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Trump Invites G.O.P. Senators to Lunch, With Health Care on Menu

PhotoPresident Trump at the White House on Tuesday. His message about health care has changed in the last 24 hours.Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump returned to Twitter on Wednesday morning and said that Republican senators must keep their promise to America, but he was not specific about which promise on health care legislation he was discussing.Republicans have been promising for seven years to undo President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, but that pledge hit a wall on Tuesday when Republicans could not get enough support from their senators to move forward with a proposal.To move the effort ahead, Mr. Trump invited Republican senators for lunch on Wednesday to discuss health care legislation.In another tweet on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said Republicans did not discuss “how good” their health care proposal was and promised it would get better during their lunch.Mr. Trump’s message about health care has changed in the last 24 hours. On Monday night, he tweeted that Republicans should repeal the Affordable Care Act without waiting to agree on what should replace it.Early Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that Mr. Obama’s legislation should just be left to fail. […]

Read the Full Transcript of the Ninth Republican Debate in South Carolina

MoreVote Now: Who Won the Ninth Republican Debate?Watch Trump Get Booed at the Republican Debate in South Carolina Six Republican presidential candidates faced off for a debate in South Carolina Saturday night. The main stage featured real estate mogul Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Here is a partial transcript of the debate. Check back later for a complete transcript. ANNOUNCER: 09:00:43:00 Tonight, live from the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, CBS News brings you the Republican presidential debate. (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:00:55:00 Good evening. I’m John Dickerson. This holiday weekend as America honors our first president, we’re about to hear from six men who hope to be the 45th. Candidates for the Republican nomination are here in South Carolina for their ninth debate, one week before this state holds the first-in-the-South primary. 09:01:14:00 George Washington wrote that the truth will ultimately prevail, where there is pains taken to bring it to light. We hope to shed some light on the candidates’ positions tonight to help voters make up their mind. So gentlemen, please join us on stage. (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING) 09:01:54:00 With us tonight– with us tonight, a retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson of Florida, (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING) Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, businessman Donald Trump of New York, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, and Governor John Kasich of Ohio. Now as most of you have heard by now, Supreme Court Antonin Scalia died today, at the age of 79. He was the longest-serving member of the court, appointed by President Reagan in 1986. 09:02:46:00 Justice Scalia was the court’s leading conservative, and even those who disagreed with his opinions regarded him as a brilliant legal scholar. Please join us and the candidates on our stage in a moment of silence for Justice Antonin Scalia. Thank you. We will talk to the candidates about Justice Scalia and the road ahead when the debate begins in a moment. (LONG PAUSE) (MUSIC) (APPLAUSE) 09:05:03:00 Before we get started, candidates, here are the rules. When we ask you a question, you will have one minute to answer and 30 seconds more if we ask a follow-up. If you’re attacked by another candidate, you get 30 seconds to respond. And here’s how we keep time. After we ask a question, you’ll get a green light. The yellow light means you have 30 seconds left to finish your answer. And when time is up, the light turns red. That means please stop talking. 09:05:31:00 If you keep talking, you will hear this. (BELL) You don’t want to hear that. Joining me in the questioning tonight, my CBS News colleague, chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, and Kimberly Strassel, who is on the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal. And you can participate in the debate too, through our partnership with Twitter. 09:05:49:00 Tweet us your questions and comments using the hashtag #GOPdebate. So let’s begin. First, the death of j– Justice Scalia and the vacancy that leaves on the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump, I want to start with you. You’ve said that the president shouldn’t nominan– nominate anyone in the rest of his term to replace Justice Scalia. If you were president and had a chance with 11 months left to go in your term, wouldn’t it be an abdication, to conservatives in particular, not to name a conservative justice with the rest of your term so that– DONALD TRUMP: 09:06:20:00 Well, I can say that. If the president had to– if I were president now, I would certainly want to try and nominate a justice. And I’m sure that, frankly, I’m– absolutely sure that President Obama will try and do it. I hope that– Senate is going to be able, Mitch and the entire group, is gonna be able to do something about it, in terms of delay. We could have a Diane Sykes or you could have a Bill Pryor. We have some fantastic people. But this is a tremendous blow to conservativism, it’s a tremendous blow, frankly, to our country. