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President Trump Convinces Senate Candidate to Drop Out of Race
News ImageHe will run for the house instead
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:31:40 -0400
Twitter found the name and history of this trailblazing black female scientist
News ImageThe Twitterverse came together to identify a mystery woman from a photograph taken at science conference back in 1971.
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:47:02 -0400
Graphic Videos of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Played for Jury
News ImageThe video showed him reloading as people near him tried to crawl to safety
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:34:09 -0400
From space dream to space junk: The Vanguard 1 satellite completes 60 years in space today
News ImageJust months after the Sputnik launch, the U.S government began testing the Vanguard project. Exactly 60 years ago, on March 17th 1958, Vanguard 1 was sent into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the second satellite launched by the U.S.
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:47:43 -0400
There's a remote Norwegian town where you're not allowed to die
News ImageDying in Longyearbyen has been illegal since 1950. Here's why...
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:00:05 -0400
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Dies at 88 After Suffering a Concussion
News ImageShe was serving her 16th term in the House of Representatives
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:54:16 -0400
What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change
News ImageEvery week the Senate has been in session since April 2012, one lonely Democratic senator from Rhode Island, Sheldon Whitehouse, has taken to the Senate floor to speak about global warming. On March 13, Senator Whitehouse gave his 200th Its Time to Wake Up speech on climate change. The speech was atypical for Whitehouse, who has grown accustomed to the unsettling feeling of standing virtually alone on the Senate floor while speaking about a topic that he believes is of the utmost importance. SEE ALSO: Rex Tillerson's replacement is a nightmare for anyone who cares about climate change Its a very hollow feeling. If you believe that this is a matter of such consequence and that its going to hit your home state so hard that you are going to put in this kind of an effort, then to have it be in an empty chamber, its a little disconcerting, he said in an interview, regarding most of his climate speeches. This time, though, to mark the anniversary, 19 of his Democratic colleagues joined him to discuss the issue. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse takes part at a climate march in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2017.Image: NurPhoto via Getty ImagesWhitehouses speech was the culmination of years of research and determination on his part, focused on a combination of disturbing new scientific results as well as what he described in an interview as the creepy mold growth of dark money groups spending millions to stop climate action and convince the American public that climate science is uncertain. The fact that stands out for me, here at number 200, is the persistent failure of Congress to even take up the issue of climate change, Whitehouse said. One party wont even talk about it! One party is gagging Americas scientists and civil servants, and striking even the term climate change off government websites. In the real world, in actual reality, we are long past any question as to the reality of climate change, Whitehouse said. The fact of that forces us to confront the question: What stymies Congress from legislating, or even having hearings, about climate change? What impels certain executive agencies to forbid even the words? Sheldon Whitehouse is the closest the current Senate has to former senator and vice president Al Gore. Hes bookish to the point of being a geek, is obsessed with environmental issues, and is not content to just scratch the surface of a problem he delves deep, traveling the country in order to understand the science and politics of global warming. Hes also a bit quirky. For example, at the start of the interview in his office, I commented that the senator comes from a beautiful state, mentioning Rhode Islands beaches and coastal vistas. What followed was unexpected, and revealing. It made me realize the senator might not be the person youd want to sit next to on a long distance flight, but he is definitely someone you want fighting for you in the Senate or in court, given his experience as the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and subsequently as the state's attorney general. Were kind of just emerging from the least beautiful season, Whitehouse said in response to my comment. And then, yeah, well be through that, and well get into the spring and spirits rise, and then summer comes and tourists come and money flows and people are happy, and then you hit September and October which are the golden months, when its just beyond gorgeous everywhere. And then you slide back into the darkness of winter again. Whitehouse began his weekly speeches soon after the Obama White House gave up on pushing a climate bill through Congress, despite one having already passed the House in 2009. I think it has been an often lonely undertaking but it started at a particularly bleak period when we Democrats had walked away from the climate change issue after the House had passed Cap and Trade, he said, referring to a bill that would have put a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and allowed companies trade emissions allowances to ensure they met their obligations under the new law. Democrats in the House had put their careers on the line to pass that bill, and the Senate and the White House completely collapsed after that. Just fell apart, he said. You couldnt get the Obama White House to use the words climate and change in the same paragraph, and it just seemed really, really bleak, Whitehouse said. So, I figured, lets start talking about this on a regular basis. In some ways, the senator provides a good lesson in sticking to a routine, considering he put a climate speech on his schedule every week to prevent some other issue of the moment from crowding it out. He also has the benefit of having a sharp legal mind, which will help amplify his voice as the wave of climate-related litigation builds during the next few years. Whitehouse contributed to disqualifying President Donald Trump's first nominee to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White. His questions showed that she didn't just hold views about climate science that were outside the mainstream, but