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The year is 1995, congress member Bernie Sanders stands in opposition of a homophobic statement said by Duke Cunningham. Cunningham derisively refers to “homos in the military” to support his argument while (strangely) discussing the Clean Water Act. Sanders, having none of it, quickly rises to the defense of thousands of men and women everywhere. Sanders ire is such that he repeatedly disrespects the Chairman by speaking over him in order to say his piece. [Video Source]


What does this say for Sanders? Well, that’s for you to decide. But to me, it says that for 20+ years strong he has shown his public support for LGBT+ persons everywhere, even in the face of ridicule and disrespect. Unlike some, Sanders has always been vocal about his beliefs concerning the LGBT+ community, and he has always held them. Key word always, and not just when doing so might garner him support for his campaigns. 


BONUS:

theatlantic.com
Congress Is Not Going to Pass That Bill to 'Terminate the EPA'
Instead, it will restrict the agency in far subtler ways.
By Robinson Meyer

The first is simple: It is not nearly long enough. A slew of federal laws, including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, assume that the EPA exists and charge it with tasks. Just last year, Congress passed a new chemical-safety law that handed new powers to the EPA. Any law seeking to “terminate the EPA” would have to amend all those older laws that delegate authority to the agency. You cannot easily do that in a 10-word sentence.

Second, while the election of Trump—a fierce EPA critic—might indicate otherwise, a large majority of Americans like the agency. Three in five Americans say strict environmental regulations are worth their cost. Even most Republican voters want the EPA to basically stay the same.

“Terminating the EPA,” meanwhile, sounds drastic and bad. (That’s because it would be drastic and bad.) Many House Republicans in swing districts have told voters that they will reduce the agency’s “anti-business” red tape. They have not told voters they would destroy it completely, and it is likely that they will encounter high public resistance if they move to eliminate it.

Third, any major piece of legislation will have to pass a filibuster in the Senate, and it is extremely unlikely that eight Democratic senators could be found who would send the agency to its death. For that matter, it is extremely unlikely that enough Republicans could be found. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican of Maine, rejected Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA on Wednesday because she determined he was too hostile to the agency’s purpose.

latimes.com
Trump directs EPA to begin dismantling clean water rule
Stepping up his attacks on environmental protections, Trump takes aim at a signature Obama legacy.
By Evan Halper

“The directive to undo the clean water initiative is expected to be closely followed by another aimed at unraveling the Obama administration’s ambitious plan to fight climate change by curbing power plant emissions. … Trump vowed Tuesday that he would continue to undermine the Obama-era environmental protections wherever he sees the opportunity, arguing they have cost jobs.”

Clean Water Act under attack

Good Op-Ed in the NYT this morning:

The American economy has performed well over the past four decades: real per capita income has doubled since 1970 and pollution is down even with 50 percent more people. The choice between a healthy environment and a healthy economy is a false one. They stand, or fall, together. We’ve been blessed in the United States with abundant water resources. But we also face daunting challenges that are putting new demands on those resources — continuing growth; the need for water for food, energy production and manufacturing; the push for biofuel crops; the threat of new contaminants; climate change and just maintaining and restoring our natural systems.

If we narrow our vision of the Clean Water Act, if we buy into the misguided notion that reducing protection of our waters will somehow ignite the economy, we will shortchange our health, environment and economy.

I don’t quite understand why the EPA is coming under so much attack this election cycle.  I get that some people find any and all regulation reprehensible, but if the government shouldn’t be the ones to regulate the environment, then who should?  Perhaps an independent commission of executives from BP, Exxon, et. al.?  Ya, that’s probably the right solution.

My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species.
—  The lying asshole who put climate change skeptics/deniers in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of the Interior; repealed the Stream Protection Rule; removed funding for the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Air Act, the Green Climate Fund, and the EPA itself; revived the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines; and whose administration is rolling back regulations on methane emissions and vehicle pollution standards and is “reconsidering” the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards and the Clean Water Act

Via the Alt National Park Service:


National Alert:
The House has officially passed legislation (H.R. 953) to help destroy federal regulations on pesticides in a 256-165 vote. Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) bill would reverse a 2009 court decision that requires pesticides secure two separate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approvals before hitting the market. Under the bill, a pesticide would no longer need a Clean Water Act permit before going public. Twenty-five Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Most Democrats, though, opposed the bill on public health grounds, saying the legislation would fast-track permitting decisions for potentially-dangerous pesticides, putting water quality at risk.

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May 28th 1892: Sierra Club founded

On this day in 1892, John Muir founded the famous environmental organisation - the Sierra Club - in San Francisco, California. Muir was a notable conservationist and preservationist and became the Club’s first president. The Sierra Club worked to establish and protect federal national parks, most famously Yosemite National Park. Their cause received a boost during the Progressive Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency (1901-1909), who was a naturalist like Muir. Some of the Club’s most notable successes since 1892 came during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programme, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. The Sierra Club continues to be an influential group in the United States as one of the largest pressure groups in the nation. It has a significant influence over environmental issues and dedicates itself to tackling climate change and damage to the environment, most recently protesting against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things…every one! So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”
– Matt Santos, The West Wing

The Women of Qumar (3.8)
  • Bartlet: What are you doing?
  • Charlie: I'm sorry, sir, I had a few minutes.
  • Bartlet: I'm not on you, I'm just asking.
  • Charlie: I'm making notes for a final in Modern American History, the consumer movements in late 20th century America.
  • Bartlet: Modern American history sucks.
  • Charlie: I had a hunch.
  • Bartlet: You want to study history, study the Crusades, the fall of the Roman Empire from Theodosius to Justinian.
  • Charlie: The Visigoths.
  • Bartlet: Damn right, the Visigoths. Modern history's another name for television.
  • Charlie: Yes, sir.
  • Bartlet: Is there any way I can help?
  • Charlie: No thank you, sir.
  • Bartlet: I'm a master of modern history. You can ask me anything.
  • Charlie: What year did we pass the Clean Water Act?
  • Bartlet: I don't know.
Some things to expect...

¤ Defunding planned parenthood
¤ Roe vs Wade and perhaps other birth control repealed
¤ millions of children cut from health care coverage
¤ repeal of the fed. minimum wage
¤ millions of immigrants deported and families split up
¤ once protected public lands opened up to oil, gas and mining free for all
¤ scientific research stifled
¤ global warming unabated - France accord nullified
¤ tax cuts for the wealthy
¤ putting profit over people in prison system
¤ more voter suppression, gerrymandering
¤ pipelines everywhere
¤ oil drilling in the arctic circle
¤ net neutrality going buh bye
¤ stop and frisk
¤ revival of white nationalism
¤ religion injected into science class
¤ no federal action in Flint MI
¤ labor protections eroded
¤ no equal pay for equal work
¤ repeal of marriage equality and trans rights
¤ investments in the arts gone
¤ privatization of social security
¤ cutting needy families from SNAP
¤ fed. education dollars to private schools
¤ iran nuclear deal gone, possible war
¤ relationship with UN strained and status internationally marred
¤ clean water act - gutted
¤ China cutting off trade relations
¤ no student loan debt reform
¤ no gun show loophole background checks
¤ policies that allow Trump and his brood to personally profit

I’m sure there are more things, I’m just so emotionally exhausted now.

It’s true. Republicans have tried to turn liberal into a bad word. Well, liberals ended slavery in this country.“
"A Republican President ended slavery.”
“Yes, a liberal Republican, Senator. What happened to them? They got run out of your party. What did liberals do that was so offensive to the liberal party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things ­ every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator. Because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.
—  The West Wing Season 7 Episode 7