KHASHOGGI FAMILY TIES TO IRAN-CONTRA AND 1970S OIL EMBARGO: Missing, and acceptable murdered, Saudi announcer Jamal Khashoggi is the nephew of billionaire all-around accoutrements banker Adnan Khashoggi, who died aftermost year.
But the Khashoggi ancestors additionally had aing ties to one of the architects of the Saudi oil embargo of the 1970s, Ahmed Zaki Yamani.
Yamani, who at the time appeared abundant times on the awning of Newsweek, had become a affiliate of the glitterati, but grew to animosity the absurdity of Jamal’s belled uncle.
In biographer Jeffrey Robinson’s adventures of Yamani, he describes a time aback the Saudi activity chief’s wife affected him to booty a vacation by borrowing a yacht from Khashoggi to bout the Caribbean for a few weeks.
“When they accustomed at the berth he was told it was Adnan Khashoggi’s yacht,” Robinson writes. “Yamani was not pleased.”
Yamani didn’t appetite it to attending like he was Khashoggi’s guest, “nor did he decidedly appetite Khashoggi to anticipate that.”
Larboard with the best of either boarding or biking aback home, Yamani grudgingly went aboard with his wife.
Afterwards in the 1980s, Adnan Khashoggi was active as the agent in the Iran-Contra accoutrements accord aspersion that complex above Republican Admiral Ronald Reagan, who awash accoutrements to Iran, beneath an embargo, to armamentarium the Contras in Nicaragua and eventually accommodate the absolution of U.S. hostages actuality captivated by Hezlah in Lebanon. Reagan was aggravating to get about Congress to armamentarium the bourgeois Contras adjoin left-wing rebels.
Trump said Thursday that he wants the U.S.’ contempo weapons deals with Saudi Arabia not to be captivated up because of the missing journalist, admitting it attractive added and added like he was assassinated by the Saudi government in Turkey.
Nevertheless, assembly on Capitol Hill say they may stop the accoutrements deals from accepting approval over Khashoggi’s death.
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TRUMP TRAVELS TO COAL-FIRED OHIO, BUT NOT SURE ENERGY IS ON THE AGENDA: Admiral Trump jets off to Cincinnati, Ohio Friday night to authority a assemblage in the beat accompaniment and allocution up the economy.
It is cryptic if activity will appear up. Admitting Ohio actuality a ample atramentous ambassador and possessing a cardinal of the better atramentous plants in the country, it is additionally acceptable a ample accustomed gas ambassador and is alive its activity mix.
Robert Murray, atramentous magnate and Trump supporter, is based on the added ancillary of the accompaniment from area Trump will be be on Friday.
REPUBLICAN CLIMATE HAWKS HOPE DIRE UN REPORT WILL SWAY SKEPTICS: Republican altitude hawks in Congress say they can affected the dismissiveness of others in their party, including Trump, who reject, doubt, and apish a new United Nations address that warns the affliction impacts of all-around abating are advancing faster, and harder, than advanced thought.
“People who allege that way will anon be accustomed as allotment of a binding movement,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., told Josh in an interview.
“Those who acquire to avoid it will pay a price. We all will ultimately,” added Curbelo, who chairs the bipartisan Altitude Solutions Caucus, which has apparent its ranks abound to 90 members, bisected of them Republican.
What the address said: The U.N. address concludes that apple activity use charge abide a “rapid and far-reaching” alteration by 2030 to anticipate the affliction furnishings of a 1.5-degree acceleration in the all-around temperature. It says the 1.5-degree stricter alpha should be the new ambition for the world, rather than the 2-degree ambition set in the Paris altitude change agreement.
This should alpha a conversation, at the minimum: Some able Republicans, abounding apery states and districts already seeing the furnishings of altitude change, acquire the allegation and are acquisitive to use the address to accretion abutment for their policies.
“I don’t absorb a lot of time arguing about who wrote letters or whether your science is acceptable or bad,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the administrator of the Activity and Accustomed Resources Committee, told Josh in an interview. “Part of my role is to appoint in effective chat about this, and to be assessing it fairly. That is activity to be an important affair for me to do activity forward, not alone with my role actuality on the committee, but added broadly advancing from a accompaniment that sees the appulse of altitude change, and is angry with how we accord with that impact.”
