Corona and Clean Energy: The Common Thread

April 2, 2020

Scott Cooney in CleanTechnica:

Conservative politicians across the country are still not taking Coronavirus seriously, as CleanTechnica analyst Mike Barnard pointed out. Potentially, because their leader still seems confused about it. Down-rank Republicans are following in the POTUS’ line of thinking. In Mississippi, for instance, the Republican governor has actively resisted a statewide shelter-in-place order, saying that he wanted to make decisions “based on experts.” Perhaps he considers right wing media personalities Alex Jones or Geraldo Rivera experts (if you haven’t seen Alex Jones’ toothpaste that kills coronavirus, or Geraldo’s DIY coronavirus test on Fox News, it’s worth a watch).

He’s not alone. Republican governors across the country are gambling with our lives.

I plotted the states that have issued Shelter-in-place orders as of March 31st

33 Responses to “Corona and Clean Energy: The Common Thread”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Fascists just hate life as such.

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    In the midst of a global pandemic, multiple senators have taken their first-hand knowledge of coronavirus and have PROFITED from it.

    Several senators dumped MILLIONS of dollars in stock following a January Congressional coronavirus briefing — ahead of the steep stock market decline and economic crash.

    Meanwhile, these senators downplayed the pandemic to their constituents, contributing to Trump’s initial message of “all is well”.

    These senators have deceived and abused their position and their country in a time of a global crisis. We cannot allow personal profiting from inside knowledge to be an option for our Congressional leaders.

    This is just the latest example of this gross abuse of power. In January, GOP Rep. Chris Collins was sentenced to 26 months for an illegal stock tip that he gave his son, calling him from the White House lawn, about a biopharmaceutical company’s failed drug trial.

    In 2012, Congress passed a law, the STOCK Act, that aims to prohibit members of Congress from profiting from non-public information given to them in the course of their government duties. The law, however, has numerous loopholes, and members of Congress are still able to trade stocks and use their powerful positions to increase the value of those stocks and pad their own pockets — thus, we find ourselves here with the slimy actions of senators who take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic

    We must demand Congress completely ban the practice of government officials trading individual stocks while in office. We must ensure that politicians in Washington work for us, not powerful corporate interests or their own greed.

    Sign and send the petition to Congress: Immediately ban members of Congress and senior government officials from owning or trading individual stocks.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Here’s Chucky, sneaking his nose under the tent and telling us Americans how to run the country. Or is he just trying again to build up his image so that he can troll us as the election draws nearer? (As if we don’t subscribe to Daily Kos and didn’t sign this petition days ago besides).

      • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

        If I should calculate your ratio of anti-commenter comments to your original or discussion comments, I’d expect it to be really high. Or at least it seems that way, and it’s tedious.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          If I should calculate your ratio of anti-commenter comments to your original or discussion comments, I’d expect it to be really high. Or at least it seems that way, and it’s tedious.

          Why don’t you actually do that—“calculate my ratio…etc.” and show us some actual figures that we can digest and see whether your unseemly BALD ASSERTION that the “expectation” is that they would be “high” holds any water.

          Of course, the word “high” is a relative term—what is HIGH is my determination to climb all over any denier or moron that pollutes the discourse on Crock—I’ve said it before—I have worked as a “sheep dog” my entire life, and am going to continue that until I drop—-that’s one of the reasons I took D.O.G. as a WordPress handle to bite ankles and go WOOF!. While you’re at it, “calculate” the breadth and depth of my knowledge and understanding as evidenced in my “original or discussion” comments and place some number on my value to Crock. Do the same for yourself and let’s compare scores.

          I have done such calculations in years past with folks like Sir Chucky, if you recall—involving a couple of hundred data points that convinced me that he was NOT posting from Ireland—-that the time-date stamps on his MANY posts (sometimes dozens a day) indicated that they were more likely coming from St. Petersburg or Ukraine.

          I’m sorry that you’re feeling a bit cranky and needed to vent a bit. Or is it that I need to do a time-date stamp analysis of your posts and see if they come from a desk next to Chucky’s? Do you recall that I suspected that you too were a Russian Troll the last time you defended him? If you are, your personal “nose under the tent” tactic seems to be short one or two liner “joke” comments to convince us that you’re an OK guy (and I won’t say that I find them “tedious”, although there are a lot of them—enough of them are humorous that I will cut you some slack).

          • Sir Charles Says:

            You are dividing by zero, dumbo. Your paranoia is speaking for itself.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            As usual, Chucky makes no substantive response. (I wonder what particular perversion (izvrashchennyy chelovek) that he suffers from that makes him keep posting this video clip? Does he masturbate while he types in the link?)

          • Sir Charles Says:

            Your claims without substance don’t deserve any better, dumboldshyster. You’re just mentally w@nking. Hence the responses. Should be simple enough for you. End of story.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Wow! Another non-response from Chucky! And it even has a few (very few) words of more than two syllables! How unescapably unerudite!

            Address my “claim”, Chucky—–DO you masturbate while viewing this clip?

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Is there a point to posting this? We all know that Kenneth Copeland is a shyster and a con artist

          • Sir Charles Says:

            Who is “We all”? You and your pillow?

