Cost of Climate Change Damage Far Less Than Cost of Decarbonization!

By David Middleton – Re-Blogged From

H/T to ivankinsman for bringing this to my attention.

Government report calls on Trump to act on climate change


By Eli Watkins, CNN
Updated 1441 GMT (2241 HKT) October 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)A government report released Monday is sounding an alarm over the threat of climate change, and the government’s response.

The US government has spent more than $350 billion over the past decade in response to extreme weather and fire events, and the Government Accountability Office report estimated the US would incur far higher costs as the years progress if global emission rates don’t go down.

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Downsizing Homeland Security

By Chris Edwards – Re-Blogged From

The department spent $46 billion in 2015, or about $373 for every U.S. household. It employs 186,000 people.

Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002 by combining 22 existing federal agencies responsible for a vast array of activities. The largest agencies are Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Secret Service.President George W. Bush promised that the new department would “improve efficiency without growing government” and would cut out “duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland security resources.”1

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House Introduces Bill to Repeal the Patriot Act

   By Julie Borowski – Re-Blogged From

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) have introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act that would end the NSA’s unconstitutional domestic spying. I can say without hesitation: this bill is the real deal.

“The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state,” said Rep. Massie. “Our Founding Fathers fought and died to stop the kind of warrantless spying and searches that the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act authorize. It is long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and reassert the constitutional rights of all Americans. I am proud to co-sponsor Congressman Pocan’s bill and look forward to working with him on this issue.”

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Why Can’t We Kill a Useless Government Agency

– Re-Blogged FromThe Fiscal Times

Lawmakers are once again trying to close a tiny obscure agency that serves virtually no purpose other than racking up an unnecessary multimillion-dollar tab for taxpayers.

The entire purpose of the National Technical Information Services agency (NTIS) is to compile and sell government documents and scientific research papers to other federal agencies and the private sector.

There’s one big problem. Most of the documents the agency sells can now be accessed online for free, thanks to a handy invention called the Internet – which, to be fair to the NTIS, wasn’t around when the agency was created in the 1950s.

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