Time to defeat Mitch “the grim reaper” McConnell

Beating Senate crime boss Mitch McConnell, the self-described grim reaper in 2020 and taking back the Senate is just as important as beating the executive office crime boss Donald Trump. Exposing voters to the way in which the majority leader has made the Senate a graveyard for legislation that has broad support among voters is a great way to start. Particularly now the McConnell family’s graft and corruption been exposed.

Mitch McConnell likes to call himself the “grim reaper,” which is a rather odd label for a politician to embrace during a year when he is running for reelection. But if you want to cast yourself as the champion of “nostalgia voters” and embrace a revanchist agenda, killing off anything that helps the country adapt to the future might work.

But one thing is worth noting about McConnell’s response to this latest messaging. When discussing it with Fox talking head Laura Ingraham, the majority leader embraced his role as the grim reaper, killing off what he mislabels as “socialism.” The examples he gave didn’t fit the framing because they all have broad bipartisan support among voters. Instead, he named proposals that haven’t passed in the House: the Green New Deal, single-payer health care, and discussions about granting statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Wait! Puerto Rico! That one is especially odd because that territory of the United States has absolutely nothing to do with so-called “McConnell socialism”.

What McConnell obviously wants to do is avoid public recognition that he has blocked every bipartisan effort to limit dark money in politics, re-establish net neutrality, strengthen background checks for all gun purchases, provided real protections for Dreamers, establish paycheck fairness, and pass the Violence Against Women Act. We can now add that he continues to block all attempts to protect our elections from Russian and other foreign interference.

Democrats should do to McConnell what Republicans have done to Pelosi. I was referring to the way that she became the poster child that every Republican ran against.

All Democratic candidates for running for Senate should make the case that a vote for their opponent is a vote for McConnell and against our values in a democracy. This is one time when democrats should worry about taking a page out of the Republican playbook.

Based on a story in AlterNet


a set back for the monster hotel project in Trinidad

Better than the old drawing but still ugly in the context of its location and size

The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) attempted an end run around the public by demanding at hearing in San Diego rather than Humboldt, That didn’t work so good as they suffered a set back at the Coastal Commission, for now.

The Trinidad Hotel project was heard at the California Coastal Commission meeting in San Diego. The Commission seems to want to say yes to the project but because of strong local objections and arrogance from the BIA, they rejected the Hotel plan as presented. The two points that were cited were visual impacts and no viable source of water for the hotel.

While the Coastal Commission acknowledged the broad public opposition the project but seemed inclined to approve the project.

In beauty is in the eye of the beholder moment Trinidad Rancheria CEO Jacque Hostler-Carmesin claimed “Critics seized on a very early, outdated version of the building’s design” except that the new version is as big as the old version they just soften some of its features. It will dominate the view from the bay.

No matter what the public thinks this project may still be moving forward one way or another especially with Ryan Sundberg and Dave Tyson involved

A very divisive political troll verses the real concerns about the TeraGen project


Owen pictured here with a candidate for city council Hailey Lamb who mistakenly listen to his advice

Mathew Owen, who has inexplicably been given a regular column in the Times-Standard, is a prime example of why Eureka and Humboldt County is mired in conflict and inaction. Owen is a longtime Arkley minion and fancies himself a Karl Rove type figure in local politics. Owen’s main mission seems to be finding disagreement and amplifying it until it becomes another culture divide.  

In his Column in todays Times-Standard Owen says “………..Redwood Coast Energy Authority, our region’s community choice aggregator, recently passed a resolution in support of having 100% of the energy it resells from renewable (water, wind and sun) sources by 2025……..The chances of these ever happening are zero.

All we hear from progressives is “climate change!” If you think we’re ever going to change from our dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy, you’re not seeing the usual suspects of “Regressives” that fight renewable energy. It’s the same people over the past decades that oppose anything and everything here on the North Coast. Look no further that the proposed Terra-Gen wind energy project down by Scotia. Unlike sun in Humboldt County (boy, that’s an oxymoron), wind is something that Mother Nature produces daily. How much sun did Eureka see this past November through May? It’s hard to get solar energy when all we have are rain and clouds.

Not to mention the cost of solar being around $15,000 per household. Also if you finance solar through an outside lender your property taxes will increase until your loan is paid off.

