Episode 05: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster – changed name to match the sound intro
    1. Also this crap: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/03/15/trump_talks_to_fox_news_tucker_carlson_about_obama_wiretap_claim.html
    2. Spending 7th consecutive weekend at Trump branded property
    1. http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-slams-rand-paul-for-blocking-montenegro-from-joining-nato-2017-3
    2. Montenegro’s Prime Minister is Pro-NATO and was subject to an attempted coup by, allegedly, Russia Intelligence Agents to install a Pro-Russia regime
    3. Rand Paul’s reasoning – saying it would be “unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt.”
    4. John McCain said that Paul “is now working for vladimir putin”
    1. Announced last week that he would consider appointing outside counsel to investigate Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder
      1. Concerns of politicizing the IRS, Fast and Furious
    2. Appointed Steve Cook – president of National Association of Assistant US Attorneys
      1. It’s very expensive for the federal government or private prisons
      2. Yet one more way to allow private individuals to profit from harmful policies
      1. Appeared last April on Frank Gaffney’s podcast
      2. Agreed with Gaffney’s assertion that Obama was a Muslim, and was specifically targeting convicts who were converts to Islam for clemancy – no evidence of this
      3. Police officer for 25 years
      4. While working for Eastern District of TN, opposed reducing mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes
      5. Believes that drugs were linked to the perpetrators of Paris/Brussels terror attacks
      6. He’s now the associate deputy AG – focus on violent crime
      7. Guy in charge of stopping the “carnage” in American cities
      8. Believes harsh sentences are a deterrent to crime – little evidence of this
      9. There is no evidence that long sentences reduce violent crime
    1. Travis – Donald Trump.  For his new “muslim ban”, the terrible budget proposal, and being an all around shitty person.
    2. Dave – Rand Paul for being the only senator who objected to fast tracking the passage of a treaty that would fast track Montenegro joining NATO
    3. Bob – Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  2. “The big list” –
    1. http://www.businessinsider.com/mike-flynn-and-russia-2017-3
    2. Also paid by Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
    3. This occurred a year after he was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency by President Obama.
    4. Kaspersky is the same firm that a Russian Intelligence agent was arrested while working for and charged with treason.
      1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/25/top-manager-russian-cybersecurity-firm-arrested/97029796/
      2. Agent was Ruslan Stoyanov.
    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-charging-russian-spies-and-criminal-hackers-for-yahoo-intrusion/2017/03/15/64b98e32-0911-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.b40e648af8c7?tid=a_breakingnews&hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar
    2. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/us-charges-two-fsb-officers-two-criminal-hackers-in-yahoo-breach/
    3. First time the US has charged Russian officials with cyber crimes.
    4. Charges are unrelated to the DNC hack and the 2016 Election rigging.
    5. 2014 hack allegedly perpetrated by the FSB.
    1. Trump administration files notice it will appeal ruling against second version of travel ban
    2. Blocked by judge in Hawaii Wednesday afternoon
      1. Partially due to Stephen Miller’s comments: “fundamentally you’re going to have the same policy outcome [as the first ban]”. Trump said at a rally hours after the ban “This is watered-down version of the first one. This is a watered-down version. And let me tell you something, I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way, which is wanted I wanted to do in the first place.”
      2. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-15/trump-s-second-travel-ban-blocked-by-u-s-judge?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=politics&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics
      3. Trump slammed decision “an unprecedented judicial overreach.”
    3. Faces 3 court battles
      1. Hearing in Hawaii, at 3:30 p.m. ET 3/15/17, As in the other cases, lawyers argue that the travel ban discriminates against Muslims. They claim the executive order would harm the economy of Hawaii by disrupting tourism and educational institutions that depend on tuition from foreign students.
      1. Hearing 9:30AM EST 3/15/17. Asking courts to block law in its entirety
      1. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/15/520171478/trump-travel-ban-faces-court-hearings-by-challengers-today
      2. Hawaii
      3. Washington State
      4. Maryland
    4. Like the original travel ban, the revised version suspends the refugee program for 120 days. It also cuts the number of refugees accepted this year by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000.
    5. Refugees from Syria are no longer banned indefinitely. And the revised order drops language that was intended to favor religious minorities, which Trump signaled would apply to persecuted Christians from the Middle East.