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:06:52:00 So just to be clear on this, Mr. Trump, you’re okay with the president nominating somebody? DONALD TRUMP: 09:06:55:00 I– I think he’s going to do it whether I’m okay with it or not. I think it’s up to Mitch McConnell and everybody else to stop it. It’s called delay, delay, delay. (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:07:10:00 Governor Kasich, I wanna get your response on this. Justice Scalia was– Mr. Scalia was a real believer, obviously, in the strict word of the constitution. Now, Harry Reid says that a failure to fill his vacancy would be, quote, “shameful abdication of one of the Senate’s most essential constitutional responsibilities.” Where do you come down on this? GOV. JOHN KASICH: 09:07:28:00 Well, John, first of all, if I were president, we wouldn’t have the divisions in the country we have today. And I do wanna take a second as we reflected on Judge Scalia, it’s amazing. It’s not even two minutes after the death of Judge Scalia, nine children here today, their father didn’t wake up– his wife– you know, sad, but– you know, I just wish we hadn’t run so fast into politics. 09:07:50:00 Here’s my concern about this. The country’s so divided right now, and now we’re going to see another partisan fight taking place. I really wish the president would think about not nominating somebody. If you were to nominate somebody, let’s have him pick somebody that is gonna have unanimous approval and such widespread approval across the country that this could happen without– a lotta recrimination. 09:08:14:00 I don’t think that’s going to happen. And I would like the president to just, for once here, put the country first. We’re going to have an election for president very soon. And the people will understand what is at stake in that election. And so I believe that the president should not move forward and– I– I think that we oughta let the next president of the United States decide who is going to run that Supreme Court with a vote by the people of the (BELL) United States of America. (APPLAUSE) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:08:41:00 Dr. Carson– Dr. Carson, you, like others, put out a statement– after the death was announced. And you said, “The president should delay.” You’ve written a book on the constitution recently. What does the constitution say about whose duty it is here to act in this kind of a situation? DR. BEN CARSON: 09:08:57:00 Well, (THROAT CLEAR) the constitution actually doesn’t address that particular situation. But the fact of the matter is, the Supreme Court obviously is a very important part of our– governmental system. And when our constitution was put in place, the average age of death was under 50. And therefore, the whole concept of lifetime appointments for Supreme Court judges and federal judges was not considered to be a big deal. 09:09:27:00 Obviously, that has changed. And it’s something that– probably needs to be looked at– pretty carefully at some point. But we– need to start thinking about the divisiveness that is going on in our country. I looked at some of the remarks that people made after– finding out that Justice Scalia had died, and they were truly nasty remarks. 09:09:52:00 And that we have managed to get to that position in our country is truly a shame. And we should be thinking about how can we create some healing in this land. But right now, we’re not gonna get healing with President Obama. That’s very clear. So I– (BELL) fully agree that we should not– allow a judge to be appointed during his time. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:10:12:00 Senator Rubio, you’re a lawyer– (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING) Senator Rubio, you’re a lawyer. Quickly, can you address the issue of whether the constitution– tells us whe– whose– who has the power to appoint Supreme Court justices? And then also, the Senate Republicans last year floated an idea of removing the filibuster for Senate– excuse me, for Supreme Court nominations. You seemed open to that. What’s your feeling on that now– SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:10:39:00 Well, let– let me first talk about Justice Scalia. This loss is tremendous, and obviously our hearts and prayers go out to his family. He will go down as one of the great justices in the history of this republic. You talk about someone who defended consistently the original meaning of the constitution, who understood that the constitution was not there to be interpreted based on the fads of the moment, but that they were there to– it was there to be interpreted according to its original meaning. 