You’d think Progressive Humboldt County would get behind a renewable wind energy project, right? Wrong!

“It’s a corporate project!” Of course it is. Do you have a spare $200 million in your checking account to finance this wind energy project?

Clary wrote on a Facebook post, “It’s a horrible proposal made by a group (of) venture capitalists who don’t give a damn about chewing up birds. …” Yup, a nickname for wind energy turbines is a “bird blender.” Just curious, how many birds fly into your home and office windows along with your car windshields each year? Answer: millions. Your cats kill millions of birds every year.

Power lines kill millions of birds every year. Should we get rid of your homes, cars, cats and power lines? Didn’t think so. By the way, the state of California just killed 1.2 million birds to stop the spread of a virus.

Think about this: even if you have a Tesla or Volt electric car, how do you charge your car? How many of these vocal opponents of the wind energy project walked or drove their bicycles to the public meetings? Maybe they’re happier with nuclear power, coal, oil and fracking for their energy use while telling us they are in favor of the Green New Deal. I’m tired with all the Regressives behind the Redwood Curtain who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk……….”

We apologize for subjecting you his alienating drivel, fortunately, we were provided with a pretty good antidote in the same issue of the TS:

The answer is not blowin’ in the wind

It’s time we take a hard look at the proposed so-called Wind Farm that would place 60 large wind turbines atop Monument and Bear River Ridges. What will it do for us, what will it do to us and is this what we want? This project is being rushed through at a rate that has allowed few to have a solid grasp of the pros and cons. Natalynn DeLapp, who is mentioned in media as being the one-time director of EPIC, but who is now the paid “project consultant” of the builders of the turbines, Terra-Gen, is touting the project as being a necessary step in cleaning up our act when it comes to carbon emissions, even though a decade ago she spoke against using wind turbines. She justifies this by saying well we haven’t done anything in the last decade so we better do this.

Before I even lay out what is involved in this project I’ll share the spoiler: this will cost more in carbon emissions than will be saved and the electricity produced will come at a higher price. Kind of a lose-lose.

The ridges are a giant coastal prairie and forest land. They are a sacred place to the Wiyot and the folks on the Bear River Rancheria and the only place that overlooks their ancestral territory. Most of the homes on the Table Bluff Rancheria have solar panels.

The construction will use 15,000 gallons of water a day, Paved road, 17 miles long, 200 feet wide and a 100 foot wide, 25 mile long clear cut transmission corridor that will need herbicide application regularly will be built. There will be 1,000 truck trips, some weighing 110 tons and 90 feet long plus two bypasses on 101. Over 11,000 yards of concrete from one to two dirty cement plants fueled by generators. Three million cubic feet of soil will be displaced that now store carbon better than trees. There will be 900 acres of logging with concurrent erosion into the Eel River tributaries and the Jordan Creek watershed. There will also be 25 acres of permanent and temporary staging and operations facilities. The turbines use 24,000 gallons of oil a year.

Terra-Gen makes no mention of the greenhouse gas costs of 900 acres of logging.

The bottom line of the construction process in terms of carbon gains is it’s a loser since the large carbon costs of the construction exceed any gains from eventual operation and it’s electricity is for Mendocino County.

The turbines will be 600 foot tall vibrating machines; the blades are 250 feet wide and turn at 200 mph at their tip.

Each has a base 65 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep in the ground. They will never be able to be removed. California is strewn with defunct wind farms since they have a limited life.

Terra-Gen projects 300 jobs to do the construction and 15 full time jobs for the life of the project. They don’t say how many of the jobs will be local. I would think it likely the 15 permanent jobs will be filled by people they have trained or are experienced so they will be imported. Solar panels will produce many ongoing jobs. Terra-Gen also is offering $2 million in taxes. I am not an economist but I have heard it said that savings from going solar on government buildings would go a long way toward that sum as well as taxes generated by good paying solid jobs in solar.

If our Board of Supervisors would do what it should have done long ago, which is to start seriously addressing catastrophic climate change, and set the example by topping off the courthouse and jail with solar panels, that would be a good start and would set a good example. If the supervisors then start a campaign of solar panels on every building in Humboldt County and a program of energy conservation education, we could be on a roll that would benefit all. This should be the most important job our supervisors do, it’s time past that they start.

