrats have an 18 to 11 majority but need 20 members to conduct business under state law.

Brown blasted Baertschiger in an interview with The Associated Press, saying she refuses to negotiate with the Senate Minority Leader until he returns to the building.

"If he wants to negotiate with the governor of the state of Oregon, he needs to be in the building," she said.

"Or at least be in the state of Oregon."

A spokeswoman for Baertschiger said he was unavailable to comment beyond the statement.

Republicans are protesting what could be the nation's second statewide cap and trade program.

The measure would dramatically reduce greenhouse gases in Oregon by 2050 by capping carbon emissions and requiring businesses to buy or trade for an ever-dwindling pool of pollution "allowances."

Democrats say the program is critical to make Oregon a leader in the fight against climate change and will ultimately create jobs and transform the economy.

Republicans and other opponents, including the state's struggling timber industry, say the proposal will kill jobs, raise the cost of fuel and gut small businesses in rural areas.

They also say that they've been left out of policy negotiations, and that the measure represents an urban majority enforcing their priorities against the will of rural Oregon residents.

"To say that Republicans haven't had a seat at the table is hogwash, baloney and a lot of other things that I can't mention in polite company," said Brown.

She said that her office spent hours negotiating with Republicans last week and that "there were many things put on the table" for a potential compromise.

Republicans "walked" from those options, she said.

The governor also rejected conservatives' push to send the measure to the ballot, saying that voters already approved strong climate policy when they elected a Democratic governor and a Democratic supermajority in the statehouse.

This is the second time Senate Republicans, who are in the minority, walked off the job to block a vote.

Conservatives walked out for four days in May to block a $2 billion school funding increase, returning only when the governor struck a deal to table legislation on gun control and vaccine requirements.

Part of that agreement, said Brown, was that Republicans wouldn't walk out again.

"I took priorities off the table that were key priorities for me and for Democrats generally. Sen. Baertschiger said three times they would not walk out again," she said.

"He broke that deal."

This time, Republicans' walkout attracted national attention after a tumultuous weekend that began with the Senate leader ordering the Capitol closed because of a "possible militia threat" from far-right groups, who threatened to join a peaceful protest organized by local Republicans.

One of those groups, the Oregon Three Percenters, joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 and has offered safe passage to senators on the run.

The threat, however, never materialized and fewer than 100 people showed up.

The governor said Statehouse closure and threats from Sen. Brian Boquist that state troopers should "come heavily armed" when they bring him back to the Capitol reflects a tense partisan divide felt on the national level.

"We thought in Oregon that we were above all that, above this type of divisive and partisan politics," she said.

"It's really clear that what is happening in Washington, D.C., is seeping out to the states and I think that is the most unfortunate thing of all."

Democrats have until the end of the week to get Republicans back to the building before the legislative session is set to end.

Legislators have yet to approve a majority of the state budget and other Democratic priorities addressing affordable housing, paid family leave and driver's licenses for immigrants in the country illegally.










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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2019, 07:09:17 pm »
Friday, 28th June 2019
Oregon GOP Senators Return To Capitol After Dems Agree To Kill Climate Bill
by Julian Shen-Berro




Oregon’s Republican state senators will return to the Capitol on Saturday following a weeklong walkout over a proposed climate change cap-and-trade bill, Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. (R) announced on Friday.

“Our mission walking out of this building was to kill cap and trade,” Baertschiger said at a press conference.

“And that’s what we did.”

Eleven Republican senators fled the state last week in order to deny Democrats the necessary quorum to vote on and pass an expansive greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill.

But chaos quickly ensued as Gov. Kate Brown (D) authorized state troopers to find and retrieve them and threats of violence emerged.

Though the Democratic Party holds an 18-11 majority in the state Senate, Oregon law requires 20 senators be in attendance to hold session.

With all of the GOP Senate members in hiding, the Senate was unable to vote on any legislation for eight days and the bill — once expected to pass — now faces almost certain death.

Senate Democratic leader Peter Courtney indicated on Tuesday that the bill no longer had enough support among Democrats — and Baertschiger said Friday that both Courtney and Brown had privately assured him that their party would now be voting no.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek was one of several prominent Democrats to decry the Republicans’ drastic move, accusing them of “threatening our democratic institution and subverting the will of Oregon voters.”