09:11:00:00 Justice Scalia understood that better than anyone in the history of this republic. His dissent, for example, on the independent coun– on the independent counsel cases, it’s a brilliant piece of– of jurist work. And of course, his dissent on Obergefell as well. Number two, I do not believe the president should appoint someone. And it’s not unprecedented. In fact, it’s been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appointed a Supreme Court justice. And it reminds us of this, how important this election is. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:11:25:00 Thank you– SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:11:25:00 Someone on this stage will get to choose the– the balance of the Supreme Court. And it will begin by filling this vacancy that’s there now. And we need to put people on the bench that understand that the constitution is not a living and breathing document. It is to be interpreted as originally meant. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:11:38:00 Quickly though, on your (UNINTEL)– (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) very quickly, Senator, on this specific question though, you were once– in favor of dropping the threshold– 09:11:54:00 (OVERTALK) SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:11:54:00 That– that’s not accurate. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:11:55:00 –majority, you were never in favor of that? SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:11:56:00 No, I’ve never– there has been– for example, today, according to the changes Harry Reid made, appellate judges can now be appointed by simple majority– JOHN DICKERSON: 09:12:01:00 Okay. SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:12:02:00 –but not Supreme Court justices. And I think today, you see the wisdom of why we don’t want that to change. Because if that were the case, and we were not in charge of the Senate, Harry Reid and Barack Obama would ram down our throat a liberal justice like the ones– b– Barack Obama has imposed on us already– QUESTION: 09:12:16:00 Okay, thank you Senator. Governor Bush– I’d like to ask you, conservatives for a long time have felt like– that their Republican presidents have picked justices that didn’t turn out to be real conservatives. GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:12:26:00 Right. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:12:26:00 Barry– b– Bernie Sanders has said he would have a litmus test. He would make sure that he appointed a justice who’s gonna overturn Citizens United. If they can have a litmus test, what about you? Would you have a litmus test for a nominee and what would it be? GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:12:38:00 Not on specific issues, not at all. I think the next president, if I’m president, I will appoint people, I will nominate people that have a proven record in the judiciary. The problem in the past has been we’ve appointed people thinking you can get it through the Senate because they didn’t have a record. And the problem is that sometimes we’re surprised. 09:12:57:00 The simple fact is, the next president needs to appoint someone with a proven conservative record, similar to Justice Scalia, that is a lover of liberty, that believes in limited government, that consistently applied– that kind of philosophy, that didn’t try to legislate from the bench, that was respectful of the constitution, and then fight and fight and fight for that nomination to make sure that that nomination passes. 09:13:19:00 Of course the president, by the way, has every right to nominate s– Supreme Court justices. I’m an artic– Article II guy in the constitution. We’re running for the president of the United States. We want a strong executive for sure. But in return for that, there should be a consensus orientation on that nomination. And there’s no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama will not have a consensus pick when he submits that person to the Senate. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:13:40:00 Right, so Senator Cruz, (UNINTEL PHRASE) (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) so Senator, the constitution says the president shall appoint with advice and consent from the Senate, just to clear that up. So he has the constitutional power. But you don’t think he should. Where do you set that date if you’re president? Does it begin in election year, in December, November, September? Once you set the date when you’re president, will you abide by that date? SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:14:07:00 Well, we have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year. And– and let me say, Justice Scalia– JOHN DICKERSON: 09:14:14:00 Just– can I– I’m sorry to interrupt, were any nomina– appointed in an election year? Or is that just there were 80 years happening– SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:14:20:00 Eight– 80 years of– of not confirming. For example, L.B.J. nominated Abe Fortas. Fortas did– did not get confirmed. He was defeated. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:14:28:00 But Kennedy was confirmed in ’88. SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:14:32:00 No, Kennedy was confirmed in eight– ’87. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:14:33:00 He was– he was appoi– he was appointed– 09:14:35:00 (OVERTALK) SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:14:35:00 He– he was appointed in ’88– 09:14:36:00 (OVERTALK) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:14:36:00 –that’s the– but is it appointing or confirming– 09:14:37:00 (OVERTALK) SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:14:38:00 In this case, it’s both. But if I could– could answer this question– JOHN DICKERSON: 09:14:40:00 Sorry, all right, I just wanna get the facts straight for the audience. But I apologize. (AUDIENCE REACTION) (LAUGHTER) SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:14:50:00 Justice Scalia was a legal giant. He– he was somebody that I knew for 20 years. He was a brilliant man, he was faithful to the constitution. He changed the arc of American legal history. And I’ll tell you, his passing tonight, our prayers are with his family, with his wife Maureen, who he adored, his nine children and 36 grandkids. 09:15:11:00 But it underscores the stakes of this election. We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that will strike down every restriction on abortion adopted by the stakes. We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that will reverse the Heller decision, one of Justice Scalia’s seminal decisions that upheld the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. 09:15:32:00 We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that would undermine the religious liberty of millions of Americans and– and the stakes of this election, for this year, for the Senate, the Senate needs to stand strong and say “We’re not gonna give up the U.S. Supreme Court for a generation by allowing Barack Obama to make one more liberal appointee.” 09:15:52:00 And then, for the state of South Carolina, one of the most important judgments for the men and women of South Carolina to make, is who on this stage (BELL) has the background, the principle, the character, the judgment, and the strength of resolve to nominate and confirm principled constitutionalists to the court? That will be what I will do if I am elected president– JOHN DICKERSON: 09:16:14:00 All right. (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING) Thank you, Senator Cruz. All right, we’re gonna get a move on to national security here. And we’re gonna– I wanna read a quote from Secretary Robert Gates, Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates who served for eight year– f– eight– under eight presidents. And this is what he said about Republican candidates, quote, “Part of the concern that I have with the campaign is that the solutions being offered are so simplistic and so at odds with the way the world really works.” 09:16:43:00 So in that spirit, we’re gonna work tonight to be more specific. Mr. Trump, I want to start with you. You said if– as president, you’ll get up to speed very quickly. You’ll know more quickly as president than any of the experts. So you’ve been elected president, it’s your first day in the situation room, with three questions do you ask your national security experts about the world? DONALD TRUMP: 09:17:04:00 What we wanna do, when we wanna do it, and how hard do we wanna hit. Because we are going to have to hit very, very hard to knock out ISIS. We’re gonna also have to learn who our allies are. We have allies, so-called allies. We’re spending billions and billions of dollars supporting people, we have no idea who they are in Syria. Do we wanna stay that route, or do we wanna go and make something with Russia? 09:17:29:00 I hate to say Iran, but with Russia, because we made, in the Iran deal, with one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen negotiated in my entire life. It’s a disgrace that this country negotiated that deal. A very important– (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) not only a disgrace, it’s a disgrace and an embarrassment. But very important, who are we fighting with, who are we fighting for, what are we doing. 09:17:51:00 We have to rebuild our country. But we have– I’m telling you, I’m the only one on the stage that said, “Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.” Nobody else on this stage said that. And I said it loud and strong. And I was in the private sector. I wasn’t a politician, fortunately. But I said it. And I said it loud and clear. “You’ll destabilize the Middle East.” That’s exactly what happened. I also said, by the way, (BELL) four years ago, three years ago, “Attack the oil. Take the wealth away. Attack the oil and keep the oil.” They didn’t listen. They just started that a few months ago. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:18:22:00 Senator Rubio, (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) just– 30 seconds on this question, Senator Rubio. Are those the questions you would ask? SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:18:31:00 No. I think there are three major threats that you want to immediately get on top of. Number one is, what are we doing in the Asia Pacific region, where both North Korea and China pose threats to the national security of the United States. Number two is, what are we doing in the Middle East with the combination of the Sunni/Shia conflict driven by the Shia Arc, that Iran is now trying to establish in the Middle East. