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In ‘Blockbuster’ Ruling, Judge Says Youths’ Climate Case Against Trump Administration Can Proceed to TrialLookin

Looking to the youth. :O)

The federal government has for three years attempted to have the case dismissed by arguing that extreme weather events and pollution levels happen around the world, not only in the U.S., and that, as one Justice Department lawyer put it in 2016, “There simply is no constitutional right to a pollution-free environment.” Aiken vehemently rejected the argument:

Where a complaint alleges knowing governmental action is affirmatively and substantially damaging the climate system in a way that will cause human deaths, shorten human lifespans, result in widespread damage to property, threaten human food sources, and dramatically alter the planet’s ecosystem, it states a claim for a due process violation. To hold otherwise would be to say that the Constitution affords no protection against a government’s knowing decision to poison the air its citizens breathe or the water its citizens drink.

“Judge Aiken’s blockbuster decision lays out in extremely precise detail the factual and legal issues in our case which remain to be resolved at trial,” Alex Loznak, a 21-year-old plaintiff, said. “Having contributed extensive personal testimony and research to help develop our case’s factual record over the past several years, I am confident that our arguments on the remaining disputed issues will ultimately prevail in court. We still need a full and fair trial to prove our case. October 29, here we come!”

Benny

For those with C-SPAN, Beto and Lyin’ Ted are debating tonight in San Antonio. Comes on at 9 pm CT. Polls show Cruz ahead 52-45, and Nate Silver seems to think Beto has only a 25% chance now to win.

orlbucfan

Nate Silver needs to stick to sports. He has been wrong quite a bit in the last few years.

Benny

Turns out the debate is on at 8pm, go to this link. (WFAA TV)

Benny

Benny

Cruz seems to have the upper hand in many respects…he gets 60 sec rebuttals, something I’m not seeing for Beto.

Ted has lied like Trump on Beto’s record on energy. But I don’t know if viewers care.

Benny

Benny

Ted is lying on Beto’s immigration records and policies, says Beto wants to tear down the walls. Beto counters with ports of entry infrastructure building legislation that he worked with John Cornyn on. Calls Ted on voting down immigration law when other senators wanted to vote some laws.

Benny

Beto is being asked about universal health care. Steps and ways to pay for it.

Expand Medicaid
Expand Medicare as a public option, especially for prescription drugs. (Sounds like the plan that Obama should have put on the table in 2009).

Pays for healthcare by raising corporate rate to 24-25%. Ted counters that government health care makes people wait. I wish Beto would hit back that people have to wait in emergency rooms and for surgeries in general.

Benny

Beto is responding to Ted about voting for the repeal of ACA and to get rid of pre-existing conditions. Thankfully, Ted doesn’t get to do an official rebuttal but I suspect he will sneak it in with his response about the tariff wars Trump has started. He attacks Beto by saying Beto wants to impeach Trump.

Beto responds that it was interesting to hear about the partisan circus considering how he has been deep in it and doesn’t quite understand why he defends Trump.

Benny

Beto is asked about his votes for funding for FEMA and Harvey victims. There was a bill he voted no and said he thought the bill didn’t go far enough with tax relief, then goes on to say that Cruz has voted against all kind of FEMA legislation (in US in general…I suspect Ted will hit back on it). Ted claims he worked up and down the coast, got all kinds of endorsements from sheriffs as he built relationships with them. Beto hits back that some of those same folks need the money haven’t seen it because the block grants haven’t been released.

Benny

Cruz is asked about tax cuts and the debt. He doesn’t see a dichotomy, it spurs the economy, and the problem is with spending (hint medicare, Medicaid, head start, etc).

Beto hits back with how the tax cuts will help big business and how Ted has gotten big donations from companies as he does their bidding.

Benny

Ted seems a bit envious that Beto gets campaign help without taking any corporate OAC money.

Benny

Next question is about civility in Congress and politics. What will he do to make it better. Ted hasn’t answered how he will do, instead uses GOP talking points about the “left wing mob” who was angry and went after Kavanaugh.

Beto answers about the Alleghany award for civility. He got the award last year, but also following other award winners, Justices Scalia and Ginsburg, John McCain. Beto’s style is working across the aisles and gives an example of working on legislation on veterans care.

Ted is asked if inflammatory rhetoric is a problem? Absolutely says Ted, then brings up Beto wanted to impeach the president, implying that was inflammatory.

Benny

Thankfully Cruz got cut off when he attempted to lie again about Beto’s record.

Benny

#MeToo movement is brought up. Beto brings up issues/legislation he cares about: violence against women act(something Cruz did not support), women having control over their health care. Women deserve respect.

Cruz does not say why he did not support the violence against women act, but touts how he worked to convict sexual predators when he was solicitor general for Texas.

Benny

Benny

Talk about something that has nothing to do with politics that tells the voter something about them. Ted talks about family values and still touts his burden to having to stay in DC for the weekend to vote for the tax cut.

Beto talks about his daughter nursing a blind squirrel back to health.

polarbear4

Thanks Benny. 🇺🇸🙌🏻🙏

orlbucfan

Agree. 🙂

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