Baertschiger was asked to comment on the threats of violence that hung over the weeklong walkout — which included one Republican senator implying that he would use deadly force on officers sent to retrieve him and law enforcement officials closing the Capitol on Saturday due to “a credible threat from militia groups.”

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Sen. Brian Boquist said last week ahead of the walkout.

“I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

Baertschiger said he was unfamiliar with the threats made against the Capitol but did respond to Boquist’s remarks.

“You gotta remember at that time a lot of tempers were flaring,” he said.

“Obviously, his statement was not helpful.”

When asked about the fear held by some cap and trade opponents that state Senate Democrats would continue to push for the bill, Baertschiger said he understood their concern.

“The trust in the Oregon state Capitol is probably at the lowest it’s ever been, and that saddens me,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, we have a constitutional responsibility to get these budgets back and to keep Oregon functional.”

There are only two days left in the legislative session and more than 100 bills are at risk of dying.

But when he was asked if all of his fellow lawmakers would return this weekend, Baertschiger wasn’t sure.

“I hope so,” he said.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 06:08:22 am »
Tuesday, 10th September 2019
Help hurricane victims, but also fight to stop climate change
by Eugene Robinson



(Washington, DC) -  “It is impossible to prepare for an apocalypse,” Dr. Duane Sands, the health minister of the Bahamas, told reporters Sunday.

Somehow, though, we all had better try.

Those who have witnessed the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama, Great Abaco and Little Abaco islands struggle to describe it.

"Some places it's like nothing happened," Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told The Washington Post after an aerial tour.

"Other places, it's like they were hit by a nuclear bomb."

Dorian, then a Category 5 storm bearing sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts even stronger, stalled over the northern Bahamas and barely moved for nearly three full days.

The result was the kind of damage more commonly seen from tornados, except that a tornado touchdown typically lasts just minutes.

In the town of Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco, entire neighborhoods were smashed into rubble and then the broken pieces were blown around like confetti.

Journalists who have reached those places say the smell of death is everywhere.

The official toll stood at just 45 on Monday, but authorities have understandably prioritized the care and feeding of thousands of bereft survivors over the counting of the dead.

It is assumed that the final number, or estimate, will be orders of magnitude higher.

Sands, who oversees the grim tally, has used the word "staggering" to describe the loss of life.

An exact number of casualties will likely never be known because Dorian's tsunami-like storm surge carried many victims away.

Survivors have told wrenching stories of how they watched helplessly as loved ones were swept out to sea.

Tens of thousands of people who remain in the devastated areas, and who have lost everything, desperately need food, shelter, clothing and medical attention.

This slow-motion catastrophe is unfolding barely 100 miles off the coast of Florida.

One thing the United States government can do is avoid a repeat of what happened Sunday night, when scores of refugees were forced to disembark from a ferry about to head from Grand Bahama to Fort Lauderdale because they did not have visas to enter the country.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection blamed the ferry company; the ferry's crew reportedly blamed CBP.
Whoever was responsible, such cruelty must not happen again.

Republican Senators marco rubio and rick scott of Florida have asked the acting-president to waive all visa requirements for Bahamians with relatives in the United States.

In other respects, U.S. officials seem to be doing everything they can to help the Bahamas cope with the immediate tragedy.

Sadly, however, our government is willfully blind to the bigger picture.

Climate scientists have predicted that human-induced global warming will make hurricanes stronger, more laden with rainfall and, possibly, more likely to stall — just like Dorian.

Rising sea levels, due to climate change, make low-lying coastal communities more vulnerable than in the past.

puppetine may believe climate change is a hoax, but the next hurricane could potentially do to his Palm Beach estate what Dorian did to Marsh Harbour.

Our government should be moving on two fronts.

First, it should join the rest of the world in acknowledging the need to try to limit climate change by reducing the use of fossil fuels.

It is insane that while the puppetine administration sends resources to help the Bahamas, it is simultaneously throwing a legal fit over the decision by California and major car manufacturers to make their vehicles emit less heat-trapping carbon than puppetine would prefer.



The acting-president refuses to see the contradiction.


Perhaps some could draw it for him with a Sharpie.


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Re: Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2019, 08:23:28 am »
Thursday, 26th September 2019
Why we must declare a global climate emergency
by Grist Creative




“We’re on a first-name basis with the climate crisis. Sandy, Maria, Irma, Dorian — my fellow plaintiffs and I are directly impacted every day.”

