Live-blogging President Obama’s final State of the Union address

Tonight is President Obama’s final SOTU, and, personally, I’m hoping for a mic-drop moment…or six.

Watch the SOTU live, at 6 pm PT here:

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The Watering Hole, Tuesday January 12, 2016 – Environmental News and Food Politics

Some position statements from the candidates we love to hate most. These are random quotes and not position papers. Some might surprise you. Research source – ontheissues.org:

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Donald Trump

Q: Would you cut departments?
TRUMP: Environmental Protection, what they do is a disgrace.Every week they come out with new regulations.
Q: Who’s going to protect the environment?
TRUMP: We’ll be fine with the environment. We can leave a little bit, but you can’t destroy businesses.
Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 Coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Oct 18, 2015

Ben Carson

Protecting environment logical for capitalists & socialists

Greed really encompasses most of the other negative aspects of capitalism, such as lack of regard for the environment. Many of the industrialists who helped propel our country to the forefront of the global economy were much more interested in growing their businesses than they were in protecting the environment. The result? Dangerous pollution and the compromised habitat of many animals. Protecting the environment is neither a Democratic nor a Republican position, but rather it should be a LOGICAL position for capitalists AND socialists, because everyone should be looking out for the interests of future generations and trying to protect their own health as well. If our government were able to identify what needs to be done in our country to protect our environment, and our representatives (who are supposed to be looking out for their constituents) agreed on our policies and followed through on them, it would benefit us all.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 76 , Jan 24, 2012

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Ted Cruz
Don’t pick winners & losers like RFS’ ethanol in gasoline
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flat out opposed the RFS [the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires corn-based ethanol], saying Washington shouldn’t be “picking winners and losers.”
“I have every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete and continue to do well without having to go on bended knee asking for subsidies, asking for special favors,” he said. “I think that’s how we got in this problem to begin win.”
Ethanol proponents argue that because oil companies own gas stations, consumers are unable to access ethanol and therefore it needs the government’s support to break through oil’s stronghold of the market. Cruz acknowledged that his view wouldn’t be well-received: “Look, I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks who the answer you’d like me to give is, ‘I’m for the RFS, darn it.’ That’d be the easy thing to do. But I’ll tell ya, people are pretty fed up, I think, with politicians that run around & tell one group one thing, tell another group another thing.“
Source: CNN coverage by Ashley Killough, of 2015 Iowa Ag Summit , Mar 7, 2015

More offerings next week.