Murkowski contends that Republicans aboriginal charge to acknowledge the realities of altitude change afore devising policy.
“It’s adamantine to be able to acquisition aldermanic solutions if you haven’t been able to accept a acceptable abject for that discussion,” she said.
There are after-effects for waiting: Altitude Solutions Caucus Republicans say the botheration can’t delay for added debate, and are accessible to columnist their colleagues to accede accomplish apprenticed by the U.N. report.
“The IPCC address should be a wake-up anxiety for policymakers about the world,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., told Josh. “Congress, led by the Altitude Solutions Caucus, charge appoint on bipartisan activity solutions to activity altitude change.”
Apprehend the blow of Josh’s address for added GOP reaction.
FREE MARKET GROUP SAYS CARBON TAX WON’T GROW GOVERNMENT: Free bazaar accumulation R Street Institute appear a cardboard Friday arguing that a revenue-neutral carbon tax won’t abound government.
The U.N. address said a carbon tax charge be a colonnade of emissions reductions efforts, because it is the best able activity to activity altitude change aback it provides a banking allurement for activity companies to abate their emissions through innovation, afterwards government regulations.
Playing out the acquirement debate: The better application amid altitude advocates is what to do with the revenue.
Josiah Neeley, R Street’s activity activity director, addendum in his cardboard that a carbon tax provides a antecedent of acquirement that can be put to added “beneficial” purposes, such as acid added taxes.
For example, Curbelo alien a carbon tax bill this summer that would get rid of the federal gasoline tax.
Added proposals would use carbon tax acquirement for assets — accustomed payments to every American.
The tax would abatement over time: Neeley contends that a carbon tax bandy tax cannot be exploited as an amaranthine antecedent of new government acquirement because college tax ante would drive quicker emissions reductions, arch to beneath carbon to tax afterwards on.
“Unlike acquirement from income, sales or acreage taxes, which tends to access over time alike at a connected tax rate, acquirement from a carbon tax is acceptable to abide abiding or abatement gradually as emissions decline,” he said.
Apprehend his abounding cardboard here.
‘EXPENSIVE ENERGY IS BACK,’ IEA WARNS: The International Activity Bureau warned Friday that aerial oil, gas, and atramentous prices beggarly “expensive activity is back,” aggressive bread-and-er growth, abnormally in developing countries.
“Our position is that big-ticket activity is back, with oil, gas and atramentous trading at multi-year highs, and it poses a blackmail to bread-and-er growth,” IEA said in its annual oil bazaar report.
Oil prices are at their accomplished akin aback 2014, afresh breaching $85 a barrel, but fell this week.
The college prices are black consumers, banishment the IEA to lower its appeal forecast. It says appeal advance will apathetic by 110,000 barrels per day to 1.3 actor barrels per day in 2018 and 1.4 actor barrels per day in 2019.
Trump’s behavior are accepting an impact: IEA additionally blames Trump’s barter altercation with China for aggressive bread-and-er growth, and oil demand.
“The all-around abridgement is additionally at accident from barter disputes,” the IEA said.
Prices are ascent primarily because exports from Iran, OPEC’s third better producer, are falling advanced of sanctions Trump will appoint alpha Nov. 4. The Trump administering says it will amerce countries that buy oil from Iran, acid them off from the American banking system. Iran’s exports accept already collapsed by 800,000 barrels per canicule aback May, the IEA said.
But added OPEC producers led by Saudi Arabia are bearing added to aces up the slack. OPEC awkward oil assembly rose by 100,000 barrels per day in September to the accomplished akin in a year.
However these assembly increases are “straining” the world’s additional capacity, surplus oil assembly that can be brought online aural 90 days, the IEA said.
ED MARKEY PRODS FEDS TO ‘TURN OVER EVERY STONE’ IN COLUMBIA GAS PROBE: Democratic Sen. Ed Markey is calling on federal board to “turn over every stone” in investigating the massive Columbia Gas access that set neighborhoods afire aftermost ages alfresco of Boston.
“We charge to about-face over every bean and flash a ablaze on the apparatus of this aggregation and the absolute industry, so that bodies can both assurance that their gas arrangement is safe and verify that annihilation like this will anytime appear again,” said Markey on Thursday afterwards the National Transportation Assurance Board issued the after-effects of its basic analysis into the Sept. 13 accustomed gas explosion.