The wind farm will be in the laps of the planning commissioners in July. How about a lot of Humboldt citizens being there for that item on their agenda? This is a very important issue and could be a start to a badly needed dialogue on our environmental health and prosperity. It could also be what we need to get our elected officials to start taking positive action.

By Sylvia De Rooy who resides in Indianola.


Trump once again uses migrants as his political whipping boy

Trump manufactures crisis with Mexico and then supposedly solves it

Central American migrants walk along a highway in Mexico near the border with Guatemala on their way north away from crushing poverty and repression

Our hero Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) called it all along she said it was just another Trump diversion and bluff when Trump threatened to raise tariffs on Mexico. The demon dictator had said he would impose tariffs by Monday, June 10th, but suddenly he claimed victory and backed off on Friday. “Auntie” Maxine did not seem surprised. “Spineless GOP Senators grew a backbone this week & finally stood up to their Dictator Trump on something: Mexico tariffs, also known as a TAX INCREASE on American consumers. Bet your bottom dollar; Trump will back off by the weekend. Just another bluff!” Congresswoman Waters said.

His GOP lapdogs were rightfully scared that this Trumpian house of cards economy would be rocked by the effect of another tax on consumers layered on top of their smoke and mirrors tax cuts for the one percenters. This would be especially harsh on food which is a non-discretionary spending item.

All this noise was just a thinly disguised racist play to his bigoted base and a somewhat successful divergence from Trumps worsening legal problems.

Only time will tell if things at the border calm down from all the Trump induced chaos and whether Mexico actually really agreed to do anything substantial


A billion people displaced in a world of chaos where political panic is the norm

Many places on earth will become uninhabitable

Last year’s United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report said the world’s nations must quickly reduce fossil fuel use to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The transitions, the report said, must start now and be well underway in the next 20 years.

An Australian policy paper outlines what can only be referred to as a Doomsday scenario for humans if we don’t start dealing with climate change. The paper suggests that by 2050 we could see irreversible damage to global climate systems resulting in a world of chaos where political panic is the norm and we are on a path facing the end of civilization.

The most disturbing thing about it, say, experts, is that it’s actually a fairly calm and rational look at just how bad things could get — and how quickly — if humans don’t stop emitting greenhouse gases into the environment.

The paper was written by an independent think-tank in Australia called Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration. It offers a scenario for 2050 in a world where humans didn’t lower carbon emissions enough to keep the global temperature from rising.

The Australian report imagines a world where that didn’t happen and global temperatures warmed by 3 degrees Celsius or even more. That’s a rise of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit. While that may not seem like a lot, on a worldwide scale it is expected to result in massive, catastrophic shifts to the weather, agriculture and even the habitability of some areas.

“Three degrees Celsius by 2100 is a pretty middle-of-the-road estimate. It’s not extreme and it’s totally believable,” if serious action isn’t taken, said Sobel. (meaning this scenario is not a worst case and that it could be even more horrific than this)

The writers say their scenario offers a “glimpse into a world of ‘outright chaos’ on a path to the end of human civilization and modern society as we have known it, in which the challenges of global security are simply overwhelming and political panic becomes the norm.”

This is how the report sees our future playing out:

In the years leading up to 2050, policy-makers fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The case for the global climate-emergency mobilization necessary to keep temperatures from rising is “politely ignored.” Global greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2030 and begin to fall due to a drop in fossil fuel use but the damage has been done and warming reaches 3 degrees Celsius.

By 2050, sea levels have risen 1.6 feet and are projected to increase by as much as 10 feet by 2100.

Globally, 55% of the population lives in areas subject to more than 20 days of lethal heat a year, beyond the human threshold of survivability.

North America suffers from devastating weather extremes including wildfires, heatwaves, droughts, and flooding. China’s summer monsoons fail and water in Asia’s great rivers are severely reduced from the loss of more than one-third of the Himalayan ice sheet.

A billion people displaced

Within 30 years from today, ecosystems in coral reefs and the Amazon rainforest collapse, affecting fishing yields and rainfalls.

Deadly heat conditions turn many areas unlivable, resulting in more than a billion people being displaced in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East, and South-East Asia.

Two billion people globally are affected by lack of water. Food production falls by one-fifth as droughts, heat waves, flooding and storms affect crops.

Rising ocean levels make some of the world’s most populous cities uninhabitable, including Mumbai, Jakarta, Canton, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Lagos, Bangkok, and Manilla. Billions of people must be relocated.

This leads to fights over land, resources and water and potentially to war and occupations.

“There are studies showing a doubling of the number of people at risk for hunger by mid-century because of droughts. And a wider prevalence of infectious diseases like malaria, Dengue, and the Zika virus. It could result in forced migrations and massive refugee problems,” he said.

It’s noted that just before the Syrian civil war began in 2011, one of the area’s most severe droughts on record pushed rural to urban migration rates to four times normal and resulted in food riots.

We’re already getting a taste of what’s to come, said David Doniger who directs the climate program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental non-profit based in New York City. He cited this year’s extreme weather that’s resulting in historic flooding in the Midwest, as well as last year’s giant wildfires and severe storms nationwide. Imagine that on a global scale, he says.

This past December, a record-shattering heat wave in Australia caused temperatures to soar above 120 degrees in some spots.

“All of these things are going to compound. People are going to be forced to migrate or die. All of this is going to get worse and combine in ways that worsen political tensions and create instability,” he said.

The United States is not immune to any of this, said Solomon Hsiang, who studies climate change economics and directs the Global Policy Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley. His research has found that colder countries such as Canada and Russia may benefit from warming because they’ll have more arable land. But not the United States, which “is already too warm to be a big winner,” he said.

The southeast and the Midwest will fast bigger, stronger storms and wilder weather, causing flooding, damaging businesses and homes and disrupting farming. The West will have more droughts and wildfires.

Hsiang’s research shows a roughly 20% chance that conditions not unlike the Dust Bowl could be almost continuous, he said. That was a four-year period from 1935 to 1938 when a severe drought and dust storms swept from Texas to Nebraska, killing livestock and destroying crops. Dust from the storms reached as far as New York City

The decisions we make will be ones future generations will remember us for, Hsiang said.

“The same way we look back today and have pride in the things our grandparents did to defend democracy —  our grandchildren are going to look back and have feelings about what we did today,” he said.

“What those feelings are,” he said, “will depend on what we decide to do.”


Edited from USA today

Ken Miller counters the TeraGen/Stantec propaganda machine

Right to Lie 

Response to Natalynne and others’ stumping, literally, for TerraGen

For the record, we are being conned by very sophisticated outfits here. Stantec, which is surveying wildlife, is an international energy company heavily into pipelines, shale and tar sands oil, fracking.
They were at Ferndale in force, in jeans and folksy garb, but this is a monumental sales job being conducted by some of the biggest fossil fuel developers in the world, even though Stantec poses as, and was described as, a “science company.”

Stantec’s strategy has been exposed elsewhere, where they have been caught under-sampling before, as they are repeating here, relying on outdated references, with claims, like so much in this DEIR, that are internally inconsistent.  Does this sound like rigorous surveying: “Murrelet flight activity was measured approximately 1-3 times each month from April to September 2018.” They spend a lot of ink on how much better these are than ones done 10 years ago.

Stantec on the east coast has argued repeatedly that passage rates during pre-construction are not determinative of post-construction mortality. Instead, they’ve pushed for operational adjustments after construction should mortality be a problem. In other words, build first and deal with the problem later.

If you look at CDFW’s scoping comments (starts at pdf page 88 of DEIR Appendix A), they believe the site falls under Category 3 (sites with high or uncertain potential for wildlife impacts) or Category 4 (sites inappropriate for wind development).

Murrelets are so endangered all along the PNW coast that Oregon recently uplifted them to endangered. Even if you believe correctly that global heating will kill millions, that doesn’t mean we have to unnecessarily sacrifice habitat and species to address the emergency, when we have real solutions at hand.

The DEIR is essentially tobacco science. Their murrelet surveys are designed to minimize the impacts of placing 600-foot blenders in their flyway, with zero mitigations because there aren’t any. The best way to protect murrelets is rooftop solar, which facilitates electric vehicles, which reduce imported fuel needs coming into the Bay and the potential for an oil spill in their marine habitat. This project relies on garbage can covers, and logging to recruit habitat, a centuries-long prospect that releases GHGs and removes the carbon sequestering capacity of growing trees.

