Elizabeth Warren is fed up with attempts to distract from the real issues contributing to climate change.

By |2019-09-06T05:41:18-08:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments


Courtesy of Boston.com:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren let out a deep sigh as Chris Cuomo began the question during CNN’s climate change forum Wednesday night.

The subject was lightbulbs.

Following a move this week by President Donald Trump’s administration to roll back rules that would soon require Americans to use more energy-efficient lightbulbs, Cuomo wanted to know if Warren — one of the 10 Democratic presidential candidates participating in the televised, climate change-focused forums Wednesday — thought the government should “be in the business of telling you what kind of lightbulb you should have.” He noted that the classic “candle-shaped” lightbulbs, which would have to be replaced by more efficient versions, “are a favorite for a lot of people.”

“Oh come on, give me a break,” Warren replied.

The Massachusetts senator said she supports attempts by people to reduce energy consumption or pollution at the margins, like replacing lightbulbs or plastic straws or — “dang” — even eating fewer cheeseburgers. However, Warren said these debates are a distraction from what really matters when it comes to addressing climate change.

“This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry wants us to talk about,” she said.

At this point, it is not even reasonable to suggest that I am not very much in the Warren camp.

In my opinion, she is the most impressive Democratic candidate by a significant margin. 

But that is fine if all of you are as yet undecided, or feel strongly about another candidate instead, because sharing those feelings is what this website is all about. 

Having said that I will go to the mat to argue that when it comes to explaining complex issues in a easy to understand manner that Warren takes the prize every time. 

Perhaps it is her background in education, but she has a knack for simplifying complicated issues in way that makes them accessible to every day people. 

And that is perhaps her biggest strength.

Well, that and her ability to actually come up with policies to solve those complicated problems. 

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13 Comments

  1. Paul September 6, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

    President Bill Clinton also had the ability to cut through complicated issues and explain them in ways that most people could understand, even if they did not agree with him. A major difference between President Clinton and Senator Warren is that Clinton was a corporate democrat, while Warren is decidedly not. I initially supported my home town senator, Kamala Harris, but now Senator Warren has 100% of my support.

  2. the pillow that turned into a baby September 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    She can fix everything in one swoop by just shutting down Catholicism itself.

    Everything will return to balance and harmony.

  3. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Not surprising!

    New study finds people who have low emotional IQs tend to be racist right-wingers

    ….Additionally, low emotional IQ scorers were more likely to agree with statements such as “the white race is superior to all other races.”

    “The results of this study were univocal. People who endorse authority and strong leaders and who do not mind inequality — the two basic dimensions underlying right-wing political ideology — show lower levels of emotional abilities,” study author Alain Van Hiel told PsyPost.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/new-study-finds-people-who-have-low-emotional-iqs-tend-to-be-racist-right-wingers/

  4. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Trump biographer says Democrats could win even bigger in 2020 than in 2018

    ‘I promise not to say this again, but I do think there is a strong chance that Democrats will sweep big time in 2020, even more than in 2018 and beginning with Trump. Extremes beget reaction. Trump & his enablers are on the wrong side of demography, decency and history.’

    — Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) September 6, 2019

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/trump-biographer-says-democrats-could-win-even-bigger-in-2020-than-in-2018/

  5. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Manufacturing CEOs lash out at Trump as economic uncertainty takes its toll: ‘Exhausting and demoralizing’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/manufacturing-ceos-lash-out-at-trump-as-economic-uncertainty-takes-its-toll-exhausting-and-demoralizing

    CEOs, central bankers and money managers say they’re operating in a world where they have no idea what’s coming next, leaving them with few options but to prepare for the worst.

    Why it matters: Uncertainty about a handful of unprecedented phenomena — like the grinding trade war with China, the peripatetic Brexit debate, and President Trump’s government-by-tweet — is inflicting pain on the global economy.

    The uncertainty is showing up in hard data: The lack of corporate dollars being spent on factories, software or new equipment dragged down economic growth in the 2nd quarter. Business investment fell 0.6% — the first drop in 3 years.

    Driving the news: Everyone is stymied over how to make financial or investment plans for the future, because the rules keep changing by the day. Corporate America is still raking in eye-popping profits, but it is also in a decision-making tailspin.

    Businesses don’t know what to do about their operations in China, how to price their products and source their materials. And they don’t know how consumers will react to higher prices during the all-important holiday season.

    “There is no precedent for this, and there are a lot of moving pieces,” Corie Barry, Best Buy’s new CEO, said last week as the company lowered its sales forecast.

    The head of Target, Brian Cornell, told analysts: “As long as the trade situation remains fluid, it will present an additional layer of uncertainty and complexity as we plan our business.”

    Some companies say they’re in limbo, unsure whether it’s worth moving supply chains out of China.

    “As soon as … we start to move, he’s going to put a target on somebody else’s back, and where do we go from there?” Jay Foreman, CEO of toymaker Basic Fun, told CNBC, referring to Trump.

    Powerful central bankers are also throwing up their hands.

    There are “no recent precedents to guide any policy response to the current situation,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in a speech last month, in reference to the trade war.

    “If you do an online search about recent economic developments, the word ‘uncertainty’ will come up a lot,” John C. Williams, head of the New York Fed, said in a speech on Wednesday. “It’s true that uncertainty, both at home and abroad, is playing an important role in my thinking about the economic outlook and monetary policy.”

    Despite relentless lobbying by Trump, there are doubts that central banks’ primary policy tool — adjusting interest rates — will be enough to stave off a slowdown caused by the tariff tit-for-tat with China and political disarray in the U.K.
    Main Street is grappling with a lot of questions, too, mostly about how to absorb the impact of tariffs. How much should mom-and-pop companies raise retail prices? Should they seek out different suppliers? Are they going to have enough to pay employees?

