SURPRISE! Bloomberg Dark Money Pours Into Oregon Recall Opposition

michael-bloombergAs four Oregon state legislators face recall petitions, a new shadow organization has emerged defending the embattled senators and representatives. They are paying for websites in support of the politicians and publishing door drop flyers which are being handed out in the districts.

Stop Reckless Recalls seems to be one of the many names they are using. They have the website , which happens to list the same Portland area number as the mysterious parked site , (503) 867-8953. The Oregonians For Background Checks site is paid for by Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund, whereas the Stop Reckless Recalls site is paid for by something called “Oregon Democracy Fund”.

The Oregon Democracy Fund is registered in Oregon by a lawfirm that acts as agents for corporations, and the mailing address for the fund is listed as PO Box 4184 in New York, 10163. A quick Google search of that address reveals that it is used by several Everytown lobbyists and PAC arms in several states across the nation. The “Articles Of Incorporation” list a Janice Ryan as the Incorporator at the address 575 7th Street NW in Washington DC. That address is a building that houses several operations, including the Crime Museum (how fitting!), and a law firm called Venable, where Ms. Ryan works. The phone number listed is (202) 344-4093.

State Senators Floyd Prozanski and Chuck Riley, as well as state Representatives Val Hoyle and Susan McLain are facing recalls. The recalls are organized by gun rights advocates, as each of the 4 voted in favor of new gun restrictions, but there are several other issues that voters are not too pleased with, such as tax hikes, the “clean fuels” program, Riley defending the Supreme Court upholding slavery and voting against gain share for his district, and Prozanski promoting legislation that would let criminals out of jail early.

But the question remains; Why go through the trouble of creating two new monikers? Why not just list it all as “Paid For By Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund”? Why would they want to hide their names and associations?


How UnProgressive: Charleston Citizens Hold Hands In Unity and Sing About Jesus

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There is an old saying: What if you threw a party and nobody came? Or a more Progressively modern take on that saying might be: What if you didn’t let a good crisis go to waste by taking advantage of a tragedy and nobody rioted?

That was the case in Charleston, South Carolina over the weekend. After the disgusting display of evil shown by the murder of nine people during a bible study, and even after the event was used by some on the left (including the President) to push divisiveness and their Progressive agenda, instead of rioting the people of Charleston did something much more inspiring. They came together and sang about Jesus no less.

Maggio News was on the scene when this UnProgressive event took place, and he found it rather inspiring:

“In the small town of Charleston, South Carolina a crazed gunman shot and killed nine people during a Bible study session at one of the nation’s oldest African-American churches. Days after the horrific murders the community decided it was time to start the healing process, thousands of Charleston residents of all races gathered at the Arthur Ravenel.JR.Bridge in a show of unity, this was unlike anything this reporter has ever seen before, it was very moving to say the least. Masses gathered at opposite ends of the bridge and walked the 2 mile distance to meet in the middle high above the city of Charleston to pay their respects to the nine victims and to also show the world what faith based community really means.”

His video of the event is below:

Maggio points out that this event was a teachable moment for the rest of the nation by proving “faith and community trumps the haters”.

We at Progressive’s Today would agree.

DISTURBING: US Socialist Presidential Candidate Draws Larger Crowd Than Any Republican Candidate So Far

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The man honeymooned in a Communist country. He even wrote a paper about how woman fantasize about being gang raped. Combine all of that with the fact that he subscribes to the disturbing belief of Socialism and a reasonable person might believe it would all add up to a failed Presidential campaign. In the America of the past that would undoubtedly be the case. But in the Progressive hell the United States has now become a candidate with those credentials just seems to draw an ever larger crowd of supporters.

Politicus USA reports that Socialist presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, attracted a good size crowd during his recent visit to Denver, Colorado. So large in fact it was a larger crowd than any Republican candidate has attracted so far:

Bernie Sanders drew a bigger crowd than any Republican candidate, as 4,500 supporters filled his event in Denver.

