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McConnell plans to attack Dems’ 2020 candidates over Green New Deal support. His alternative? Coal!!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are hoping they can box Democratic presidential candidates in by forcing an early vote in the Senate on the Green New Deal resolution. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro, and Kirsten Gillibrand, all of who have declared their presidential candidacies, have pledged their support for the GND concept. McConnell clearly thinks a Republican attack will play well with the voters and make these candidates vulnerable to defeat in the election two years from now. 

It would certainly play well with the 60 percent of Republicans in the Senate and House who are climate science deniers. McConnell, of course, is one of them: "For everybody who thinks it's warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn't," he has said. Actual meaning: “For every climate scientist who thinks it’s warming, I can find a pundit or blogger who thinks otherwise.”

What’s his energy plan? Killer coal. In this vein, he’s supported demolishing greenhouse gas emissions. And last week, he urged the federal Tennessee Valley Authority not to shut down one of its aged coal power plants—Paradise #3— because it has become uneconomic. TVA ignored him:

“Kentuckians strongly oppose moving away from coal,” McConnell said in a video address to the utility that rejected his pitch Thursday, saying it wasn’t economically feasible to keep operating the final burner at the Paradise plant in Muhlenberg County.

“Coal has helped fuel our country’s greatness and it needs to be part of our energy future,” McConnell said. [...]

The loss of jobs, along with coal’s history in the state, leaves many lawmakers wary of what they see as overly aggressive efforts to combat climate change. They’re eager to shield the coal industry from further decline and to aid miners and their families.


Trump renews push for wall ahead of El Paso visit
(11 Feb 2019) U.S.  President Donald Trump is assailing Democrats as border security negotiations falter. Trump spoke to reporters at the White House Monday at an event attended by local sheriffs, before leaving for a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. He said that construction on a border barrier was already under way, but said of Democrats: "we're up against people who want to allow criminals in our society." Trump said he was holding the El Paso rally "keep our country safe." Border security negotiations stalled over the weekend over Democratic demands to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain. The two sides also remained separated over how much to spend on Trump's promised border wall. Trump's Monday night rally is to take place just a few hundred yards from El Paso's border fence. Trump has repeatedly exaggerated the impact of El Paso's fencing on the city's crime rate, as well as statistics about crime committed by people who have entered the U.S. illegally. Weakened by the disastrous government shutdown and facing a fresh deadline Friday, Trump is trying to convince people that that he'll continue to push to build his long-promised wall, even though there's no way it would be anywhere near complete by the time voters have to decide whether to give him another term. Find out more about AP Archive: Twitter: Facebook: Google+:​ Tumblr:​​ Instagram: You can license this story through AP Archive:


Ret. Lt Col To GOP: Confronting Trump Is Not Omaha Beach On D-Day | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
President Trump declares a National Emergency in a gambit to seize money for a border wall with Mexico, but admits during a press conference that he “didn’t need to”. Retired Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters, a former Fox News analyst, tells Ari Melber that “so many people have died and bled” for the constitution and that the least Republicans in Congress could do, “is risk a primary challenge” by confronting Trump. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a full schedule of live news coverage, political opinions and award-winning documentary programming -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Connect with MSNBC Online Visit Subscribe to MSNBC Newsletter: Find MSNBC on Facebook: Follow MSNBC on Twitter: Follow MSNBC on Instagram: Ret. Lt Col To GOP: Confronting Trump Is Not Omaha Beach On D-Day | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC