Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Winning! on Climate and Privacy

Today was a great day!  If you like really terrible stuff and believe that Republicans are always right.

For the rest of us Americans (and humans), today was pretty horrible.

First up, the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order to the EPA to rescind President Obama's recent environmental regulations, supposedly to stop a non-existent war on coal. If successful, this will result in more pollution, more greenhouse gasses contributing to climate change, and do zilch for the coal industry, which cannot be revived. To demonstrate how off-base this is, there are only 75,000 coal jobs in the U.S. as opposed to 650,000 employed in renewable energy industries. Even aside from the arguments for a clean environment and fighting global warming, if you want to stimulate the economy, this is the exact wrong thing to do. Renewables are the economic way of the future, not trying to resurrect an industry that's dying because it's too costly, dangerous and polluting.

Second, Congress just passed an act rescinding the FCC's internet privacy rules. This means that your ISP, which might be Comcast, Verizon, Frontier, or whomever, can now sell your personal information to the highest bidder, including your browsing history, without your permission. This does absolutely nothing for average Americans, but does open a new revenue stream for rich corporations who, again, get to sell your private information without your permission. Sweet!

Tell me, is there anything this Administration and the Republican Congress can do that isn't malicious, nasty and evil? Can they do anything to help Americans?

So far, the answer is no.

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