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Why This Matters: As Quartz reported, “research published this week shows that aggressive social distancing measures, while extremely disruptive to commerce in the near term, can result in faster economic growth when the disease subsides.” And on the whole, this crisis shows that our economy wasn’t nearly as strong as we were led to believe.
What Comes Next: We will get to a day when the coronavirus pandemic is in our rearview mirror, but there will be no “going back to normal” once that time comes. We must prepare our cities for pandemics, which will require an overhaul of our transportation systems as well as the ways in which we congregate (including at schools, churches, and sporting events).
What About the Workers: As we look at the longer-term economic impacts resulting from coronavirus, protecting workers will be something we must contend with. As Joe Biden suggested, pushing through a Green New Deal agenda in subsequent stimulus bills could build the green economy while also helping put workers back to work.
But how do trade unions feel about this play? The podcast Political Climate spoke to Lee Anderson, director of government affairs at the Utility Workers Union of America, and Anna Fendley, director of regulatory and state policy at the United Steelworkers about how to fit workers into plans for a green economy.
On that note, Amazon employees at the company’s Staten Island, New York, facility plan to walk off the job Monday amid allegations the online retail giant has mishandled its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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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