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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:14:44 AM

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For those that remember the first gulf war, little donny is "lighting oil well fires."

Why? He clearly know his days are numbered and... Because he's a bastard and just doesn't give a damn!

Can someone dump him into a vat of liquid shoe polish, preferably dark brown?

Trump Administration Rushes To Sell Oil Rights In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
November 16, 2020 7:54 PM ET

Starting Tuesday, oil and gas companies can pick which parts of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge they're interested in drilling. It's the latest push by the Trump administration to auction off development rights in the pristine landscape before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The official "call for nominations" launches a 30-day comment period. It will also allow the Bureau of Land Management to move forward with a lease sale, which it must announce 30 days in advance. The exact timing is not clear, but it raises the possibility that a lease sale might happen just days before Biden's inauguration.

"It's been quite a lot of work to get to this point," says Kevin Pendergast, Deputy State Director for Resources with the BLM in Alaska. In a separate statement, the agency said the lease sale will be a historic move "advancing this administration's policy of energy independence."

In a dramatic shift after nearly four decades of protections, a Republican-led Congress in 2017 approved legislation that opened up part of the refuge to oil development. It called for two lease sales in the coastal section of the Arctic Refuge within seven years, with the first one to be held by the end of 2021.

But conservation groups are blasting the Trump administration's decision to push forward with the sale now, just a couple months before Inauguration Day, saying it's rushing the process "to open one of the nation's most iconic and sacred landscapes to oil drilling."

The Arctic refuge's coastal plain is about 1.6-million-acres — an area roughly the size of Delaware that makes up about 8% of the vast refuge. It's a place where caribou migrate, polar bears den and migratory birds feed. It's also an area believed to hold billions of barrels of untapped oil.

"This timeline indicates that they're trying to cram this through in a way that would cut out consideration for public concern," says Brook Brisson, senior staff attorney at Trustees for Alaska, an Anchorage-based environmental law firm.

Trustees for Alaska is among several groups, and a coalition of 15 states, that filed lawsuits earlier this year aimed at derailing drilling plans for the Arctic refuge. The suits are still winding their way through the court system.

The American Petroleum Institute, a national trade association, welcomed the call for nominations, saying in a statement that development in the Arctic refuge is long overdue, will create good-paying jobs, and provide more revenue for Alaska. It said the industry will work with wildlife organizations and local communities "to safely and responsibly develop these important energy resources."

Alaska Natives are split on the issue, with some seeing opportunity from drilling while others decry the impact on wildlife, most notably the Gwich'in, whose culture and diet revolve around migrating caribou.

"Any company thinking about participating in this corrupt process should know that they will have to answer to the Gwich'in people and the millions of Americans who stand with us," said Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:21:48 AM

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Clearly, there are no depths to which he will not sink!
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:03:30 PM

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CNN: Trump Starting Multiple International Emergencies In Order To Cripple Biden’s Presidency

Exactly the type of vindictiveness Trump's been doing all along - it's who he is. He knows he's lost but is just damaging democracy. And trying to stop states from certifying the election results.

Just what supporters want - even if it harms their country.

They know he does not do much to help them, but it's what he does to those they hate that they like.
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:56:40 AM

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Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program

The president was dissuaded from moving ahead with a strike by advisers who warned that it could escalate into a broader conflict in his last weeks in office.

President Trump asked senior advisers in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday whether he had options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks. The meeting occurred a day after international inspectors reported a significant increase in the country’s stockpile of nuclear material, four current and former U.S. officials said on Monday.

A range of senior advisers dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike. The advisers — including Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency.

Any strike — whether by missile or cyber — would almost certainly be focused on Natanz, where the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Wednesday that Iran’s uranium stockpile was now 12 times larger than permitted under the nuclear accord that Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018. The agency also noted that Iran had not allowed it access to another suspected site where there was evidence of past nuclear activity.

Mr. Trump asked his top national security aides what options were available and how to respond, officials said.

After Mr. Pompeo and General Milley described the potential risks of military escalation, officials left the meeting believing a missile attack inside Iran was off the table, according to administration officials with knowledge of the meeting.

Mr. Trump might still be looking at ways to strike Iranian assets and allies, including militias in Iraq, officials said. A smaller group of national security aides had met late Wednesday to discuss Iran, the day before the meeting with the president.

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The episode underscored how Mr. Trump still faces an array of global threats in his final weeks in office. A strike on Iran may not play well to his base, which is largely opposed to a deeper American conflict in the Middle East, but it could poison relations with Tehran so that it would be much harder for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, as he has promised to do.

Since Mr. Trump dismissed Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and other top Pentagon aides last week, Defense Department and other national security officials have privately expressed worries that the president might initiate operations, whether overt or secret, against Iran or other adversaries at the end of his term.

Ashwin Vemuri
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:43:06 AM

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At the end of the day, one who runs a country as a CEO, uses his business acumen and does such parting gifting...
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 5:52:17 AM

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Ashwin Vemuri wrote:
At the end of the day, one who runs a country as a CEO, uses his business acumen and does such parting gifting...

Spot on.
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:35:40 PM

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On its way out the door, the Trump Administration is trying to do a big favor for Big Oil, making it a crime for banks to refuse loans to polluters. Take action now to stop it.

Banking regulators at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) want to ban banks from refusing loans and other financial services to oil companies. Banks are getting wise to the climate crisis and have begun refusing to fund drilling in the Arctic, but the Trump Administration is trying to undermine this climate action.

We need activists like you to stand up to the OCC and demand it take the risk of climate change seriously.

Tell the OCC to stop putting Big Oil profits and investors above our environment!

This move is a last-ditch effort to bully banks into giving polluters a lifeline. Trump’s office has seen Wall Street giants like Goldman Sachs refusing to fund drilling in the Arctic -- and it’s set on forcing banks to make risky loans to Big Oil.

Goldman Sachs is not alone. In the last two years, banks like JPMorgan, Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, and Morgan Stanley have changed their lending policies to not fund drilling in the Arctic.

But if the Trump Administration has its way, the plan to force banks into financing the Big Oil industry could be finalized just days before Joe Biden is sworn in as President. With a deadline of January 4th, we don’t have a lot of time to act. We need your help, Eric.

It’s not too late. Demand the OCC not force banks to finance polluters!

While oil-backed politicians will claim otherwise, banks do not want to finance drilling. Not only due to the ever-growing climate crisis, but also because drilling is a bad investment.

This proposed rule will strongarm the banks into taking risks that are not good for business, which any savvy financial institution would stay away from.

With all the warning signs of the climate crisis continuing to sound, we need your help to demand the OCC stop trying to force banks into risky investments with Big Oil.

30,000 Signatures still needed. Stop the OCC from intimidating banks and forcing them to finance Big Oil!

Standing with you,
Lukas Ross,
Fossil fuels program manager,
Friends of the Earth

Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2020 5:50:50 PM

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Trump Using Last Days to Lock In Policies and Make Biden’s Task More Difficult

At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump’s political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president’s legacy.

Mr. Trump has spent the last two weeks hunkered down in the White House, raging about a “stolen” election and refusing to accept the reality of his loss. But in other ways he is acting as if he knows he will be departing soon, and showing none of the deference that presidents traditionally give their successors in their final days in office.

During the past four years Mr. Trump has not spent much time thinking about policy, but he has shown a penchant for striking back at his adversaries. And with his encouragement, top officials are racing against the clock to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, secure oil drilling leases in Alaska, punish China, carry out executions and thwart any plans Mr. Biden might have to reestablish the Iran nuclear deal.

In some cases, like the executions and the oil leases, Mr. Trump’s government plans to act just days — or even hours — before Mr. Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

At a wide range of departments and agencies, Mr. Trump’s political appointees are going to extraordinary lengths to try to prevent Mr. Biden from rolling back the president’s legacy. They are filling vacancies on scientific panels, pushing to complete rules that weaken environmental standards, nominating judges and rushing their confirmations through the Senate, and trying to eliminate health care regulations that have been in place for years.

In the latest instance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to extend key emergency lending programs that the Federal Reserve had been using to help keep credit flowing to businesses, state and local governments and other parts of the financial system. He also moved to claw back much of the money that supports them, hindering Mr. Biden’s ability to use the central bank’s vast powers to cushion the economic fallout from the virus.

Terry Sullivan, a professor of political science and the executive director of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan group which has studied presidential transitions for decades, said Mr. Trump was not behaving like past presidents who cared about how their final days in office shaped their legacy.

“They are upping tension in Iran, which could lead to a confrontation. The economy is tanking and they are not doing anything about unemployment benefits,” he said.

It is one final norm shattered by Mr. Trump — and a stark contrast to the last Republican president who handed over power to a Democrat.

Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:35:52 PM

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