Good News Edition – February 3, 2018


Well, we’re still standing, but—as they say each week on the excellent Lovett or Leave It podcast—”What a week!”

We had the SOTU address, or as my witty friend referred to it, the STFU address. Nunes released his memo (which, happily, turned out to be a complete nothingburger). On top of these highlights, the week was full of the usual quota of moments designed to make us either bang our heads against the wall or crawl under the bed (including a new and terrifying nuclear arsenal policy, 45’s refusal to impose sanctions against Russia, and then 45 inviting Russian intelligence operatives to come by for a chat).

BUT … we’re not  here to talk about that stuff. We’re here to talk about Good News, and there actually was some.

Enjoy!

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

  • Natural solutions to pests? What a concept! Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying – The stripy fields have been planted across England as part of a trial to boost the natural predators of pests that attack cereal crops
  • Washington’s Governor Just Killed the Proposed Columbia River Oil Shipping Terminal – Governor Inslee says the project would have risked public and environmental health.
  • EPA backs away from allowing gold mining near Bristol Bay in Alaska putting one of the world’s largest fisheries for sockeye salmon at risk.*
  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA cannot shelter its “waters of the United States” rule (WOTUS)  from judicial review by limiting the federal courts where suits can be brought for violations. The Clean Water Act, allows those harmed by WOTUS to sue in any federal district court within six years, but the EPA rewrote the rules limiting cases to only the federal courts of appeal and only within 120 days and kept all the challenges to a single appellate court.*
  • Australia announced plans to invest $60m to  reduce damage to the Great Barrier Reef.*

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)

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Photo Credits:

“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography