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Chris Christie

One of the stupider things he’s tried to do — and that’s saying something:

NEW YORK, NY – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is threatening to throw in the towel on the nation’s first-ever effort to cut climate pollution from power plants. That news is drawing sharp reaction from “green” groups in the tri-state area.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, commonly known as REGGIE, is a cooperative effort by New York, New Jersey and eight other states to reduce carbon emissions. Gov. Christie is threatening to pull the Garden State out of the program by year’s end because he says it doesn’t work. But Jackson Morris, senior policy adviser with the PACE Energy and Climate Center, says there are plenty of people with new jobs and lower utility bills in New York and New Jersey who would beg to differ.

“REGGIE has put a price on carbon and delivered thousands of jobs and saved millions of dollars for energy bills in both states under the program.”

Morris disputes Christie’s claim that the agreement has failed to reduce emissions, but he does agree that work still needs to be done to ensure that carbon caps are set at the most effective levels. He says the feds are already reviewing that aspect of the program.

Dave Gahl, policy director for Environmental Advocates of New York, says what’s happening in New Jersey echoes previous efforts, funded by conservative organizations, to try to get other states to pull out of the ten-state organization.

UPDATE: Hmm, maybe I’m wrong. Sounds like Christie’s at least put some thought into this, and admits that climate change is man-made — which indicates he won’t be running for president.

Corporate campaign cash

We need a constitutional amendment:

A ruling by a federal judge in Virginia makes it legal for corporations to contribute directly to candidates for federal office in a case likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Yeah, but America’s different!


I thought this was interesting:

OMG! @FCC Commissioner Baker voted 2 approve Comcast/NBC merger & now is lving FCC for A JOB AT COMCAST?!?

With this May 12 tweet on Comcast Corp.’s hiring of the Federal Communications Commission’s Meredith Attwell Baker, the Seattle nonprofit Reel Grrls lobbed a social-media grenade that has raised questions about how closely Comcast monitors the nonprofits it financially supports.

A peeved Comcast vice president in the Seattle area, after reading the tweet, dashed off an e-mail saying the Philadelphia company was eliminating Reel Grrls’ funding for a summer workshop for teenage girls – a none-too-subtle message that the nonprofit was paying the price for publicly criticizing the company.

After learning of the Seattle V.P.’s decision in news reports, Comcast executives apologized and offered to restore its $18,000. But the damage had been done.

The story was out of the bag, and Reel Grrls said it no longer wanted Comcast’s financial help because it apparently came with strings.

Then there was this issue for those at Reel Grrls: What was Comcast, a company with more than 100,000 employees and $50 billion in annual revenue, doing monitoring and then aggressively responding to a tweet by their six-employee nonprofit?


H/T Karl, from Good Environment:

This incredible satellite video from NOAA shows all of the vortexes throughout April as red dots. Watch the historically unprecedented month unfold:

For any concern and conscientious soul, it’s hard to mentally and emotionally put the pieces together of these connected, but distinct, disasters.

There’s the climate change question, of course, which has been answered unsatisfyingly dozens of times already. Short answer: we don’t really know. It’s complicated.

Two essential reads on this subject are Andrew Freedman’s take on theCapitol Weather Gang blog, and Joe Romm’s on ClimateProgress, in which he concludes:

  1. When discussing extreme weather and climate, tornadoes should not be conflated with the other extreme weather events for which the connection is considerably more straightforward and better documented, including deluges, droughts, and heat waves.
  2. Just because the tornado-warming link is more tenuous doesn’t mean that the subject of global warming should be avoided entirely when talking about tornadoes.

In other words, it’d be irresponsible to make a straightforward connection between tornadoes and climate change. But it’d also be irresponsible not to discuss the potential for a connection and to work to better understand that potential.

Every part of me

Steve Earle:

You were always on my mind


American tune

Why not another Paul Simon tune?

Hearts and bones

Many, many years ago, I interviewed Maggie Roche and we started talking about Paul Simon, who’d produced one of the Roches albums. I said that my favorite Simon album was “Hearts and Bones.” She got very excited and said, “I’ll have to tell him that because he loves that album and no one else does.” I think it’s one of the most beautifully adult love songs ever:


Dave Johnson explains the new Republican jobs plan. This time, it’s different!

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