According to the Sanders campaign:

“Thousands of cheering and chanting Coloradans – one of the biggest crowds for any presidential candidate so far this campaign – showed up here on Saturday night to hear Bernie Sanders tell them they were sending a message to the billionaire class that “‘You can’t have it all. This is our country too.’”

By the university’s count, 4,500 people were in the gym, atrium and lacrosse field to see Sanders, the candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and a U.S. senator from Vermont.

Sen. Sanders drew the second biggest crowd of the entire campaign in Denver. The only bigger crowd by official count wasHillary Clinton’s rally in New York last weekend. Sen. Sanders is pulling off the most impressive feat of the campaign. People are excited and showing up for his events.

Unlike Ted Cruz who drew a big crowd for his campaign launch by holding it a university event that students were forced to attend, the enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders is real. He doesn’t pay actors to come to his rallies and support him like Donald Trump did…”

If the Progressive website’s claim is true, IF, then this would possibly signify a disturbing trend where the United States is embracing the Socialist mantra more than it has previously.

But most likely, the fact that no one Republican candidate has yet to attract a large amount of public support at their rallies is just a result of the large field of Republican candidates, and the fact that the voters on the political right are just tired of establishment, cookie cutter politicians who will say anything to get elected. And then do as they please once in office.

As the number of candidates is whittled down on the Republican side either the crowds will appear to support that one candidate or, as they did during the last presidential election, they’ll stay home. Which, if history and Hillary’s lack of luck on her presidential runs hold, could possibly mean that Bernie Sanders may be the next United States President.

God help us if that cold day in hell becomes a reality. We’ve seen the damage one Progressive President who denies being a Socialist and a Marxist has done to this nation. Image the destruction a full fledged, proud to be Socialist President would do….

One Presidential Hopeful Actually Honeymooned In The Communist U.S.S.R.

red squareRed Square, Moscow,U.S.S.R. circa 1963. (Image Deacon Chronicle)

The current run for President of the United States is promising to be, if nothing else, an interesting one. Considering the large number of those who have announced their run for the highest office in the land, the American people will at least have a large swath of candidates to choose from. But who the American people will choose, and why, is still up in the air. What will be one of the most important decisions in most people’s lives (if they realize it or not) may fall upon one little fact, one piece of information that may sway the majority of the American people one way or the other. This fact may be something small, something which might possibly shine a light on the inner soul, and real intentions of a candidate. Maybe something like…oh, where a candidate choose to honeymoon for instance could speak volumes as to a candidates inner workings and ultimate goals.

Case in point.

The UK News, The Guardian, reports that Progressive Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders actually honeymooned in the Communist U.S.S.R.:

When Sanders was mayor, Burlington formed an alliance with another city – in the Soviet Union. When Sanders traveled to Yaroslavl, 160 miles north-east of Moscow, in 1988, the trip doubled as a honeymoon with his new wife, Jane. Not much survived in terms of paperwork from that trip, although the mayoral archives do contain a tape recording of Sanders interviewing Yaroslavl’s mayor on a boat somewhere on the Volga river.

After receiving a rundown of central planning, Soviet-style, from Yaroslavl’s mayor, Alexander Riabkov, Sanders notes how the quality of both housing and healthcare in America appeared to be “significantly better” than in the communist state. “However,” he added, “the cost of both services is much, much, higher in the United States.”

Then Mayor Sanders saw first hand the “successes” of Socialism’s kissing cousin, Marxism. But yet even after bearing witness, and even admitting that America appeared “significantly better”, now Presidential hopeful Sanders still stands by his Socialist beliefs and hopes to be the United States first Socialist President.

If that doesn’t run a cold chill down your red-blooded, American spine come election day, nothing will.

AFL-CIO & Catholic University Co-Sponsored Anti-Libertarianism /Anti-Free Market Conference

Cardinal Wuerl AFL-CIO Devil

It is a noble cause when one calls for people of the world to come together in fellowship and brotherhood. But if a person has to shake hands with the devil in order to accomplish it, the “cause” quickly loses its righteousness.

In the wake of Pope Francis calling for the creation of a new Global Authority in order to fight Climate Change and wealth inequality, the fact that a Catholic organization, and a group known to support Communists, would team up to hold a conference to bash Libertarianism and the Free Market under the guise of “Solidarity”, and that Cardinal Wuerl would keynote the event, should be disturbing, but yet somehow, not surprising.

The event titled Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity & Faith was held on June 15th at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event was co-sponsored by the Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Studies and the AFL-CIO and was, as the title suggests, meant to concentrate on solidarity and faith. But as the host, a Professor Maria Mazzaenga from Catholic University admits in her opening remarks, the Conference is really an extension of one from last year which examined how Libertarianism is not compatible with Catholicism:

“Welcome. Welcome to the Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity and Faith Conference. And this conference is an outgrowth of the conference we held last year; Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism. This was a truly stimulating set of discussions centered on the question of what Catholic teaching had to say about Libertarianism; That brand of thought that combines a faith in a free market economy with a radical emphasis on individual autonomy.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga spoke memorably to us last year reminding us that the economy is made for the human being. The human being is not made for the economy. And he noted the Church’s preferential option for the poor was fundamentally incompatible with Libertarian thought.

We also heard from the now Arch Bishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, who noted that according to Church teaching the human dignity which belongs to every person implies solidarity. Humans are united by their shared dignity, he pointed out. And that uncoupling human dignity from solidarity, as Libertarian thought does, puts its champions on a path fundamentally different from that guided by Catholic social teaching.”

Naturally even the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka jumped on board and cited a quote stating that Libertarianism is just a cover for cruelty.

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Cardinal Wuerl’s spoke next and during his keynote speech he described the long history between the Catholic Church and unions. And he happily took up the theme of solidarity and mentioned several times the phrase Social Justice. He even referred to Trumka as “our President”. But ironically, considering the AFL-CIO’s open association with the Communist Party USA, the Cardinal stated that the key to solidarity of all man-kind was insuring that people don’t lose their rights and freedoms. You can watch the Cardinal’s entire speech Here.

But staying in the theme of Libertarian and Free Market bashing, Reverend Clite Kiely of the Archdiocese of Chicago expounded on the effect of “exaggerated individualism” and how it was a driving principle to economic Libertarianism. He then pointed out how solidarity is the major counterpoint to that exaggerated individualism. He then criticized the idea of Right-To-Work laws and, after condemning proponents of Ayn Rand and Free Markets, he even went so far as to say that Catholic Libertarians were “Cafeteria Catholics” and that the Cafeteria is now “Closed”.

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Others went on to bash the concept of Free Markets and Libertarianism for over 5 hours utilizing religious doctrine and theology, even Bible quotes to support their collectivist point of view. Excerpts of some of those comments can be seen in this video.

So what is the point to all of this Free Market and Libertarian bashing? Why would the Communist affiliated AFL-CIO, a Cardinal, and a Catholic University team up to destroy the idea of individual Freedom and the Free Market?

Well according to AFL-CIO official Cathy Feingold, it’s so that the unions and the Church can join together to transform the “corporate globalization” model and to push for a “Global New Deal”:

“Good afternoon everyone. My name is Kathy Feingold and I’m the International Director here at the AFL-CIO, and I guess my job is really to take on those titanic forces that you were just talking about. My job is to build strategic partnerships for the global labor movement. And so I really want to focus my remarks today starting with what we heard about this morning.

I think the challenge we are all facing is what we heard: The globalization of indifference and a global economy that is literally killing thousands of workers. That is what we are all challenged by. And the meeting today really represents this awakening that we heard about this morning about the church and the labor movement coming together to transform the current model of corporate driven globalization. So it’s not just any kind of globalization, there is a model here we are trying to transform. Which is a corporate driven globalization which is based on a model of exclusion; exclusion of immigrants, of women, people of color, the young, LGBT and others.

