The World has lost confidence in American Leadership Since Trump was made president

❝ Ever since President Donald Trump was voted into office, global confidence in U.S. leadership has plummeted. That’s according to this year’s Global Peace Index.

❝ The 2019 Global Peace Index…showed that while global approval of leadership in Germany, China and Russia has been steadily on the rise since 2016, approval of U.S. leadership has seen a dramatic decline.

In 2016, confidence in U.S. leadership was at 45 percent, but fell below 35 percent by 2017. Since then, Steve Killelea (founder of the institute…which produces the Global Peace Index) said, approval has started to plateau, seeing a subtle uptick. However, confidence levels in U.S. leadership still sit below approval of leadership in both China and Germany.

RTFA for a bit more detail, chronology. There’s also a link to the report itself.

50 years coming up…

One of my favorite young journalists – Ramy Inocencio, now at CBS – was teargassed in Hong Kong. His first time suffering that particular insult. I recall my first time – back in New Haven – the weekend of the Ohio National Guard killing four anti-war protesters at Kent State University in 1970.

Yup..never again. If you believe that crap…

Environmental Protection Agency — under Trump/GOP leadership

❝ Trump’s EPA is trying to take our nation back to the 1920s when polluted water from drilling oil was dumped on more than 2,000 acres in west Texas, creating the Texon scar, contaminated land so barren almost a century later that it can be identified from space.

❝ The EPA recently released the draft of a study of options to dispose of “produced water” from drilling for gas and oil that could include irrigation and discharging it into rivers and streams

The water, sometimes 10 times saltier than seawater and laced with chemicals such as ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze, traditionally has been injected underground, but that practice has been linked to hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma and other oil-producing states in the last decade…

❝ The EPA identified 692 different ingredients used in fracking that can end up in produced water, including acids, gels and sand. The water can also be radioactive. Little research has been done about treating waste from drilling for oil and gas, and there are no federal regulations about the radioactive waste produced by drilling for oil.

This isn’t the cat guarding the canary. This is the cat eating the canary…poisoning all the baby chicks…then, burying the remains in your garden.