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The Watering Hole, Tuesday August 2, 2016

Hard to top Wayne’s cute animal post from yesterday, but I’ll follow with a gorgeous places one to see where it goes. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

 

The World’s Most Beautiful Places

Seljalandsfoss Falls, Iceland

 

The World’s Most Beautiful Places

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

 

The World’s Most Beautiful Places

Pangong Tso Lake in the Himalayas

 

Notice the water theme?

Open Thread.

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The Watering Hole, Tuesday July 19, 2016 – Environmental News and Food Politics

From the NY Times –Donald Trump on the Environment:

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He does not just deny that climate change is occurring; he calls it a hoax, and says those who warn of global warming only want to raise taxes. He is less outspoken on other environmental issues, though he sued unsuccessfully in 2013 to block plans for wind turbines in Scotland that would power 65,000 homes, arguing, in part, that they would mar the view from a golf course he was proposing to build.

Read here.

Per Mother Jones – Mike Pence on the Environment:

“Global warming is a myth.”

Two peas in a pod.

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So Happy Together… la la la…    la…

Open thread.

The Watering Hole, Tuesday July 12, 2016

In place of the usual environmental or food politics post, let’s have a conversation about the future (because the present seems so awful at the moment). I think the presumptive nominee Hillary will be our next president. Aside from filling Supreme Court vacancies (and I hope she picks a couple of brainy 13 year olds), we all know that unless she has a house and a senate, we are in store for more gridlock. Is Trump so awful that Republicans will be no-shows, and as a result, will Dems carry the day across all open seats?

Will there be a measure of gun sanity in our future?

Single payer healthcare?

Reasonable college and trade school tuition?

Environmental sanity?

Geopolitical stability?

 

What say ye?

The Watering Hole, Tuesday July 5, 2016 – Environmental News and Food Politics.

Murray Energy Lays Off More Than 1,800 Workers

A coal company wants to blame Obama for a 21% cut in workforce, when in reality it is fracked natural gas that power companies are shifting to.

Obama’s Fault

My grandfather who I never met died when my mother was a child of black lung disease. It is an occupation that I would not wish on anyone. Pollutes the hell out of water when mined and air when burned, and surface mining can obliterate landscapes. Sierra Club has been fighting coal for years. Beyond coal.

Open thread.

The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 21, 2016

Hope everybody celebrated Summer solstice yesterday. The days are getting shorter now. And if you lost track, only 5 billion years until the last switch is flipped. In the meantime, people with a short attention span want to improve solar fuel devices. But the good news is that no one has told California condors that it will be freezing cold and dark in 5 billion years. Their numbers are expanding.