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3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020

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[Alrighty. Here we have an article in the journal Foreign Policy talking openly about a military coup as an option. *RON*]

Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy, 30 January 2017

Are we really stuck with this guy?

It’s the question being asked around the globe, because Donald Trump’s first week as president has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared.

Republicans Move to Block Rule on Coal Mining Near Streams

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[Trump likes streams to run orange, like his skin-tone. "Of course I care about miners' jobs, and I care about their safety," Ms. Rois said. "But orange is not the color of water." *RON*]

Hiroko Tabuch, New York Times, 2 February 2017

Republicans on Thursday took one of their first steps to officially dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations by easing restrictions on coal mining, bolstering an industry that President Trump has made a symbol of America’s neglected heartland.

Today's Trumpery

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Electric cars and cheap solar 'could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020'

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[Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report. There is a surprising number of electric car power stations in Canada. Click here to find one near you. *RON*]
Press Association, The Guardian, 2 February 2017
Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested.

A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “gamechangers” that could leave fossil fuels stranded.

Polluting fuels could lose 10% of market share to solar power and clean cars within a decade, the report by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon Tracker Initiative found.

Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Rio de Janeiro

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["Protesters included police officers who haven't been paid fully for months, sanitation workers, pensioners and staff from the state court system. They demanded payment of late salaries and the scrapping of austerity measures under consideration in the state assembly." *RON*]
Sebastian Smith, AFP / Yahoo! News, 1 February 2017

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazilian riot police used tear gas and stun grenades in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday to break up a protest against austerity measures aimed at rescuing the state from near bankruptcy.

The center of the city that less than half a year ago was hosting the Olympic Games turned into a battlefield at lunch hour.

Liberal pals plundering BC Hydro for tens of Billions

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[BC ELECTION 2017! Crony capitalism in the Wild West of Christy Clark! *RON*]
Norm Farrell, Common Sense Canadian, 26 January 2017


Until the mid-twentieth century, much of British Columbia lacked reliable and affordable electricity. To resolve the privation, W.A.C. Bennett created BC Hydro, a publicly owned utility. The province’s leader acted because the private sector had refused to meet growing needs for electricity. Unlike less effective successors, Premier Bennett was a pragmatist, not an ideologue.