    Small business owners told the WSJ that uncertainty “about if and when the duties, how large they will be and how long they will remain in effect … is making it hard to plan and is hurting their businesses.”

    “It’s overwhelming. It’s exhausting. It’s demoralizing,” Susan White Morrissey, founder of a cashmere brand called White + Warren, told the WSJ.

    Consumers, too, are in a bind.

    Nobody knows what to do with their money in an environment where the stock market is a roller coaster — generally doing well, but subject to wild swings pegged partly to Trump’s tweets — and savings accounts pay lower interest rates due to the Federal Reserve rate cut.

    While conventional advice to retail investors is to sit tight amid the uncertainty, some people are gravitating to perceived safe havens like gold.

    Fund managers for both individual and institutional investors are trying to roll with the punches.

    “You have to deal with a president who is constantly making tweets that have effects on the market,” Marc Lasry, head of the hedge fund Avenue Capital Group, told the WSJ, adding: “There’s a perception that everything is fine, and then that perception is shattered when the president announces he’s going to change the tariffs.”

    The bottom line: The trade war and Brexit — 2 fights that were anticipated to have been in the rear view mirror by now — have gotten even messier and uglier in recent days, meaning that the “u” word — uncertainty — will continue to be ubiquitous.

    “What’s happening globally is a confidence effect, business confidence not just in the U.S. and China but all across those supply chains more broadly,” Mark Carney, the head of the U.K.’s central bank, told CNBC. “Those effects are at least as material as the direct trade effects.”

    https://www.axios.com/the-flying-blind-economy-9e153238-9ee9-4ab9-84ab-c3c07afebf5a.html

    New York Federal Reserve sounds new alarm on economy — chance of recession spikes to highest since 2007

    CNN reports that the New York Federal Reserve now estimates there is a 38 percent chance of a recession occurring by August 2020, which is the highest chance of recession the NY Fed has recorded since the start of the Great Recession in 2007.

    The NY Fed’s recession probability index is based upon the yield spread between 10-year Treasury bonds and 3-month Treasury bonds. In a growing economy, yields on ten-year bonds are usually higher than yields on two-year bonds because there is greater risk involved in investing in a long-term bond, which means investors in those bonds demand higher payouts than investors in short-term bonds.

    But when the so-called yield curve inverts — that is, when ten-year bonds actually pay less than two-year bonds — it is seen as a sign that investors believe there are significant risks to the economy and are flooding their cash into safe harbors.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/new-york-federal-reserve-sounds-new-alarm-on-economy-chance-of-recession-spikes-to-highest-since-2007/

  6. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm - Reply
  7. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    More utter cruelty, this time starvation:

    One in every twelve people who receives food stamps nationwide will lose them under the policy — some 3.6 million people, according to new analysis by Mathematica, the private policy analysis firm the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has relied upon for the past 40 years.

    “I was surprised by the extent of the impact in some of the southern states, such as Texas,” Mathematica senior research programmer Sarah Lauffer said. The impact was always going to be severe in states that apply the current rules in the most generous fashion, but southern states have generally not extended their eligibility lines quite as far. Despite that, Lauffer said, her team found “34% of elderly Texans receiving benefits will lose them through this rule.”

    Almost 400,000 people in Texas currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would lose them. Another 328,000 in Florida, 200,000 in New York, 97,000 in Georgia, and 176,000 in Washington state face cuts, to name just a few standouts.

    https://thinkprogress.org/the-trump-administration-plans-to-gut-food-stamps-hitting-red-states-hardest-8f543d5b4a68/

  8. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    A prominent LGBTQ rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Thursday that it will host a presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues next month. The event will air on CNN.

    https://thinkprogress.org/cnns-planning-a-2020-lgbtq-forum-here-are-some-issues-advocates-say-the-candidates-should-address-b3edf8acc379/

  9. Anonymously September 6, 2019 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Alaska is next for destruction

    Trump moves to allow logging in the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest

    As Brazil’s Amazon burns, President Donald Trump is taking aim at one of the largest expanses of temperate rainforest in Alaska.

    On Tuesday, the president instructed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to allow logging in the 16.7 million acre Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, the nation’s largest national forest.

    Together with British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest in Canada, the Tongass encompasses the largest intact temperate rainforest on Earth.

    The move would undo logging restrictions that have been in place for nearly 20 years, according to The Washington Post, impacting more than half of the national forest.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-moves-to-allow-logging-in-the-worlds-largest-intact-temperate-rainforest-3802173b038f/

  10. Anonymous September 7, 2019 at 8:02 am - Reply

    So, ‘go to the mats’ apparently means not publishing posts that disagree with your assessment.

    You’re an embarrassment to dialogue. .

    • Gryphen September 7, 2019 at 8:11 am - Reply

      I hate to disillusion you but coming to liberal-leaning websites to simply say I disagree with everything you say or think, does not really contribute to any dialogue.

      You will not convince one single person here to support or vote for Donald Trump so essentially you are wasting your time.

      Don’t get me wrong, sometimes your contributions are quite comical but if what you say is simply an ad hominem attack it does not deserve to be posted.

      • Anonymous September 7, 2019 at 8:23 am - Reply

        Who says pointing out the obvious means anyone to vote Trump, or support him in any way? (jumping to that constant conclusion shows lack of thought).

        Pointing out the obvious means waking people up from their daze well in advance to open their eye’s to NOT help Trump slide into a second term, which is exactly what is happening on the far left and has been ever since Trump took office. Doubling down and patting each other on the back on useless tactics that only make people foolish, is not helping your cause.

        I’ll attempt to scale back what is perceived as attacks and try to stay more lightly humorous. Gracias.

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