Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal paid a visit to Washington, D.C. this week to roll out his national energy policy blueprint.
At a breakfast for reporters Tuesday hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, the Republican governor attacked President Barack Obama for not fully taking advantage of the United States’ fossil fuel and energy resources.
“The reality is right now we’ve got an administration in the Obama administration that are science deniers when it comes to harnessing America’s energy resources and potential to create good-paying jobs for our economy and for our future,” Jindal said. “Right now we’ve got an administration whose policies are holding our economy hostage.”
The “science deniers” line of attack mirrors that of progressives against Republican lawmakers who don’t accept the broad scientific consensus that climate change is real and man-made.
When asked for examples, Jindal cited the administration’s resistance to approving the Keystone pipeline and recent rules to establish strict limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants.
By Alister Doyle and William Schomberg
OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) - Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday.
The study, by former heads of government, business leaders, economists and other experts, said the next 15 years were critical for a bigger shift to clean energies from fossil fuels to combat global warming and cut health bills from pollution.
“It is possible to tackle climate change and it is possible to have economic growth at the same time,” Felipe Calderon, a former Mexican president and head of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, told a news conference.
Many governments and businesses wrongly fear that measures to slow climate change will undermine jobs and growth, he said. The report is meant to guide world leaders at a Sept. 23 climate summit hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
An astounding 72 percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress, according to a recent poll.
President Barack Obama and the Democrats fared a bit better. The poll, conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News and released last week, found that only 54 percent and 61 percent said they disapprove of Obama and Democrats respectively.
Republicans’ approval rating has been terrible for years, and Congress as a whole is almost universally disliked.
The findings may not have a strong bearing on the GOP’s midterm elections chances. Recent polls show the Republicans have an edge in both the Senate and the House.
But there was another case of domestic violence in the news yesterday, one that got obliterated by the Ray Rice episode. Mark Fuller is a judge in the federal district court in Alabama, and not an obscure one. It was Fuller who presided over the trial and conviction of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, which stank more than a little, and which made Fuller famous among federal district judges in the South. In August, Fuller was arrested for knocking his wife around an Atlanta hotel.
About a minute into the call, as the initial dispatcher patches an ambulance dispatcher into the call, the woman identified as Kelli Fuller, 41, can be heard saying ‘I hate you, I hate you.” A male voice responds: “I hate you too” followed by dull noises in the background. The woman’s voice can be heard loudly repeating: “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me.” The initial dispatcher tells the ambulance dispatcher: “She says that she’s in a domestic fight and I can hear him hitting her now.”
Fuller was busted that night, on a misdemeanor. And yesterday, he took a plea deal. Fuller will have to go to counseling once a week for 24 weeks and, if he manages to complete that terrifying emotional obstacle course, his arrest will be expunged completely. It will be like the whole thing never happened. In the meantime, of course, Fuller will go back to his day job, with full pay and benefits, because the only way Fuller can be fired is if Congress impeaches him.
There are two obvious reasons why the adjudications of these two cases seem so disproportionate.
1) In the Rice case, there was video.
2) Ray Rice is black and Mark Fuller is incredibly not.
More: A Tale of Two Thugs
WASHINGTON — The United States needs to rev up the war in Iraq, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill — and most lawmakers seemed to agree with the man perhaps best known as a lead architect of America’s ill-fated 2003 intervention there.
Cheney met with the House GOP a day before President Barack Obama is set to address the nation on the threat posed by the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS. Republican lawmakers trickling out of the meeting said Cheney warned that American security is jeopardized around the world and it’s time to act.
Obama has been saying for the past year that “we’re going to bring all the troops home, and that we’re going to basically be out of Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). “Now the president’s basically saying, one way or the other, we’re going back into Iraq. Dick Cheney was here to support that.”
Asked if he saw any irony in Cheney coming to talk to Republicans about next steps in Iraq, King said firmly, “No, because most of us think we did the right thing in Iraq.”
WASHINGTON — The corporate executives who decide whether U.S. workers get meaningful raises have looked at the broader economy and have a message: Don’t expect a pay increase anytime soon.
And if you’re counting on a full-time job offer in the future, your prospects may be dimming.
That’s the future that many U.S. executives envision.
A survey of Harvard Business School alumni released Monday reveals a series of trends that are widening income disparities and may be weakening the ability of the U.S. economy to grow in the long term.
More than 40 percent of the respondents foresee lower pay and benefits for workers. Roughly half favor outsourcing work over hiring staffers. A growing share prefer part-time employees. Nearly half would rather invest in new technology than hire or retain workers.
At the same time, it’s becoming harder for the executives to find skilled workers, according to the survey results.
Gee, I wonder why that is? Hard to find people willing to work part time with no benefits for 1/300 the pay of The Boss? Unpossible!
Dick Cheney caused an uproar ahead of his upcoming speech at a Wyoming legal convention after the former vice president submitted his own speaker bio bashing President Obama’s “weakening of America across the globe.”
The Wyoming State Bar invited Cheney to give the keynote address at the group’s annual convention next week, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
In promoting the event, the organization ran into trouble after Cheney’s office submitted his own biography for the speech, which was published without any edits from the bar.
Here’s a portion of the bio:
President Bush and Vice President Cheney left office in January 2009. Shortly thereafter, President Obama began to dismantle the security policies that had kept the nation safe. His policy decisions have led to a reversal of the gains America made in the war on terror, in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and a weakening of America across the globe.
The bar eventually apologized for the bio in its magazine, Wyoming Lawyer:
Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says young men and woman are leaving Dubois County to be recruited by militia groups in south Texas, with the belief they are joining to fight a drug cartel invasion. Officials say they are receiving minimal training and being armed with assault rifles. The Texas Rangers tell Dubois County Sheriff’s Department these recruiting militia groups are radical in nature, and have had confrontations with the Rangers and the cartels. Officials say the militia groups are not associated with law enforcement or any United States military group operating in south Texas. Sheriff Lambert says if you know of anyone who has joined these groups to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office at[no phone numbers allowed]. The Sheriff says his office will notify the Texas Rangers to locate the individual and return them to Dubois County. Sheriff Lambert adds, anyone who has joined these militia groups is in “extreme danger.”
The moms are taking the gun control fight to Kroger’s backyard.
On Thursday, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun control group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s considerable financial resources, will blanket half a dozen newspapers with ads meant to pressure the grocery giant to stop allowing customers to openly carry firearms in its stores. The ads will be displayed on the newspapers’ websites as well as on a billboard in Cincinnati, where Kroger’s corporate headquarters is based, according to the group.
The ads will contrast images of shoppers doing things that are currently prohibited in Kroger’s stores — such as eating ice cream and shopping while shirtless — with images of people carrying rifles. “Guess which one” isn’t allowed at Kroger, the tag line says. (Scroll down for full images of the group’s ads.)
Good plan there. Offer pet insurance that doesn’t cover anything either.
Did I mention that this plan that has enrolled all of 30 people was Marco Rubio’s Big Idea back in 2008?
TALLAHASSEE — Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website.
At the same time, they refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans.
Six months after the launch of the state’s effort, called Florida Health Choices ( floridahealthchoices.net), just 30 people have signed up. Another seven plans were canceled either because consumers changed their minds or didn’t pay for services.
These numbers are dwarfed by the nearly 764,000 Floridians who are too poor to afford subsidized plans, yet can’t qualify for Medicaid under Florida’s stringent standards. They are supposed to be the target market for Health Choices.
But Health Choices doesn’t sell comprehensive health insurance to protect consumers from big-ticket costs such as hospitalization. Instead, it has limited benefit options and discount plans for items like dental visits, prescription drugs and eyeglasses.