So what does that look like for all us here at the AFL-CIO? We often refer to it as the fact that we need a Global New Deal. We need a new deal for workers which means we are challenging policies of austerity, we’re focusing on policies that invest in people, that invest in jobs, infrastructure, public education, and healthcare. So together we need to shift that policy and why I think this conference is so important. How can we together better support a Global New Deal for workers. How do we as the Cardinal said this morning, go out, engage, and accompany which I think is a great challenge for all of us.”

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Based upon the recent controversial comments of Pope Francis, and the fact that Cardinal Wuerl, Bishops and Priests, along with a Catholic University, have no problem with working with those who support the evils of Communism, it would seem that the Catholic Church is either suffering from a strong case of naivete, or they have shifted from the belief that salvation is the choice of an individual based upon their acceptance of Jesus Christ, to one where governing bodies can now bestow collective salvation by subduing the individual and redistributing wealth.

Sadly, this is beginning to give the appearance that the Catholic Church now embraces the belief that the ends justify the means. Even if those means come bearing the devil’s flag of …the Hammer and Sickle.

Of Course, Rachel Dolezal Just HAS To Be Anti Gun

RachelDolezalAntiGunDuring her time as a guest columnist for The Inlander, a Spokane based alternative newspaper, the now-infamous Rachel Dolezal once penned an article stating her opposition to basic gun rights in neighboring Idaho, where she spent several years teaching at North Idaho College.

In the piece from March of 2014 titled “A Nutty Gun Policy – Why allowing concealed weapons on Idaho campuses is a special kind of stupidity“, she states her opposition to ending the firearms prohibition on Idaho college campuses.

As a college professor and mother of an Idaho college student, I am horrified that state lawmakers passed a bill allowing concealed weapons on university campuses. With Republicans outnumbering Democrats 4-1, some may not be surprised at the 50-19 House vote in favor of the bill. I, however, am shocked that rational human beings, mothers and fathers of children, who are among the lawmakers, would set aside their humanity to support such a dangerous measure.

One of my concerns with this legislation is the juxtaposition of ongoing racial tensions in the state, with the gun count aligning strongly with the white conservative majority. Some parents fear sending their children of color to campuses in Idaho because of the state’s stigma, the lack of meaningful diversity and the absence of prejudice-reduction curriculum in many schools. Add an outrageous upsurge in gun murders of black youth recently by white adult perpetrators across the nation (most of which went unpunished), and tell me that I shouldn’t be alarmed at allowing guns on the campus where my black son is completing his degree. I dare you to tell me that I should believe the hype perpetrated by the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association, which supported the bill, that students packing guns makes campuses safer. No, I agree with the Boise State University president that this bill will do just the opposite. It will endanger everyone on campus and will strike a specific type of fear into students and faculty of color.

A second concern I have is the fact that concealed weapons are made for no other purpose than to kill human beings. I have heard the “hunting” defense for gun ownership. It is true that Idaho is a great wild-game-hunting state, but concealed weapons are not typically deer-hunting rifles. Hopefully we can agree that there is no wild game hunting to be done on campuses. And with a staggering rate of one in four female college students being sexually assaulted, how will the presence of guns affect the safety of our girls?

My third issue with the bill, which only awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law, is the somewhat preschool level of training that is required to obtain a campus concealed weapon. No background checks, no sensitivity training or anger management classes, no lengthy explanation as to why this person feels the need to go to class armed — just eight hours of training is required. Not training by a law enforcement professional, either — just any random NRA instructor will do.

Although I taught at North Idaho College for the past eight years, I am now concentrating my instruction in the state of Washington and don’t plan on going back, if for no other reason than the passage of this bill. I can’t imagine trying to navigate tension with students over grades and assignments knowing that a loaded pistol could be pointed at me from under the student work desk. That is a special kind of terror that I hope never to face.

Rachel Dolezal, formerly of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, is an award-winning artist and activist who teaches courses in art, Africana history and culture at area universities.

What a wonderful example for the anti gun hoplophobes (She doesn’t think people go through background checks before getting their concealed carry card?).

Many of her arguments are shot down on a site by Students For Concealed Carry On Campus. lays out many of these tired, rhetoric talking points and debunks them one by one.

