Daily Archives: January 8, 2019

In familiar refrain, Trump relies on fear to sell immigration message

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 8, 2019

President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office with an appeal for $5.7 billion to build a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling illegal immigration “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” After the president’s remarks, Democratic congressional leaders spoke, followed by analysis from Amna Nawaz, Lisa Desjardins, Yamiche Alcindor, Amy Walter and Judy Woodruff.

Report: US 2018 CO2 emissions saw biggest spike in years – BBC News

A new report has found that US carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018 after three years of decline.

The spike is the largest in eight years, according to Rhodium Group, an independent economic research firm.

The data shows the US is unlikely to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by 2025 under the Paris climate agreement.

Under President Donald Trump, the US is set to leave the Paris accord in 2020 while his administration has ended many existing environmental protections.

While the Rhodium report notes these figures – pulled from US Energy Information Administration data and other sources – are estimates, The Global Carbon Project, another research group, also reported a similar increase in US emissions for 2018.

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US sees rise in carbon emissions after three years of decline


CGTN America
Published on Jan 8, 2019

Record damaging wildfires swept through vast areas of the bone dry U.S. west in 2018. Many scientists are drawing a direct parallel between the hot summer – and the planet’s warming. Researchers have more bad news. CGTN’s Sean Callebs reports.

WATCH LIVE: Bernie Sanders delivers response to Trump’s immigration address

Senator Bernie Sanders
Streamed live 75 minutes ago

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) deliver a response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation Tuesday night on the shutdown and the president’s demand for funding for a wall.

Bernie Sanders Responds to Trump’s Oval Office Address


Senator Bernie Sanders
Streamed live 75 minutes ago

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) deliver a response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation Tuesday night on the shutdown and the president’s demand for funding for a wall.

SCOTUS Rejects Exxon Bid to Block Investigation by Massachusetts AG

Jan 08, 2019

In more news from the Supreme Court, justices rejected a bid Monday by ExxonMobil to block Massachusetts from investigating whether the oil giant misled the public and stakeholders about climate change. In response to the news, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey tweeted: “Today’s #SCOTUS victory clears the way for our office to investigate Exxon’s conduct toward consumers and investors. The public deserves answers from this company about what it knew about the impacts of burning fossil fuels, and when.” In October, New York launched a lawsuit against Exxon for deceiving shareholders over the financial risks of climate change.

First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp


Democracy Now!

Published on Jan 8, 2019

https://democracynow.org – In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation has been seeking entry into indigenous territory, where they are planning to build the massive $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. Land protectors from First Nations clans set up two encampments where they had been physically blocking entry to TransCanada workers.

We speak with Karla Tait, a member of the Unist’ot’en house group of the Gilseyhu Clan. She’s the mental wellness manager for the Northern Region with the First Nations Health Authority, serving the 54 First Nations in Northern British Columbia. Dr. Tait is also the director of clinical programming for the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre.