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Winning Battles and Losing the War: Populist Politics and The War on Science | EV & N 235 – CCTV

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Populist politicians around the world have won elections by waging a war against science. Unfortunately, all of humanity becomes the victim of these skirmishes. Eventually, of course, populist politicians lose these wars because nature “bats last” and physics does not negotiate.  Tragically, however, humanity is caught in the cross-fire, and the devastation of Earth’s ecosystem remains as the enduring legacy of these ill-conceived political attacks on science.

Properly understood, science should instruct and assist humanity in learning to live justly and sustainably on our finite planet.  Science in the service of xenophbia, hyper-nationalism and unrestrained economic expansion is a perversion. 

Unless and until global citizens and scientists learn effectively to oppose and displace the extractivist and exploitative corporate-state systems that dominate the contemporary world, there appears to be little hope for the long-term survival of the expanding human family on our finite planet.

Bernie Sanders GRILLS Rick Perry on Climate Change, WMD’s…


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Published on Jan 19, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders Questions Governor Rick Perry during Confirmation Hearing in Washington.

EPA Head’s Confirmation Hearing Becomes Climate Change Revival For The Democrats


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Published on Jan 18, 2017

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Scott Pruitt testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump administration.

Round #2 Confirmation Hearing For Head Of EPA

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Scott Pruitt testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump administration.

Bernie Sanders Grills Scott Pruitt on Climate Change at Confirmation Hearing 1/18/17


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Published on Jan 18, 2017

Bernie Sanders Questions EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt
Full Hearing: https://youtu.be/WIpJVNpLuZc

Senator Cory Booker DESTROYS Scott Pruitt at Confirmation Hearing


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Published on Jan 19, 2017

Senator Cory Booker wasn’t having none of Scott Pruitt’s malarkey at his confirmation hearing to become the director of the EPA

Senator Markey Asks Scott Pruitt to Recuse Himself from Lawsuits He Brought Against EPA – 1/18/17


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Published on Jan 18, 2017

America’s President Will Try to Rule Like a Roman Emperor | Alternet

Donald Trump appears destined to follow in the tyrannical footsteps of Augustus before him.

By Jim Sleeper / Open Democracy  January 21, 2017

As Donald Trump rampaged through the Republican primaries last March, I argue here and on the New York National Public Radio station’s Brian Lehrer Show that neoliberal Democrats as well as free-marketerring Republicans were leaving it to Trump to do what his Inaugural Address has given him no choice but to do: become the dictator of the nationalist, plutocratic regime that he is installing under the banner of what he called “a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

He vowed to vindicate forgotten Americans and, through them, American greatness: “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer…I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before.”

Never? Ever? Like never before? As Trump puts his forgotten Americans to work while rolling back their overtime pay, benefits, and union-organizing rights and while protecting those who have already enriched themsleves at their expense, he’ll try to channel the resentment against only certain neoliberal elites who were complicit in the theft. The word “dictator” will be no euphemism. We’ll be left breathless by swift, forceful moves (or lurches) toward an authoritarian, Constitution-warping presidentialism.

Trump’s inaugural denunciations of “politicians who prospered as jobs left and factories closed” — coupled with his vow that “American carnage” caused by hiring and buying of non-American people and products and deepened by crime, gangs, and drugs, “stops right here, stops right now” — leave him no choice but to humble or destroy “politicians” who resist him.

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