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Source: This is Reality

In reality, there is no such thing as “clean” coal in America today. Coal cannot be called ‘clean’ until its CO2 emissions are captured and stored safely.

Let’s be clear: there are no US homes, factories, shopping centers or churches powered by coal plants that capture and store their global warming pollution.

Today, coal power plants emit carbon dioxide (CO2), the pollutant causing the climate crisis. A third of the America’s carbon pollution now comes from about 600 coal-fired power plants. And of the more than 70 proposed new coal power plants, barely a handful have plans to capture and store their CO2 emissions. If these dirty plants are allowed to be built, this will mean an additional 200 million tons of global warming pollution will be emitted in America each year. Until coal power plants no longer release CO2 to the atmosphere, coal will remain a major contributor to the climate crisis.

Scientists indicate that we can avoid the worst climate impacts if we turn CO2 emissions around in the next few years. The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, in 2007, said, “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.” For coal to maintain a role in America’s energy mix, the industry must act quickly to stop emitting CO2.

If you want to learn more about coal plants in your area the Sierra Clubs provides up to date status information about existing and proposed coal plants across the country go here to learn more.

Is Joe extending his 15 minutes of shame fame or is he trying out for Fox Noise as a promising, rookie war correspondent? What is funny Mr. Wurzelbacher tells the AP (with an attitude) he “believes journalists should be not be anywhere around a war zone and “abolished from reporting on war…. war is hell”, you think?. Um, why is he there and can we add him to the no fly list? Nevermind.

The Atlantic

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Here’s a pretty cool graphic by the Atlantic depicting the changes we have seen during the Bush Administration. The graphic should be titled Bush’s LaLa Land because he is obvious to any problems caused by his administration or policies other than his war and his legacy of course.

Some of the data is trivial but a few numbers stood out at me.

  • Hate Groups that operate in the U.S. –  2000 – 602 / 2008 – 888
  • Hedge-Funds assets under management  – 2000 – $407 Billion  / 2008 – $1.04 Trillion
  • Consumer Credit Card Debt – 2000 – $683.7 Billion / 2008  – $965.6 Billion
  • Manufacturing Employment growth –  2000 – 2.9 % / 2008 -22.2 %
  • Family Coverage Health Care Premuims – 2000 – $6,438 / 2008 – $12,680
  • Mortgage Backed Securities Issued – 2000 –  $684.4 Billion / 2007 – $2.05 Trillion

The comparision data is amazing if not surprising especially the numbers relating to healthcare which doubled, but even at his FINAL Press Conference this morning, Bush said he will continue to defend his record as President and that he believes his record ” is a good, strong record”.

Here’s an excerpt from his final Press conference regarding his popularity and how he will be judged by us.

Q: In the past, when you’ve been asked to address bad poll numbers or your own popularity, you’ve said that history will judge that you did the right thing, that you thought you did the right thing. But without getting into your motives or your goals, I think a lot of people, including Republicans, including some members of your own administration, have been disappointed at the execution of some of your ideals, whether Iraq or Katrina or the economy. What would your closing message be to the American people about the execution of these goals?

BUSH: Well, first of all, hard things don’t happen overnight, Jake. And when the history of Iraq is written, historians will analyze, for example, the decision on the surge. The situation was — looked like it was going fine and then violence for a period of time began to throw — throw the progress of Iraq into doubt. And rather than accepting the status quo and saying, oh, it’s not worth it or the politics makes it difficult or, you know, the party may end up being — you know, not doing well in the elections because of the violence in Iraq, I decided to do something about it — and sent 30,000 troops in as opposed to withdrawing.

And so that part of history is certain, and the situation did change. Now the question is, in the long run, will this democracy survive? And that’s going to be the challenge for future Presidents.

In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession. In the meantime there were 52 months of uninterrupted job growth. And I defended tax cuts when I campaigned, I helped implement tax cuts when I was President, and I will defend them after my presidency as the right course of action. And there’s a fundamental philosophical debate about tax cuts. Who best can spend your money, the government or you? And I have always sided with the people on that issue.

Now, obviously these are very difficult economic times. When people analyze the situation, there will be — this problem started before my presidency, it obviously took place during my presidency. The question facing a President is not when the problem started, but what did you do about it when you recognized the problem. And I readily concede I chunked aside some of my free market principles when I was told by chief economic advisors that the situation we were facing could be worse than the Great Depression.

So I’ve told some of my friends who said — you know, who have taken an ideological position on this issue — why did you do what you did? I said, well, if you were sitting there and heard that the depression could be greater than the Great Depression, I hope you would act too, which I did. And we’ve taken extraordinary measures to deal with the frozen credit markets, which have affected the economy. Credit spreads are beginning to shrink; lending is just beginning to pick up. The actions we have taken, I believe, have helped thaw the credit markets, which is the first step toward recovery.

And so, yes, look, there’s plenty of critics in this business; I understand that. And I thank you for giving me a chance to defend a record that I am going to continue to defend, because I think it’s a good, strong record.

Ah hem I’m just saying, to repeat the man resides in Lala Land.

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