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Home Front: Politix
Gas Guzzling DC Threatens Oil Companies
[Free Beacon] The District of Columbia municipal government is exploring an environmentalist lawsuit against oil providers despite buying more than 1 million gallons of gasoline in 2018.

A Washington Free Beacon analysis of invoices obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all wholesale purchases for city vehicles found that D.C. paid for more than 1 million gallons of fuel in 2018 alone. The city's consumption of fossil fuels did not stop lawmakers from exploring potential lawsuits against the very companies it purchased fuel from. In March 2019, the district attorney general's office put out a request for bids from outside attorneys to investigate and possibly sue major energy producers such as Exxon for reasons linked to climate change.

The bid alleges "Exxon has failed to inform consumers about the effects of its fossil fuel products on climate change." Steve Berman, one of the attorneys representing New York City in its public nuisance lawsuit against Exxon and other energy companies, was among the lawyers that received the bid. D.C. is just the latest city to go after energy companies. In 2017, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, along with other smaller governments in California, were the first to file nuisance tort claims against energy companies, asking the court to order the creation of remediation funds to pay for damages.

Since that time, the effort has moved east to government administrations in Baltimore, Rhode Island, and even inland locations such as Boulder, Colorado.

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser is a leader in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which filed an amicus brief in support of these lawsuits. The organization passed a resolution in June asking Congress to preserve cities' ability to sue energy producers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2019 00:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Deny them service.
Posted by: Dale || 07/29/2019 5:52 Comments || Top||

#2  It's a revenue grab pure and simple. The "climate change" fig leaf isn't fooling anyone except the true believers.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/29/2019 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Let them sue Mainland China for its rapid increase in the use of coal burning power plants. I will make extra popcorn to watch the results.
Posted by: magpie || 07/29/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Agree with them and stop all wholesale business in the DC. Watch the sales tax, gas tax, and wages take a nose dive. CA tried to boycott AZ over immigration or some crap, so the AZ Gov announce they would support the boycott and reroute the water and power we sell to CA. All the dumbass politicians changed their tune. Exxon needs to do the same. One million gallons is not even measurable in Exxon's revenue...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/29/2019 15:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Continuing to do business with a customer while engaged in a lawsuit with said customer over your products would be corporate malfeasance.

"Sorry, we can't sell you no more gas 'til we get this straightened out."
"But that could take years given our clogged court system!"
"Yeah. Bummer"
Posted by: SteveS || 07/29/2019 15:25 Comments || Top||

#6  How's Joe Kennedy's "heating oil for poor people" thing going since Venezuela stopped pumping?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/29/2019 16:55 Comments || Top||

#7  It is a shakedown, plane and simple by the DC govt. time to pull the plug on these shakedown artists. When sociopaths are personally hurt then their behavior will change...maybe.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/29/2019 22:50 Comments || Top||

Puerto Rico: new twist in leadership crisis
[PULSE.NG] Secretary of State Wanda Vazquez, Rossello's number two, was set under the constitution to take over on August 2 as interim governor for the island which is gripped by a decade-long recession.

After two weeks of street protests triggered by comments that mocked gays, women and hurricane victims, Rossello confirmed in writing on Thursday that he would quit.

"I would like to underscore that I am not interested in the post of Governor," Vazquez said, in Spanish, on Twitter.

"I do hope that the Governor identifies and nominates a (new) candidate for the job of Secretary of State before August 2. And I have made that clear to him," she said.

While Puerto Ricans rejoiced at Rossello's departure, many wanted completely new leadership for the territory, whose residents are US citizens.

They said those with close ties to Rossello are tainted, and a social media hashtag #WandaRenuncia called for her to resign.

Protest rallies started July 13, when the Center for Investigative Journalism released 889 pages of text chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.

In the texts, Rossello and 11 other male administration members made fun of women, gays, victims of Hurricane Maria in 2017, journalists and other politicians.

Among those they made homophobic jokes about was San Juan native pop star Ricky Martin.

The messages were widely seen as the painful last straw for people fed up with years of economic stagnation, corruption, government mismanagement and a slow and sloppy recovery effort after Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people in September 2017.

Posted by: Fred || 07/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Resignation so "I can spend more time with my family" in 3, 2, 1....

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/29/2019 4:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Either a very realistic and decent person or a signal there is nothing left to steal.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/29/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  ...which is gripped by a decade-long recession.

Recession is a temporary condition; a genuine recession doesn't go on for a decade, which means...

...or a signal there is nothing left to steal.

This is a far more accurate answer.
Posted by: Raj || 07/29/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

Trump now attacks the House Speaker's city following his stinging attack on Baltimore
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack Nancy Pelosi on Sunday, calling her a failure, a racist and her district in San Francisco 'unrecognizable'

  • He blasted her after she condemned his rant on Saturday against Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore, Maryland

  • 'Speaking of failing badly, has anyone seen what is happening to Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. It is not even recognizable lately,' he tweeted

  • He was likely referencing San Francisco's homelessness crisis that counted over 8,000 homeless people in the streets, according to a January tally

  • Trump was slammed by Pelosi and other Democrats for his attack on Baltimore which he called 'disgusting' and said 'no human being would want to live there'
Posted by: Fred || 07/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Proving Trump is sexist as well as racist. /s
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/29/2019 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump is one smart guy. He now has the Democrats defending the indefensible.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 07/29/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Putting the horrible state these worthless fuck's districts are in front and center is a winning strategy.

