Midday open thread: Gov't begins Arctic refuge oil leasing; steel tariffs could cut oil production

Midday open thread: Gov't begins Arctic refuge oil leasing; steel tariffs could cut oil production

241 days remain until the November election

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is The best and most serious people:

• What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • Hey NRA, you will not get a dime of my money, by Mark E Andersen
  • Women in Vieques, Puerto Rico, lead the fight against US Navy contamination of their island, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Progressives: Confront reality. We reflect the population at large and must cleanse from within, by Egberto Willies
  • Health care is still the number one economic issue (and other data from the Economic Anxiety Index), by David Akadjian
  • Who ISN’T corrupt in the Trump White House, by Sher Watts Spooner
  • The ‘Trump Effect’ of rising hate and intolerance is growing, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • Back to the 50s, barefoot and pregnant, by Susan Grigsby
  • International Elections Digest: Anti-establishment populists make big gains in Italian election, by Daily Kos Elections
  • Republican war on women's rights rolls on with multiple attacks on Planned Parenthood, by Ian Reifowitz

• British troops deployed in Salisbury to help with nerve agent probe:

Around 180 British troops have been deployed to the English city of Salisbury to aid in the investigation of a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter. [...]

London's Metropolitan Police tweeted that the public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remained the same.

• Love it or hate it, Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. Move your clocks ahead one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night. Or stay up until 2 AM and switch when all the official clocks do. Floridians won’t have to deal with this anymore. The legislature there has voted to make Daylight Savings Time year-round. The New York Times says that’s not so simple.

• “I Felt Despair About Climate Change—Until a Brush With Death Changed My Mind.”  Leukemia and climate change have more in common than you might think.

• Interior Department begins process of selling oil leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:

Top Interior Department officials visited two northern Alaska communities this week to tell residents that the agency will soon launch the regulatory process to lease lands to oil drillers in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The officials visited the communities — Kaktovik in the refuge and Utgiagvik to the west — to let them know that the agency in March will publish a notice in the Federal Register of its intent to move toward an environmental impact statement on the planned leasing, said Joe Balash, Interior assistant secretary for land and minerals management.

Congress and President Donald Trump in December approved drilling in a section of the 19-million-acre refuge after 40 years of unsuccessful attempts by congressional Republicans to allow it.

• Steel tariffs couuction, some experts sayU.S. oil prodld reduce : Oil production now at 10 million barrels a day and predicted to rise to 12 million in a couple of years, becoming the world’s top producer. But the tariffs on steel being imposed by Pr*sident Trump could slow down that ascendancy:

in an industry in which one shale well requires an estimated 390 tons of steel, experts say the 25 percent tariff on steel imports, and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, which Trump imposed by executive order Thursday, will cause oil companies to shelve some projects. The government said it will start enforcing the tariffs March 23.

“Steel tariffs will raise the cost of drill pipe and the cost of new pipelines as well as the cost of new LNG [liquid natural gas] facilities, chemical and refinery expansions. The tariffs will deter some activity in the oil sector that otherwise would have occurred,” said Michael Maher, an adviser at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston.

• Trump regime has put a record-breaking number of judges on the bench, reshaping the courts for decades. They aren’t exactly a model of diversity:

On showKagro in the Morningtoday’s : Trump to meet with Kim. Nothing can go wrong, there. The fascinating background of George Nader. (Think both child porn and Ayatollah Khomeini.) Notorious spy Mike Flynn's Mid-East nuke deal is back in the news. Plus your weekend round-up & reading list.