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While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior.
Incidentally, as Emily Holdenreported for the Guardian yesterday, “dozens of individuals and groups urging states to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic have historical financial ties to coal and oil and gas companies and conservative billionaires who have invested in climate disinformation.”
As Brendan DeMelle, executive director of DeSmog, said the “information echo chamber” of interests downplaying both the climate crisis and the pandemic would not be what it is today without fossil fuel funding.
Why This Matters: There’s been previous evidence reported by the New York Times that an informal coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the White House, has been quietly working to nurture protests and apply political and legal pressure to overturn state and local orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The science clearly states that reopening too quickly and without precautions puts lives at risk, any narrative to the contrary should be scrutinized.
Trump’s Big Plans: While touring a Ford factory in Michigan, President Trump said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections. This news comes as Ford had to halt production at two plants as workers tested positive for COVID-19.
SAT D-O-N-E?: As Politico reported, colleges uneasy about standardized tests taken online from home this fall are dropping their requirements for the exams, fueling a movement to eliminate the high-stakes tests from admissions decisions altogether. The University of California is the largest school system to make this announcement.
Racism Runs Deep: Across the country, Asian Americans have reported a sharp increase in verbal abuse and physical attacks. For Asian American healthcare workers on the frontlines, this abuse is especially troubling.
The International Energy Agency stated in its annual World Energy Investment report released yesterday that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” Investment in global energy is expected fall by $400bn this year, the biggest drop in the industry’s history As CNBC reported, the IEA “warned […]
In April, Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Memorial Day weekend. We’ve just passed that milestone and in the United States nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization that countries with declining infection rates could still face an […]
For nations who had to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic before the United States, they’ve had to learn hard lessons that can serve as a roadmap for our own response. For instance, The pandemic seemed to pass over Singapore but then the government was blindsided by an outbreak among poor migrant workers in packed dormitories. […]
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