Keep reminding the center and right that this is what is coming to all of America if they get power back.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/29/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#4  It's been some years since I've been to San Francisco. It has some very nice areas but nowhere near as nice as, say, Santa Barbara to the south or even parts of San Diego. Space is limited because it's a peninsula so lot sizes are small and yards are small to non-existent even for the nicer houses and the only way you can afford one is if you have an extremely high paying job. The bay and the bridge are beautiful. But then there are the parts of town where it really does smell like pee and you have to watch your step to avoid the turds and the bums sleeping on the sidewalks. It was the panhandlers who convinced me that I should never return. They're all over the place and tend to be aggressive. Besides that, I cannot fathom how the people of that city continue to elect and reelect politicians like Willie Brown, Diane Feinstein, Gavin Newsom and Nancy Pelosi. That was maybe 10 years ago when I went there for a convention. Then I decided the conventions weren't worth it. Dunno what it looks like now. Don't wanna go see.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/29/2019 10:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Both of the blue cities of San Francisco and Baltimore have suffered under inept leadership. They have been in decline for quite awhile. Sometime back, I saw a story or an ad for a job in SF cleaning up needles human feces for $100K/yr. Trump is not lying about these cities.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/29/2019 10:56 Comments || Top||

#6  If the Democrats wanted Trump to be re-elected, what would they be doing differently?
Posted by: Matt || 07/29/2019 13:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Neither district has shown improvement despite decades of representation by these two gargoyles.

In two years, Trump has delivered substantial improvement nationally. Outside of the world of politics, both Pelosi and Cummings would have be fired years ago.
Posted by: Regular joe || 07/29/2019 13:39 Comments || Top||

#8  He's teaching them about glass houses and throwing stones. And when the spotlight is comparing the border crisis (that most Americans support, or did when Obama started the policies) with shit in the streets, rats, and crime...). Brilliant strategy.
Posted by: ruprecht || 07/29/2019 17:40 Comments || Top||

John Waters: Give Me the Rats of Baltimore Over ‘The Lies and Racism’ of Trump’s Washington
[BREITBART] Possibly the most nakedly politically partisan statement I've ever encountered, with the possible exception of Sic semper tyrannis, which could well be coming.
Posted by: Fred || 07/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There are lots of murders too. Want to take a serving of them with the rats?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/29/2019 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Wonder if Waters is sweating over Epstein?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/29/2019 3:03 Comments || Top||

#3  OK, John. Go ahead. You're volunteering, right?
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/29/2019 5:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Talk to Cummings. I'm sure he could arrange a shipment.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/29/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Please go to Baltimore and stay there then.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/29/2019 9:00 Comments || Top||

#6  John who? See: another toilet with a shit opinion.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/29/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Who cares what some Hollywoodie thinks about much of anything?
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/29/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Not sure who this guy is, and not sure I really care about his opinion. He made a B movie called hairspray.. So what...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/29/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Didn't John waters get Divine to eat feces on film? If that's your entertainment I'm sure rates don't bother you much.
Posted by: ruprecht || 07/29/2019 16:36 Comments || Top||

#10  John Waters: Give Me the Rats of Baltimore Over ‘The Lies and Racism’ of Trump’s Washington

Fat chance we'll see him over there living like the common folk. He forgets he wouldn't be allowed to pick and choose his surroundings in this scenario.

Oh well, what he said was woke as hell.
Posted by: gorb || 07/29/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#11  John Waters: 'I wanted to be the filthiest person alive'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/29/2019 18:56 Comments || Top||

Schiff: Trump Obstructing Congressional Oversight Might Be Grounds for Impeachment
[BREITBART] Trump passing gas is grounds for impeachment to these guys. They really wanta have that show trial.
That’s House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), if anyone cares.
Posted by: Fred || 07/29/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6539 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Democrats attempting to overthrow the legally elected government might be grounds for sedition and/or insurrection.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/29/2019 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  I’m sure that there are interesting things stored in Schiff’s basement that would be a look-see.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/29/2019 0:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Adam's wife's name is Eve. I suggert this time he not be tempted to take a bite out of the guy from the big apple.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 07/29/2019 3:52 Comments || Top||

#4  P.S. Hollywood is a part of his district.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 07/29/2019 4:05 Comments || Top||

#5  They are holding back "water is wet, fire burns, the sun comes up in the east and God didn't make little green apples" as grounds for impeachment until after the 2020 election.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/29/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Trying to overthrow a legitimately elected government is not a good idea, but the demoncrats just can't help themselves.

Keep trying little boy. The whirlwind is coming.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/29/2019 9:02 Comments || Top||

#7  My thoughts too Darth

Schiff, participation in a treasonous coup might be grounds for a hanging. On the National Mall.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/29/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Inner Schiff: "The 4th and 5th Amendments are irrelevant! Who needs them! All Power to the Democratic Party!"
Posted by: magpie || 07/29/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#9  I wonder if Shifty Schiff has any connections with Jeffrey Epstein?
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/29/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

#10  Schitt is white and male, he'll be replaced by an appropriately intersected non-Caucasian female (maybe trans) in an election cycle or two.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/29/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#11  I seem to remember the Constitution only requires two witnesses for a charge of treason. Bet there are a few more than that, Mr. Schiff.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/29/2019 15:49 Comments || Top||

#12  According to the democrats, Trump breathing is grounds for impeachment.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/29/2019 22:48 Comments || Top||

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