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Re: “Thom Tillis Urged Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord, Netted $263,400 From Oil and Gas Companies

22 Republicans were behind the push to get President Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement. A letter sent to the White House last week signed by 22 of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate rejected the overwhelming global scientific consensus behind climate change in favor of short-term economic growth.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) led the coalition of Republicans who co-signed the letter, which calls on Trump to exit the climate accords so he can successfully repeal the Obama administrations Clean Power Plan. ExxonMobil was one of the chief opponents of the Clean Power Plan, with then-CEO Rex Tillerson (who is now Trumps Secretary of State) blasting the proposal in a 2015 speech.Those senators are also favorites of polluters according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Note: they are all Republicans and climate change deniers.

Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) has received $1.8 million from the oil and gas industry throughout his career, making the industry his top donor by more than $1 million. John Cornyn (R-Texas) received more than $3 million.

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming): $728,766
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri): $1,143,574
Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas): $281,352
Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi): $462,890
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas): $3,031,956
Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): $440,937
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas): $2,484,520
Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming): $513,733
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): $772,179
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah): $281,620
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): $1,975,245
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky): $286,465
Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia): $184,250
Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho): $209,900
Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas): $817,150
Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota): $204,900
Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina): $523,276
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama): $532,846
Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina): $263,400
Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi): $686,876

Posted by Science First on 06/07/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Here in the South, if you don't provide Brunswick Stew, you are not considered a genuine BBQ joint. You can add cornbread to that.

3 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Barbara 2 on 06/07/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Vote for your favorites

Bida Manda, huh? Laos != China

Posted by cb12345 on 06/07/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “The Durham City Council Rejects a Controversial North Durham Rezoning Request

I thought NIMBYism was only allowed in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

Pretty sure this will eventually go through, since it is NOT in Chapelboro.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by John Trololo on 06/07/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Just Because the President Is a Scientific Illiterate Doesn’t Mean Climate Change Isn’t Real

Just because the Independent Weekly is a Scientific Illiterate doesn't mean it has to post idiotic statements about the President of the United States. More FAKE GRAPHS and associated NEWS.

3 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by John Trololo on 06/07/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Durham City Council Rejects a Controversial North Durham Rezoning Request

We'll miss Eddie Davis, one of the few, if any left, with sense on that City Council.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Barbara 2 on 06/07/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Wish they had a "Best Cocktail" category. The area is starting to become popular with craft cocktails, not just beer.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 06/07/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Durham County Has Awarded 22 Percent of Contracts to Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses So Far This Fiscal Year

Hey Roger, if you read to entire article, you could surmise that 78% of the contracts in Durham are awarded with no preference to race, ethnicity, and sex. This 'set-aside' or 'quota' or 'goal' helps to balance an already un-level playing field that white males have dominated for centuries.

Did you think it could be possible that the job was awarded to the best candidate who happened to be non-white or a woman? Did it ever occur to you that the jobs are awarded based on the merit and the overall costs quoted?

I may be way off base, but you sound like an entitled, bitter, white man who didn't get his way. I truly hope I'm wrong.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wifey 615 on 06/07/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “June 7 Crossword Solution

you've posted the solution but not the puzzle

Posted by JCH on 06/07/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results- Out and About

Cat's Cradle for hip hop? No.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by clmorse on 06/07/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Shops & Services

@SomeCallMe...Tim, that category was awarded but was dropped off the file. We've updated with the winner thanks to your eagle eyes.

Posted by Susan Harper, INDY Publisher on 06/07/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Shops & Services

Was there a "Best Wine Shop in Wake County" awarded?

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 06/07/2017 at 10:39 AM
Posted by Poonam Samtiya on 06/07/2017 at 5:03 AM

Re: “After Being Detained at RDU Under Suspicion of Being a Predator, a Local Gay Dad Is Fighting Back

Does no one else find it strange that this was assumed by a MALE flight attendant?? Closet case much?

Posted by RNG on 06/07/2017 at 3:00 AM

Re: “Durham County Has Awarded 22 Percent of Contracts to Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses So Far This Fiscal Year

How would you like it if you owned a company and lost out on a bid because you were the wrong color or the wrong sex? Why do race, ethnicity, and sex need to be considered at all in deciding who gets awarded a contract? It's good to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color, national origin, or sex. But that means no preferences because of skin color, etc. either--whether it's labeled a "set-aside," a "quota," or a "goal," since they all end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair and divisive; it breeds corruption and otherwise costs the taxpayers and businesses money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder; and it's almost always illegalindeed, unconstitutionalto boot (see 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and this model brief: http://www.pacificlegal.org/document.doc?id=454 ). Those who insist on engaging in such discrimination deserve to be sued, and they will lose.

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Posted by Roger Clegg on 06/06/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Durham Resident Wendy Miranda Fernandez Was Deported Just Because

'Wendy Miranda Fernandez Was Deported Just Because..."
'...her application for asylum in the U.S. was denied, she received an order for removal from the country.'

Sooooo...it wasn't for no reason.

Posted by N.M. Hill on 06/06/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Thom Tillis Urged Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord, Netted $263,400 From Oil and Gas Companies

Trump didn't turn it into a 'protracted reality TV episode,' you (the media) did.

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Posted by N.M. Hill on 06/06/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

The Cry of Love debut album is still one of my favorites, and it's a damn shame that Kelly saw the end of his life, but didn't want help to change his situation. It's strange how many rock stars, specifically singers, have known that they were dying or were planning their suicide, were oddly comfortable and at peace with their decision to end their life, on their terms. The list of dead Rock stars dead too soon has become ridiculously long....

Posted by bluesbro71 on 06/05/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Trump Kicks Planet in the Face

Trudeau's disappointment is hypocritical at best -- https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Posted by Jon Howell on 06/05/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Suicide apparent in shooting death of son of pro-gun rights N.C. Rep.

Ric Starnes supported Seth Rich conspiracy theories

Posted by akjefeel on 06/05/2017 at 6:53 AM

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