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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 Trump Administration announced last week that it has rejected the settled scientific evidence linking the pesticide chlorpyrifos to serious health problems, particularly in children. This pesticide, which is widely used on soybeans, almonds, grapes, and other crops, has been proven to harm children’s neurological development.
Why this matters: Under the false flag of transparency, EPA is putting children at greater risk.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to accept a petition that will grant the Joshua tree, the famous twisty-limbed yucca plant native to the Mojave desert, endangered species status for one year while the state conducts a study. The plant is now considered a “candidate species” […]
by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus. Researchers at the Harvard […]
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