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Al Gore Delivers Most Damning Indictment Yet of Trump's Presidency
By Alexandra Rosenmann
Al Gore tried to keep an open mind about Trump's presidency. The former vice president spoke with the Republican candidate about climate change back in December 2015, and again prior to Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord on June 1.
Gore called the December meeting, attended by both the president-elect and his daughter Ivanka, "a sincere search for areas of common ground."
In mid-May, "Mr. Gore [again] made the case for why the U.S. should stay in the agreement and meet our commitments," reported Axios, citing "a source close to the former vice president."
Monday, Gore is deeply disappointed with Trump's ultimate decision to walk away from the international agreement.
"We've never had a president who's deliberately made decisions ... to tear down America's standing in the world," Gore said in an interview with NBC's Willie Geist. "The climate crisis is by far the most serious challenge we face. But he's also undermined our alliances, such as NATO, and hurt our standing in the world in many ways."
"I hoped that he'd come to his senses on the Paris agreement," Gore added. "I was wrong."
Reposted with permission from our media associate AlterNet.
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By Jeff Turrentine
First off: Bangkok Wakes to Rain, the intricately wrought, elegantly crafted debut novel by the Thai-American author Pitchaya Sudbanthad, isn't really about climate change. This tale set in the sprawling subtropical Thai capital is ultimately a kind of family saga — although its interconnected characters aren't necessarily linked by a bloodline. What binds them is their relationship to a small parcel of urban land on which has variously stood a Christian mission, an upper-class family house, and a towering condominium. All of the characters have either called this place home or had some other significant connection to it.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law Thursday banning public schools or universities in the state from using Native American mascots, names or imagery. Mills' action will make Maine the first state in the nation with such a ban once it goes into effect later this year, The Bangor Daily News reported.
Inslee's 'Evergreen Economy Plan' Calls for $9 Trillion Investment in New Green Jobs, Would Help Fossil Fuel Workers Transition
By Julia Conley
A new climate action plan put forth by Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday is being praised for highlighting the enormous benefits that would result from a rapid shift in the U.S. to a renewable energy economy that centers on the needs of workers and vulnerable communities.