For example, the violent crime rates have not gone up, no shoot-outs have occurred during debates, and no teacher has been threatened or shot because of issuing bad grades at any of the 150+ campuses on the campuses where it is not illegal for students to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

Being “Transabled” Is A Thing

wheelchairEver wish you could just hack off a limb because you “identify” as someone who is physically disabled? Well, no, of course you don’t, because you’re probably at least somewhat sane. But some people are actually doing to this to themselves.

According to an article published at Natural News, “Working arms and legs may sometimes feel unnatural, as people suffering from “transability” wish to be handicapped.”

The article goes on to say:

Some experience this peculiar desire so deeply that they attempt to physically injure themselves in a way that causes lifelong disabilities, satisfying their aspiration to be disabled.

Sounds completely insane, right? Scientists don’t think so; in fact, researchers in Canada are dedicated to understanding “how transabled people think and feel.” After interviewing 37 people worldwide who suffer from “transability,” New Brunswick-based researcher Clive Baldwin found that most “transabled” people are men.

Half of the people interviewed live in Germany and Switzerland and crave “amputation or paralysis,” according to Baldwin, a Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies who teaches social work at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. One subject interviewed by Baldwin wants to have his penis removed, while another wishes to be blind.

Several cases have been documented where “transabled” people purposely hurt themselves in the hopes of requiring an amputation. One man, who has been referred to as “One Hand Jason,” purposely cut off his right hand with a “very sharp power tool,” allowing his close friends and family to believe it was an accident.

Another article at Canadian based National Post continues the “One Hand Jason” story, and adds”

But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn’t bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher.

My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,”

“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa.

Many people, like One Hand Jason, arrange “accidents” to help achieve the goal. One dropped an incredibly heavy concrete block on his legs — an attempt to injure himself so bad an amputation would be necessary. But doctors saved the leg. He limps, but it’s not the disability he wanted.

I didn’t know truly disabled people were fortunate enough “choose” the disability they want.

“Kayaktavists” Fail To Thwart Shell Oil Driller

CHiqBMhWcAAWnv-.jpg_largeAfter a dry run last month, the activists from Greenpeace, Rising Tide, and 350 had their main event on Monday, June 15th, as Shell’s Polar Pioneer arctic driller was set to be towed from Elliot Bay in Seattle up to Alaska.

The tug boats showed up to tow the giant driller, and the “kayaktavists” moved in to block whatever they could.

The Coast Guard moved in to break up the kayakers, and 24 people were detained, including Seattle city councilman Mike O’Brien, who said via his facebook page:

SHELL NO! Why I am out on Elliott Bay today

The past few months, I have been one of thousands of activists trying to stop Shell Oil’s irresponsible, reprehensible plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. We’ve fought to prevent Seattle from becoming the home base for Shells Arctic drilling fleet, but the bigger fight has always been about stopping Shell’s drilling plans.

We already have enough oil to safely transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future, but Shell’s attempt to drill in the Arctic is a blatant move of corporate greed at the expense of destroying the planet through climate disaster.

I’ve done everything I know how to do as a citizen, an activist, and as a City Councilmember to try and stop this disaster from happening. Today I am on the water to try one last attempt at stopping Shell’s Arctic drilling plans. And I am not alone.

O’Brien later told KIRO reporters “It was uneventful for a while, and an hour or two later, the big tug boats showed up and were preparing to pull the rig,” he said. “That’s when the various police agencies said, ‘we need to clear the way to get this thing out of here.’ And that’s when it got more contentious.

“The tug boats would move to the left, and we would move to the left, and they would move to the right, and we would move to the right,” O’Brien said. “And one by one, they started pulling the kayaks closest to them out of the water.”

CHipS8bWcAEhD8l.jpg_largeKshama Sawant, the infamous Socialist Alternative city councilwoman, released a statement that read:

“Congratulations to all the activists, including Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who tried to block the departure of Shell’s oil drilling rig as it was heading out of Seattle to the Arctic this morning.