TerraGen/Stantec’s so-called science is really just a concentrated mass of deferred mitigations and confusing data, all dressed up in obfuscating scientisms, obvious to any diligent reader. Their claims of GHG emissions “saved” by this project are wildly exaggerated, a conclusion that is readily reached using their own numbers.

Ever wonder why Monument Ridge is called that? Because it was used as the principal surveyor’s “monument” back in 1853 when
Henry Washington established the Humboldt Meridian “Initial Point” from which all future surveys to theOregon border, Trinity and Mendocino Counties, and over to the coast could tee of from.

Mount Pierce (President Pierce…) was visible here the way the Initial Point Mt Diablo is to the south, from everywhere. These clever con artists would have you believe that installing 60-600 foot turbines and 6 400 ft meteorological towers will somehow be invisible. on this majestic ridge.

TerraGen has never been installed windmills in terrain like this, where a fire on these ridges could consume thousands of acres of precious wilderness in Rainbow Ridge to the west, and all along Bear River ridge. Windmill fires with 400 gallons oil in their nacelle would spread like wildfire.

If they don’t start up this year, the federal tax credit will be unavailable, and then they would have to avail themselves of the alternative, the “Investment Tax Credit.” But they still get the accelerated depreciation, a rapid write-off irrespective of the performance of the project. Hence the sales job on the rushed wildlife surveys that violate the standard of 2-3 years’ data collections.

They exploit our genuine concern for the climate emergency and urge us “to do our part,” when what they really mean is to do their part for them. Our renewables deadline of 2025 is held hostage, County planners love that TerraGen is doing so much of the work, papering over the extensive, unmitigable impacts with their highly compensated, and literally well-oiled PR machinery.

TerraGen is counting on our cultural history of bending over to colonizing extractors, including our gold, our water, our salmon, our forests, our watersheds, and now our wind.

We’d be far better off without this wind-doggle until we implement better strategies, like conservation and rooftop solar, since only 20% of the PGE plant’s fuel fuel emits GHGs, especially if we accelerate programs for affordable widespread distributed solar to meet our renewable agenda. For the first 3 years or so, this windmill project will be worse than the PGE plant, even worse if you include the massive fossil fuel energy that is required to fabricate, transport and install these monsters. TerraGen tries to hide these impacts by amortizing them over 25 years, for obvious reasons.

Solar panels come with lucrative tax benefits including a 30% federal credit (declining thanks to you know who), but increases property values roughly 20x one’s annual electricity savings. Instead of steadily rising prices for the wind energy, solar panels can pay for themselves in 4-5 years when married to an electric vehicle, and costs of panels are falling daily.

Unlike these windmills which require constant maintenance because their parts fail frequently and often dangerously, solar requires no maintenance, and once payback is achieved, you have a money-generating roof. Electric vehicles are maintenance free also, and can be used as vehicle to grid for storage and nighttime use.

Even TerraGen’s solar guy admitted that we could power 20,000 rooftops with 7.5 kW of panels for $300m, which, after credits, approximates their $200m cost, but without the impacts on our forested watersheds, native grasslands, and ridges sacred to local Native American tribes (see Adam Canter’s eloquent description of these ridges here, May 16 .) When I told Kevin, their Senior Ecologist, that these places are sacred, his retort was “They all say that.” Yes Kevin, we all value our sense of place and quality of life.

Solar with mini-grids is our ticket to resilience, and a steady flow of revenues exceeding the measly $2m annual taxes from TerraGen that could flow to the public treasury.

The 15 permanent TerraGen jobs will be imported specialists ready 24/7 to respond to the inevitable breakdowns and emergencies that these giant machines require. Solar jobs are home-grown, and multiply around the county, with no need for emergency response personnel.

Growing forests, not logging them stores carbon. The Van Eck forest sequestered 180,000 metric tons of C02 in 4 years on 220 acres by 2009 (LA times), and the Arcata forest sequesters 6-7 tons per acre, with wildlife enhancement, not the havoc of this project.

This is the worst site for a windmill complex imaginable, and the worst sort of corporados to invite into our county. This DEIR could easily become a programmatic one, and there are three other potential tie-ins to the grid that could be potentially exploited for windmills, as hungry landowners with ridges that don’t have pesky murrelets succumb to lucrative easement contracts. TerraGen has the resources to do just that, especially after gaining a foothold, no matter how they protest.

