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GOP’s Mike Lee: Fossil fuel emissions ‘aren’t the healthiest’ but government regulations are worse

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Sunday insisted that solving the climate change problem would be harmful to the U.S. economy.

During an interview on Meet the Press, NBC host Chuck Todd questioned the Republican senator about a recent federal government report which predicts that the impact of climate change will be devastating.

“First of all, I look forward to digging into the report and listening to what other experts on the outside have to say about it,” Lee said. “I think it’s important any time we take a report like that to examine what public policies they might have in mind, what public policies they would put forward that would address the problem without simultaneously devastating the U.S. economy.”

“There’s no question that for a variety of reasons and regardless of where one stands on the issue of climate change that the burning of fossil fuels does emit into the environment a number of things that aren’t the healthiest,” the senator added.

“Should we put a price on carbon?” Todd interrupted. “Are you open to a carbon tax?”

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“No!” Lee exclaimed. “All the proposals I’ve seen so far that would address any of these issues would devastate the U.S. economy and have little or no benefit that is demonstrable from our standpoint.”

“And so, I have yet to see a proposal that would bring this about,” he added. “I think if we’re going to move away from fossil fuels, it’s got to be done through innovation. And innovation can be choked out through excessive government regulations. We can’t let that happen.”

Watch the video below from NBC.

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Ted Cruz’s dangerous resolution suggests that all forms of political dissent could soon be considered terrorism

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Last week, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ted Cruz  of Texas introduced a resolution to designate "antifa," which the Anti-Defamation League defines as "a loose collection of groups, networks, and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," as a "domestic terrorist organization."

This article was originally published at Salon

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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