“Activists were not afraid to stare down the 400-foot Polar Pioneer. They understood that courageous actions are necessary to stop the moves by Big Oil that will exacerbate the climate crisis. Even with the presence of the Coast Guard, the symbolic delay of the rig is a real show of people’s outrage.

“Shame on Shell for threatening the Arctic, negotiating the deal with the Port in secret, and completely ignoring the growing concerns among millions about climate change. Actions like those this morning continue to make it clear that people are tired of waiting for elected leaders to push back against Big Oil and tackle the issue of climate change.

“Capitalism and Big Oil have shown themselves incapable of a global shift towards clean, renewable energy. It will take mass movements with workers and environmentalists collectively fighting to end the dependency on fossil fuels. The Obama administration could have denied Shell the permit in the first place. The failure of every level of elected leadership demonstrates the urgency to have independent, anti-corporate candidates occupy positions of political decision-making.

“This is a crucial fight of our time, and millions of people across the world are watching us.”

The tug boats eventually made their way out, the Polar Pioneer, on their way to the arctic.

You may recall the kayak protest from this past May 18th, where hundreds of wacked out environuts took to the bay to surround the giant driller as a show of their opposition. This was followed up by blockading the port terminals and stopping trucks from getting in, with other protesters chaining themselves to barrels and other debris to block roads, and tying themselves to the anchor of another oil vessel in Bellingham.

“Slut Walk” Feminist Hypocrisy & Ignorance Exposed

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 1.13.58 AMVancouver, Canada’s Slut Walk protest is an annual event organized by area feminists to protest… uhh…. to PROTEST! WHILE WEARING MINIMAL CLOTHING! BECAUSE FEMINISM!

This year’s edition was joined by Lauren Southern, Libertarian party candidate representing Langly-Aldergrove and reporter for The Rebel.

The event started off with a march, where Southern was attempting to interview some of the participants. Along the way, she and her cameraman were harassed and berated by the feminists.

After the march, attendees assembled near the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. As the wackjobs were taking their turns at the microphone, saying things like “My short skirt is a liberation flag in the womens’ army and I declare these streets, any streets, my vagina’s country” and “They want to call me a slut, because I had 5 to 10 to 50 plus men slipping it to me? They want to call me a whore because I may have had three different kids who may have had three different dads?” Southern stood on the steps near them with a sign that read “There is NO rape culture in the west.”

The wackjobs quickly moved to oppress her speech by blocking Southern with their signs, and she tried to move up higher on the steps, only to find the oppressive feminists moving again to continue blocking her. Southern claims that the wackjobs are now harassing her friends, saying she’s a pedophile, and claiming she yelled over the speakers. They’ve gone as far starting an online petition to get Southern removed as a candidate for office.

Southern then posted an extended, unedited video of the minutes she was holding the sign on the steps to back up her claims and debunk the feminist claims.

“President” Hillary To Continue War An Fossil Fuels With New “Extraction Fees” (VIDEO)

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The hope most Americans have when electing a new President to Office is that many of the failed policies of the preceding President won’t be continued under the new administration. But if Hillary becomes President, the hope of some sort of “new beginning” will be fruitless; especially as it pertains to cheap energy.

During Hillary’s recent “relaunch” of her Presidential Campaign she admitted that not only does she believe in Climate Change, but instead of abandoning President Obama’s current War on Coal and cheap energy, she’s going to double down. Because while she continue the failed energy policies of the Obama Administration, she actually is going to augment them with new fossil fuel extraction fees in order to make it more expensive to use fossil fuels and to help offset the job losses and hardships people will face during the transition to the supposed clean energy future:

“And we will make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Developing renewable power, wind, solar, advanced bio-fuels, building cleaner power plants, smarter electric grids, greener buildings, using additional fees and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment and to ease the transition for distressed communities to a more diverse and sustainable economic future. From coal country to Indian country. From small towns in the Mississippi Delta to the Rio Grande Valley, to our inner cities. We have to help our fellow Americans.

Now this will create millions of jobs and countless new businesses and enable for America to lead the global fight against Climate Change.”

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