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:18:22:00 Senator Rubio, (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) just– 30 seconds on this question, Senator Rubio. Are those the questions you would ask? SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:18:31:00 No. I think there are three major threats that you want to immediately get on top of. Number one is, what are we doing in the Asia Pacific region, where both North Korea and China pose threats to the national security of the United States. Number two is, what are we doing in the Middle East with the combination of the Sunni/Shia conflict driven by the Shia Arc, that Iran is now trying to establish in the Middle East and also the growing threat of ISIS. 09:18:52:00 And the third is rebuilding and reinvigorating NATO in the European theater, particularly in Central Europe and in Eastern Europe, where Vladimir Putin is now territor– the territory of multiple countries, already controls 20% of Georgia, and a significant percentage of Ukraine. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:19:06:00 Let me ask you– a follow-up– a full, proper question then. (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) Vi– Violent extremists are operating, are active in 40 countries, some 80 countries are in– a different dis– degrees of instability. And so that’s just the crises overseas. Barack Obama walked into an economic collapse when he came into office, we face international health crises from Ebola to– to Zika. So there’s a lot of opportunity for crisis, as you’ve talked about. What would you point to in your past to show voters that you’ve been in a crisis and that you’ve been tested, when that inevitable crisis comes in your presidency– SEN. MARCO RUBIO: 09:19:44:00 Well, let me just tell you what happened a couple years ago. One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever make in Congress is when you are asked by the president to authorize the use of force in a conflict. Because you are now putting your name on behalf of the people of your state, behind a military action where Americans in uniform could lose their life. 09:20:00:00 So in 2014, Barack Obama said he would not take military action against Assad unless it was authorized by the Senate beginning on the Committee of Foreign Relations, where I am one of its members. And it was hard, because you looked at the pictures. I saw the same images people– so I’m the father of children. I saw the images of these little children– been gassed and poisoned by their own leaders. 09:20:21:00 And we were angry. Something had to happen. And there was the sense that we needed to seek retribution. And then I looked at Barack Obama’s plan. Barack Obama’s plan, which John Kerry later described as “unbelievably small,” and I concluded that that attack would not only not help the situation, it would make it actually worse. 09:20:37:00 It would allow Assad to stand up to the United States of America, survive a strike, stay in power, and actually strengthen its grip. And so it was a difficult decision to make. And when we only had a few days to look at it, make a decision on, and I voted against Barack Obama’s plan to use force, and it was the right decision. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:20:53:00 Dr. Carson, I want to ask you a question. (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) Dr Carson, you’ve said you had more 2:00 a.m. ph– 2:00 a.m. phone calls than anybody up on this stage. But when those 2:00 a.m. phone calls came, you operated on a foundation of all that amazing medical work that you did. All of that learning. So if you were to be president, though, you wouldn’t have the political foundation that hones those instincts when the 2:00 a.m. phone call comes. So (UNINTEL) a liability? DR. BEN CARSON: 09:21:24:00 No, it isn’t. First of all, let me– go back to your– first question for me. It wasn’t phrased as who gets to– nominate the Supreme Court– appointees. Of course that’s the president. So I know that there’s some left-wing media who will try to make hay on that. Secondly– thank you for including me in the debate. Two questions already, this is great. (LAUGHTER) (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) 09:21:48:00 Now, if– as far as those 2:00 a.m. phone calls are concerned– judgment is what is required. And– the kinds of things that you come up with are sometimes very, very difficult and very unique. One of the things that I was known for is doing things that have not been done before. So no amount of experience really prepares you to do something that has never been done before. 09:22:16:00 That’s where judgment comes in. And– that, I think, is a situation that we’re in right now, a situation that we have never been in before, with the kinds of threats that– pose a real danger to our nation. And it comes in very handy in those situations. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:22:31:00 Governor Kasich, Russia is being credited– (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) Russia is being credited with bombing U.S.-backed rebels on behalf of Assad in Aleppo and Syria. They’ve also– moved into the Crimea, between Ukraine. You’ve said you want to punch them in the nose. What does that mean? What are you gonna do– GOV. JOHN KASICH: 09:22:50:00 John, first of all– yes, first of all, look, we have to make it clear to Russia what we expect. We don’t have to declare an enemy or rattle a sword or threaten. But we need to make it clear what we expect. Number one, is we will arm– the folks in Ukraine who are fighting for their freedom. They deserve it. There’ll be no ifs, ands, or buts about it. 09:23:07:00 Secondly, an attack on NATO, trumped up on any excuse of Russian-speaking people, either in the NATO countries or in Finland or Sweden, is gonna be an attack on us. And look, I think we have an opportunity as America to put something really great together again. The Egyptians, the Saudis, the Jordanians, the Gulf states, it’s– they all know they’re at risk. 09:23:29:00 We didn’t– we need to look into Europe, we look at France, we look at Germany and the migrants, we look at Belgium, we look at Britain. Everybody now is being threatened by radical Islam. We have an opportunity to lead. You know, the fact of the matter is, the world is desperate for leadership. 09:23:44:00 Sometimes they may– they may make a remark here, there, that we don’t like. But frankly, the world needs us. And we have an opportunity now to assemble a coalition of the civilized people, those who respect civilization, the rights of women, the rights to protest, be able to reassert our leadership all across this globe absolutely, and make sure (BELL) this century is going to be the best we’ve ever seen. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:24:06:00 Governor– (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) Governor Bush– GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:24:09:00 Yeah? JOHN DICKERSON: 09:24:10:00 –you’ve said, “Defeating ISIS requires defeating Assad.” But wouldn’t that also put us into conflict with Russia, a country that supports Assad? So doesn’t that mean effectively Assad is there to stay? GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:24:21:00 No, it doesn’t. And that’s the problem. The lack of leadership in this country, by Barack Obama, j– John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, thinking that– this is a policy that works, this policy of containment with ISIS, it’s a complete, unmitigated disaster. And to allow Russia now to have influence in Syria makes it harder. 09:24:38:00 But we need to destroy ISIS and dispose of Assad, to create a stable Syria so that the four million refugees aren’t a breeding ground for Islamic jihadists. This is the problem. Donald Trump brought up the fact that he would– he’d want to accommodate Russia. Russia is not taking out– ISIS. They’re– they’re attacking our– our t– our team, the team that we’ve been training and the team that we’ve been supporting. 09:25:01:00 It is absolutely ludicrous to suggest that Russia could be a positive partner in this. They are on the run. They are making– every time we step back, they’re on the run. The question that you asked was a really good one about what you would do, what three things would you do. I would restore– military. 09:25:17:00 The sequester needs to be re– reversed. I would have a strategy to destroy ISIS. And I would immediately create a policy of containment– as it relates to Iran’s ambitions and to make it– make clear that we are not going to allow for Iran to do what it’s doing, which is to move towards a nuclear weapon. Those three things would be the first and foremost things that we need to do in this– (BELL) in 2017. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:25:39:00 Mr. Trump, you’re– (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) Mr. Trump, you were– you were mentioned here. You did you say could get along very well with Vladimir Putin, you did at one point– 09:25:50:00 (OVERTALK) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:25:50:00 –take care of ISIS– MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:25:51:00 Call me a genius, I like him so far. I have to tell you. Let me just tell you this. Jeb is so wrong. Jeb is absolutely so– (BOOING) that’s– just so you understand, you know what that is? That’s Jeb’s special interests and lobbyists talking. Look– (AUDIENCE REACTION) let me just tell you something. Jeb– Jeb is so wrong. 09:26:12:00 You’ve gotta fight ISIS first. You fight ISIS first. Right now you have Russia, you have Iran, you have them with Assad and you have them with Syria. You have to knock out ISIS. They’re chopping off heads. These are animals. You have to knock ’em out, you have to knock ’em off strong. 