    6. Rather than defend its original travel ban, the Trump administration replaced it with a new one that the White House argues is narrower in several key ways. The revised executive order temporarily blocks entry by travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, not seven. (Iraq was dropped from the list.) And the new order makes clear that it doesn’t apply to lawful permanent residents, also known as green-card holders, or to people holding valid visas issued before the ban takes effect.
    1. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-paid-38-million-2005-federal-taxes-2005-white-house-n733611
    2. $152 million in income with a $103.2 million write down and $38 million paid in taxes.
    3. No other tax documents included, just 2 page 1040 form.
      1. Incomplete and old; simply part of a snapshot of a financial history intentionally veiled in secrecy from the people who comprise the country he vowed to represent. Sad.
    4. Trump has been the first major party candidate since Richard Nixon to refuse to release his tax returns.
    5. “Client Copy” stamp on copy that was covered by Rachel Maddow makes it appear that the 1040 form was leaked by someone close to Trump, possibly at his behest.
      1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/15/did-trump-have-his-own-tax-return-leaked-that-was-the-big-question-after-maddow/
    6. …It’s from 2005 – over a decade old – and incomplete. not exactly as thrilling or informative as it could have been.
    7. But did a great job of making Maddow look like she’s “crying wolf”
    1. Useful list of cuts: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-presidential-budget-2018-proposal/#dept-4
    2. Some of President Trump’s best friends in Congress sharply criticized his first budget Thursday, with defense hawks saying the proposed hike in Pentagon spending wasn’t big enough, while rural conservatives and others attacked plans to cut a wide range of federal agencies and programs.
    3. McCain: “It is clear that this budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate,”
    4. “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the president’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement. “We will certainly review this budget proposal, but Congress ultimately has the power of the purse.”
    5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/capitol-hill-republicans-not-on-board-with-trump-budget/2017/03/16/9952d63e-0a6b-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_congressbudget-desktoptablet-430pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
    6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/through-his-budget-a-bottom-line-look-at-trumps-new-washington/2017/03/12/29739206-05be-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html
    7. $1.15 trillion budget – titled America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-meals-on-wheels-cut-pay-mexico-border-wall-immigration-fema-us-coastguard-budget-a7632551.html?
    8. Is Trump trying to fulfill Grover Norquist’s goal of shrinking government so far that you can drown it in the tub?
    9. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, “Unfortunately, we have no alternative but to reinvest in our military and make ourselves a military power once again.”
    10. New budget cuts the state department by 30% (need source) and increases defense by 30% (source). Mitch McConnell once said that money spent on diplomacy has better outcomes than money spent on military. Cheaper and more effective.
    11. New budget includes $1.5 Billion in FY17, $2.5B FY18 (of $21B needed) to build wall.
    12. EPA budget cut by 66%, $2.5B instead of current $8.2B
      1. More than 3,000 EPA workers would lose jobs
    13. Community Development program: housing assistance, Meals on Wheels, GONE
    14. National Endowment for the Arts and NE for Humanities eliminated. Includes funding for PBS, NPR, WOodrow WIlson international center for scholars
      1. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/arts/nea-neh-endowments-trump.html
    15. Trump’s new military budget increase could fund Corporation of Public Broadcasting for 121 years ($54 Billion), NEA and NEH for 183 years
    16. Chemical Safety board also facing elimination. For $11 million a year, the CSB investigates chemical accidents at federal facilities and issues safety recommendations.
    1. House Budget Committee advances Republicare bill.  Three Republicans vote against it.
      1. Three Republicans that Oppose: Dave Brat (R-VA), Gary Palmer (R-AL), and Mark Sanford (R-SC), all three members of the House Freedom Caucus.
      2. Passed committee with a 19-17 vote.
      3. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is the ranking Democrat on the committee.  He said, “This is Robin Hood in reverse, but far worse.”.
    2. 430 members of the house (5 vacant seats), so republicans need 216 votes to pass. There are 237 republicans in the house. 22 votes separate passage and failure. It looks like 16 plausible defections based on public comments/votes.
    3. Paul Ryan says bill was “written with Trump”
      1. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/15/trump-helped-write-obamacare-replacement-bill-speaker-ryan-says.html
      1. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/324077-ryan-the-gop-health-plan-was-written-with-trump
      2. Ryan’s implied “If I’m going down I’m taking you with me!”
      3. Members of the House Freedom Caucus have been discussing changes to the bill with Trump that would entice conservatives to vote for it.
