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On Friday May 10, 2019, the Trump Administration raised the 10% tariffs to 25%. The trade war quickly escalated, with the Chinese government announcing plans for tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation.  "Trump, meanwhile, began the process of expanding U.S. tariffs to cover all $540 billion in Chinese imports." [post_title] => Trump Raises Tariffs On $200 Billion Worth Of Imported Goods From China From 10% To 25% [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-raises-tariffs-on-200-billion-worth-of-imported-goods-from-china-from-10-to-25 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-19 13:32:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-19 13:32:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2805 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2796 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-05-12 14:30:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:30:30 [post_content] => The 2 year Arctic Policy agenda declaration set by the Arctic Council, comprised of the 8 nations that border the Arctic region, was canceled on Tuesday May 7, 2019 because the United States refused to allow language acknowledging the impacts of climate change and that climate change is a serious threat to the Arctic region.   "The Arctic Council declaration is an affirmation of goals and principles among the eight Arctic nations, which meet every two years."  It was the first time the policy declaration was canceled since the group formed in 1996. [post_title] => Arctic Policy Declaration Set By 8 Nation Arctic Council Canceled Because United States Refuses To Include Language Acknowledging Impacts Of Global Warming [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => arctic-policy-declaration-set-by-8-nation-arctic-council-canceled-because-united-states-refuses-to-include-language-acknowledging-impacts-of-global-warming [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-12 14:30:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:30:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2796 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2795 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_content] => On Thursday May 2, 2019, "President Trump announced a new rule allowing health providers, insurers and employers to refuse to provide or pay for services such as abortion, sterilization or assisted suicide that they say violate their religious or moral beliefs."  The rule would also allow patients and parents of patients to refuse certain types of medical procedures because of religious beliefs. This new "conscience regulation" builds on an existing law from 2011 that "provided inadequate enforcement of conscience rights by only providing for handling complaints based on three federal conscience protection laws. This final rule implements approximately 25 federal conscience protection provisions." "The original proposal, released in January 2018, received more than 242,000 public comments and was one of the first actions taken by HHS' new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, established in 2018." [post_title] => New "Conscience Regulation" Allows Healthcare Providers To Refuse To Provide Or Pay For Certain Services And Procedures That Violate Personal Religious Or Moral Beliefs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => new-conscience-regulation-allows-healthcare-providers-to-refuse-to-provide-or-pay-for-certain-services-and-procedures-that-violate-personal-religious-or-moral-beliefs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2795 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2785 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-04-14 12:21:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-14 12:21:17 [post_content] => On Wednesday April 10, 2019 President Trump signed two executive orders aiming to speed up approvals for oil and gas pipeline projects. "One of Trump's new orders calls for the EPA to review a section of the Clean Water Act that requires applicants seeking federal permits for energy infrastructure projects that might pollute protected waters to get certification from the states where any potential contamination could happen."  The intention of the review is to create a more streamlined approval process.  The order also allows transport of natural gas using trucks when rail is not available. "A second order, focused on cross-border energy projects, would clarify that the president is solely responsible for approving or denying pipelines and other infrastructure that cross international boundaries. The secretary of state has previously played that role." [post_title] => President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Aiming To Speed Up Oil And Gas Pipeline Project Approvals [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-trump-signs-two-executive-orders-aiming-to-speed-up-oil-and-gas-pipeline-project-approvals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-27 17:10:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-27 17:10:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2785 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2764 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_content] => "The U.S. Senate on Thursday [February 28, 2019] confirmed Andrew Wheeler, a former coal and oil lobbyist and President Donald Trump’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency, to lead the nation’s top environmental regulator." Wheeler has "close ties to the coal industry and [has pushed] to deregulate a number of environmental rules and safeguards implemented by the Obama administration." Wheeler, who "began his career at EPA during the 1990s but spent years on Capitol Hill before heading to the private sector, has won praise from Republicans for his deregulatory agenda but criticism from Democrats for his refusal to take action on climate change and several public health priorities. He has been running the agency since Trump’s first administrator, Scott Pruitt, stepped down in July amid multiple scandals surrounding his management and spending practices." See what the EPA has been up to here. [post_title] => Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Appointed Head Of EPA [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => former-coal-lobbyist-andrew-wheeler-appointed-head-of-epa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2764 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2744 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_content] => The third government shutdown under President Trump ended on January 25, 2019 after 35 days, making it the longest government shutdown in history. "The U.S. economy lost at least $6 billion during the partial shutdown of the federal government due to lost productivity from furloughed workers and economic activity lost to outside business, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday [January 25, 2019]." The bill to reopen the government only lasts until February 15th, but it does contain provisions for retroactive pay for employees that did not receive paychecks during the shutdown. [post_title] => Third Government Shutdown Under Trump Is Longest Ever, Cost U.S. Economy $6 Billion [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => third-government-shutdown-trump-longest-ever-cost-u-s-economy-6-billion [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2744 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2748 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-09 15:03:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-09 15:03:38 [post_content] => The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group employed by Congress to provide budget and economy forecasts and analysis.  Their 2019 Economic Outlook Report provides a detailed analysis on government spending and economic growth in the United States.  Key points in this report include:
  • "The federal budget deficit is about $900 billion in 2019 and exceeds $1 trillion each year beginning in 2022. Over the coming decade, deficits...fluctuate between 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), well above the average over the past 50 years."
  • "Because of persistently large deficits, federal debt held by the public is projected to grow steadily, reaching 93 percent of GDP in 2029 (its highest level since just after World War II) and about 150 percent of GDP in 2049—far higher than it has ever been."
  • "Federal outlays...are projected to climb from 20.8 percent of GDP in 2019 to 23.0 percent in 2029. The aging of the population and the rising cost of health care contribute significantly to the growth in spending for major benefit programs, such as Social Security and Medicare."
  • After 2019, annual economic growth is projected to slow to between 1.7 and 1.8 percent until 2029, below the potential growth levels projected by the CBO.
  [caption id="attachment_2749" align="aligncenter" width="787"] SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => Congressional Budget Office 2019 Economic Outlook Report: Budget Deficit Over $1 Trillion Per Year, Well Above Average; Debt Projected To Be 93% Of GDP (Highest Since WWII); Government Spending Increasing; Economic Growth Projected To Slow To 1.7% Through 2023 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => congressional-budget-office-2019-economic-outlook-report-budget-deficit-1-trillion-per-year-well-average-debt-projected-93-gdp-highest-since-wwii-government-spending-increas [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-09 15:24:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-09 15:24:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2748 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2731 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-01-12 15:28:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-12 15:28:49 [post_content] => CO2 emissions in the United States peaked at just over 6.1 billion tons in 2005, and total greenhouse gas emissions decreased 3.5% from 1990 to 2015.  However, early estimates for 2018 show CO2 emissions rising approximately 3.4%:

