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2019: The Year We Finally Started Taking Climate Seriously. Or More Seriously.

Most of us. Just not the people in charge.

Let's start with good news on climate: In poll after poll, large majorities of Americans say they agree climate is a major concern and that the government needs to do more to reduce carbon emissions. More than three-quarters of adults and teens agree that human activity is affecting the climate, and a majority think it's not too late to find solutions. Some people are shaky on the scientific details; a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll earlier this month found that

43 percent of adults and 57 percent of teens cited "plastic bottles and bags" as a "major" contributor to climate change, which is incorrect. That response may echo a recent burst of news media attention to plastic pollution in the oceans.

But the main point is that big majorities know that burning fossil fuels is heating up the planet, so if some people drive less and recycle more plastic, that's not a terrible thing. How's this for encouraging? Among Republicans, a majority of millennials and Gen-Z young'uns want more government action on climate, too. Baby steps -- teach your parents well, young Rs.

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New Years Eve

2019: Rudy Giuliani's Crazyass Year

It was real crazyass!

It's been a hell of a year for the president's pro bono lawyer Rudy Giuliani. It started when Rudy admitted on live television that his client was negotiating with Russia to build Trump Tower Moscow all the way up to the election, NO COLLUSION! It ended with Rudy drooling onto his sweater, ranting about WHO IS JOO, and under investigation by his old office at the Southern District of New York. Along the way, there were ten thousand butt dials, one hideous divorce, and his Ukrainian machinations managed to get Donald Trump impeached. So all in all, it was an amazing success!

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New Years Eve

Your 2019 Wonkette Top Ten Is Mostly Just Liveblogs And Asking For Money

YOU COME READ THESE ... oh fuck it just give us money.

HOORAY! We have made it through another godforsaken year of the Trump presidency, and we are all still alive, kind of! As we write this, we are "on vacation," and we will come back from it ... sometime. We guess! As we still have not figured out how to do the lifehack of living without a paycheck -- potential rich husbands, please note that we are currently in the best shape we have ever been in IN OUR WHOLE LIFE, and are probably down for being Hot Trophy Husband -- we guess we will come back soon.

But anyway, we are here now! And it is time to count down the top ten stories of the whole entire year! And ... well, since we impeached Donald Trump, it's mostly liveblogs. And also Wonkette asking you for money, which (REMINDER! ACHTUNG!) is the only way Wonkette continues to exist. So please give us money.

Here are your top ten most widely read Wonkette stories of the whole entire year, along with descriptions that really don't give you any more useful information.

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News

Meet Your 2018 Legislative Badasses Of The Year: Kamala Harris And Pramila Jayapal!

Runner Up: Nancy Pelosi!

Happy New Year, Wonkeroos, and welcome to another goddamn year of Trump, only this time around we'll have House Democrats IN POWER, to make Trump's life more interesting and also demand his tax returns. It's time for our traditional midnight post, the awarding of our coveted Legislative Badass of the Year Award, which this year we've decided to award jointly for badassery in the US Senate, to Kamala Harris of California, and in the House of Representatives, to Pramila Jayapal of Washington (the state, not the only semi-represented city/district, and hey, let's FIX THAT). Both are relative newcomers to Congress, having been elected to their respective seats in 2016, but holy Left Coast, have they made a splash all year. Let us hope they manage to somehow be even more impressive in 2019.

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