      4. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that President Donald Trump and a Senate committee helped write the House’s embattled replacement plan for Obamacare.
    4. Reminder that the rollback of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion would begin in 2020, cutting the number of people on the program. And no states would be able to expand in the future. This will further drop the number of potential Medicaid enrollees.
    5. Paul Ryan says he ‘cant answer’ how many people will lose coverage. Says that CBO will predict less people will be covered because individual mandate will no longer be in effect
      1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-ryan-says-he-cant-answer-how-many-will-lose-coverage-under-gop-health-care-plan/
    6. CBO projection is in
      1. 2018 the number of uninsured would be 14 million larger under the Republican bill than under Obamacare. 2026 it would be 24 million larger.
      1. Plus the $600 billion in cuts, equals almost a trillion dollars over a decade
      1. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/323818-wh-analysis-of-obamacare-replacement-projects-more-insurance-losses-than
      2. Predicts that 26 million people will be uninsured by 2026, 54 million total.
      3. Anticipates that 7 million Americans will lose their employer provided health insurance because some employers will decline to offer it..
      1. http://www.npr.org/2017/03/15/520181569/5-charts-that-explain-the-cbo-report-on-the-republican-health-plan
      2. 24 million more americans uninsured by 2026, 52 million total
      3. Reduces the federal deficit by $337 Billion over a decade
      4. “Some of those people would choose not to have insurance because they chose to be covered by insurance under current law only to avoid paying the penalties, and some people would forgo insurance in response to higher premiums,” the CBO wrote.
      5. 2018 would be largely attributed to repealing the penalties that came as a part of the individual mandate — not having a fine would lead lots of people to decide not to get insured. In addition, rising premiums would deter some from buying insurance.
      6. Older, poorer people would see big reductions in coverage and cost increases.
      7. White House’s own analysis predicts even more American will lose health insurance than the CBO estimate.
    1. http://lawnewz.com/uncategorized/fired-u-s-attorney-was-probing-whether-fox-illegally-obtained-journalists-phone-records-report-says/
    2. Rupert Murdoch is being investigated in the UK for exactly the same thing.
    3. Marc Mukasey, Roger Ailes personal lawyer is being considered to replace Bharara.
    4. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/11/preet-bharara-us-attorney-refuses-resign-jeff-sessions?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Relay
    5. http://www.gq.com/story/us-attorneys-trump-sean-hannity
    1. U.S. makes formal apology to Britain GCHQ after accusing them of helping Obama wiretap/spy on Trump
      1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/17/us-makes-formal-apology-britain-white-house-accuses-gchq-wiretapping/
      2. Claim about Britain helping was first told on FoxNews
      3. Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. “The apology came direct from them,” a source said.
      4. No official apology from the President who made initial claims
    2. Source for wiretap claims by President Trump are from breitbart, per WH Official
      1. https://www.axios.com/white-house-confirms-source-of-trumps-wiretaps-claim-breitbart-2309643446.html
      2. In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Trump gave a two minute response and said that he “read it in NYT” and then “a segment on Fox News with Bret Baier the day before his tweet”. TL;DW – Trump made it up
      3. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/03/15/trump_talks_to_fox_news_tucker_carlson_about_obama_wiretap_claim.html
    3. House Intelligence committee has placed a deadline of Monday evening (3/13/17) for the white house to provide evidence of said wiretapping
      1. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/13/520000271/white-house-faces-deadline-monday-to-provide-proof-that-obama-wiretapped-trump
    4. Spicer gets angry during press conference when a reporter asks about Trump ‘standing by’ his tweets even though house intelligence com. says no evidence
      1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/16/sean-spicers-angry-lonely-defense-of-trumps-wiretapping-claim-annotated/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
    1. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. wants Defense Department to recover the money. He says they violate the emoluments clause of the Constitution which bars retired military officials from accepting gifts or payments from any foreign government. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520444056/former-trump-national-security-adviser-was-paid-to-advise-russian-firms
    2. Also, papers show Flynn was paid $530,000 for lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government, last year. Not sure if this is involved in violation of emoluments clause.
    1. Tillerson announces that “Diplomacy has failed” and that a new approach will be tried
      1. It’s that agreement that the North Koreans are violating
      1. NSNW? – non-strategic nuclear weapons (tactical nukes)
      1. Not clear what that would be – more defensive positions in SK or offensive missiles given to Japan
      2. Abe refused to rule out a first strike – radical departure and seemingly against Japan’s constitution
      3. 1991 – Bush 41 withdraws US tactical nukes from SK as Presidential Nuclear Initiative
      4. SK and NK sign a Joint Commitment to a Nuclear-Free Korea
      5. SK might start demanding that the US return NSNW to SK to act as deterrent
      6. Potentially destabilizing the situation
      7. Or SK might decide to begin pursuing its own nuclear program – probably a year away from a nuclear device of their own
    2. NK calls press conference to blame US for potential nuclear conflict
      1. And reiterate that they will continue to pursue nuclear weapons in self-defense
    3. Trump tweets this morning that “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help.”
      1. A smarter play would seem to be to drive a wedge between DPRK/PRC
      2. By lumping them together, Trump risks war with both
      3. China would be even more grumpy if Korea reunites and a US-ally is on their border
    1. Michael Flynn was paid by Russia’s top cyber-security firm, Kaspersky, while he had top-secret level security clearance.
    2. Justice Department to Indict Two Russian Spies and Two Criminal Hackers in Connection with Yahoo Hack in 2014.
    3. New travel ban to be effective 12:01AM Friday 3/17/17
    4. White House releases Trump’s 2005 1040 tax form ahead of leak on Rachel Maddow show.
    5. Trump’s Budget Expected to Make Cuts to Federal Government Not Seen Since WW2
    6. Healthcare showdown
    7. Fired US Attorney, Preet Bharara was  Investigating if Fox News Had Illegally Obtained Reporter’s Phone Records
    8. Wiretap claims by President Trump
    9. Michael Flynn violated emoluments clause via $50000 from Russian companies
    10. North Korea
  3. Lightning Round
    1. https://secure.politico.com/story/2017/03/comey-will-testify-publicly-on-russia-investigation-next-week-236081
    2. Will appear before House Intelligence Committee and publicly testify Monday
    3. Many members of congress looked ‘shaken’ or ‘disturbed’ when leaving meeting
    1. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-congress-idUSKBN16M235?il=0
    2. Resolution calls for looking for “economically viable” ways to fight climate change.
    3. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), “”The head of the EPA’s comments were disconcerting. What he said was akin to saying the earth is flat in 2017.  We must insist on evidence-based and science-based policies.”
    1. https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2017/03/24-senators-introduced-bill-let-telecoms-sell-private-internet-history/
    2. https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2017/03/17-house-representatives-introduced-bill-let-telecoms-sell-personal-internet-history/
    3. Rand Paul (R-KY), Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2], Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6],
    4. All House members are Republicans, all Senators are Republicans
    5. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/gop-senators-new-bill-would-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-data/
    1. https://jalopnik.com/cities-want-10-billion-of-evs-to-show-trump-theres-dem-1793292231
    2. Cities want to replace gas vehicles with electric only cars. May cause issues with police cruisers, fire trucks, etc?
    3. https://jalopnik.com/heres-whats-going-on-with-the-possible-rollback-of-fuel-1793096315
    4. In January, during the waning days of Obama’s presidency, the former president’s EPA sped up the process by several years, and went ahead and issued a final determination on the standards. The move locked in automakers to the 2025 goal and forced the Trump administration to engage in a lengthy administrative process to unwind the determination.
    5. “Even under EPA’s optimistic estimates, the automotive industry will have to spend a staggering $200 billion between 2012 and 2025 to comply, making these standards many times more expensive than the clean Power Plan,” the letter stated.
    6. If successful, it would also effectively dismantle what’s considered the hallmark of former President Barack Obama’s initiative to tackle the threat of global warming, and it’s one automakers were fine with a short time ago.
    7. CAFE, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1975, had the express purpose of reducing energy consumption by regulating the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks.
    1. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/bill-elect-president-state-s-popular-vote-winner-introduced
    2. The bill has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes—61 percent of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it
    3. Opposition article: https://conservativedailypost.com/assembly-bill-274-democrats-agree-new-law-next-election-chosen-popular-vote-instead/
    4. The bill would make the electors identified with the president and vice president who win the national popular vote the official presidential electors for each state.