While a record number of coal-fired power plants were retired last year, natural gas not only beat out renewables to replace most of this lost generation but also fed most of the growth in electricity demand. As a result, power sector emissions overall rose by 1.9%. The transportation sector held its title as the largest source of US emissions for the third year running, as robust growth in demand for diesel and jet fuel offset a modest decline in gasoline consumption.

The decrease in carbon density of the energy supply (moving from coal to cleaner fuels such as natural gas) was not as significant as the increase in energy demand in 2018.  Looser federal regulations on emissions and pollution is also a possible contributor. Unfortunately EPA data on emissions has not been updated since 2016.   [post_title] => CO2 Emissions In The United States Estimated To Have Increased 3.4% In 2018 After Years Of Declining [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => co2-emissions-united-states-estimated-increased-3-4-2018-years-declining [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-12 15:30:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-12 15:30:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2731 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2729 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-01-06 00:46:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-06 00:46:32 [post_content] => The FBI is investigating reports of undocumented immigrants working at President Trump's golf course in Bedminster New Jersey.  According to two undocumented employees at the golf course, who worked there for several years, there were several other undocumented immigrants working there.  At least one undocumented worker at the golf course is still on the payroll as of December of 2018. Also according to the undocumented immigrants working there, undocumented workers were given fake citizenship documentation.   [post_title] => FBI Investigating Undocumented Immigrants Working At Trump's New Jersey Golf Course That Were Provided Fake Citizenship Documentation By Supervisors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fbi-investigating-undocumented-immigrants-working-trumps-new-jersey-golf-course-provided-fake-citizenship-documentation-supervisors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-01-19 12:30:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-01-19 12:30:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2729 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2678 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-21 13:10:00 [post_content] => The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations issued a report on October 8, 2018 outlining the effects on global environments and ecosystems as global temperatures increase above pre-industrial levels.  The IPCC was established in response to the Paris Climate Agreement, which seeks to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” According to the report, "emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air."

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2ºC.

Read the report here. [post_title] => United Nations Climate Change Panel Releases Report Stating Global Temperature Rise Of 1.5 Degrees Celsius Is Maximum Before "Irreversible Changes" To Global Ecosystems; Would Require 45% Reduction In Emissions By 2030 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => united-nations-climate-change-panel-releases-report-stating-global-temperature-rise-1-5-degrees-celsius-maximum-irreversible-changes-global-ecosystems-require-45-reduction [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 13:43:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:43:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2678 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2805 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-05-19 13:32:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-19 13:32:24 [post_content] => On September 24, 2018, 10% tariffs were levied on $200 billion in Chinese products being imported to the United States.  The Trump Administration also imposed 25% tariffs on an additional $50 billion worth of Chinese products (around 1,300 different products) in April of 2018. On Friday May 10, 2019, the Trump Administration raised the 10% tariffs to 25%. The trade war quickly escalated, with the Chinese government announcing plans for tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation.  "Trump, meanwhile, began the process of expanding U.S. tariffs to cover all $540 billion in Chinese imports." [post_title] => Trump Raises Tariffs On $200 Billion Worth Of Imported Goods From China From 10% To 25% [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-raises-tariffs-on-200-billion-worth-of-imported-goods-from-china-from-10-to-25 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-19 13:32:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-19 13:32:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2805 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 48 [max_num_pages] => 5 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 5ea2b515f7ad5d54a20ad1a0f9a7df8d [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) [paged] => 1 )