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Fact Check: Trump's Shaky Claims on Climate Accord

Fact Check: Trump's Shaky Claims on Climate Accord
Now Playing: Ramifications of Trump Climate Move Meteorologist Kait Parker explains what ramifications the withdrawal of the Paris Climate agreement could have on this planet. Announcing that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump misplaced the blame for what ails the coal industry and laid a shaky factual foundation for his decision. A look at some of the claims in a Rose Garden speech and an accompanying fact sheet about the deal to curtail emissions responsible for global warming: White House: The Paris climate accord "would effectively decapitate our coal industry, which now supplies about one-third of our electric power." The Facts: The U.S. coal industry was in decline long before the Paris accord was signed in 2015. (MORE: Trump Pulls U.S. Trump: Claims "absolutely tremendous economic progress since Election Day," adding "more than a million private-sector jobs." Trump: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

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Why online credit recovery courses are underregulated in many states. Kellan Jett This article is part of the Big Shortcut, an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes. An increasing number of states are getting serious about vetting the online education companies that are now responsible for instructing a growing number of their kids. And Florida, at first glance, would seem to be one of them. Each year, state officials scrutinize these online courses to ensure they meet state academic standards, as well as several other criteria. Last year, the Florida Department of Education rejected the company Online Education Ventures, which failed to provide descriptions of its virtual courses in science, social studies, and English (it provided descriptions of the math courses, but they didn’t meet state standards).

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Do California’s clean energy jobs equal 10 times the nation’s coal mining jobs? Democrats in California vowed to take on greater leadership on climate change this week after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. The day before Trump’s action, State Senate Leader Kevin de León, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said California should sprint ahead on aggressive renewable energy goals not only to fight climate change but because it makes economic sense. "We have already seen the economic benefits," of clean energy policies, De León told his colleagues on the Senate floor on May 31, 2017. "Today, California is home to over 100,000 solar jobs." He made his comments as he promoted a plan to require California produce all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045.

How Khrushchev’s daughter saved the fox-dogs of Siberia. RT-Images/Thinkstock Reprinted (in modified form) with permission from How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution, by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut, published by the University of Chicago Press. © 2017 by Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut. All rights reserved. For the last six decades, Lyudmila Trut and her colleagues have been running one of the most audacious experiments ever undertaken. The experiment, first conceived and led by Trut’s mentor, Dmitry Belyaev, aimed to rerun the evolutionary process that led to the domestication of dogs but in real time, using the fox as a stand-in for the wolf. Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack As tensions continue in Portland following the racially charged murder of two men on Friday, the top Republican in the city said he is considering using militia groups as security for public events. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were stabbed to death and 21-year-old student Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured when they came to the aid of two women being subjected to hate speech on public transport. The suspect, Jeremy Christian, 35, was found to hold white supremacist views and to have attended an “alt-right” rally in the city. On Monday, Donald Trump issued a belated message of condolence.

In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt If there was any lingering doubt that a tiny clique of fossil-fuel barons has captured America’s energy and environmental policies, it was dispelled last week, when the Trump Administration withdrew from the Paris climate accord. Surveys showed that a majority of Americans in literally every state wanted to remain within the agreement, and news reports established that the heads of many of the country’s most successful and iconic Fortune 100 companies, from Disney to General Electric, did, too. Voters and big business were arrayed against leaving the climate agreement. Yet despite the majority’s sentiment, a tiny—and until recently, almost faceless—minority somehow prevailed.

Are coal mining jobs up by 50,000 since last year? Not exactly Just days after President Donald Trump announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris international climate agreement, his Environmental Protection Agency administrator went on the Sunday shows to defend Trump’s decision. During the June 4 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Scott Pruitt whether it was disingenuous for the administration to promise a rebirth of coal. On the one hand, coal is a high-carbon-emissions fuel that is at a disadvantage under the Paris agreement and could potentially benefit from the United States’ exit from the accord. On the other, some experts have said that the demise of coal as an energy source has less to do with emissions than with lost market share to a competing fossil fuel -- natural gas -- and technological improvements that have bolstered renewable energies such as wind and solar.

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How Facebook allows users to post footage of children being bullied Facebook has only recently banned users from posting photos and images mocking people for having illnesses and other serious health conditions, the Guardian can reveal. The company said the policy had changed in recent months but declined to give details. Facebook responded after the Guardian presented it with examples from leaked internal documents advising moderators to ignore certain images mocking people with disabilities. The manuals included photos of people with Down’s syndrome. The company said these images were “not allowed” and would now be taken down.

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