    1. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/texas-redistricting-racial-lines-235956
    2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/federal-court-finds-texas-gerrymandered-maps-on-racial-lines/2017/03/11/7903bc34-0649-11e7-9d14-9724d48f5666_story.html
    3. A federal court has dealt Texas another loss over voting rights, finding that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the electoral influence of the state’s booming minority population.
    4. Republicans currently hold two of the three congressional districts ruled newly invalid. The maps were originally drawn by the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature in 2011.
    5. The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018. But the judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    1. http://www.thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/323477-top-trump-adviser-admits-to-contacting-dnc-hackers-report
    2. Roger Stone, President Trump’s former campaign adviser, on Friday admitted to having private conversations with a hacker who helped leak information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during last year’s campaign.
    3. Stone told the Times he exchanged a handful of messages with Guccifer 2.0 in the weeks following a hack of the DNC, which was revealed in late July.
    1. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/after-pledging-donate-salary-trump-declines-release-proof-n732466
    2. No proof that salary has been donated yet.
    3. Sean Spicer said it will be donated at the end of the year, press corp can choose which charity will receive the money
    4. http://time.com/4699969/donald-trump-presidential-salary-donate/
    5. Remember its illegal for trump to reduce his $400,000 annual salary. He must take it.
    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/03/11/employees-who-decline-genetic-testing-could-face-penalities-under-proposed-bill/
    2. Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.
    3. In general, employers don’t have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program.
    4. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are allowed to discount health insurance premiums by up to 30 percent — and in some cases 50 percent — for employees who voluntarily participate in a wellness program where they’re required to meet certain health targets.
    1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/probe-780-million-painkillers-in-6-years-west-virginia/
    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/scottish-leader-to-seek-second-independence-referendum/2017/03/13/7e70ec2e-07e7-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html
    2. If successful, Scotland would likely petition for acceptance into the EU.
    3. Scotland voted to remain in the UK, 62% to 38%
      1. This was the 2014 referendum, prior to “brexit”. Many different aspects of the vote, but the ability to remain in EU on a Yes vote was uncertain.
    4. Scottish Referendum expected to be held Autumn 2018 or Spring 2019
    1. FBI Director Comey meeting with members of congress on Russia
    2. 17 Congressional Republicans Sign a Resolution to Fight Global Climate Change.
    3. 24 Senators and 17 House members introduce bill to allow ISPs to sell browser history
    4. EPA looking at changing CAFE / MPG requirements for automakers
    5. Bill to elect president by popular vote introduced
    6. Federal court finds gerrymandering in Texas falls on racial lines
    7. Trump adviser admits to contact with DNC hacker
    8. Trump pledge to “donate his salary to charity” seems false, Trump declines to release proof
    9. New bill helps employers force genetic testing on employees. Those who refuse face penalties
    10. CBSNews reports that over 780 million oxycodone and hydrocodone doses were shipped to West Virginia between 2007 and 2012. 433 pills per resident. 1,728 people OD’d during this time
    11. Scottish Leader Nicola Sturgeon to Seek New Independence Referendum.
  4. Kentucky
    1. Senate bill 281 – Still on track, will be taken up during last 2 days of session
    2. Congress has passed a bill to allow nuclear plants in the state of Kentucky, passed 65-28
  5. General Quarters
    1. New York Times
    2. Washington Post
    1. Subscribe to Reputable News Agencies
    2. Call your representatives and senators
    3. Donate to the EFF
  6. Facepalm of the week.
    1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/kellyanne-conway-donald-trump-barack-obama-spying-through-microwave-claims-a7626826.html
    1. Dave – Kellyanne Conway suggests that Obama was spying on Trump through microwaves
  7. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. http://econews.com.au/53586/renewable-energy-now-australias-cheapest-power-option/
    2. Elon Musk says he could fix brownout issues in Australia in less than 100 days or its free
    1. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/03/global-carbon-emissions-continue-to-stabilize-us-has-3-drop/
    2. 2016 was third year in a row where carbon emissions stayed stable despite a growing global economy.
    3. Coal use down 11% in the US, replaced by natural gas.
    4. In 2016 the UK cut their coal consumption in half.
    1. Dave – Renewable Energy now cheapest option for Australia, including costs for storage
    2. Travis – Global Carbon Emissions Stabalizing, US sees a 3% Drop