U.S. drones more active over Yemen than was known; LNG bad news for climate?


Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is The Trump of July:

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

I share the struggles of migrants—but I won’t share that image, by Rochaun MeadowsFernandez
We can’t allow ourselves to forget Russia attack on our election, by Frank Vyan Walton
A project to end abortion in America, by David Akadjian 
A community read: The Mueller report, Part III, by Susan Grigsby 
Republicans routinely ignore GOP Hatch Act violations, by Jon Perr
The Democratic party’s leftward move is just a correction of fraud on Americans, by Egberto Willies  
The line between patriotism and nationalism, by Mark E Andersen 
Persuasion: How the new mayor of Hillburn, NY, convinced voters to make a change, by Armando 
One parade evoked July 4th, and celebrated equality in America. The other? Donald Trump. And tanks, by Ian Reifowitz

• U.S. drones are a lot more active in the Yemen civil war than previously known:

The U.S. has provided refueling, intelligence support, and weapons for the Saudi-led war against the Houthi movement in Yemen, leading to an outcry from international human rights groups and Democratic and Republican lawmakers who point to the mounting civilian toll of the Saudi-led war, which has killed 90,000 people, sparked widespread famine, and a cholera epidemic. And in just the first two years of the Trump administration, the number of U.S. drone strikes against al Qaeda targets have already surpassed those carried out throughout the entirety of President Obama’s two terms in office.  

• After British seized Iranian oil tanker Thursday, a senior Iranian military officer has threatened to grab a British tanker: The Iranian tanker was suspected of carrying oil to Syria, a breach of the sanctions reimposed on the Tehran government after Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew U.S. support for the 2015 nuclear accord with the Islamic republic.

• Marianne Williamson not happy she was left out of Vogue’s story and photo of women running for the Democratic nomination for president: The Vogue story was titled “Madam President? Five Candidates on What It Will Take to Shatter the Most Stubborn Glass Ceiling.” The photo by the renowned Annie Leibovitz showed Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, Not included was Williamson, the sixth woman in the running. At Instagram, Williamson wrote: “You might have noticed who is not in this picture. And let’s be clear why it matters: The issue is ethical responsibility on the part of the media. The framers of the Constitution did not make Vogue magazine the gate keepers of America’s political process, here to determine who and who is not to be considered a serious political candidate.”


• Environmental groups launch new lawsuit against Keystone XL pipeline: The southern portion of the pipeline has been operating from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast for several years, but construction of the northern portion has been blocked by protests and lawsuits so far. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, and Sierra Club are among the groups that filed the lawsuit in a U.S. district court in Montana. They allege that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unlawfully issued a nationwide permit in March because, they claim, it did not properly assess the environmental impacts of building the pipeline that is designed to carry 830,000 barrels a day of diluted bitumen, the heavy petroleum being extracted from the tar sands of Alberta.

• Come August, MAD magazine will no longer publish new material: The iconic, 67-year-old satire magazine with its wacky take on politics and culture will only publish old material under new covers after the upcoming August issue. It will continue to put together special editions with original writing and illustrations, so Alfred E. Neuman isn’t yet out of a job although he may see his work hours cut.

• Liquefied natural gas industry could be bad news for the climate: A report by the U.S.-based Global Energy Monitor, formerly known as CoalSwarm, which tracks fossil fuel development, found there is $1.3 trillion in planned LNG investments worldwide, with the biggest players being the United States, Canada, Russia, and Australia. Angus Taylor, who is Australia’s emissions reduction minister, said that while the Down Under continent’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen because of the LNG industry, its exports of gas are displacing coal-fueled power plants globally. Natural gas is widely seen as a transitional fuel as the planet moves away from coal. However, associated with LNG operations is the leakage of methane, which is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas over 20 years and 28 times more potent when measured over a century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated last year that methane emissions must be reduced by 35% between 2010 and 2050 in order for the world to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord. A report published in Nature on July 1 noted that even if no new fossil fuel facilities are added to the existing infrastructure, the world will blow past the Paris aspirational goal of keeping global warming at or below 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Trump’s scatterbrained speech was the best argument yet that he’s still alive. NЯA collapses, Gop frets. Next tariffs: cheese & booze. Why is Holocaust history important? Don’t ask the Holocaust museum. Plus, peacearena on the real costs of “news deserts.”

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