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This week House Democrats released the HEROES Act, which is a $3 trillion relief package designed to bolster state governments, increase widespread testing, extend unemployment insurance, and expand vote-by-mail ahead of the November election. Additionally, the HEROES Act would provide hazard pay for frontline workers, issue another round of direct payments to Americans and even has a provision of $71 million to Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Geological Survey to survey and support wildlife-borne disease.
The reaction from President Trump? The bill is DOA.
Why This Matters: There is widespread economic suffering and that certainly must be addressed but while the government is spending and investing money in the economy we cannot forget the environment. Working to create jobs in the green economy as well as to protect nature to ensure that zoonotic diseases don’t readily spread to humans as a result of habitat loss is crucial.
As National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala said on a call with press yesterday “Even if we just look at the cold economics it makes so much sense to spend the money to protect our planet and stop illegal wildlife trade….it’s the easiest and cheapest vaccine we have.”
Congressional Republicans are saying that they’re worried about the national debt and want to make spending cuts to make up for the stimulus. It’s not going to be easy for Democrats to pass the spending measures they seek but the counter-message has to be that the GOP approved tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires enabling them to pay fewer taxes than the working class. Otherwise, getting funding for these programs down the road will be exceptionally difficult.
Say What? The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it.
Immigration: Detained immigrants are pleading for masks and protection from the virus. Meanwhile, as the New York Times reported, “orders that have effectively sealed the United States to migrants seeking protection from persecution would remain in place until a health official declared the virus no longer a threat.”
With the election of Ron DeSantis as governor in 2018, there was hope among voters across the political spectrum that he could be the “green governor” that Florida desperately needs. But when it comes to the urgent climate crisis unfolding before our eyes, he’s been all talk and no action, and his allies in the Florida Legislature aren’t helping either.
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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