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Question of the Day
Chatter about climate change over a nice cup of coffee? Indeed, Senate Democrats have organized a cozy all-night talkathon that will last Monday night into Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, meant to “wake up Congress to the danger of climate change” — this, according to Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, the leaders behind the effort.
Well, OK. That’s nice. Have fun. Something to remember, though.
“One irony. The Democrats’ warmathon will be powered up courtesy of the Capitol building’s coal-fired power plant,” says Marc Morano, executive editor of the Climate Depot and a climate-change policy expert at the nonprofit Heartland Institute.
“Working past sundown was a privilege first afforded to the average man by the invention of pressurized lamps that burned kerosene — a carbon-based fuel,” points out Taylor Smith, also a Heartland policy analyst.
“Electricity from other carbon-based fuels allows any American to work and produce, no matter the time of day — it’s not the same way in other countries. Senate Democrats would be better served if they called attention to this fact rather than CO2 emissions, especially if they’re going to rely on cheap illumination to do it,” Mr. Smith says.
SHARYL TAKES AN EXIT
“I have resigned from CBS.”
And so said Sharyl Attkisson in a tweet Monday afternoon. She had spent 20 years as an investigative reporter at the network, relentlessly pursuing information on multiple disquieting matters, including the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack and “Fast and Furious,” a gun-running operation gone awry.
The multiple-award-winning Ms. Attkisson leaves CBS citing liberal bias “an outsized influence of the network’s corporate partners,” according to a report from Politico. Yes, she’s writing a book about her experiences called “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington.” It is scheduled to go on sale Nov. 4 — Election Day.
Meanwhile, at her Twitter bio, the third-degree taekwondo black belt and married mother of one describes herself as “Investigative journalist, dreaming of a day when public officials answer questions as if they know they work for the public.” And her motto? “Untouchable subjects. Fearless reporting.” Her parting with CBS was, she says, amicable.
APPLAUSE FOR MR. GERTZ
Hurrah: some well-deserved kudos for Bill Gertz, national security columnist for The Washington Times and an investigative journalist for the Washington Free Beacon. The meticulous watchdogs at Accuracy in Media have given Mr. Gertz their much-coveted Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism.
“Bill Gertz, the author of six books, has developed an exceptional level of expertise in the areas of intelligence and counterintelligence that has inspired comments from several directors of Central Intelligence and other CIA officials about his extraordinary access to inside information,” the group says in their statement of recognition.
“Gertz has broken many significant stories through the years on Soviet and Chinese espionage and subversion. In the past week alone, Gertz has reported on the development of a new Chinese intermediate-range nuclear missile, on the failure of the Obama administration to hold Russia accountable for its development and testing of nuclear missiles in violation of a treaty, and on the U.S. military’s lack of preparedness for modern cyberwarfare,” it continued.
Mr. Gertz also happens to like what he does.
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