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Around the world cases of COVID-19 reached 300,000 and in the United States they topped 34,000 with 400 total deaths. Those statistics are jarring however one of the most concerning news stories this past weekend was the fact that Americans are still refusing to stay home and take social distancing seriously.
Why This Matters: Staying home if you’re able to is critical to slow the spread of coronavirus and ensure that our healthcare system doesn’t become overwhelmed–as NY Governor Cuomo warned will soon happen in his state. And though the spring weather is tempting and some national parks are still open, here’s why you should reconsider going.
Pro Tip: How to convince the people in your life who refuse to stay home, to stay home.
Go Deeper: There’s a lot of confusion among the American public about what social distancing means. This is largely due to the fact that there hasn’t been adequate federal direction of what responsible action by individuals entails.
The Politics: As Americans are waiting for much-needed federal relief to help them pay the bills, a stimulus deal has been held up in Congress. According to the New York Times, Senate Democrats voted against an aid package on party lines as they said it failed to adequately protect workers or impose strict enough restrictions on bailed-out businesses. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he was hopeful a compromise could be reached, stating that“we’re closer than we’ve been at any time over the past 48 hours to an agreement.”
The Good News:The New York Times reported that warmer weather might slow down the coronavirus spread, according to a new early analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The scientists found that the most coronavirus transmissions around the world occurred in places with low temperatures.
After the New York Times reported that the proposal would be forthcoming, yesterday, allies of both former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders released a joint set of policy recommendations to tackle the climate crisis. The recommendations signal a commitment to cooperation among the progressive wing of the party with the more mainstream base. […]
E&E News led with a story yesterday about the numerous environmental groups who received government support under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) even as they were suing the government over policies they believed the Trump administration got wrong.
Why This Matters: The E&E story seems to imply that environmental groups should not be suing the Trump administration — they sought comments from numerous groups as to they were taking the money while continuing to file lawsuits.
In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]
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