FROM Daniel Simmons
Climate Change, Renewable Energy and the Environment After a lengthy buildup, the EPA issued final rules last Friday for President Obama's Clean Power Plan . He calls it, "the single most important step America has ever taken...against climate change." But even before the sun went down, 24 states and a host of powerful private interests filed lawsuits against the plan. The stage is set for a historic battle about changing the way we generate electricity and the consequences of switching from fossil fuels to renewables. Public health and the health of the planet will be part of the action, along with America's utility bills.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.