09:26:27:00 You decide what to do after. You can’t fight two wars at one time. If you listen to him, and you listen to some of the folks that I’ve been listening to, that’s why we’ve been in the Middle East for 15 years. And we haven’t won anything. We’ve spent $5 trillion in the Middle East (CHEERING) because of thinking like that. (APPLAUSE) We’ve spent five– (BELL) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:26:45:00 All right. MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:26:46:00 –with Lindsey Graham, Lindsey Graham, who backed him, who had zero on his polls. Let me just tell you something, we’ve said– (AUDIENCE REACTION) we’ve spent– we’ve spent– I only tell the truth, lobbyists. We’ve spent $5 trillion all over the m– we have to rebuild our country, we have to rebuild our infrastructure. You listen to that, you’re gonna be– JOHN DICKERSON: 09:27:07:00 All right– MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:08:00 –there for another 15– 09:27:08:00 (OVERTALK) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:27:09:00 All right, Governor Bush– 09:27:10:00 (OVERTALK) JOHN DICKERSON: 09:27:10:00 –please respond. GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:27:11:00 So the very basic fact is that Vladimir Putin’s not gonna be an ally of the United States. The whole world knows this. It’s a simple, basic fact. (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) They’re not taking out– they’re not– they’re not even attempting to take out ISIS. They’re– they’re attacking the troops that we’re supporting. we need to create a coalition, Sunni-led coalition on the ground, with our special operators to destroy ISIS and bring about stability. And you can’t do that with Assad in power. 09:27:35:00 (OVERTALK) MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:35:00 Where’s the 40 troops that we don’t even know who they are– 09:27:36:00 (OVERTALK) MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:37:00 Where’s the 40 troops– GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:27:38:00 That’s ridiculous. MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:39:00 –that we don’t even know who they are? JOHN DICKERSON: 09:27:41:00 Mr. Trump– (AUDIENCE REACTION) all right. MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:42:00 We have no idea who they are. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:27:43:00 Gentlemen, I think we’re gonna– we’re gonna leave that there, I’ve got questions for senator– GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:27:46:00 This from a guy who gets his foreign policy from the shows. MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:48:00 Oh yeah, yeah. GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:27:49:00 This is a guy who thinks that Hillary Clinton was a great negotiator in Iran. 09:27:53:00 (OVERTALK) GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:27:54:00 We’re living in dangerous times. MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:55:00 –New Hampshire. GOV. JEB BUSH: 09:27:56:00 This is a man who insults his way to the nomination. MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:27:58:00 –thirty-four million. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:27:59:00 All right, all right– MR. DONALD TRUMP: 09:28:00:00 Give me a break. JOHN DICKERSON: 09:28:01:00 Gentlemen, gentlemen, let’s leave it there so I can ask a question to Senator Cruz, who’s also running for president. (LAUGHTER) Senator Cruz, (CHEERING) you talked about the first– the First Gulf War as being a kind of model for your focused and determined effort to go after– after ISIS. But there were 700,000 ground troops as a part of that. So– and you don’t have a ground component to your plan. Why? SEN. TED CRUZ: 09:28:23:00 Well, we need to focus on what the objective is. You know, your question about the first three questions you would ask in– in the situation room, I think it is a problem if the president, commander in chief we’ve– we’ve elected does not have the experience and background to understand the threats facing this country coming in on day one. 09:28:42:00 If you look at the threats facing this country, the single-greatest threat, national security threat is the threat of a nuclear Iran. That’s why I pledged on day one to rip to shreds this Iranian nuclear deal. And anyone that thinks you can negotiate with Khomeini (APPLAUSE) does not understand the nature of Khomeini. 09:29:00:00 When it comes to ISIS, we’ve gotta have a focused objective. One of the problems of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy, and sadly, too many establishment Republicans in Washington, is they focused on issues unrelated to protecting this country. They focused on nation building. They focused on toppling governments to promote democracy, and it ends up undermining our natural security. 09:29:22:00 Now with regard to ISIS, we need a commander in chief that sets the objective we will utterly defeat them, because they have declared war, they’ve declared jihad on us. Now what do we need to carry (BELL) that out? We need overwhelming air power, we need to arm the Kurds, who can be our boots on the ground, and if ground troops are necessary, then we should employ ’em. But it shouldn’t be politicians demonstrating political toughness, it should be military expert judgment carrying out the objectives set up by the commander in chief. (CHEERING) (APPLAUSE) […]

