The Justice Department Abandons the Law, the Constitution

❝ A continuing challenge of covering the three-ring circus that is the Trump administration is not letting the outrageous antics and statements of the president and his allies distract attention from the outrageous policies being implemented on his watch.

One example, unfolding right now in the midst of the president’s various rhetorical wars — with our G-7 partners, with the special counsel, with his own attorney general — is the administration’s remarkable move not to defend the constitutionality of key parts of the Affordable Care Act…

This is crazy. Nobody imagined — not members of Congress who happily gutted the individual mandate, not President Trump in signing the new law, not members of the public who wanted to learn about what the tax change meant for them — that the consequence was also to eviscerate perhaps the most popular part of the health care law, the protection for those with pre-existing conditions.

You might have thought if that was going to happen, it would have come up at some point in the public debate. You might have thought it would receive some notice from the president, who in his first address to a joint session of Congress proclaimed that it was his priority to “ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage,” and who signed the tax law without any peep about this provision’s supposed unconstitutionality.

I wouldn’t say “crazy” and I’m not surprised. I expect nothing less than absolute allegiance to the most corrupt ideology of America’s class rulers. In this instance, Trumps/Sessions lifetime of butt-kissing of the whole medical-industrial complex.

From insurance companies to Big Pharma, there is no masquerade of new evidence or revelation. The corruption of these two politicians has always been as self-evident as their racism, snobbery, sexual hangups. You pick out something disgusting and backwards about American politics there’s a good chance they’re standing in line for a hug.

Offshore wind turbines keep getting bigger – and cheaper

Massive offshore wind turbines keep getting bigger, and that’s helping make the power cheaper — to the point where developers say new projects in U.S. waters can compete with natural gas…

Bigger turbines that make more electricity have cut the cost per megawatt by about half, said Tom Harries, a wind analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That also reduces maintenance expenses and installation time. All of this is helping offshore wind vie with conventional power plants…

“You could not build a thermal gas plant in New England for the price of the wind bids in Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” Martin said Friday at the U.S. Offshore Wind Conference in Boston. “It’s very cost-effective for consumers.”

And even “clean nat gas” will never be as clean as the wind.