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Deregulations Have Harmful Effects

It doesn’t matter, we won. Although this claim was made by President Trump in regard to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, it could easily apply to most if not all of his accomplishments. He can claim two significant victories as president, the tax cut and deregulation of numerous environmental protections.

Republicans’ justification for tax cuts is always the same. Lowering taxes stimulates the economy and the growth in the economy will raise tax income despite the cuts. And as always it doesn’t work. Rather than increased revenue to the national coffers, The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the annual deficit it will exceed 1.5 trillion dollars by 2028 and that assumes no changes from existing taxes and spending laws and no recession.

President Trump, with the devout approval of the republican party, appears to be winning on the deregulatory front as well. Even in the face of the most dire warning yet from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), his actions exacerbate global warming and climate change rather than reverse or even mitigate the problem. One might question the pronouncement of an individual scientist but the most recent IPCC report is based on a consensus of the world’s atmospheric scientists.

Imagine that you didn’t trust a diagnosis from your doctor and decided to get a second opinion, a reasonable precaution. By analogy with the IPCC report, you would have to go to hundreds of other doctors before you could find a different opinion, if at all.

Now is the time for us to be acting. You repair the roof while the sun shines, but the clouds are gathering and we are running out of time to act. The solution must be to decarbonise our energy systems. And it can be done with little to no change in our lifestyle. Efficiency through design and building codes save both energy and money. Fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and light trucks save both energy and money. Tighter controls of fugitive emissions of methane save both energy and money.

Wind and solar have the capacity to produce all of the energy we need in this country. The only shortfall is with energy storage, but we are not that far away. A modest investment in the development of battery storage plus overdue investments in the infrastructure for distribution and transmission of electrical energy is the path forward.

So what are we doing? Not just nothing, we are actually acting to make things worse. President Trump wants to burn more coal, roll back efficiency standards on cars and trucks, and remove restrictions on regulations of fugitive emissions of methane. By fiat; that is, executive order, he placed a thirty percent tariff on foreign-made solar panels. This has caused the shelving of billions of dollars of solar projects. Right here in the River Valley, Clarksville’s plan to expand their solar project is on hold.

If we are serious about making America great, we will do so by becoming the world’s leader in sustainable energy technology. Young Americans are much more concerned about the risks to the future, and their resolve to elect officials that care about the future and act accordingly will make the difference. VOTE BLUE

The Size of Trump’s Button – Oh My

One would have to live under a rock or not be plugged into numerous media to not be aware of Trump’s button size. In responding to Kim Jong Un’s comment on having a nuclear button on his desk, Trump tweeted “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works.”

He brags about the size of his nuclear launch button? This is the behavior of a child, a schoolyard bully, not the president of the most powerful nation on earth. Even without the use of nuclear weapons, hundreds of thousands, even millions of South Koreans are threatened. Seoul South Korea is within artillery range of North Korean forces. And did I mention the hundred thousand American troops and their dependents in South Korea and Japan? They are clearly in harm’s way in the event of a conflict in the region.

So this is where we are, the president of the United States is in a shouting match with a near child dictator of North Korea. It would be laughable were it not that this is a confrontation between nuclear-armed nations. If this argument were to spin out of control it could put millions of folks, worldwide, at risk. Frighteningly, we are depending on a thirty-three-year-old dictator of the most cloistered country on the planet to be the adult in the room, the responsible individual who will act in the best interests of all.

At least the pattern is consistent. Trump couldn’t get past his inauguration without serious puffery. He claimed, and had then spokesperson Sean Spicer repeat, that the crowds at his inauguration were the biggest ever. The National Park Service which oversees these events no longer comments on the size of crowds but even a cursory examination of aerial photos of the event compared to those of previous administrations proves Trump wrong. When Kelly Ann Conway commented on the discrepancy she brought us the phrase “alternative facts” to justify Spicer’s rendition of Trump’s lie.

His buffoonery and bombast seem endless. Although he won the electoral college vote and therefore the presidency, he lost the popular vote by three million votes to Hillary Clinton. Rather than simply accepting the situation that allowed the outcome, he denied that he lost the popular vote, claiming that illegal (popular) votes turned the tide. He even created, since disbanded, a commission to look into illegal voting in the absence of any credible evidence supporting such a claim.

Most troubling is his resolute rejection of reality. He lives in his own world which is completely distinct from average Americans. He began life with a multi-million dollar grubstake and parlayed that into, if you believe him, a billion-dollar real estate empire. He claims to be a populist but his every action as president is to enrich his cronies at the expense of the rest of us. Want just one example? He has instructed the labor department to inform the owners/management of restaurants that it is acceptable to keep the tips given to their wait staff. Really.