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Coal Is Dying and It’s Never Coming Back

Coal Is Dying and It’s Never Coming Back

Posted by on Thursday, April 16, 2015

With or without help from President Obama.

Republicans blame Obama’s regulations, but the free market is crushing coal too. Charles Bertram/ZUMA

Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number. Even China, which produces and consumes more coal than the rest of the world put together, is expected to hit peak coal use within a decade, in order to meet its promise to President Barack Obama to reduce its carbon emissions starting in 2030.

According to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this is all the fault of President Barack Obama’s “war on coal”—specifically the administration’s new limits for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which probably will force many power companies to burn less coal. If there is a war, McConnell has long been the field marshal of the defending army. His latest maneuver came last month when he called on state lawmakers to simply ignore the administration’s new rules, in order to resist Obama’s “attack on the middle class.”

His logic, apparently, is that if Kentucky can stave off Obama long enough, the coal industry still has a glorious future ahead. That logic is fundamentally flawed. While Obama’s tenure will probably speed up the country’s transition to cleaner energy, the scales had already tipped against coal long before he took office. Kentucky’s coal production peaked in 1990, and coal industry employment peaked all the way back in the 1920s. The scales won’t tip back after he leaves. The “war on coal” narrative isn’t simply misleading, it also distracts from the very real problem of how to prepare coal mining communities and energy consumers (i.e., everyone) for an approaching future in which coal is demoted to a bit role after a century at center stage.

That’s the conclusion of a sweeping new account of the coal industry, Coal Wars, authored by leading energy analyst Richard Martin. The book dives deep into a simple truth: As long as we’re still burning coal for the majority of our energy, all the solar panels, electric cars, and vegetarian diets in the world won’t do a thing to stop global warming. Saving the planet starts with getting off coal.

The good news, Martin reports, is that transition is already underway, regardless of stonewalling by congressional Republicans, and with or without Obama’s new regulations. Martin documents evidence of coal’s decline from the mountain villages of Kentucky to the open pit mines of Wyoming, and from lavish industry parties in Shanghai to boardrooms in Germany. Everywhere he looks, market forces (for instance, natural gas made cheap by the fracking boom), technological advances, and environmental laws are conspiring to favor cleaner forms of energy over coal. At the same time, Martin writes, more and more financial institutions and private investors are starting to factor climate change into their investment decisions, which “would be a death blow that no EPA regulation could equal.”

Whether the transition will happen fast enough to limit the damage of climate change is a different story. China still gets nearly three-quarters of its energy from coal. The United States, while substantially reducing its own coal consumption in recent years, still has huge amounts of coal, especially in the West, that can be profitably mined and shipped overseas. Many billions of dollars have been sunk into mines, power plants, shipping terminals, and other infrastructure that can’t simply be shut down overnight, especially when all that stuff forms the backbone of a basic commodity like electricity.

Still, for coal, there is no resurgence on the horizon. “There’s no question which way the curve is headed, and it is down,” Martin tells Climate Desk.

Much less clear than the fate of coal is what will happen in the countless communities, from the American Southeast to northern China, that have long depended on coal to put food on the table. Martin has managed to locate dozens of compelling personal narratives that show the human face of a debate that is too often reduced—by environmentalists as much as by the coal industry—to numbers and yawn-inducing energy wonkery. These include the head of a small coal mining company in Kentucky who was forced to sell off the business he inherited from his father and lay off workers who were also friends and neighbors. The manager of a coal town coffee shop in Colorado is also facing closure. In China, self-contained cities are built around coal mines, but young people there are unable to get work and have no other employment opportunities.

The environmental imperative to get off coal is obvious, and even if you think climate change is a hoax, basic economics are already driving the coal industry to contract. But so far, according to Martin, the United States has done a terrible job of helping coal industry workers and their families find life after coal.

There are many guilty parties here, including coal barons like Don Blankenship (who is currently facing charges in federal court for flagrant safety violations) and profit-hungry utility company execs who are keen to squash competition from solar and wind energy. But Martin saves his most damning critiques for leaders like McConnell who are hung up on pointless political squabbling rather than finding innovative ways to revitalize former coal economies.

“The presence of the coal industry has kept these communities in a state of dependence, and not allowed them to develop a real economy beyond coal,” Martin says. “Whether we pine for the days of these jobs or not, they’re not coming back. We have to get beyond this state of dependency.”

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