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Jack Goldsmith, who worked in the Justice Department under George W. Bush, says President Trump deserves to be impeached, but he’s critical of how the Democrats are going about it.
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EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he hopes Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg is warmly welcomed in Edmonton on Friday, but there are no plans to meet with her.Climate Justice Edmonton announced Wednesday that the 16-year-old Stockholm student will join a march from a downtown Edmonton park to a climate strike rally at the Alberta legislature."We hope that she gets a warm welcome even from people who disagree with her," Kenney said.The teen has been making international headlines for lambasting world leaders who she accuses of letting down youth by doing too little to tackle climate change.Kenney said Thunberg has not asked for a meeting and he has scheduled a visit Friday to a power plant near Edmonton that is switching from coal to cleaner natural gas.He said he hopes Thunberg recognizes efforts made by the province's oil and gas industry to reduce its emissions.Kenney added the world continues to depend on fossil fuel energy and it's better that Canada supply it rather than countries such as Saudi Arabia or Russia."I'd hold out hope that anybody would be willing to look at the objective data, which is that Alberta has the highest environment, human rights and labour standards of any other major energy producer on Earth."Environment Minister Jason Nixon said he's not aware of anyone from government attending Friday's rally and he won't be meeting with Thunberg."I don't think that's the most productive use of the government's time," he said. "We have not been asked to meet with this individual and we will continue to focus on the hard work that we're doing for Albertans."Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said members of her caucus were at another climate rally at the legislature last month and it's possible they will be there on Friday as well."I think it's quite ridiculous that the minister of environment wouldn't be there," she said. "I think that whether they agree or not, they should be there to talk to them."Notley said she was "appalled" to see pro-oil signs placed in legislature windows at the last climate rally as a means of "trolling" protesters.Edmonton Climate Strike organizer Olivier Adkin-Kaya said there is a lot of excitement among environmentalists about Thunberg's visit, but he recognizes many in Alberta don't embrace her views."People are saying hopefully she's going to China, hopefully she'll go to Saudi Arabia, where the human rights are being violated," he said."But it's really important we take a place of leadership globally and show that yes, it can be done. We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the irreversible catastrophe of the climate crisis."Thunberg spent part of Wednesday in Calgary. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he just missed her downtown while he was on the way to a noon-hour speech."Someone who had seen her go past said, 'Hey, Greta Thunberg is a couple blocks up the street,'" Nenshi said. "One of my colleagues went up and said hello and welcome and gave her my card and said, 'If you have time when you're back in Calgary, we'd love to chat.'"She was only in Calgary for a couple of hours before heading to Edmonton, he said.Nenshi added that he is concerned about some angry reactions to her visit."I will tell you that I'm a bit disturbed by some of the language I'm seeing saying she's not welcome here, casting aspersions on her," he said. "Why would you do that?"Chief Lee Crowchild of the Tsuut'ina Nation west of Calgary said Thunberg is welcome to visit, just like any high-profile visitor would be."I hope her visit is not just a flyover, but a genuine effort to learn how Canadians contribute to climate solutions," he said in a statement. "It is possible to balance the goals of development, and protection of the environment."- By Lauren Krugel in Calgary with files from Dean Bennett, Daniela Germano and Bill Graveland.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2019.The Canadian Press
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WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence.Perry's long-rumoured departure comes as he is under scrutiny over the role he played in the president's dealings with Ukraine, the focus of an ongoing impeachment inquiry.In a letter to Trump, Perry made no mention of Ukraine and exalted policy successes that have led to increased production and exports of oil and natural gas."The U.S. private sector is leading the world in energy production, exploration and exports," Perry said. "Today, when the world looks for energy, they can now think of America first."Trump said Perry "has done a fantastic job" at Energy, "but it was time" for him to leave.Perry, 69, a former Texas governor, has been energy secretary since March 2017, making him one of the longest-serving members of Trump's Cabinet, which has seen huge turnover.He was travelling with Trump to Texas when he notified the president of his decision aboard Air Force One.Trump told reporters he "knew six months ago" that Perry wanted to leave by the end of the year. "He's got some ideas for doing something else. He's a terrific guy," Trump said.Trump said he already knows who will succeed Perry, but declined to identify the person.House Democrats have subpoenaed Perry for documents related to a Ukrainian state-owned energy company as well as his involvement in a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The lawmakers set a Friday deadline.Trump has said Perry teed up the July 25 call, in which Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, who was employed by a Ukrainian gas company.A spokeswoman for Perry has said he wanted Trump to speak with the Ukrainian leader on energy matters related to U.S. efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe. It is part of a long-term effort to lessen the political control Russia wields through its dominance of the fuel