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How Standing Rock Protesters Are Surviving Winter
ABC News photographed Red Cloud’s visit in December to the Standing Rock Reservation where he installed solar air furnaces to help keep protesters warm.
By ABC News

So like, how cool is it that Red Cloud has not only installed solar energy to keep the camps warm and running, but has also TAUGHT them how to install this infrastructure?

All in the face of people who have explicitly shat on Green Energy saying that it was impossible to power, or even survive off such alternatives?

Standing Rock is showing the world that survival and production is still possible with alternate energy resources.

At its core, America and other countries issue is not that Green energy doesn’t work, its that our economy is so stepped is fossil fuels, oil and the like. They have built this complex system that would take money from the fat cats if broken, that would force the corporate gears to dismantle. 

Also, at the end of the day, it would take WORK. And these individuals who refute changes that work to protect our environment, are the laziest of us all.

Props to RedCloud and Standing Rock for setting the example.

politico.com
Politico: Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish
Polls in the most expensive House race in history suggest it's too close to call.

The Georgia special election has been seen as a proxy for fighting for or against the Trump administration. Karen Handel, the GOP candidate, has some pretty ugly ideas (her “faith” tells her that gay people adopting children is bad, she doesn’t support working towards a “livable wage”), while Jon Ossoff is an ardent defender of Medicaid and Medicare, as well as a strong clean energy infrastructure.

Right now, the race is too close to call, but if Ossoff wins, the seat will turn blue for the first time in 40 years. It would be a striking condemnation of Trump’s administration.

We’ll see what happens.

For the Climate Minded Voter…

So before we head into the next round of primaries I wanted to add a little context and depth to the conversation we are having on Climate Change and what candidate best reflects the concerns of the Climate Change movement.

Why Hillary Clinton is definitely NOT your candidate:

1. Hillary’s “safe and responsible” energy plan calls for expansion of domestic fracking, which has been shown to disproportionately impact communities of color.

2. She promoted fracking as Secretary of State both domestically & internationally and her own SuperPAC has credited her with selling fracking to the world.

3. The State Dept. under Hillary attempted to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline, outsourcing the review process to TransCanada, a company with an extremely poor safety record which was building the pipeline.

4. She has deep ties to fossil fuel financiers and lobbyists including Jeff Berman who now holds a senior position on her 2016 campaign and was a top lobbyist for TransCanada.

5. Her financial bundlers for the 2016 campaign include several oil lobbyists. And Clinton has many of the same donors as far-right politicians, including one of the worst Gov. Rick Snyder.

6. Half of Clinton’s speaking fees come from groups lobbying Congress, several of which were lobbying on fossil fuels.

7. The Hillary campaign and her SuperPAC’s have received large contributions from fossil-fuel industry groups, along with all GOP candidates.

8. The Clinton Foundation has been called by some a “money laundering” operation, with Keystone-related groups, foreign oil companies, and other big oil interests giving millions to the foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State and actively lobbying Congress to fast-track the KXL pipeline.

9. Not surprisingly, Hillary has never offered a comprehensive plan on fossil fuel extraction or climate change, though she publicly supports climate action. the climate section of her website was recently scrubbed, and she has implicitly ruled out a carbon tax through her opposition to new taxes on anyone making less than $250K.

10. Clinton has a long and clear record of supporting Free Trade deals including NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP. Note: TransCanada is now suing the US for $15B for blocking the Keystone pipeline (via the NAFTA agreement).

11. The latest email dump from Clinton’s servers show she was aggressively promoting the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, despite having vowed to her voters to block it.

12. Under these neoliberal trade agreements supported by Clinton, the US just announced it will sue India for its “Solar Revolution” plan through the World Trade Organization.

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Why Bernie Sanders DEFINITELY is your candidate:

1. Sanders introduced the Keep It In The Ground Act – legislation that would put an end to fossil-fuel leases on public lands.

2. Sanders calls climate change our greatest national security threat.

3. Sanders supports a national ban on tracking (video), and is running television ads showing how fracking disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color, polluting domestic water supplies (video).

4. Sanders has stated his support for the fossil-fuel Divest-Invest movement.

5. Sanders has a long record of introducing legislation and initiating programs to protect the environment and expand clean, renewable energy.

6. Sanders supports a strong and rising carbon tax to fund clean energy infrastructure, creating millions of working class jobs in America.

7. Sanders has a long and very clear record of opposing free trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, and the TPP which allows corporations to sue governments if their environmental laws impact shareholder value.

8. Sanders called for Governor Rick Snyder’s resignation because of the Flint water crisis, in which government leaders at all levels knew they were poisoning this low-income community.

9. Sanders is one of the most outspoken critics of the Koch brothers and GOP climate deniers (video).

10. Sanders has a long record of supporting environmental justice and is the ONLY candidate with a climate justice plank in his comprehensive climate platform.

11. While Clinton’s campaign is being run by fossil fuel lobbyists, Sanders’ campaign is staffed with a roster of important climate activists, including Becky Bond, Zack Malitz, Karthik Ganapathy, Claire Sandberg.

12. It goes without saying, Sanders does not take any money from fossil fuel companies, financiers, oil & gas lobbyists, either directly or through a PAC, unlike Clinton who receives large contributions from all of the above.

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“We decided to help the auto industry restructure, and we helped families refinance their homes. We decided to invest in job training so that folks who lost their jobs could retool. We decided to invest in things like high-tech manufacturing and clean energy and infrastructure, so that entrepreneurs wouldn’t just bring back the jobs that we had lost, but create new and better jobs, and folks who had lost work from the construction industry because the housing market had collapsed could go back to work rebuilding America. And we can see the results not just here in Elkhart, but across the nation. By almost every economic measure, America is better off than when I came here at the beginning of my presidency.” —President Obama returning to Elkhart, Indiana more than seven years after his last trip there to highlight the progress we’ve made together as a nation