          • dumboldguy Says:


          • Sir Charles Says:

            Don’t get jealous, dumboldshyster. Those who can, just do it 😉

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Go sit in the corner and masturbate while you watch your dog and pillow clip, Chucky. We know your game and are watching for you to do your anti-American, Russian Troll thing as November 2020 approaches. Your bosses should deploy you to some other blog where you might succeed—-one populated by by Trump’s “uneducated”—-those morons who wouldn’t get upset if he “stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot someone”.

          • Sir Charles Says:

            AFAIK it’s the American people who elected this moron. Or am I getting something wrong here?

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Nobody “elected” Kenneth Copeland, Chucky, and that’s the “moron” we’re talking about here in this subthread (in addition to you, of course since you, like that OTHER moron Trump, often ” get something wrong”.


          • Sir Charles Says:

            Burnie or bust has grossly failed.

          • Sir Charles Says:

            Oh. You’re talking to your pillow again, dumboldshyster.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            izvrashchennyy chelovek

  3. jimbills Says:

    It is pretty remarkable.

    Republican officials are just really hesitant to hurt businesses – or basically, their core voting bloc. DeSantis in Florida was basically begging Trump to tell him to shut things down and Trump is also refusing the responsibility. The Surgeon General finally stepped in with a sort of wishy-washy statement, but that was finally enough for DeSantis to feel like he had the political cover:

    The Texas governor (Greg Abbott) started pretty well. He issued rules on group gatherings fairly early, but since then he’s refused to issue a statewide stay at home order. It’s up to the individual counties, and it’s led to a lot of confusion. Collin County, a prosperous and populous county in DFW has a Republican judge who has issued a stay at home order while simultaneously declaring that every single business in the county is essential. McKinney, a town in the county, declared rules that defined essential businesses, and now the mayor of the town is being sued by a local business deemed non-essential.

    All it does is lead to questions in the public, and the shelter in place effects become limited, allowing the virus to spread. There’s an Australian study that shows a major difference between 70% and 80% compliance:

  4. neilrieck Says:

    Yesterday I read an editorial by military historian, Gwynne Dyer, giving this reason why Boris Johnson reversed his opinion on COVID-19 for the UK: he was informed that the UK would be lucky to escape this conflict with 20,000 deaths -AND- that since these deaths would be mostly older people who usually vote conservative, that the deaths would (directly and indirectly) eat into his political base. If the numbers coming from China are accurate, then American citizens might wish to ask themselves why the number of American deaths from COVID-19 has exceeded China’s despite the fact that China has four times as many people. In Trump’s speech on Sunday Trump said that he was changing course since he learned that US death projections would be in the range of 100,000 to 200,000. Imperial College in London (where war-game and disease scenarios are played out on computers) projects the US death toll will be closer to 2.2 million and this is mostly due to people refusing to self-isolate but also due to a lack of government preparedness. It might have seemed fun in 2016 to vote for a “real-estate mogul / reality TV star” as president but people will vote differently in 2020 if COVID-19 takes any of their family members. Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson said recently that the COVID-19 crisis might (finally) convince Americans to stop getting their science information from Hollywood stars and politicians.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Hope springs eternal.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      The problem with expecting people to cure themselves of mental illness, find better information, or correct their superstitions is that all those things are characterologically driven. There’s an addiction of sorts operating, which means every challenge to beliefs and actions makes most people simply double down on their current beliefs and actions.

      When they look for better information they ask the sources they’ve been trusting all along; when they try to do better than their current superstition they look to the canon of that superstition for better rituals, or combine trial and error with false attribution still mired in old assumptions.

      Schizophrenics listen to their voices to figure out how to improve their relationships. When they try to cure themselves they’re doing it with impaired faculties and the same delusions that make up the illness they’re trying to cure. (Like all the other groups and ideas here it makes more sense from the inside of the delusions.) It’s very much like the governing mechanism in Dunning-Kruger victims—too dumb to know how dumb they are, and projecting their dumbness onto others, making them trust others even less than themselves. To them everything seems perfectly right; if only those other fools would get there acts together!

      It’s what’s created, over thousands of years, the enormously complicated, exacting and compulsive rituals of folk religions like Hinduism, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. It takes a revolutionary—a Jesus or Buddha—to change things, to found a religion in opposition, which over millennia gets concretized by the same processes and needs to be revolted against in turn by a Luther, then a Fox… (The Zoroastrian heresies btw—Khurmazta, Mazdaki and Manichaean—never took—for lack of effective revolutionaries? So we don’t meet many of their adherents today.)

      Those are testaments to the persistence of such addictive delusions and rituals. They can last thousands of years even in the utter absence of any supporting evidence, and suggest the hope of change based on new evidence is just a different ritual delusion. From inside, the answer always lies in just a little more strict adherence to the old formula–in doing the ritual more exactly or longer, or after purifying more perfectly, alleviating just a little more of the guilt and shame created by the delusion and its authorities in the first place.

      Buddhism has its own rigid branches but also has a way out—a practice that responds to current reality and develops the wisdom to answer not only the old questions in the old ways but old and new questions in new ways. Most of all it develops tolerance for uncertainty, an inoculation against reaching too quickly or holding too strongly to comforting delusion. Like psychotherapy, some kinds of Buddhist practice head for disturbance rather than comfort, so most people refuse to do it. I wouldn’t look to conservatives for a mass embrace of any of the ways out of their delusions soon.

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