That’s Vic Barret:

a 20-year-old plaintiff in the Juliana vs. United States case, speaking at a press conference last week.

July 2019 was Earth’s hottest month on record.

Five of the hottest years ever recorded occurred between 2014 and 2018, and the world has already warmed about 1 degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution.

Our best estimates suggest we must avoid 1.5 degrees of warming in order to avoid widespread damage and suffering.

We know what’s happening, and we know how we got here.

As #ExxonKnew as early as 1970:

The burning of fossil fuels is over-heating the world’s oceans and the atmosphere.

We understand the problem.

So why aren’t we doing more about it?

That’s what today’s young people want to know.

They understand we need climate action now.

The climate strikers of last week — people like Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, American Isra Hirsi, South African Qiniso Ngcobo; and all their classmates and friends — these young people are already treating the climate crisis like the emergency it is.

What if the rest of us did the same thing?

Declaring a climate emergency is a necessary first step.

It will make clear we are not talking about an abstract future threat, but a crisis that’s already here.

And it will make clear that the status quo is too dangerous.

Climate models and action plans are always compared to the “business-as-usual” approach.

But we can’t afford business as usual any longer.

For businesses, that means changing the rules of engagement.

As Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario wrote in a recent op-ed,

“The plain truth is that capitalism needs to evolve if humanity is going to survive.”

Patagonia’s stores were closed on September 20 in a demonstration of solidarity with youth climate activists.

Marcario has long used the company’s platform to elevate environmental action and nature-based solutions to climate change.

As she told Grist back at the Paris Climate Conference,

“If you’re not out there raising the bar, everyone accepts the entrenched status quo.”

There are scores of reasonable, cost-effective solutions that create jobs.

A strong economy and a stable climate need not be in opposition.

The big changes needed will still need strong government support, which is why there is no room left in government for climate deniers — or delayers.

As 16-year-old Thunberg told a recent hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,

“I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to unite behind the scientists and then I want you to take real action.”

It’s a message that rings true to Marcario.

As she writes,

“We need our leaders to act on the science and follow the market forces — do their job and create policies that protect our planet and our communities. Our customers are demanding we act — this generation of youth is not backing down and neither should we.”

The Climate Crisis is a Human Issue.














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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2019, 08:16:08 am »
Thursday, 24th October 2019
'Racism dictates who gets dumped on': how environmental injustice divides the world

by Nina Lakhani




Today the Guardian is launching a year-long series, Our Unequal Earth, investigating environmental injustices:

how ecological hazards and climate disasters have the harshest impacts on people of color, native tribes and those on low incomes.

The most egregious examples include the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, petrochemical pollution in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, and today’s series launch story, about an entire river that stops at the US-Mexico border, leaving ordinary Mexicans without water.

Each of these cases has also prompted inspiring community activism.

Our new environmental justice reporter, Nina Lakhani, asked five luminaries of the movement to explain “environmental justice” in their own words.

They reveal why, alongside global heating and the extinction crisis, it is one of the most pressing issues of our time.


Dr Robert Bullard: the ‘father of environmental justice’

Q: How did the environmental justice movement begin?

I started working on environment and race in 1978/79 by collecting landfill data for a landmark civil rights lawsuit filed by my wife in Houston, Texas, against the city and the state.

This study found that between the 1930s and 1978, 82% of all the waste in Houston was dumped in black neighborhoods, even though only 25% of the population was black.

This was not random or isolated; it was targeted and widespread across the southern states and the nation.

We lost in court but the concept of environmental racism was born.

The seminal Environmental Justice principles adopted by the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991 built on this [legal case] and became the foundation for social justice movements across the world.

Even so, the same discrimination and racism continues to dictate who gets dumped on and who gets resources to mitigate floods, wildfires and other disasters.

Of course those with wealth and political clout do best; if you have money you can buy bottled water or move house.

The poor cannot go anywhere.



Kandi Mossett-White: the indigenous champion

Q: How are native communities affected by environmental discrimination?

We cannot talk about environmental injustice without understanding the historical context of colonization and capitalism.

The federal government put us on reservations on land they believed to be worthless, but many turned out to be rich in “resources”.

This means we’re in the way of profits.

In most cases we don’t want these megaprojects coming in and destroying our land and water, but it happens anyway.

The situation is even worse for our brothers and sisters in the global south where people are silenced, disappeared and killed to make money with no hope of justice.

I grew up in a community full of environmental injustices without knowing it.

So many people I knew – young and old, men and women – got cancer, including me during my second year in college.

I thought this was normal.

Our territory is contaminated by the coal industry, uranium mining, over-fertilization and oil.

But environmental injustice is a tangled web, it’s about so much more than pollution.

Whenever there’s a new megaproject, the area is overwhelmed by men, there’s an influx of money and a rise in organized crime.

After the oil boom in 2007, the number of missing and murdered indigenous women increased, and so did drugs.

Gangs came and recruited our young people to sell drugs and many of these young men are now in jail or dead.


Mustafa Ali: resigned from the US government under puppetine

Q: What role does the state play in creating environmental inequalities?

Environmental injustice is about [the state] creating sacrifice zones where we place everything which no one else wants.

The justification is always an economic one, that it makes sense to build chemical plants on so-called cheap lands where poor people and people of color live, but which are only cheap because all the wealth and economic opportunities have been stripped out.

The people who live in these areas are unseen, unheard and undervalued.

Environmental justice is about communities being able to reclaim their power, like Spartanburg in South Carolina, which received a $20,000 EPA environmental justice grant [to help clean up contaminated industrial sites], which it leveraged to almost $300m [from public and private sources, to build housing, a job training facility and health centers on the rehabilitated lands].

It took a long, long time to build trust with communities, create statutes and programs, which are now being dismantled.

The cuts to the EPA proposed by the puppetine empire are about protecting the industries which supported puppetine’s campaign, and power and discrimination.

It’s about showing communities of color and poor communities the administration can do whatever it wants to them because their lives don’t matter.


Jamie Margolin: mobilizing the world’s young people

Q: The fight for ‘climate justice’ has become central to the environmental justice movement.

Why are you and so many young people getting involved?

Climate justice has mobilized young people because there’s something in it for everyone.

Whether you care about animals, science, pollution, racism or sexism, all these issues are intertwined with the climate crisis in the worst possible way.

Poor people and people of color are much more likely to die in climate disasters than rich people.

This means addressing racism, colonialism and patriarchy, because inequalities do not exist in a vacuum, and neither does the climate crisis.

It’s the result of all the other societal evils.

For me, the climate crisis has been looming over my entire life – and future.

Three things happened in 2017 which motivated me to act:

the US leaving the Paris agreement, Hurricane Maria destroying Puerto Rico and the wildfires in Canada, which created a thick layer of smog over Seattle that felt apocalyptic.

At the beginning my dream with the #ThisIsZeroHour campaign was to mobilize a lot of people for a youth climate march, but it’s got bigger and bigger and we now have a hundred chapters.

So far it has been very US-focused but that’s changing.



LeeAnne Walters: Flint’s prize-winning activist

Q: What did we learn from the Flint scandal, in which 100,000 residents were exposed to excessive lead from their tap water?

The Flint scandal showed the American people and the world that access to clean water in the US is not always a given.

It showed that we have testing methods that are flawed, and we need them fixed, and that sometimes the people who are paid to protect us don’t always do what is in our best interests.

It has become my personal mission to make sure we get the Lead and Copper Rule [a federal regulation which limits the concentration of these heavy metals in public drinking water] changed so it protects people like it’s supposed to.

I want everyone to know that as of today the EPA has not kept its promises to fix the laws, and still allows states to cheat on water testing.

Q: How can people get involved in the struggle for environmental justice?

I was an ordinary citizen compelled to take action after watching my children break out in rashes, scream in agony from taking a bath, unexplained illnesses, losing their hair and being told the problem was specific to my house even though the same things were happening to children all over Flint.

I made the decision to teach myself about how water is treated, about federal laws and about how to properly test water, because listening to governmental officials lie to my face disgusted me.

When situations like this happen, everyday people need to protect themselves.

They need to follow their gut if they feel something is wrong.

They need to unite because together we are stronger.

Sit down in your groups and communities and figure out people’s strengths.

You will have defeats – use those as learning experiences.

You will have victories, rejoice when those happen.

Our environment plays a huge role in our health and future generations’ health, so it is our duty as ordinary people to protect it and fight back.

We can make a difference.