2018 Was Hot as Hell ; Monarchs Butterflies Are Disappearing ; and Other Picks 2/6

‘Green New Deal’ Would Reshape Economy Within 10 Years (Jeff C.)

Is generating 100 percent of the nation’s electric power from renewables even possible? US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to think so.

2018 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record — and This Year Could Be Even Hotter (Chris)

The author writes, “Temperatures in 2018 were higher than average across much of the globe, including most of the lower 48 United States, and the Arctic is warming two to three times faster than the global average, federal scientists said.”

Monarch Butterflies Are Disappearing, yet California Has Not Listed Them as Endangered (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “there’s a problem: The language of the Endangered Species Act is so imprecise it’s not even clear if it covers insects.”

GOP Gerrymandering Trial Kicks Off in Michigan (Chris)

From Courthouse News: “A federal trial to determine if Michigan’s voting districts were gerrymandered began Tuesday in downtown Detroit with opening arguments painting a picture of a Republican Party determined to hold onto power using strategic redistricting.”

The Media, Lost in Trump World, Are Ignoring the Consequences of the Afghanistan War (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The dearth of attention to the costs and consequences of our post-9/11 wars is nothing short of shameful, and journalists as well as politicians are equally guilty.”