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House Republicans Reveal Climate Plan To Capture Carbon From Fossil Fuels

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and many of his colleagues have formally introduced the first plank of an agenda designed to take on the topic of climate change, a very politically divisive issue that has generated a lot of heated debate over the last few years.

The agenda McCarthy has been developing will focus on using trees and other forms of technology to capture carbon emissions.

Here’s more details from The Washington Examiner:

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“The one thing that unites all is we want a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment,” McCarthy said in a briefing for reporters. “The ingenuity we have with technology [is] able to make that all happen.”

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The carbon capture package includes a bill, formally introduced Wednesday, for the U.S. to work toward a global goal of planting a trillion trees. It also features an expansion of a tax break approved by Congress in 2018 and signed by President Trump for companies that use carbon capture technology to trap carbon from fossil fuel or industrial plants. The new bill would make the so-called 45Q tax credit permanent, increasing the amount paid to companies, and lowering the threshold of captured carbon to qualify for it.

“We have chosen to put a price on carbon, but doing it through incentives and actually doubling down on that,” said Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana, the top Republican on the House select climate committee. He was contrasting the Republican preference for tax subsidies as opposed to a broader carbon tax that economists and many Democrats say would be needed to encourage widespread innovation away from fossil fuels.

“We’ve got to move forward in a fact-based, realistic approach as opposed to something that may be more emotional,” said Graves.

The idea of carbon capture is something that has support from both Republicans and Democrats, but unfortunately, the technology necessary to do this costs a lot of money.

Republicans are attempting to address issues that a lot of Americans are concerned about, but of course, that’s not enough for Democrats. Many believe the focus on carbon capture is insufficient and is an excuse to continue to allow the burning of fossil fuels, which they believe is the main cause of climate change.

The question this really raises is whether or not the motivation to solve climate change for Democrats is really about saving the environment or finding ways to get more government control over businesses so they can redistribute wealth.

If a feasible solution is presented and the left doesn’t want to take it, it seems likely there’s something else they really want and are using this issue as cover to get it.

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

And they were NOT happy.

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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