President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act , the roughly $700 billion climate, health care and tax package that passed Congress last week on a party line vote. Biden handed a pen to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) just after he signed the bill, a gesture to one of the Senate’s Democratic holdouts to earlier versions of the bill that were far more sweeping and costly. “Joe, I never had a doubt,” Biden said during his remarks in the State Dining Room. The president also took a swipe at the GOP, unified in opposition to the legislation. He said that “Democrats sided with the American people, and every single Republican sided with special interests.” Biden called the bill “one of the most significant laws in our history,” as it marks the federal governments largest outlay to address climate change. Biden also tried to convey that Democrats have actually accomplished a lot since he took office, characterizing the passage of the bill as proof that “democracy … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act, Calls It “One Of The Most Significant Laws In Our History”
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No one would mistake Doug Mastriano — the Trump-endorsed candidate for governor in Pennsylvania — for a moderate. He tried to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, participated in the events of Jan. 6 (where he was slated to be a speaker ), and has endorsed a no-exceptions abortion ban, dismissing the notion of “my body, my choice” as “ ridiculous nonsense .” But in a radio interview in 2018, the former Army colonel let the mask slip all the way down, revealing himself as an extremist who would block equality for LGBTQ+ couples, who denies global warming, and who believes Islam is “not compatible” with the United States Constitution. Mastriano made the extreme remarks during an interview in February 2018, as he announced a campaign for U.S. Congress. Mastriano spoke to hosts for WEEO News Talk 103.7, a conservative FM channel with a studio in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, near the Maryland border. After Mastriano declared himself a House candidate, … [Read more...] about Ban Gay Marriage, Deport Dreamers: Doug Mastriano’s Extreme Views Caught on Tape
The success of President Joe Biden ’s climate bill, which he’s slated to sign Tuesday, will not be judged by polls, or by the price of gas at the pump, or by the ferocity of the next hurricane that hits the Gulf Coast. It will be measured in the clear air high above the Pacific Ocean at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In 1958, when scientist Charles Keeling began measuring CO2 in the atmosphere at Mauna Loa, the level was 316 parts per million (250 years ago, before the industrial era, it was 280 ppm). Today, 63 years later, the CO2 level is 416 ppm, an increase of roughly a third over pre-industrial levels. It’s the accumulation of this molecule that’s trapping heat in the atmosphere, causing oceans to rise, forests to burn, and extreme heat waves to cook cities. By measuring CO2, Keeling began what amounts to a diary of our march toward climate chaos. What’s most remarkable about The Keeling Curve , as the chart of atmospheric CO2 levels is called, is it’s unbroken … [Read more...] about The Biden Climate Bill: Will It Save Us?