This is not about whether wind is a good energy source, this is about whether this site is appropriate with all the unacceptable impacts; but even more, this proposal should stimulate home-grown efforts to do what we want and need, not what Energy Capital Partners, TerraGen’s owner, wants.

When the Trinity River dam went in, our state senator bellowed “Not a single fish will die.” They too found the energy of our wild rivers irresistible, and they too lied. The only thing that has changed is that project proponents have learned to play the CEQA game.

Don’t let the wind be pulled over your eyes. The only thing that is green about this is in TerraGen’s, Energy Partners’, Stantec’s wallets.

Stand up to this mass deception and ultra-sophisticated con job, and advocate for conservation, passive solar, widespread public and private distributed energy production, mini-grids, solar water heating, and electric vehicles.

Transportation is our number one GHG emitter, and electric vehicles charged at home clean that up. Solarization can be done quickly, given the political will and smarts. We need not be held hostage to the artifice of our renewable agenda and allow the tail to wag the dog. Instead we should use it for what makes sense, for us.

We have stood up against LNG, Goldman Sachs’ plan to develop our port, even converting Richardson Grove State Park to an STAA truck route.

And we have pioneered off-the grid solar. In fact, solar got its start in SoHum when David Katz and Roger Herrick opened up Alternative Energy Engineering back in the 70s in Briceland.  We have a long history of renewable power generation, individuals taking the initiative and creating a life in tune with their surroundings.  At one time, AEE was the largest dealer in solar panels in the world!  This is Humboldt.  This is us.

Join us in Scotia, at the historic Cinema Theater Monday June 3, at 630, for a citizens’ meeting, not the vapid dog and pony folksy “Not One Critter Will Die Uncompensated” sales job that TerraGen has been pedaling. Come hear the real story. And read the DEIR, carefully, for the fake one.


Thanks to re:pete for passing this on to the Examiner


We didn’t benefit from the Trump tax give way to the rich, now we get to pay for his trade war with China

Doofus Trump the “so-called deal maker” has continued to “f—” with the Chinese trade negotiators in what can only be called a high stakes game of schoolyard bullying with very serious repercussions for US consumers.

The trade war has not “made America great again,” and has instead had negative impacts across the US economy.

On Sunday, a senior Chinese official made a series of statements outlining the Chinese government’s terms for negotiation and pushed back on the United States’ use of pressure to force concessions, according to multiple reports.

Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen, who led the working-level team in earlier negotiations, said on Sunday that the US bears responsibility for the collapse of trade talks, and noted that any deal must include “balanced” language between the two countries, according to a Bloomberg report.

“We’re willing to adopt a cooperative approach to find a solution,” Wang said, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

According to an Associated Press report, Wang added: “During the consultations, China has overcome many difficulties and put forward pragmatic solutions. However, the U.S. has backtracked, and when you give them an inch, they want a yard.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe reinforced Wang’s comments during a defense forum in Singapore on Sunday, according to the AP report.

“If the U.S. wants to talk, we will keep the door open. If they want a fight, we will fight till the end,” Wei said.

Washington raised tariffs to 25% from 10% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10, and Beijing retaliated three days later by announcing raised tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods that went into effect Saturday. In May, the US made a list of prospective tariffs on another $300 billion worth of goods that have yet to go into effect.

According to a white paper released by the Chinese government alongside Wang’s public comments, The trade war has not “made America great again,” and has instead had negative impacts across the US economy.

The white paper also outlined requirements for a trade deal between the two countries: the United States remove all additional tariffs, China’s purchases of US goods should be “realistic,” and there should be a clearly defined “balance” in the agreement’s text.

The statements come ahead of the G20 summit, where it is unclear whether negotiators will meet. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the paper and the timing of its release is a way for China to make its position clear going into the international summit.

This all comes as trade tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate in what is feared to become a tech Cold War. Washington’s blacklisting of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is still a major pain point in negotiations and has led to Chinese retaliation against US tech companies. On Wednesday, China hinted it may restrict rare earth exports to the US, which could cripple US tech, defense, and manufacturing industries.

Thanks so much “Doofus Don”