When is a guide not a guide? When it's a partisan endorsement disguised as a guide.


When we endorse a 2020 candidate, we won't be using the Center Action Fund's new "guide' as a source, not while it cherry picks candidates' history for its own agenda.

Their 'guide' that is making the rounds on the web (we won't link it here) accuses all but their two preferred candidates of having failing grades on the environment. They "accomplish this" by ignoring the other candidates' accomplishments while picking votes out of content.

Their particular ire is pointed at Joe Biden and Tom Steyer, giving them both a failing environmental record for work while ignoring their actual accomplishments and support for actual initiatives and law. They laud Sanders and Warren for votes that were not put into law, and give no examples of actual accomplishments. That's not to say there aren't any. They chose to focus on votes that had no impact as accomplishments for their high grades versus Biden and Steyer's assigned low grades. 

With Biden, they give no meaningful credit for how, in 1986, he introduced the Global Climate Protection Act, the first climate change bill in the Senate, even though the act, signed into law by Reagan in 1987, directed the government to research and develop a strategy to deal with global warming.

They also dismiss Biden's record as Vice President. There is no doubt the Obama Administration had a complicated record on climate change, but where they did fight it, Biden was on point. In fact, the new 'guide's' dismissal of Biden's environmental efforts is so out of context, it is like calling the Galapagos is wet and rocky while never mentioning its biodiversity. 

They also downgraded Tom Steyer, an environmentalist who, in reality, has puts his own money toward the climate. Klobuchar received her own low rating, as did all but Sanders and Warren.  

We have nothing against Sanders or Warren, especially the latter whose plan has merit, but Biden and Steyer have proven track records the Center Action Fund's "guide" has ignored.

So, what did Bernie accomplish that made them endorse him and call it a guide?  They gave Bernie the top spot for supporting the Green New Deal. Wait, was that made into law? No?  Did Sanders write it?  No? Will it pass even if he becomes president if he doesn't have a majority in the Senate? No?   Wasn't there someone who got a sweeping climate bill passed and made into law when Republicans were in charge?  Oh, right, that was Biden. 

This was a hit "guide" meant to help their favorite candidates at the expense of other candidates,  while targeted at low information voters.  Did they think no one would notice?   


Top Scientists Warn of Catastrophic Sea Level Rise


Dr. James Hansen, who was the lead climate scientist at NASA, and sixteen other top scientists have concluded the Greenland and Antarctic glaciers will melt ten times faster than previous estimates, leading to sea level rise of ten or more feet in as little as 50 years.

In their newly released study: "Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 ◦C global warming could be dangerous," the scientists warn that "Amplifying feedbacks in the Southern Ocean and atmosphere contribute to dramatic climate change in our simulations."
We conclude that continued high emissions will make multi-meter sea level rise practically unavoidable and likely to occur this century. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization.
They are describing an ocean feedback loop near Antarctica that results in cooler freshwater from melting glaciers forcing warmer, saltier water underneath the ice sheets, speeding up the melting rate.

Read more at this link →


Bella Gaia


A unforgettable video by director and composer, Kenji Williams, compiling views from NASA and other sources of the Bella Gaia, the beautiful Earth.

The video was supported by NASA, the Baum Foundation, the Foundation for Global Community, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and is a production of Remedy Arts, LLC.

Please share this wonderful and unique view of the Earth and its environment.


The Environmentalist Fundraising Drive


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The Electoral College


The Electoral College Map for 2012, 2016, and 2020
The history of why Hamilton and Adams put the Electoral College in the Constitution tells a different story than is generally known. While the number of senators per state was established to offset the popular vote, the Electoral College was created as a compromise during the Constitutional Congress because southern states had smaller populations of eligible voters than the northern states. 
This was because a large percentage of the southern states' populations were slaves.
The northern states did not have slavery. The working class in the industrial North could vote. The concern of the slave states was that they wouldn't be represented, so a compromise was made called the Electoral Collage where the representation would be made on assigned electors, and not on eligible voting population. 
This gave the slave states equal representation to the Northern States even though a large percentage of their population could not vote. Hamilton and Adams agreed to this to get the Southern States to vote to ratify the Constitution.

For more on the Electoral College, please go to this link→