Stuart Leavenworth at McClatchy writes—Federal court will hold first-ever hearing on climate change science:.

The proceeding, scheduled for March 21 by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, will feature lawyers for Exxon, BP, Chevron and other oil companies pitted against those for San Francisco and Oakland — California cities that have accused fossil fuel interests of covering up their role in contributing to global warming.

“This will be the closest that we have seen to a trial on climate science in the United States, to date,” said Michael Burger, a lawyer who heads the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. […]

“I don’t know of any judge who has asked for a tutorial like this,” said Steven E. Koonin, a physicist and former Energy Department undersecretary known for his contrarian views on global warming research. “I think it is a great idea. Anybody having to make a decision about climate science needs to understand the full spectrum of what we know and what we don’t know.” […]

“The court is forcing these companies to go on the record about their understanding of climate science, which they have desperately tried to avoid doing,” said Marco Simmons, general counsel for EarthRights International, which helps groups worldwide litigate against major industries.

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“I asked for but a small piece of this land, enough to plant and live on far to the south—a spot where I could place the ashes of my kindred—a place where my wife and child could live. This was not granted me. I am about to leave Florida forever and have done nothing to disgrace it. It was my home; I loved it, and to leave it is like burying my wife and child. I have thrown away my rifle and have taken the hand of the white man, and now I say take care of me!”
               ~Coacoochee, a leading chief of Seminoles and black Seminoles shortly before being forced in 1841 to move from Florida to what is now Oklahoma. Subsequently, he led a small band of Seminoles and black Seminoles to Texas where they joined some thousand Kickapoos and moved to Mexico, where the government provided land near Nacimiento, Coahuila. Today, most of their descendants live in Texas.

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Incongruous Convictions:

Bill Napoli, the South Dakota legislator who sponsored the state’s Rapist’s Rights Bill,  claims that a human embryo is a “person”, which is “totally unique immediately at fertilization.”  His bill, signed now by the Governor and supported by Republicans like John McCain, Mitt Romney, and George Allen, is meant to “fully protect…the rights, interest, and life of [an] unborn child.”  An embryo, no matter how many cells it has, deserves just as much protection as a newborn baby, they say. Thus, the bill makes abortion a crime. It makes the “termination of the life of an unborn being” a….a….Class 5 felony.

A Class 5 felony, folks. If you want evidence of their hypocrisy, you need look no further than that clause in the bill. For if the bill’s supporters truly believed abortion is murder, why didn’t they make abortion a Class A or B felony (as “murder” is classified in the South Dakota code)?

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Oh, well, you know, there’s Greg Dworkin’s Chaos Agent theory, the Texas primaries, the tariffs, Michael Cohen suddenly in the middle of everything, and… OK, FINE, TRUMP MIGHT HAVE SENT DICK PICS TO STORMY DANIELS. Are you happy now? We sure were!

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