that she had no idea what her own views were. Whitehouse says hes learned a lot about the science preparing for these speeches, and also has come to investigate why the politics of this issue are so intractable. This has turned his gaze squarely on the Supreme Courts 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which allowed for unlimited corporate money and so-called dark money to flow into politics. Climate failure and dark money are two sides of the same coin, Whitehouse said. Dark money is flowing to groups that promote the view that climate change is not real, and also punish Republicans that contemplate acting to reduce the severity of the problem. Despite these well-funded interest groups, though, Whitehouse is hopeful that the tide is turning on this issue. First of all, he thinks the public understands the reality of the science, which is born out in polling, though far fewer Republicans think there is a scientific consensus on global warming compared to Democrats. Second, he says the economics increasingly favor renewable energy sources, as more and more coal plants are shutting down simply because its cheaper to use either cleaner natural gas or carbon-free renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Lastly, he said the combination of shareholder pressure and legal pressure is going to bring the fossil fuel industry to the table faster than many others think. He described oil companies as spooked by the reality of having to present evidence of what they knew, and when they knew it, in a courtroom, as they may have to do in several pending cases nationwide. ... Courts over and over again in our history have been places where big ideas have been thought through because the political system was incapable of dealing with them, Whitehouse said, mentioning the case in Oregon in which 21 young Americans are suing the federal government for depriving them of the right to a stable climate. Clearly, 200 speeches have not resulted in climate action at the federal level, at least not yet. But Whitehouse says his work has been successful in other ways. He compares his efforts to serving as the pilot light of an oven, keeping it ready to turn on as soon as the conditions align and it comes time to start cooking. He said he has very intentionally wanted to be the witness on the ground to tell future generations exactly why Congress has not acted. In his view, its not because of partisanship or the failure of the Democratic system, but rather special interest money flowing unfettered into campaigns, squelching any potential bipartsian compromises on climate legislation. Theres a story that needs to be told, because when some coastal farmer in Malaysia or Madagascar or Sri Lanka has lost their farm and their village has had to go and theres fighting for resources, all the things the Defense Department talks about at the policy level, all that stuff happens to somebody, to some kid, to some tribe, to some village, that stuff happens, and theyre mad and they want answers, Whitehouse said. And here we are sitting on a hill, with our lamp up to the world, and right now we are providing a disgusting example of corruption of government by a huge special interest. And weve got to be able to fix that. Whitehouse has no plans to stop the lecture series, which you can watch online via Youtube. He may lack the star power of Gore, but hes every bit as serious, knowledgeable, and determined to make a difference. So stay tuned for speech 201. Oh and also 202, 203, 204... WATCH: We could see a decline in King Penguins thanks to you guessed it climate change
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0400
Missing baby Sabrina's parents hope she could be on her way home: Part 6
News Image"We want our daughter to come home to- make our family whole again," Sabrina's mother Marlene Aisenberg told ABC News' "20/20."
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:08:17 -0400
Companies That Built Collapsed FIU Bridge Had Been Fined for Safety Violations
News ImageMCM has been fined more than $50,000 for 11 violations
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:53:58 -0400
Big game and big guns: Trump's 'Wildlife Conservation Council'
News ImageA new high-level council advising President Donald Trump's government on wildlife conservation is made up of big game hunters and professional hunting guides. The Interior Department's International Wildlife Conservation Council had its first meeting in Washington Friday. The panel, created and chosen by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a hunter himself, is chaired by Steven Chancellor.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:57:22 -0400
Ubers Biggest Rival Is Experimenting With All-You-Can-Ride Monthly Subscriptions
News ImageFor all-you-can-ride access to the car-hailing service
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:15 -0400
Watch: Worlds Longest-Lasting Rainbow Smashes Previous Guinness World Record
News ImageA rainbow which lit up the sky for nearly nine hours is officiallyrecognized by the Guinness World Records for being the worlds longest-lasting one. Authorities from the organization held a ceremony on Saturday in Taiwan to honor the achievementthe first-ever world record the country has received for a natural science-related phenomenon, Taiwan News reports. Professors and students atthe Chinese Culture University in Taiwan witnessed the rainbow, which lasted for 8 hours and 58 minuteslast November.
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:41:11 -0400
Did space scramble Scott Kellys genes so much hes no longer a twin? Um, not really
News ImageMy Twitter feed was buzzing this week with reports that Scott Kellys genes were knocked permanently out of phase because he spent a year in space. Some of the reports made it sound as if Scott Kelly was no longer the identical twin of retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who participated in the genetic study down on Earth. Scott referred to that claim in a tweet that was aimed at tweaking Mark as brothers are wont to do. What? My DNA changed by 7%! Who knew? I just learned about it in this article. This could be good news! I Read More
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:01:47 -0400
New Mexico nuke repository studied for plutonium storage
News ImageCARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) The U.S. Department of Energy has commissioned a national group of scientists to study the viability of diluting surplus weapons-grade plutonium and storing it permanently at the federal government's underground repository in New Mexico.
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:57:41 -0400
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