supply.The Associated Press reported this month that a circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted their connections to Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as they sought to install new management at the top of Ukraine's state-owned gas company last spring.The plan hit a snag after Zelinskiy's election, but Perry took up the effort to install a friendlier management team at the company, Naftogaz. Perry attended Zelinskiy's May 2019 inauguration as the administration's senior representative and met privately with Zelinskiy. He has denied any wrongdoing.Perry had disputed published reports that he was planning to leave the administration. He told a news conference in Lithuania earlier this month: "One of these days they will probably get it right. But it's not today, it's not tomorrow, not next month. Keep saying it and one day you'll be right."Perry, who twice ran for president before taking the job at Energy, has kept a relatively low-profile in his 2 1/2-year tenure. He has supported Trump's call for "energy dominance" around the world and pushed to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. He said last year that a rash of coal and nuclear retirements was "alarming" and posed a looming crisis for the nation's power grid."If unchecked, (the plant closures) will threaten our ability to recover from intentional attacks and natural disasters," Perry said at a speech in Texas.Trump, who has frequently promised to bring back coal jobs, directed Perry in June 2018 to take "immediate steps" to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic security.No definitive action has been taken since then. A regional transmission organization that oversees the power grid in 13 Eastern and Midwestern states said there's no immediate threat to system reliability.Perry has won plaudits from lawmakers for an easygoing style that reflects a life in politics, and he has frequently distanced himself from severe budget cuts to energy programs sought by the White House. He has toured Energy Department sites around the country, represented the Trump administration at meetings overseas and begun a years-long process to revive a shuttered nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.Before taking the Energy job, Perry had been subjected to widespread ridicule after forgetting the name of an agency he pledged to eliminate as president. That agency was the Energy Department. Despite that, Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the department's work, especially the 17 national labs that conduct cutting-edge research on everything from national security to renewable energy."I'm telling you officially the coolest job I've ever had is being secretary of Energy ... and it's because of these labs," Perry told employees at the Idaho National Laboratory in 2017.Trump denied reports that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott or Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy could replace Perry, but said, "They would both be very good."__Colvin reported from Fort Worth, Texas. Associated Press writer Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report.Jill Colvin And Matthew Daly, The Associated Press
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Comedy CentralWith Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings in the news, Trevor Noah turned his attention to the issue of nepotism Wednesday night. “The truth is, your name could be a big reason that you get a leg up in life,” The Daily Show host began. “With that said,” he added, “you can’t deny, it’s not a good look that a Ukrainian company hired Hunter Biden just months after Joe Biden became the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine. Because it looks very much like he got this business because of his father’s position.” “And I understand why a lot of people would complain about that,” he continued. “What I don’t understand is why these people are complaining about that.” With that, he cut to a clip of Donald Trump Jr. accusing Hunter Biden of trading on his name and Eric Trump arguing that he and his brother are exempt from criticism because they do not sit on any corporate boards. “First of all, I’m not surprised nobody has put Beavis and Forehead on any corporate boards,” Noah said. “I don’t even think they’re allowed on diving boards.” But more importantly, the host said, “If there was ever an example of people who got opportunities because of their names, it’s these two.” For instance, if Donald Trump Jr. was not Donald Trump’s son, Noah asked why anyone would be paying him $50,000 to make a speech. “To share his expertise on bad beards?” Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on Lara Trump: A ‘Heartless Imbecile With Lip Injections’“Also, if Trump’s sons are actually concerned, like truly concerned, about children of politicians doing business overseas,” Noah added, “then can someone please explain to me why they have been doing this?” He then allowed various news reports to lay out the details of continued foreign projects currently being carried out by Eric and Don Jr. on behalf of the Trump Organization. “Yeah, that’s right, even with their dad in office, the Trumps are still growing their business in places like India, Philippines, Indonesia, Uruguay,” Noah said. “They’re all over the world. It’s like The Amazing Race with no running and no chins.” But “at least Donald and Eric are one step removed from the Trump presidency,” Noah said before turning his attention to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who have official roles in the White House and yet still have entanglements with businesses that benefit from foreign money. “Now let’s be clear,” Noah concluded. “I’m not defending Hunter Biden. I don’t know him. I don’t know about his business. I’m just saying that the last people who should be talking about the blurred lines of family names and political influence are the people currently running their home office from the White House.” Trevor Noah Roasts Joe Biden Over Bad Debate Answer on Son HunterRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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