A annual of destruction: The NTSB allegation apprehend like a timeline of contest arch up to the explosions, which dead one actuality and afflicted over 20 others, including several aboriginal responders, according to the findings.
At atomic bristles homes were absolutely collapsed by the incident, and 131 structures in three towns damaged by fires acquired by accustomed gas appliances, the NTSB said.
Markey’s not annoyed with it: “The absolution of the basic address raises added questions than answers about how the Merrimack Valley adversity occurred, and I will not stop until we get anniversary and every answer,” said Markey.
Democrats will delving separately: Markey and adolescent Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both from Massachusetts, accomplished their own delving into the Columbia Gas explosion, award that the utility’s assurance and acknowledgment affairs absolute “critical deficiencies” in ambidextrous with the accustomed gas high-pressure accident that resulted in the explosions and fires aftermost month.
NTSB shows abridgement of foresight: The NTSB allegation appearance that a assignment aggregation had been alteration out a allotment of the crumbling accustomed gas administering arrangement afore the explosion. The aggregation had triggered an old sensor, which acquired accustomed gas to breeze at acutely aerial pressure.
The bureau says the aggregation accustomed the crew’s assignment plan afterwards any anticipation of triggering bequest accessories that could annual a assurance hazard.
The NTSB begin that the aggregation accustomed the assignment plan for the aggregation that tripped the sensor, but “did not annual for the area of the analysis curve or crave their alteration to ensure the regulators were analysis absolute arrangement pressure.”
Why Ohio? The accident triggered an anxiety at the company’s ecology base hundreds of afar abroad in Columbus, Ohio, which could not booty absolute activity to dness it.
The Ohio ecology centermost had “no ascendancy adequacy to aing or accessible valves,” the allegation read. “[I]ts alone adequacy was to adviser pressures on the administering arrangement and admonish acreage technicians accordingly.”
Too little, too late: The Columbia Gas controller’s arrangement followed aggregation agreement by calling the Meters and Regulations accumulation in Lawrence, Mass. And that anxiety was anon followed by a bounded citizen authoritative the aboriginal 911 anxiety to Lawrence emergency casework at 4:11 p.m., apprehend the basic findings.
HURRICANE MICHAEL LEAVES 1.2 MILLION WITHOUT POWER FROM FLORIDA TO VIRGINIA: Hurricane Michael larboard 1.2 actor bodies afterwards electricity, from the Gulf Coast to the southern bend of Virginia, afore actuality downgraded to a close storm, according to the account industry accumulation allowance to advance the accretion accomplishment with the federal government.
“Currently, the majority of outages are in Florida and North Carolina,” Tom Kuhn, admiral of the Edison Electric Institute, the advance barter accumulation for the investor-owned account industry, said in a statement, admonishing that admitting Hurricane Michael actuality downgraded to a close storm, “it charcoal a alarming storm as it continues to move through North Carolina and Virginia.”
Added than 33,000 workers from at atomic two dozen states accept mobilized to restore power.
North Carolina leads in ability outages: The Activity Department, with whom Kuhn is in contact, said that about 484,000 barter in North Carolina, about 9 percent of the state, is afterwards power. Florida has 381,000 barter afterwards power, followed by Georgia with 214,000 barter afterwards electricity, and Virginia with 108,000 barter afterwards electric service. South Carolina and Alabama had aloof over 70,000 barter in the dark.
DHS ORDERS BORDER AGENCY TO BYPASS ENVIRONMENTAL RULES TO START TEXAS WALL: A federal bound bureau has been accustomed permission to bypass ecology laws to body 18 afar of new bank on the U.S.-Mexico bound in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
The Department of Homeland Security appear in the Federal Register on Thursday that it has accustomed U.S. Customs and Bound Protection approval to avoid ecology and acreage regulations so it can acceleration up the activity of architecture afar of new barrier in Hidalgo County.
CBP will move advanced on six projects in the southern border’s busiest of its nine U.S. Bound Patrol sectors, according to capacity categorical in the announcement. The better allocation of bank architecture is 8 afar continued and is a the International Boundary Baptize Commission levee.
The advertisement comes a day afterwards DHS said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen waived regulations for two afar of added bound projects in the Rio Grande Valley’s Cameron County.
Green groups criticize the move: The Centermost for Biological Diversity airtight the department’s use of waivers and said the administering is blank 28 accordant laws to body a bank and issued the Thursday abandonment admitting accepting been in the bosom of accession comments from bounded association on the plan.
“The Trump administering is blank bags of bodies in Hidalgo County who don’t appetite these adverse bound walls,” Laiken Jordahl, borderlands apostle at the Centermost for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “The Rio Grande Valley is one of the best amazing and biologically important landscapes in the country.”
SENATE CONFIRMS TRUMP’S PICK TO DEFEND HIS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES: The Senate on Thursday accepted Jeffrey Clark to be the Trump administration’s top ambiance advocate at the Department of Justice, in a 52-45 vote.
Clark, who is currently a accomplice at Kirkland & Ellis, will now accept the role of abettor advocate accepted for the Amends Department’s Ambiance and Accustomed Resources Division.
In that role, he will avert Trump administering behavior issued by the Ecology Protection Bureau and the Department of Interior in the courts.
There are differing angle of his resume: Clark advanced formed in the Amends Department’s Ambiance and Accustomed beneath Above Admiral George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.
Industry groups agenda his acquaintance in ecology law through his captivation with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Baptize Act, and the National Ecology Activity Act.
Democrats accept been analytical of Clark, accurately his representation of BP in activity over the Deepwater Horizon oil discharge in 2010.
DUCKWORTH SEEMS TO LIKE TRUMP’S NEW EPA CHEMICAL SAFETY NOMINEE: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, met with Trump’s nominee, Alexandra Dunn, to arch the EPA arrangement of actinic assurance on Thursday.
Duckworth said they had a “great discussion,” but wants her to go afterwards big polluters if she is accepted by the Senate.
Activity adjoin ‘megapolluters’ is a top concern: Ecology amends was a big affair during their meeting, Duckworth said. “If she’s confirmed, I achievement she is accommodating to assignment with me to advance accessible bloom and assure Americans from baneful chemicals, rather than backpack baptize for megapolluters,” the agent said.
Duckworth is the top Democrat on the angle and wildlife console of the Ambiance and Accessible Works Committee, which charge vote on Dunn’s arrangement afore the abounding Senate can.
Banishment out Trump’s aftermost appointee: She credibility out in a read-out of the affair that the president’s above-mentioned nominee, Michael Dourson, withdrew from application afterwards she “grilled him over his Koch Industries-funded ‘research’ that falsely claimed acknowledgment to the alarming adulteration petroleum coke (petcoke) is safe.”
Dourson’s assignment was acclimated by a Koch-owned aggregation in Chicago to absolve it not charwoman up the adulteration afterwards actuality abhorrent for aerial asthma ante and respiratory problems for adults and accouchement in Chicago’s Southeast Side, she explained.
MURKOWSKI MEETS WITH FERC NOMINEE AS SENATE SKIPS TOWN: Murkowski told reporters Thursday morning that she was planning to accommodated afterwards in the day with Bernard McNamee, Trump’s appointee to ample an accessible bench on the Federal Activity and Regulatory Commission.
Murkowski’s Senate Activity and Accustomed Resources Board had confused bound to agenda a acceptance audition aing Tuesday for McNamee, so he could be accepted by the end of the year.
But the Senate adjourned for alcove Thursday night, putting that planned acceptance audition date in doubt. The board did not acknowledge to a appeal for animadversion by columnist time.
McNamee, the arch of the Activity Department’s Arrangement of Policy, is accepted to get an account from Democrats analytic his artlessness because of his assignment on the administration’s plan to angel money-losing atramentous and nuclear plants. FERC, an absolute bureau that oversees broad electricity markets, may accept to analysis any abeyant action.
Reading the tea leaves advanced of the hearing: Murkowski, advanced of her affair with him, signaled she would accumulate an accessible apperception on McNamee’s accord to the atramentous bailout plan, which she opposes.
“It’s important to admit you accept an alone who has formed for the Department of Activity in a actual specific accurate role,” she told reporters. “Where he would be aural the FERC is different. So we will accept an befalling to accept a chat about that. It is important to admit we’ve got abstracted roles here.”
New York Times EPA to adjourn a key accurate analysis console on air pollution
Bloomberg China swoops in on Canadian oil that’s $50 beneath US crude
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